'Glee' cast surpasses Elvis' Billboard Hot 100 record
Image Credit: Miranda Penn Turin/FoxFirst, the cast of Glee took down the Beatles last fall, when their singles total on the Billboard Hot 100 surpassed the Fab Four’s record of 71. And now, according to Billboard: Rachel, Finn, and Co. have taken down the King, who was previously the top record holder in the category, with 108 singles to sit somewhere on the Hot 100. (Though there was less fanfare as with the news about the Beatles and Elvis, Glee‘s single stampede also recently surpassed James Brown’s 91 songs, Ray Charles’ 74 tunes, and Aretha Franklin’s 73 tracks.)
As Billboard notes, the motley crew from McKinley High School charted 113 songs in less than two years—the cast’s first single hit, the Journey cover “Don’t Stop Belevin’,” the Hot 100 in June 2009. The big asterisk for this record, of course, is that the Glee singles are all covers of songs that were, mostly, previously successful on the chart in their original form. But it still doesn’t change the fact that Glee is a musical juggernaut and a sales-stoking business. The success, too, aren’t limited to just singles—Glee cast albums regularly top the album-sales chart.
To boot, it has been a record-breaking week for the Hot 100: Billboard announced yesterday that Lady Gaga’s smash “Born This Way” was the 1,000th single to top the chart.
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