"Glee" cast surpasses Elvis on U.S. singles chart

Wed Feb 16, 2011 5:02pm EST
 
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The cast of TV musical comedy "Glee" has beaten the record set by Elvis Presley for the most single entries on the Billboard Hot 100 charts, Billboard said on Wednesday.

With six new songs making their debut on the singles chart this week, the young cast of "Glee" has notched up 113 entries on the Hot 100 -- less than two years after the show made its debut in 2009.

Presley has 108 entries on the chart since it was started in 1958, Billboard said. The King's hit-making career predates the launch of the Hot 100 by about two years.

"Glee", the Emmy-winning Fox show about a group of misfit high school students in a choir, produces five or six cover versions per episode of pop, Broadway, rap and jazz songs.

It has also featured guest stars like Britney Spears, Broadway singers Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth, and devoted entire episodes to the music of Madonna and Lady Gaga.

The songs are released digitally each week, as well as on albums that have sold 2.8 million copies in the United States.

In October, the "Glee" cast surpassed the 71 Billboard Hot 100 entries for The Beatles. It has now also passed the marks set by James Brown (91), Ray Charles (74) and Aretha Franklin (73) -- all in an era before digital downloads, and without mass weekly TV exposure.

"Glee" has a recording deal with Columbia Records, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment.

(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)

 
<p>Ryan Murphy (3rd L), creator of the TV series 'Glee', and cast members including Lea Michele (L) and others pose with the award for best television comedy series at the 68th annual Golden Globe Awards in Beverly Hills, California, January 16, 2011. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson</p>