Thu., Sep. 27, 2012 7:32 AM PDT
Lil Wayne is right above it, all right.
The rap superstar has topped the King of Rock and Roll, Mr. Elvis Presley himself, for charting the most Billboard Hot 100 hits for a solo artist.
Now that should put a smile on his face.
Per Billboard, the 30-year-old Wayne's latest entry is the Game's single, "Celebration," in which he's a featured artist along with Wiz Khalifa, Chris Brown and Tyga, which entered the chart at No. 82. With that milestone, "Tha Black Is Hot" MC now has 109 Hot 100 songs under his belt, surpassing Presley's mark of 108 that began with the chart's inception in 1958.
Out of those ditties, however, it's worth noting that Lil Wayne has only been the lead artist on 42 tracks with the remainder coming in featured appearances, while to Elvis' enduring credit, the "Jailhouse" rocker was the lead on every one of his 108 tunes that charted.
Also, several of the latter's classic gems, including "Heartbreak Hotel," "Hound Dog," "Love Me Tender" and "All Shook Up" among others, topped the Billboard pop chart in the mid-'50s before the magazine hatched the Hot 100 in 1958, an all-in-one singles popularity standard that factored in radio airplay, retail sales and eventually digital sales and streaming activity.
The last Presley tune to crack the Hot 100 was "Rubberneckin," used in a Paul Oakenfold remix that came in at No. 94 in 2003.
Lil Wayne has just one hit to reach No. 1 in which he's the lead artist—"Lollipop," though that fact doesn't take away from his musical achievement.