November 25, 2005

Madonna ties with Elvis for singles chart record

By Fred Bronson

LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - As Madonna's "Hung Up" jumps
seven places to No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart,
the pop icon matches Elvis Presley's tally for top-10 hits --
36, the most for any artist in the rock era.

Madonna racked up that tally in about 21 and a half years,
starting with "Borderline." Presley scored his 36 top 10 hits
in 16 and a half years, from 1956 with "Heartbreak Hotel" until
1972 with "Burning Love."

"Hung Up" is Madonna's highest-charting single in almost
five years, since "Don't Tell Me" reached No. 4 in February
2001. It is her first top 10 hit since her James Bond theme
song "Die Another Day" hit No. 8 in 2002. Madonna already held
the record for the most top 40 hits by a solo female artist;
she continues in first place as "Hung Up" becomes her 45th top
40 hit, out of 51 chart entries. Aretha Franklin is in second
place with 43.

The parent album for "Hung Up" debuted at No. 1 on the
Billboard 200. "Confessions on a Dance Floor" is Madonna's
sixth album to achieve pole position. Her No. 1 albums to date

"Like a Virgin," three weeks (1985)

"True Blue," five weeks (1986)

"Like a Prayer," six weeks (1989)

"Music," one week (2000)

"American Life," one week (2003)

"Confessions on a Dance Floor," one week to date (2005)