The Music Industry Is Full Of Surprising, But True Facts

The music industry is full of unbelievable, but true facts. In the last twenty years, a few notable recording artists have statistically outperformed past music legends. In fact, some of the figures are astonishing when you consider previous monumental music icons and their mark on history.

Take the Beatles, for example. The Beatles, including members Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr are arguably the most influential and greatest composers, musicians, and performers the music industry has ever had.

The English Rock Group, The Beatles
Portrait of British pop group The Beatles (L-R) Paul McCartney, George Harrison (1943 - 2001), Ringo Starr and John Lennon (1940 - 1980) at the BBC Television Studios in London before the start of their world tour, June 17, 1966. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)

However, the members of the American musical comedy-drama television series, Glee, have had more songs on the music charts than the legendary Beatles.

According to a story by Billboard, the cast of Glee has managed to tally up seventy-five, Billboard Hot 100 chart entries, surpassing the 71 chart song titles of the Beatles between 1964 and 1996.

Topping Billboard’s Hot 100 chart is the disputable King of Rock ‘n Roll, Elvis Presley with 108 chart hits.

Some might find it surprising to find that Elvis Presley’s song popularity is overshadowed by The Black Eyed Peas’ hit song, “I Gotta Feeling.”

The Black Eyed Peas Perform At Superbowl
The Black Eyed Peas perform during the Bridgestone Super Bowl XLV Halftime Show at Cowboys Stadium on February 6, 2011 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

In fact, the Black Eyed Peas’ hit song turns out to be more popular than any songs by Elvis Presley or folk/rock musicians and artists, Simon and Garfunkel.

Another music industry comparison of the Beatles includes a report by Motley Fool.

Ke$ha Poses For Photo
Ke$ha poses in the Wonderwall Portrait Studio at the iHeartRadio Ultimate Pool Party Presented by VISIT FLORIDA at Fontainebleau's BleauLive in Miami featuring live performances by Pitbull, Ke$ha, Afrojack, Icona Pop, Krewella and Jason Derulo on June 29, 2013 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Clear Channel)

According to the multimedia financial-services company, “Ke$ha’s debut single “Tik Tok” has sold more copies than any Beatles single.”

Ke$ha was able to sell more than 600,000 copies of her debut record in just seven days using iTunes.

Here’s another surprising fact related to the music industry. Most people who have listened to music for the last few decades may remember REM, Led Zeppelin, and Depeche Mode.

Surprisingly, none of these groups have had a number one single on the music charts.

Rihanna In London, England
Rihanna arrives for the Stella McCartney Special Presentation at 13 North Audley Street during London Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2012 on February 18, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/Getty Images)

But 27-year-old Barbadian fashion designer, actress, and singer, Rihanna has had 13 singles to reach the top of the music charts.

King Of Pop, Michael Jackson
Michael Jackson performing onstage at his first solo concert in Kansas City, Missouri in 1998. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect)

Avid fans of the late Michael Jackson may find it odd to find out that Katy Perry, the American music industry actress, singer, and songwriter, and the King of Pop — himself an actor, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and singer — are both tied with the most number one singles from an album.

More unbelievable, but true facts about the music industry comes from an article from Art Sheep; including music legends, like Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, Pearl Jam, and Barbara Streisand.

It turns out, Barbara Streisand has sold more than 140 million records; more than Johnny Cash, Tom Petty, and Pearl Jam combined.

Barbara Streisand Performs
Singer/actress Barbra Streisand performs onstage during the Oscars held at the Dolby Theatre on February 24, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

One can only wonder what the music industry will bring in the next 20 years. Do you have any predictions?

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