Every King must eventually have a successor, and this week Elvis Presley relinquished his title of performer with the most Billboard Hot 100 entries to superstar rapper and amateur guitarist Lil Wayne, as Weezy’s feature on the new Game song “Celebration” scored him his 109th entry on the chart, edging past Elvis’ 108 singles that graced the chart between 1958 and 2003.
The record comes with a few caveats, such as Elvis’ 31 singles released before the Billboard chart was established, including “Hound Dog” and “Don’t Be Cruel,” as well as Presley being listed as lead artist on every one of his charting singles (whereas Wayne’s list includes over 60 entries of his features on songs by other artists). Still, the news rounds out a pretty great week for Wayne, who also celebrates his 30th birthday Thursday and opened a Skateboard park in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward.
Now all we can hope for is the sure-to-be-entertaining Las Vegas period for Weezy’s later career.
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