"Glee" nabs top of album chart with "Madonna"

Wed Apr 28, 2010 4:21pm EDT
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By Keith Caulfield

LOS ANGELES (Billboard) - Soundtracks scored strong debuts on the U.S. album chart Wednesday, when the "The Power of Madonna," from the previous week's episode of "Glee," grabbed the No. 1 spot and AC/DC's "Iron Man 2" became the week's second-highest debut at No. 4.

The soundtrack from the Madonna-themed episode of the Fox series sold 98,000 copies during the week ended April 25, according to Nielsen SoundScan. For "Iron Man 2," the sales total was 76,000.

This marks the first time in the Billboard 200 chart's nearly 54-year history that two soundtracks have simultaneously debuted in the top five.

"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 in November with a 113,000-copy debut week. "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 throughout the first half of the show's season -- "The Power of Madonna" focuses on one episode. It contains the seven numbers performed by the cast in the episode, including "Vogue" and "Like a Prayer."

"The Power of Madonna" is the first TV soundtrack to hit the penthouse on the album chart since "High School Musical 2" spent four weeks atop the tally in September 2007.

"The Power of Madonna" is also the first No. 1 album consisting entirely 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 was Lady Antebellum's "Need You Now," moving up one spot to No. 2 with sales of 83,000 copies, a 27 percent sales gain generated by the act's five wins on the April 18 Academy of Country Music Awards show.   Continued...