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Weekly Chart Notes: ‘Glee’ Cast, Katy Perry, Bruno Mars

Adding five entries to its Billboard Hot 100 history, the "Glee" cast becomes the second act to tally more than 100 hits on the survey.

‘GLEE’ MARKS MILESTONE: The “Glee” cast becomes the second act in the Billboard Hot 100‘s 52-year history to total at least 100 chart entries.

With five new titles, including the Hot Shot Debut, its rendition of Florence + the Machine‘s “Dog Days Are Over” at No. 22, the ensemble ups its count to 102 visits, all since June 6, 2009.

The arrivals push the “Glee” troupe closer to Elvis Presley‘s record 108 appearances.

Here is the latest tally of the acts with the most Hot 100 hits:

Total Hot 100 Hits, Artist
108, Elvis Presley
102, “Glee” Cast
91, James Brown
74, Ray Charles
73, Aretha Franklin ( click here for more on the beloved Queen of Soul)

Included among the “Glee” cast’s five debuts this week is its “Glee”-make of Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes‘ “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” at No. 38. The song is the 34th former Hot 100 No. 1 that the act has returned to the chart. (The Black Eyed Peas‘ “The Time (Dirty Bit),” which incorporates the chorus of the 1987 “Dirty Dancing” theme song, soars 9-4).

On the Billboard 200, the “Glee” cast occupies two positions in the top five. “Glee: The Music, the Christmas Album” jumps 10-4 and “Glee, the Music: Season Two: Volume 4” debuts at No. 5.

The club and Justin Bieber are the only acts to double up in the top five this year, with the real-life high school-aged singer having bookended the April 10 top five with “My World 2.0” and the “My World” EP, respectively.

Prior to the “Glee” cast and Bieber, no artist had placed two albums in the Billboard 200’s top five simultaneously since Nelly in 2004.

BOOM BOOM POWER: As previously reported, Katy Perry‘s “Firework” soars to the top of the Hot 100 (2-1).

The song is the third to lead the list from Perry’s former Billboard 200 No. 1 album, “Teenage Dream.” “California Gurls,” featuring Snoop Dogg, reigned for six weeks starting on June 19 and the title cut began a two-week command the week of Sept. 17. (With the current chart week dated Dec. 18, Perry ushers in winter with a new Hot 100 leader, just as she welcomed summer and fall by topping the tally).

By notching a trio of toppers from “Teenage Dream,” Perry is the 10th woman in the Hot 100’s 52-year history to ascend to No. 1 with at least three songs from an album. Two of the artists have each earned the honor twice:

Whitney Houston, “Whitney Houston,” 1985-86
“Saving All My Love for You,” “How Will I Know,” “Greatest Love of All”

Madonna, “True Blue,” 1986-87
“Live to Tell,” “Papa Don’t Preach,” “Open Your Heart”

Whitney Houston, “Whitney,” 1987-88
“I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me),” “Didn’t We Almost Have It All,” “So Emotional,” “Where Do Broken Hearts Go”

Paula Abdul, “Forever Your Girl,” 1989-90
“Straight Up,” “Forever Your Girl,” “Cold Hearted,” “Opposites Attract”

Janet Jackson, “Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814,” 1989-91
“Miss You Much,” “Escapade,” “Black Cat,” “Love Will Never Do (Without You)”

Mariah Carey, “Mariah Carey,” 1990-91
“Vision of Love,” “Love Takes Time,” “Someday,” “I Don’t Wanna Cry”

Mariah Carey, “Daydream,” 1995-96
“Fantasy,” “One Sweet Day,” with Boyz II Men, “Always Be My Baby”

Monica, “The Boy Is Mine,” 1998-99 (the last album prior to “Teenage Dream” by a female artist to yield three consecutive No. 1 radio singles on the Hot 100)
“The Boy Is Mine,” with Brandy, “The First Night,” “Angel of Mine”

Christina Aguilera, “Christina Aguilera,” 1999-2000
“Genie in a Bottle,” “What a Girl Wants,” “Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You)”

Fergie, “The Dutchess,” 2006-07
“London Bridge,” “Glamorous,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry”

Rihanna, “Good Girl Gone Bad,” 2007-08
“Umbrella,” “Take a Bow,” “Disturbia”

Katy Perry, “Teenage Dream,” 2010
“California Gurls,” featuring Snoop Dogg, “Teenage Dream,” “Firework”

Perry and Paula Abdul are the only women to collect three Hot 100 No. 1s from an album in the same year. Abdul sent “Straight Up,” “Forever Your Girl” and “Cold Hearted” to the top spot in 1989.

Perry’s fourth Hot 100 leader (“I Kissed a Girl” ruled for seven weeks in 2008) is the seventh song with “fire” in its title to burn a path to No. 1. The track joins the Doors‘ “Light My Fire” (1967), Ohio Players’ “Fire” (1975), Vangelis’ “Chariots of Fire – Titles” (1982), John Parr’s “St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion)” (1985), Billy Joel‘s “We Didn’t Start the Fire” (1989) and Owl City‘s “Fireflies” (2009).
HIT AND MISSILE: It’s a dangerous top five on the Billboard Hot 100.

While Katy Perry’s “Firework” blasts to No. 1, Bruno Mars bounds 10-5 with “Grenade.” (Beware, as well, of Taio Cruz‘s “Dynamite” at No. 13).

“Grenade” is Mars’ fourth top 10 among his first four Hot 100 entries. He previously charted as a guest on B.o.B‘s “Nothin’ On You” (No. 1, two weeks) and Travie McCoy‘s “Billionaire” (No. 4). He then reached No. 1 for four weeks with his own “Just the Way You Are.”

Mars is the first solo male to climb to the Hot 100’s top five on his first four tries since Richard Marx in 1987-88. Marx achieved the honor with all four singles from his self-titled debut album: “Don’t Mean Nothing,” “Should’ve Known Better” (No. 3 peaks each), “Endless Summer Nights” (No. 2) and “Hold On to the Nights” (No. 1, one week).

Marx extended his streak to seven career-opening top fives, the most among male artists, with “Satisfied” (No. 1, one week), “Right Here Waiting” (No. 1, three weeks) and “Angelia” (No. 4) from his sophomore set, “Repeat Offender,” in 1989.

CAREY-OKE: As Mariah Carey’s “Oh Santa” vaults 12-1 in its second week on Adult Contemporary, two covers of her 1994 carol “All I Want for Christmas Is You” arrive on Billboard charts.

(Random merry musing: When Carey sends her holiday wish list to “St. Nick,” is she addressing Santa Claus or her husband, Nick Cannon?)

On Holiday Digital Songs, Big Time Rush‘s version of “All I Want for Christmas Is You” enters at No. 9.

On Country Songs, Lady Antebellum‘s interpretation bows at No. 57, in between the trio’s “Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow,” new at No. 56, and “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” (60-58). The songs appear on the group’s Target-exclusive EP, “A Merry Little Christmas.”

Carey had visited Country Songs twice before as a writer. Prior to Whitney Duncan’s cover of “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” penned with Walter Afanasieff (No. 60, 2009), Faith Hill‘s “Where Are You Christmas?” reached No. 26 in 2001. Carey wrote the ballad with James Horner and Will Jennings. (The pair earned Academy and Grammy Awards for authoring Celine Dion‘s 1998 Hot 100 No. 1 “Titanic” theme song “My Heart Will Go On,” which Afanasieff co-produced).

CLUB KOZ: Having tallied 10 top 10s on Jazz Albums dating to 1993, Dave Koz makes his first appearance on Dance/Club Play Songs, as his cover of Herb Alpert‘s 1968 Hot 100 No. 1 “This Guy’s in Love With You” debuts at No. 49.

The song, which expands Koz’s chart scope on the strength of remixes by Cutmore and Nu Addiction, features the saxophonist on vocals. “It’s one thing to play a song on your horn, but it’s another altogether to open your mouth and sing it,” Koz says.

“But, I eventually got more confident with it until I realized it was the right thing to do.”