Fox’s new hit TV show Glee is not only garnering respectable ratings, and glowing reviews, but the music from the quirky musical comedy is also heating up the digital sales charts.
So far, since it’s May debut after the American Idol final, the show’s cast has sold 848, 000 digital downloads from 11 songs, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The album Glee: The Music, Volume 1 will be released by Columbia records on November 3.
Added tidbit: The cast members have signed separate 360 deals with Columbia, so watch out for solo albums from the likes of Lea Michele, Amber Riley and Cory Monteith.
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In its first week of availability after the May sneak preview, the show’s version of “Don’t Stop Believin'” debuted with 177, 000 downloads and bowed at No. 2 on the Hot Digital Songs chart. Powered by its enormous sales week, the tune concurrently entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 4 — surpassing the No. 9 peak of Journey’s original 1981 version.
Eleven songs from the “Glee” cast members have sold nearly 850, 000 digital downloads. To date, 14 songs from the show have been released to iTunes, but Nielsen SoundScan sales data for the tracks “Last Name, ” Alone” and “Maybe This Time” (released Sept. 29) will not be available until next week.
Meanwhile, the highest selling of those 11 tracks is “Don’t Stop Believin’, ” which has sold 444, 000 downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This week, the “Glee” cast earned dual debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 — its covers of Celine Dion’s “Taking Chances” and Queen’s “Somebody To Love” entered at No. 71 and No. 85, respectively.