The digital era has really turned the music industry into a circus . . . and here’s the latest bizarre occurrence to support that fact:
The cast of “Glee” has smashed THE BEATLES’ long-standing record for the most appearances on “Billboard’s” Hot 100 chart by a non-solo act. The Hot 100 began in 1958 . . . so this dates back 52 YEARS.
–From 1964 through 1996, the Beatles amassed 71 entries on the Hot 100 . . . but now, with SIX new entries on the most recent chart, the “Glee” cast has surpassed that mark, with 75.
–It took 33 years for the Beatles to get 71, which would seem unbeatable for a “legitimate” band. But legitimacy aside, it took “Glee” just one year, four months and two weeks to crush it.
(–As you may know, “Glee” is achieving all this by releasing digital singles the day after the songs debut on the show.)
(–The most recent six-song haul is mostly their BRITNEY SPEARS covers, the lone exception . . . somewhat ironically . . . is their cover of PARAMORE’S “The Only Exception”.)
(–To date, “Glee” has sold over 11.5 million downloads. Their biggest-selling track is their cover of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'”, which has sold 992,000 downloads.)
–Of course, the “Glee” songs don’t have the staying power of the Beatles’ classics. Only 14 of “Glee’s” 75 Hot 100 songs have lasted more than ONE week on the chart.
–And the Beatles’ had 34 different tracks crack the chart’s Top 10, while “Glee” has only had ONE track make it up that far. That track was their cover of JOURNEY’S “Don’t Stop Believin'”. It hit #4, and stayed on the Hot 100 for seven weeks.
–If you include solo acts, “Glee” is now THIRD for most appearances on the Hot 100 behind ELVIS PRESLEY’S 108 . . . and JAMES BROWN’S 91.
(–“Glee” also just passed RAY CHARLES and ARETHA FRANKLIN, who have 74 and 73, respectively.)
(–The show also recently passed ELTON JOHN’S record of 67 . . . and STEVIE WONDER, who has had 63 songs on the Hot 100.)
(–However, another more “legit” contemporary solo artist is currently ranked between Elton and Stevie. LIL WAYNE is currently sitting at 64.)