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Mariah Carey Ties Elvis on Singles Chart

December 24, 2005

NEW YORK (AP) _ Mariah Carey’s ``Don’t Forget About Us″ rose to the top of Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, putting her in a tie with Elvis Presley for second place among artists with the most No. 1 singles in the rock era.

Carey and Presley have 17 No. 1 hits, second only to the Beatles, who had 20. (Some music sources report Presley had 18 No. 1 hits by counting the double-sided single ``Don’t Be Cruel″ and ``Hound Dog″ as two hits instead of one.)

``Don’t Forget About Us″ was Carey’s second No. 1 song this year, following her ballad ``We Belong Together.″ Both tunes are from her Grammy-nominated album, ``The Emancipation of Mimi.″

It has taken Carey just over 15 years to accumulate the 17 hit singles. Her first was ``Vision of Love″ in 1990.

``Don’t Forget About Us,″ which ranked second last week, overtook Chris Brown’s ``Run It!″ _ which fell to No. 2 after five weeks at the top, Billboard said Thursday.


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