THRILLING: Thanks, in part, to a cover of the King of Pop, the "Glee" cast is now just one title away from tying the King of Rock and Roll for most Hot 100 appearances in the chart's 52-year history.
The ensemble inks three new entries with songs unveiled on Sunday's post-Super Bowl episode. Its cover of Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now" starts at No. 72, followed by its Michael Jackson/Yeah Yeah Yeahs mashup "Thriller / Heads Will Roll" (No. 75) and its take on Destiny's Child's "Bills, Bills, Bills" (No. 79).
Now with 107 Hot 100 hits on its resume - all since June 2009 - the "Glee" cast trails Elvis Presley by just one song for most placements.
Presley totaled 108 entries between the chart's launch in 1958 through 2003. (His career predated the list's inception; he scaled various Hot 100 predecessor song charts beginning in 1956).
Following a full week of sales, the three debuting "Glee" songs are expected to soar on next week's Hot 100. With the five songs premiered on Tuesday's (Feb. 8) episode due to join the trio of tracks next week, the "Glee" cast is set to claim the record for most Hot 100 appearances.
Billboard.com will provide extensive coverage of the milestone next week.
FOREVER YOUNG: Dwarfing Minaj's 11-week climb to No. 1 on the Billboard 200, Chris Young's "Voices" reaches the Country Songs summit (3-1) in its 51st week, completing the longest ascent to the top in the chart's 67-year history.
The song snares the longevity record courtesy of two chart runs. It debuted at No. 60 in June 2008 on its way to an initial No. 37 peak over 20 weeks.
Following Young's first two No. 1s - "Getting' You Home" (one week, 2009) and "The Man I Want to Be" (three weeks, 2010) - RCA believed in "Voices" enough to re-release it. The cut re-entered Country Songs at No. 56 on the July 24, 2010, chart and tops the tally in the 31st week of its second chart visit.
(Tracy Lawrence's "Find Out Who Your Friends Are" retains the mark for longest uninterrupted trip to the top perch, having reached No. 1 in its 41st frame the week of June 23, 2007).
Billboard senior chart manager Wade Jessen adds that "Voices" is the first re-released title to reign over Country Songs spanning two chart lives since Randy Travis' "On the Other Hand" in 1986.
The traditional country song had first peaked at No. 67 in 1985 before its re-release resulted in Travis' first of 16 Country Songs No. 1s.