There are some records nobody ever expects to beat, like Pete Rose’s 4,256 hits crown or Kevin Fast’s mark for pulling a 188-ton Globemaster II transport aircraft nearly 30 feet. Or, until Wednesday (October 6), the Beatles’ mark for the most appearances on the Billboard Hot 100 by a non-solo act.
In less than two years, though, the cast of “Glee” has eclipsed the Fab Four. According to Billboard magazine, with the debut this week of six new “Glee” songs on the Hot 100 tally, the show’s cast has racked up 75 songs on the chart, outpacing the Beatles’ 71 to set the new high-water mark for non-solo acts in the chart’s 52-year history.
The landmark was achieved thanks to five covers of Britney Spears songs from last week’s much-praised episode, as well as the “Glee” cast’s rendition on Paramore’s “The Only Exception.” The highest debut among the bunch is the “Glee” take on “Toxic,” which will hit #16 thanks to 109,000 downloads.
How impressive is the new “Glee” standard? The show’s cast hit the mark in just over 16 months, while the Beatles hit 71 thanks to singles released between 1964 and 1996. Since the Hot 100 chart launched in August 1958, the only acts with more charted titles are all solo acts, including Elvis Presley (108) and James Brown (91), with Ray Charles (74) and Aretha Franklin (73) now also in the rear view.
And while viewership was down nearly 25 percent from last week’s record-setting Britney episode , according to Variety magazine’s “TV Morning Report,” preliminary ratings data suggest that the show will also continue its ratings domination as well. Tuesday night’s religion-themed “Glee” had a narrow victory, with 10.9 million viewers, a 4.5 rating and a 13 share, which was enough to beat out second-place “NCIS” (a 3.7 rating and an 11 share).
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