Columbia to release 'Glee' soundtracks

First record includes 17 tracks from show's first season

Twentieth TV is teaming with Columbia Records to release a series of soundtracks from Fox's upcoming musical drama "Glee."

The partners will release "Glee: The Music, Volume 1" on Nov. 3. It contains 17 tracks performed during the show's first season.

The move follows the success of the cast's cover of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'," which hit No. 1 on the iTunes chart following its use in the show's pilot, which was previewed last season after "American Idol."

Selections on the first soundtrack include renditions of Queen's "Somebody to Love," Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" and Kanye West's "Gold Digger."

"Glee" premieres Sept. 9 and has enjoyed some of the strongest critical buzz among the new fall shows. It also had a screening in July at Comic-Con in San Diego.

Fox has struggled to launch dramas in the fall, however, and the musical-drama format is a seldom-tested format. But initiatives that further spread the show's soundtrack can only help generate more fans.
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