“Glee” has shattered the record for entries on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In just 20 months, the cast has had 113 tunes make the cut, exceeding Elvis Presley‘s impressive record of 108 hits. This week, a tune from the TV show — a cover of Katy Perry‘s “Fireworks” — debuts at No. 34. Among the other acts “Glee” has bested are James Brown (91), Ray Charles (74), Aretha Franklin (73) and the Beatles (71). The musical comedy has recorded songs by all of these acts already.
This record does comes with an asterisk as Billboard began their Pop 100 countdown (rebranded Hot 100 in 1984) in 1958, two years after Presley swivelled his way into a nationwide craze. During that pre-chart era, the king of rock and roll racked up 10 number one singles and at least the same number again of top-selling tunes. The list was rebranded Hot 100 in 1984
Since debuting in May 2009, “Glee” has sold 16 million downloads, produced the top-selling soundtrack of 2010, earned two platinum and two gold discs, and contended for two Grammy Awards.