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Glee success speed overtakes Elvis

The cast of US comedy drama Glee have smashed Elvis' record for the fastest act to score 20 top 40 hits, the Official Charts Company said.

Stars of the hit TV show took 57 weeks to achieve the feat with Toxic entering the singles chart at number 40.

The previous record holder, Elvis Presley, took 88 weeks to achieve 20 hits.

The Glee cast's total includes three top 10s and six top 20s. They have now sold more than two million singles and over a million albums in the UK.

Martin Talbot, managing director of the Official Charts Company, said: "This is a quite amazing achievement by the Glee cast to be in the same company as the likes of Elvis Presley, in fact beating his 50-year-old record.

"The success underlines just how popular this TV show has become, as well as emphasising how digital downloading has transformed the consumer's engagement with music. The Glee cast are superstars of the digital music age."

Toxic gives the Glee cast members their 50th top 75 hit in 57 weeks. Previous record holders The Shadows took almost seven times as long.

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