The following reply came from Fred Bronson of Billboard Magazine in answer to a reader's enquiry about Mariah Carey's chart statistics.
Amassing 40 chart entries is impressive, but you might be surprised to know that the artist with the most entries on our R&B singles chart has almost three times that many songs to his credit. The leader of the pack is James Brown, with 117 chart entries between 1956 and 1993. In second place is Aretha Franklin, who collected 98 chart entries between 1960 and 2003. There's a tie for third place, between the Temptations and Ray Charles. The former had 86 chart entries between 1962 and 2000, while the latter's 86 chart entries were between 1949 and 2002. So Mariah will have to more than double her number to be in the top three, and almost triple it to become the artist with the most entries on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
Elvis Presley is the clear leader with 138 chart entries on the Hot 100 and its predecessor chart, Best Sellers in Stores. Presley is the only artist to have more than 100 chart entries. James Brown is in second place with 94 and Ray Charles is third with 76. Aretha Franklin is close behind Charles, with 73.
Last edited by Brian Quinn; 08-10-2007 at 08:56 AM.