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'Glee' cast breaks Beatles' record on U.S. Billboard chart

10/06/2010 by Corinne Heller

Lea Michele speaks to OnTheRedCarpet.com in August 2010 about Britney Spears' appearance on 'Glee'. The cast of Glee has broken the Beatles' record for most appearances among non-solo acts in the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in its 52-year history.

The trade publication said 75 songs from the FOX musical sitcom have been charted so far, while 71 from the iconic British rock group made the cut.

The series, which stars Lea Michele, Jane Lynch and Matthew Morrison, depicts the lives of eclectic glee club members in a U.S. high school. The cast covers popular music as well as Broadway showtunes. 

The Beatles group formed in 1964 and announced its split in December 1970. The band tallied their 71 Hot 100 titles between 1964 and 1996, Billboard said, adding that due to the use of digital retailers, the cast of Glee will have passed the Beatles' chart output in one year, four months and two weeks.

The Glee cast has sold more than 11.5 million downloads and has covered songs by the Beatles, including "Hello Goodbye" and "I Want to Hold Your Hand," which actor Chris Colfer sang on Tuesday's episode as a tribute to his character's ailing father.

Glee has tackled topics deemed daring for a high school series. Racial, sexual and other controversial topics are spoken about candidly and with dry humor. Tuesday's episode dealt with religion and co-creator Ryan Murphy called it the "best episode we've done".

Murphy told OnTheRedCarpet.com that an upcoming show will feature actress Gwyneth Paltrow, who will sing four songs and perform a duet with one of the show's major stars. It was reported last month that Paltrow, who showcases her musical chops in the new film Country Strong, would guest-star on the show and will play a teacher.

Murphy also said he would like an episode to deal with teen suicides, in wake of recent suicides by gay teenagers who were taunted by their peers. Tim Gunn of Project Runway recently released a video detailing his own past teen suicide attempt and numerous celebrities have spoken out against bullying and have urged teenagers to seek help if they are thinking about killing themselves.