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Madonna’s ‘Glee’tastic ‘Celebration’ Continues on Hot 100, Digital Chart


Madonna’s ‘Glee’tastic ‘Celebration’ Continues on Hot 100, Digital Chart

The “Glee”/Madonna celebration is in full swing on the Billboard 200 albums chart, where “The Power of Madonna” soundtrack to last week’s Queen of Pop-themed show debuts at No. 1 with 98,000 copies sold according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Additionally, the “Glee” cast’s version of Madonna’s 1989 No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit “Like a Prayer” was the biggest selling individual track from the show last week, debuting at No. 10 on the Digital Songs chart with 87,000 downloads sold. “Prayer” will debut at No. 27 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart tomorrow when it’s unveiled on

But the party also extends to the diva’s own catalog of her original recordings as well. For example, her appropriately titled “Celebration” greatest hits album re-enters the Billboard 200 at No. 85 with 6,000 (up 219%). That’s the package’s best sales week since Christmas. (In the show last week, “Glee” character Sue Sylvester gave the title some ridiculous product placement when she held the CD in her hand during an appeal to have Madonna’s music blasted through the school’s intercom.)

All told, Madonna’s catalog of albums saw a 44% jump in sales, selling 17,000 this past week (up from 12,000).

Her digital song download tally this week also got a big bump. Her total track sales totaled 108,000 for the week ‹ up 169% compared to the week previous (40,000). Her two biggest-selling songs of the week were “4 Minutes” and “Like a Prayer” (each selling 12,000 with gains of 183% and 267%, respectively).

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Glee’ + Madonna = No. 1


Glee’ + Madonna = No. 1
April 28, 2010

Editor: Keith Caulfield; Contributors: Gary Trust, Alex Vitoulis; Editorial Director: Silvio Pietroluongo

Fox TV’s “Glee” and the Queen of Pop team up for “The Power of Madonna,” which debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 98,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan . . . It’s the first non-Disney TV soundtrack to reach the top of the chart since “Miami Vice” way back in late 1985 and early 1986 . . . AC/DC is the second-highest debut this week at No. 4 with its soundtrack to the upcoming “Iron Man 2” film . . . Jimmy Buffett’s Wal-Mart-exclusive live album “Encores” is the third and final arrival in the top 10, coming in at No. 7.

• It’s all about “The Power of Madonna” this week on the Billboard 200, where the soundtrack from last week’s Madonna-themed episode of Fox TV’s “Glee” debuts at No. 1 with 98,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

• The week’s second-highest debut is also a soundtrack: AC/DC’s “Iron Man 2” at No. 4 with 76,000 sold. Thus, with soundtracks debuting at Nos. 1 and 4 this week, it marks the first time in the Billboard 200’s nearly 54-year history that two soundtracks simultaneously debut in the top five.

• A whopping 75% of “Madonna’s” first-week sales came from download retailers. The arrival is reminiscent of when Ke$ha’s “Animal” wowed the digital world in January when a then-record 76% of its first-week numbers were downloads. (That record was later broken by the all-digital debut at No. 1 from the “Hope for Haiti Now” charity album.)

• “The Power of Madonna” is the third album release from “Glee,” but the first to reach No. 1. “Glee Season One: The Music Volume 1” peaked at No. 4 last November with a 113,000 debut week, and then “Volume 2” bowed (and peaked) at No. 3 the following month with 173,000 in its premiere frame. Combined, the first two volumes have now sold 1.4 million.

• Unlike the first two “Glee” albums—which collected musical highlights from the first half of the show’s season—”The Power of Madonna” focuses on only one episode. It contains the seven numbers that the cast performed, including “Vogue” and “Like a Prayer.” (The iTunes edition comes with one bonus track not sung in the episode: “Burning Up.”)

• “The Power of Madonna” is the first TV soundtrack to be No. 1 since Walt Disney’s “High School Musical 2” spent four weeks atop the tally in September 2007. If we back out the house of Mouse, the last non-Disney TV soundtrack to reign at No. 1 before “Glee” was the “Miami Vice” soundtrack in late 1985 and early 1986. It spent 11 nonconsecutive weeks in the penthouse.

• “The Power of Madonna” is also the first No. 1 album consisting totally of covers of one act’s songs since the all-ABBA “Mamma Mia!” soundtrack reigned for a week in August 2008.

• Trailing the “Glee” kids is Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now,” moving up one spot to No. 2. It posts a 27% increase, selling 83,000 copies (up from 65,000 last week). That’s a sales gain no doubt generated by the act’s five wins on the April 18 Academy of Country Music Awards show.

• Justin Bieber’s “My World 2.0” falls from No. 1 to No. 3 this week with 81,000—down 12%.

• As mentioned earlier, AC/DC’s soundtrack to the upcoming “Iron Man 2” film arrives at No. 4 with 76,000. The 15-song album—the band’s eighth top 10 set—comprises previously released AC/DC tunes and includes such well-known tracks as “Highway to Hell,” “Back in Black” and its lead single, “Shoot to Thrill.” It’s a safe bet that once “Iron Man 2” arrives in theaters May 7, this album’s sales should spike handsomely.

• Usher’s “Raymond v Raymond” slips one rung to No. 5 with 52,000 (down 19%), and the “Now 33” compilation holds at No. 6 with 37,000 (down 18%).

• The final debut in the top 10 this week comes from chart veteran Jimmy Buffett at No. 7 with the live set “Encores” (31,000). The double-length album is available exclusively through Wal-Mart, Buffett’s Margaritaville retail stores and its Web site. “Encores” is Buffett’s ninth top 10 album and his first since 2006’s “Take the Weather With You” debuted and peaked at No. 4.

• Bieber’s first “My World” album skips up two positions with a 3% gain to No. 8 with 31,000. (Rounding off SoundScan figures renders this title’s sales to appear the same as Buffett’s, though the latter leads.) Zac Brown Band’s “The Foundation”—another album that profits from the Academy of Country Music Awards—rises to a new chart high of No. 9 with 29,000 (up 26%). Lady Gaga’s “The Fame” drops three spots to No. 10 with 28,000 (down 10%).

• Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending April 25) totaled 5.6 million units, up 3% compared with the sum last week (5.5 million) and down 10% compared with the comparable sales week of 2009 (6.2 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 98.2 million, down 10% compared with the same total at this point last year (11 million).


• Next week on the Billboard 200, a familiar face (or group of faces) will probably reign at No. 1. Either Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” or Justin Bieber’s “My World 2.0” seem likely to return to the penthouse, as—so far—none of the new albums released April 27 will pose a threat for the top slot.

• The two highest debuts will come from rapper B.o.B’s debut album, “The Adventures of Bobby Ray,” and rock band Bullet for My Valentine’s “Fever,” but not necessarily in that order. Presently, industry prognosticators think the former could sell around 55,000 by week’s end May 2, while the latter could do maybe 60,000.

• Other albums in the hunt for high debuts on next week’s chart include Melissa Etheridge’s “Fearless Love,” Miranda Cosgrove’s “Sparks Fly” and Hole’s “Nobody’s Daughter.” Etheridge and Cosgrove may each sell perhaps 40,000, while Hole’s set looks safe for a start somewhere in the 15,000 to 25,000 range.

• Album units, current chart week: 5.6 million units
• UP 2% from last week’s charts: 5.5 million units
• DOWN 10% from the comparable week in 2009: 6.2 million units
• This week: No albums sell more than 100,000 copies.
• This week last year on the Billboard 200: Rick Ross’ “Deeper Than Rap” debuted atop the tally with 158,000 while the previous week’s No. 1, the “Hannah Montana: The Movie” soundtrack fell to No. 2 with 104,000 (down 22%). Depeche Mode’s “Sounds of the Universe” was the second-highest new entry, starting at No. 3 with 80,000. Asher Roth’s “Asleep in the Bread Aisle” was the final arrival in the top 10, opening at No. 5 with 65,000.

• Among the albums released this week, due on next week’s charts: Bullet for My Valentine’s “Fever,” Melissa Etheridge’s “Fearless Love,” Hole’s “Nobody’s Daughter,” B.o.B’s “The Adventures of Bobby Ray,” Miranda Cosgrove’s “Sparks Fly,” Daddy Yankee’s “Mundial” and Drowning Pool’s “Drowning Pool.”

• Next week’s Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2009 when: Bob Dylan’s “Together Through Life” arrived atop the tally with 125,000. The previous week’s No. 1, Rick Ross’ “Deeper Than Rap,” fell to No. 4 with 51,000 (down 68%). Two more albums started in the top 10: rock super group Heaven & Hell’s “The Devil You Know” (No. 8 with 30,000) and the compilation “Playing for Change: Songs Around the World” (No. 10 with 26,000).

Glee’s 4 Minutes is out!

Seriously the best Glee song ever. It rocks on every level. Chris Colfer sounds much better in his lower register then that awful higher one.

Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) Vogue Video

Here is the Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester) remake of Madonna’s Vogue video that aired at the end of Glee last night. It is a preview for next week’s episode, entitled “The Power of Madonna.”

Sue Sylvester, dance on air!…Will Schuster, I hate you! Simply hilarious!!!

‘Glee’ cast covers Madonna’s ‘Like a Prayer’: Hear it here!

Next week’s all-Madonna episode of Glee is the most music-packed episode so far—and, in my opinion, their best hour yet. So it makes sense Fox is slowly leaking select tracks from the episode, like Sue Sylvester’s brilliant scene-for-scene remake of “Vogue.” Now, we have the cast’s phenomenal cover of “Like a Prayer.” “Like a Prayer” is definitely one of the highlights of the episode and probably the show’s best shot at another “Don’t Stop Believin’”-type download phenomenon. Plus, it does a nice job of incorporating most of the cast’s vocals.

Glee – The power of Madonna Preview HQ

Here’s a preview of the 15th episode of Glee called The Power of Madonna.