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All over the media, there has been reports that the cast of the American synthesised squeaky all singing TV show 'GLEE' has smashed the American chart
record held by Elvis for many years. But what has annoyed me is none of these reports reveal that with ELVIS, he had ACTUAL singles released in the
stores for fans to buy. Where as GLEE, have not actually released these songs as singles, they are album tracks that because of the ridiculous U.S. chart
rules can be counted as singles because of each download purchased by all the little kiddies queueing up to hear those ear cringing squeaky cheerleader
type vocals.

However, in this weeks edition of the Billboard Magazine, there is an article that actually puts the whole 'Glee' chart domination into perspective, what's the
bet this story is not picked up and re-printed by the tabloids around the world.

While "Glee" passes the King this week for most Hot 100 appearances, it's certainly not too early to consider how much more history the cast can write.

It does seem like a safe bet that the "Glee" cast will hold the record for most Hot 100 hits for a very long time. But, to quote the artist whose music infused
Tuesday's (Feb. 15) episode, never say never.

It's hard to imagine another type of act that could boast the cache/marketing push/multi-media platform to release multiple songs week after week and enjoy
enough consumer support to send them onto the Hot 100.

By the end of the second season of "Glee" this spring, if the cast continues to place tracks on the Hot 100 at its current pace, it would add another
approximately 40 titles to its total, bringing it to about 150 overall.

With the series renewed for a third season, 22 episodes x five Hot 100 hits a week = another potential 100 or so chart entries.

Thus, by
spring 2012, the "Glee" cast, if it maintains its release schedule and popularity, could count approximately 250 Hot 100 chart hits.

Beyond that, who knows how long the show will remain a Fox juggernaut?

With Presley at 108 and no other artist in triple digits, no artist we now know of seems in the running to top the troupe's Hot 100 record.

Of course, at this time in 2009, "Glee" had yet to debut on TV. While the series was set up to be a ratings success, having premiered after "American Idol,"
who could've predicted that in less than two years the cast would have passed Presley for such a prestigious honor?

Thus, if "Glee" can overthrow the King so suddenly, perhaps another TV show can do the same to "Glee" in the future.

And, just as the digital era has revolutionized the way consumers can purchase music so instantaneously, we don't know what future means of music
delivery could affect chart performance many years from now.

HISTORICAL CONTEXT
It's also worth placing the cast's latest achievement in a broader historical chart context.

While the ensemble's feat is unquestionably impressive, there are a few facts which are in Elvis Presley's favor:

The King's career
predates the Hot 100's Aug. 4, 1958, launch. Joel Whitburn's "Top Pop Singles" book counts 31 Elvis songs that reached various
Hot 100 predecessor charts beginning in 1956.

So, in terms of overall Billboard chart hits, Elvis Presley's total could stand at an
unofficial 139 when combining multiple song surveys.

ONLY TWO TOP 10 HITS
Further breaking down the "Glee" cast's Hot 100 resume, of its 113 Hot 100 entries, just two have hit the top 10:
"Don't Stop Believin' " (No. 4) and "Teenage Dream" (No. 8).
36 of the 113 have reached the top 40.

Conversely,
Elvis with 80 top 40 Hot 100 hits - 25 of which reached the top 10 - Elvis is far and away the leader.
Elton John ranks second with 57 top 40 titles, followed by the Beatles (50). 36 top 40 entries places the "Glee" cast in a tie with R. Kelly for
15th place.

Also, Elvis'
108 Hot 100 entries translate to 994 cumulative weeks spent on the chart. As just 23 of the "Glee" cast's 113 Hot 100 songs have logged
more than one week on the list, the troupe's total weeks count is
150.

And, of course, Elvis introduced a bounty of classics to mainstream audiences, while the "Glee" cast has so far charted solely remakes (a streak that could
end in upcoming weeks with the show's rumored promise of original songs).

Ultimately, the "Glee" cast's passing of Elvis in one of the Hot 100 100's most sacred categories is laudable. It's only one statistic, however, when examining
the artists who have made some of the most memorable impacts in Hot 100 history.
Designed by ELVIS EXPRESS RADIO   www.elvis-express.com
ELVIS' BILLBOARD STATS:
Hot 100 Entries = 108
Top 10 Hits = 25
Top 40 Hits = 80
Weeks Spent On Chart = 994

Stats correct as of 19/02/11
CAST OF GLEE's BILLBOARD STATS
Hot 100 Entries = 113
Top 10 Hits = 2
Top 40 Hits = 36
Weeks Spent On Chart = 150
HAVE YOUR SAY. Send your Elvis v Glee thoughts to us at eer-desk@ntlworld.com

ADDITION TO ARTICLE - YOUR SAY:

Carol & Brenda:
Are they having a laugh....there is no comparison. Elvis is an original who changed the world of music with his own individual style which
many have tried to duplicate but have failed miserably. The Glee programme is another flash in the pan where the cast perform cover versions of other
artistes songs ....will people still be talking about the difference Glee has made to the world of music 30+ years from now....dont think so.....
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Marty Lacker: The comparison of Glee and Elvis on Billboard's Hot 100 is ridiculous and it is like comparing apples to oranges.

Elvis is a recording artist,Glee is a TV Show.  Technology back then is nothing what it is today where not only can they download the music from the
internet,many kids do it directly to their cell phones.

They also don't mention the fact of Elvis' number one records and many of them in the early years were at #1 across the board,pop,Black Music and
Country charts.  Not to mention that Elvis changed the culture of the world in the 50's as well as being a cultural historical icon. In another few years,if not
sooner, Glee will be forgotten as just another TV show that faded out and was cancelled.

All this hoopla was to get publicity for Billboard and Glee.
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Further, as another fan points out on the
www.elviscommunity.com forum:

"Few inventions have had as much effect on contemporary American society as television. Before 1947 the number of U.S. homes with television sets could
be measured in the thousands. By the late 1990s, 98 percent of U.S. homes had at least one television set, and those sets were on for an average of more
than seven hours a day. The typical American spends (depending on the survey and the time of year) from two-and-a-half to almost five hours a day
watching television. It is significant not only that this time is being spent with television but that it is not being spent engaging in other activities, such as
reading or going out or socializing.........

United states Population in 1955:
165,931,202

According to the U.S. Bureau of the Census, the resident population of the United States, projected to 02/19/11 at 18:40 UTC (EST+5) is:
310,850,439

The WORLD population by date are as follows:
1955 2.8 billion
1960 3 billion
1965 3.3 billion
1970 3.7 billion
1975 4 billion
1980 4.5 billion
1985 4.85 billion
1990 5.3 billion
1995 5.7 billion
1999 6 billion
2006 6.5 billion
2009 6.8 billion
2012 7 billion

There is no comparison....Elvis is The King for a reason....