'Empire' Is First TV Series Soundtrack to Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart

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No other TV-related soundtrack has done so since Diana Ross and The Supremes, and the Temptations, in 1969.

In the same week that the first season of Fox TV's musical drama Empire ended, its soundtrack debuts at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, making it the first TV series soundtrack to crown the 50-year-old list.

The only other TV soundtrack to lead the tally was in January and February of 1969, when Diana Ross & The Supremes, along with the Temptations, took the soundtrack to its TCB TV special to No. 1. The musical TV event, which brought together Motown's two biggest groups, aired on NBC on Dec. 9, 1968. The album spent six weeks at No. 1, beginning with the Jan. 18, 1969, chart.

Empire is also the first soundtrack of any kind to hit No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums since 2010, when the soundtrack to the film Michael Jackson's This Is It spent its fourth (and final) week at No. 1 on the chart dated Feb. 13, 2010.

Empire sold 110,000 copies in the week ending March 15, according to Nielsen Music.

Empire's success also spreads to the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, where the album has six tracks on the 50-position tally. That's the most simultaneous tracks that the show has posted on the list thus far. "You're So Beautiful," featuring Jussie Smollett & Yazz (who play brothers on the show), dips 18-26, while "Conqueror," featuring Estelle, slips 15-29. "Good Enough," featuring Smollett, re-enters at No. 33. Empire's highest debut on the list is the vocally charged R&B cut "What Is Love," featuring V. Bozeman, which bows at No. 39. Two more re-entries round out Empire's six-pack: "Drip Drop," featuring Yazz & Serayah McNeill (No. 40) and "No Apologies," featuring Smollett & Yazz (No. 46).

"You're So Beautiful" led all of the songs in terms of streams for the week, with 1.4 million domestic clicks, with the majority stemming from Spotify. "What Is Love" was the second-most-streamed Empire track, with 1.3 million.

Empire's six tracks on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (dated March 28, 2015):

No. 26 – "You're So Beautiful" featuring Jussie Smollett & Yazz

No. 29 – "Conquerer" featuring Estelle & Jussie Smollett

No. 33 – "Good Enough" featuring Jussie Smollett (Re-entry)

No. 39 – "What Is Love" featuring V. Bozeman (Debut)

No. 40 – "Drip Drop" featuring Yazz & Serayah McNeill (Re-entry)

No. 46 – "No Apologies" featuring Jussie Smollet & Yazz (Re-entry)

This article originally appeared on Billboard.comAdditional reporting by Keith Caulfield.

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