A few months ago, pop singer Katy Perry tied Michael Jackson’s record for most number one singles coming from one album. Today, Lil Wayne goes a step further and breaks another legend’s chart-topping record. That’s right, folks, Elvis has left the building. As of today, Lil Wayne has made the most Hot 100 chart appearances with 109, one past Elvis’ 108.The record was broken with Lil Wayne’s appearance on the Game’s “Celebration”. Yet another song Weezy has been featured on that I will never listen to.
Now, we could get all sorts of pissed about this figure, considering Elvis was instrumental in the progression of rock ‘n’ roll and, well, Lil Wayne sucks. But the fact of the matter is, people like Katy Perry and Lil Wayne aren’t really making the same innovative pop records of those that came before them. Let’s just say they are more or less major label puppets playing the same old watered-down tunes people have become way too comfortable with listening to on the radio.
But there are some other statistics to factor into Lil Wayne’s record. First of all, Elvis was the sole featured artist on all 108 of his charting records. Lil Wayne can’t quite say the same, as he has been noted as a guest feature on 61 of those tracks. That still leaves an impressive 42 solo features, but it goes to show how well Wayne’s recycled, on-demand “raps” can sell a song that isn’t his own. Also, Elvis didn’t have the luxury of having a Hot 100 chart around for an estimated 31 of his top-selling records before the year of 1958.
Yeah, Lil Wayne definitely doesn’t deserve this record. But I know many of us have learned to disregard record sales more and more over the years in any case. Oh, and we actually didn’t hate Dedication 4 all that much. [via]
I almost forgot. For those of you who haven’t seen it, here is Lil Wayne’s hysterical deposition that leaked the other day.