Chapter 91 – First time on the list
Now it was Renly’s turn to be confused. As the person involved, how could he not know what else he had achieved today?
Everyone on the scene raised their hands high, applauding and celebrating for Renly—celebrating him getting his second role in his acting career. However, Renly, who was standing on the stage, was still puzzled.
Stanley who immediately noticed Renly’s confusion, burst into laughter, and then said to Neil, “See, I told you, he definitely didn’t know anything, not a single clue about it.”
Neil, however, didn’t care at all about that. He excitedly rubbed his hands together, “Believe me, believe me, you’ll be just as happy as us when you see this!” Then he turned around to the back of the stage, found a rope, pulled it down, and a banner “swooshed” down. The large letters on it accurately conveyed the message:
Congratulations “Cleopatra” for entering the Billboard Hot 100!
Renly’s eyes widened, his teeth biting down hard, almost dislocating his jaw. This…this…was even more unbelievable than him getting the role for the movie “Buried” and at the same time achieving victory against Ryan Reynolds. More accurately, this was a fairy tale. Even if Renly tried to guess a hundred times, he would never have associated this surprise party with the Billboard Hot 100!
“See, I told you!” Neil exclaimed loudly, his face full of unrestrained excitement. “I told you!” Then he rushed over and gave Renly a big hug. “It’s happening, it’s really happening! Can you believe it? The latest Billboard Hot 100 singles chart was just announced this morning, and ‘Cleopatra’ has actually made it onto the list!”
Just a short while ago, riding on the popularity of “The Pacific,” “Cleopatra” had climbed the iTunes real-time download chart, and Renly thought that was surreal enough. At that time, he believed this was just a fleeting moment and didn’t take it too seriously. But things have evolved beyond Renly’s expectations.
Three weeks ago, in a special feature in “The Fader” magazine, “Cleopatra” was strongly recommended, once again elevating the song’s popularity in a surprising way.
“The Fader” is an independent professional magazine dedicated to the North American music industry, that was founded in 1999. It quickly became a best-selling magazine with its lively style, sharp language, and humorous titles. Its professional attitude and music reviews became its major selling points. In just five years, it rapidly grew, surpassing two other independent music magazines, “Spin” and “Blender,” even posing a threat to the top music magazine in the industry, “Rolling Stone,” forcing the latter to experiment with a new style.
In 2005, “The Fader” was voted the best music magazine of the year in the United States.