'Glee,' Madonna ignite Billboard charts
'Power' episode fuels sales for singer and cast soundtrackThe "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 billboard.com.
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).