Weekly Chart Notes: 'Glee,' Kenny Chesney, Phil Collins
Weekly Chart Notes: 'Glee,' Kenny Chesney, Phil Collins

LIMA LEAPFROGS LIVERPOOL: As previously reported, the "Glee" cast swells its total to 75 Billboard Hot 100 chart entries, passing the Beatles for most visits to the survey among non-solo acts.

The ensemble that portrays the show choir at Lima, Ohio's McKinley High trails only Elvis Presley (108) and James Brown (91) for most appearances in the Hot 100's 52-year history.

The cast bests the Fab Four's sum thanks to five Britney Spears remakes and a cover of Paramore's "The Only Exception."

With Paramore's original recording of the ballad bulleting at No. 25 and the "Glee" cast's version arriving at No. 26, the composition becomes the latest to rank back-to-back by different artists ( "Ask Billboard," Sept. 17).

Here is a comparison of the Hot 100 performances of this week's six debuting "Glee"-makes and their previous peaks:

No. 9, Britney Spears, 2004
No. 16, Glee Cast, 2010

The song ties "Total Eclipse of the Heart" as the troupe's second-highest-charting Hot 100 hit. Only its signature take on Journey's "Don't Stop Believin' " placed higher (No. 4).

"The Only Exception"
No. 24, Paramore, 2010
No. 26, Glee Cast, 2010

21 of the "Glee" cast's 75 Hot 100 entries have reached the top 40. Even though Spears was last week's high-profile guest on the series, the show's characters have banked more top 40 hits than the superstar, who's tallied 17 top 40 titles since her arrival in 1999.

"I'm a Slave 4 U"
No. 27, Britney Spears, 2001
No. 52, Glee Cast, 2010

No. 11, Britney Spears, 2001
No. 53, Glee Cast, 2010

"Baby One More Time"
No. 1 (two weeks), Britney Spears, 1999
No. 54, Glee Cast, 2010

The bow marks the 24th remake of a Hot 100 No. 1 that the "Glee" cast has returned to the chart.

"Me Against the Music"

No. 35, Britney Spears featuring Madonna, 2003
No. 56, Glee Cast, 2010

The track is the fifth "Glee" reinvention of a Madonna song to impact the Hot 100. Only one other act, also with a TV background, has sent a cover of a Material Girl song onto the chart: Kelly Osbourne reached No. 74 with "Papa Don't Preach" in 2002.

BIG 'WHISKEY': As reported yesterday (Oct. 6), Kenny Chesney notches his sixth Billboard 200 No. 1, as "Hemingway's Whiskey" starts at the summit.

With the country titan capping Country Songs for a second week with "The Boys of Fall," Chesney becomes the first artist to top both charts simultaneously since Carrie Underwood ruled the Billboard 200 with "Play On" and Country Songs with "Cowboy Casanova" the week of Nov. 21, 2009.

11 artists have so doubly dominated since the Billboard 200 adopted Nielsen SoundScan data May 25, 1991, beginning with Garth Brooks, who led the Billboard 200 with "Ropin' the Wind" and Country Songs with "Shameless" for two weeks in November 1991. Since, Billy Ray Cyrus, John Michael Montgomery, Tim McGraw, George Strait, Toby Keith, Rascal Flatts, Sugarland and Taylor Swift have also managed the feat.

With six Billboard 200 leaders, Chesney enters a tie for third-most No. 1s in the chart's SoundScan-era archives:

11, Jay-Z
8, Garth Brooks
6, Kenny Chesney
6, Eminem
6, R. Kelly