Skip to comments.Lil Wayne Passes An All-Time Elvis Presley Hot 100 Mark [Cultural Degeneration]
Posted on 09/27/2012 6:57:34 AM PDT by SoFloFreeper
... when it comes to the artist with the most Billboard Hot 100 hits, Elvis Presley**'s longstanding record total gives way to a new stats king: Lil Wayne**.
As he debuts as a featured artist (with Chris Brown**, Tyga** and Wiz Khalifa**) on Game**'s aptly titled "Celebration" at No. 82, the superstar rapper rewrites the mark for the most Hot 100 chart visits. Now with 109 entries, Weezy passes Elvis Presley, who totaled 108 between the chart's 1958 launch and 2003.
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Wow. That is certainly an accomplishment especially since I am not familiar with Lil Wayne’s music but for a person as young as he is to beat “the King” there must be something to his music that is very popular.
And no fair Binging.
Big deal. Lil Wayne will never even come close to the Pop Cultural apotheosis that Elvis had.
Are people going to listen to his songs and impersonate him 30+ years after he’s dead? I don’t think so.
To be fair, Elvis was a singer. This other guy just bounces up and down while shooting off his mouth.
I am not saying everything Elvis did was great...but compared to the 24/7 dung factory that is “rap” or “hip hop” or whatever, Elvis was Mozart.
Has it been adjusted for population size?
Besides, I don’t even know what a Lil’ Wayne is but I can guess.
All I know about Lil Wayne is that he is an ugly tattoed thug who has done a lot of jail time.
I was watching TMZ the other night and I think that they played so,e Chris Brown, Jay z, and Kayne West songs. I know that they are hugely popular and have made insane amounts of money.
Upon hearing their music my first thought were “ OMG, Who buys this crap, it’s horrifying.”
He was in the news earlier this week:
Miami Northwestern marching band in racy music video with rappers Juicy J, Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz
Elvis is the king. Wayne is wayne-king.
Of course when Elvis became a star, NOBODY thought that was a sign of cultural degeneration.
First, you have to move many fewer units these days to get on the charts than you did back then.
Second, I would guess that a large percentage of Weezy's chart entries involve guest verses on other people's songs, whereas all of Elvis Presley's entries are likely either solo or duet entries, not guest appearances.
Guess no longer....
Quick! Name one Billboard Top 100 song since the year 2000.
I see all these hand-wringing, weepy articles about how current pop music is out-selling the classics and how that's proof that musical tastes have completely degenerated, etc... I say, "Pfft."
1) The population has grown a lot since the 50's; more customers to buy music
2) The market for American music, in particular, is now global. It wasn't in the 50's.
3) Teens have far more disposable income now than they did in the 50's.
4) It is much easier to find and buy music for anyone, living anywhere, than it was in the 50's
All these add up to some significant factors affecting current pop music sales as compared to the 50's.
Now, everyone quit crying about Elvis.
Fair point. This is what our parents (or grandparents as the case may be) were worried about.
There’s good music and bad music. Rap/hip-hop is not music. Yes, this tattooed freak has set some sort of sales record; but I consider it to be in an entirely different field than music.
As I suspected, Lil Wayne has only 21 charting singles of his own, but has done more than 150 guest verses in the past five years or so with various artists.
I am crying about it because when I was a teen, I was able to distinguish between good rock and pop and garbage. I came in as a teen during the first golden era of rap and I rejected the music as garbage. I still do.
Elvis has been dead for over 30 years and everyone still remembers him and the pilgrimage to Graceland is one of the hottest attractions of Tennessee.
Will people remember or even know who Lil’ Wayne is 20 years from now?
These are records that made the top ‘100’ charts, which is meaningless. Example: I have twenty top 100 chart records that in total sales sell three million records, and you have one ‘number one’ record, that sells 12 million copies... who sold the most records?
Of course it is.
That's not analysis. It's just whining.
What is it with Chris Brown featuring Rihanna, Lil Wayne featuring Bow Wow.
Can’t anyone do their own songs anymore?
You never saw The Rolling Stones featuring Frankie Valli or The Monkees featuring Bobby Sherman. Sure there were one off colloborations like the Temptations and Supremes and Glenn Campbell and Bobbie Gentry but this “featuring” phenomenon is ridiculous.
It is music but it is BAD music. The music almost always is auto tuned, and steals samples of other people’s original music. It is rarely innovative and usually features former gang members or ghetto trash as “stars.” It is music for and by degenerates.
Culturally, the crap that is rap is way way WAY below the music of Elvis’ era.
I guess what Sans-Culotte meant was, as music, it sucks. I agree.
Lyrics to Ludacris' Obama rap song, "Obama Is Here":
"Hey... I'm back on it
like I just signed my record deal, yeah the best is here
The Bentley Coupe paint is drippin wet, it got sex appeal
Never shoulda hated, you never shoulda doubted him
With a slot in the President's iPod, Obama shouted him
Said I handled my biz and I'm one of his favorite rappers
Well give Luda a special pardon if I'm ever in the slammer
Better yet put me in office, make me a Vice President
Hillary hated on you so that bitch is irrelevant
Now Jesse talkin slick and apologizin for WHAT~?!
If you said it then you MEANT it how you want it, head or gut
And all you other politicians tryin to hate on my man
Watch us win majority vote in every STATE on my man
You cain't stop what's 'bout to happen, we 'bout to make history
The first black President it's destined and it's meant to be
The threats ain't fazin us, the nooses or the jokes
Get off your ass black people it's time to get out and vote
Paint the White House black and I'm sure that's got 'em terrified
McCain don't belong in ANY chair unless he's paralyzed
Yeah I said it cause Bush is mentally handicapped
Ball up all of his speeches and just throw 'em like candy wraps
Cause what you talkin I hear nothin even relevant
And you the worst of all 43 Presidents
Get out and vote, or the end'll be near
And the world is ready for change cause Obama is here
YEAHHH! Cause Obama is here
The world is ready for change cause Obama is here
Yeahhhh, cause Obama is here
Say world is ready for change cause Obama is here
YouTube video: Ludacris - "Obama Is Here":
Yeah, but Zamfir outsold both Elvis and Lil Wayne.....in Romania.
Whatever. I didn't realize we had to provide detailed answers for you. Sure, Rap is music. And a crucifix in urine or a photo of a guy with a feather-duster up his arse is art. Happy now?
did not need that
Yes they will. He will be on 60 minutes being interviewed from jail saying he was wronged! lol
Is it meaningful to compare incomprehensible tribal chants to actual music?
Elvis could actually sing and make music that was pleasant and enjoyable to listen to.
Rap/hip-hop is music? Hum me a few bars.
It's great marketing if done correctly.
It's wrong to think of popular music in the old "band" framework, where musical groups wrote their own songs, put out music by albums and picked out producers.
The producers are now in the driver's seat - they write and produce individual tracks and decide which singers/MCs they think would be best for them, mixing and matching artists to create the most saleable combinations.
This is, in a way, a return to the model of the late 50s/early 60s where labels had stables of performers and also house songwriters and assigned songs to performers they felt were best suited to the material.
A lot of wannabe suburban white kids buy his stuff.
Are you saying that major hip hop hits like "Empire State of Mind" have no melody?
Never heard of her...
I'll take Wayne King over any rapper, any day, any time.
I hope you're not claiming that thought process is coherent.
And most here I’m sure love the sounds of Motown, Philly, numerous Black Doo Wop groups, Sam Cooke, etc, etc. So it’s not a Black vs White thing. It’s good vs garbage. Most older Blacks would agree. They hate Rap too.
Without cheating and doing a Google search, I can only think of one--"I Hope You Dance" by Lee Ann Womack (2001). However, I can probably name 30 songs from 1930 off the top of my head.
I have never considered rap to be singing or music
What you deem "high quality", most here deem as trash. However, there may a couple of rap sounds I actually like, mainly from the early days. "Planet Rock" (by Soul Sonic Force?), one example.
Not a very good analogy.
Most hip hop is not radical experimentalist noise - that would be more akin to the challenging music of artists like Merzbow or John Zorn.
The music on most hip hop tracks is composed in major and minor keys on traditional scales, using mostly the usual electric instruments (and also synthesizers like 808s and 303s). 90% of hip hop tracks feature hooks and choruses sung by vocalists in the traditional R&B vein.
What percentage of Rap music would you categorize as "low quality". I would say, approximately 99%. Most of the tracks are so similiar you can hardly tell the difference between them. There is very little imagination involved. Most of the lyrics are horribly offensive, at least to normal/decent folks.
Elvis died 35 years ago, and he still has a devoted following.
How many people will be listening to Lil Wayne 35 years from today?