Billboard Round-Up: Where Did Glee Debut on the Billboard?

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Where Did Glee Vol. 7 Debut on the Billboard 200?

Rounding out the top 10 are two debuts: "Glee: the Music, Season 3: Volume 7" at No. 9 (58,000) and [redacted].

For the "Glee" franchise, this is the lowest debut sales week of any of the regular "Glee" releases (volumes 1-7), and the third-lowest of all 14 "Glee" entries. Only the "Rocky Horror Glee" EP and "The 3D Concert Movie" soundtrack started with smaller sales, with 48,000 and 20,000, respectively. Still, it's the "Glee" show's 13th top 10 album overall -- only the "Concert Movie" set missed the region, debuting and peaking at No. 16.

Where Did "We Are Young" Debut on the Hot 100?

Just outside the Hot 100's top tier, the "Glee" cast rockets in at No. 12 with its cover of Fun.'s "We Are Young," which enters Digital Songs at No. 3 with 137,000 downloads sold. The Fox TV troupe's exposure of the song - marking one of the few times that the show has remade a song not yet a current mass-appeal hit; it previously covered Bruno Mars' album cut "Marry You" - concurrently spurs Fun.'s original, featuring Janelle Monae, to debut on the Hot 100 at No. 53, logging digital sales of 49,000 (up from 3,000) and a 34-28 advance on the Alternative Songs radio airplay chart.

"Glee" is involved in the Hot 100's other title that appears under two artist billings. Its toast to Toby Keith's "Red Solo Cup" debuts at No. 92 after its premiere on last week's (Dec. 6) episode, helping Keith's version rumble 35-17 as the Hot 100's Digital Gainer. Keith's "Cup" climbs 20-8 on Digital Songs (96,000, up 90%), marking his first top 10 on the tally; on the airplay-based Country Songs chart, it rises 21-17. 

"Hold On to Sixteen" Hot 100 Placements

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The 10 Biggest Glee Hit Songs

Songs from Glee have stormed the pop music charts since the show debuted in May of 2009. While many only make a brief appearance in the lower reaches of the Billboard Hot 100, more than a dozen have been top 40 pop hits. This is your guide to the 10 biggest pop hits from the hit show Glee. The song's peak position on the Billboard Hot 100 is included.

10. "Poker Face" - June 2010 - #20
The Theatricality episode of Glee featured highly theatrical songs originally performed by Lady Gaga and the rock group Kiss. "Poker Face" was performed on the show as a mother-daughter duet. Lady Gaga's version hit #1 on the charts in 2009.

9. "Singin' In the Rain / Umbrella" - November 2010 - #18
Glee demonstrates how to update the classic "Singin' In the Rain" by mashing it with Rihanna's #1 smash "Umbrella." This performance was featured on the episode The Substitute and features guest star Gwyneth Paltrow.

8. "Get It Right" - March 2011 - #16
"Get It Right" was one of two previously unrecorded songs from the episode Original Song to become major chart hits for the show. This one features Lea Michele in a solo. Glee took a significant risk veering from their all covers format to experiment with releasing original material. The experiment kicked off as a success.

7. "Total Eclipse of the Heart" - May 2010 - #16
The Glee episode titled Bad Reputation included a list of pop songs with bad reputations. The cast's version of "Total Eclipse of the Heart" closed the episode. Bonnie Tyler's original version of the song went to #1 in 1983.

6. "Toxic" - October 2010 - #16
Glee took on Britney Spears songs in the episode Britney / Brittany. As glee club director Will Schuester relents and allows the group to perform a Britney Spears song, he joins them onstage for this version of "Toxic" at the homecoming assembly.

5. "Forget You" - November 2010 - #11
Glee demonstrated how successful current hit songs could be for the show. Here guest star Gwyneth Paltrow takes the lead on a "clean" version of Cee Lo Green's "F**k You!" This performance was featured in the episode titled The Substitute.

4. "Rumour Has It / Someone Like You" - November 2011 - "#11
It looked like Glee's chart impact was finally starting to languish in its third season. Then along came a mash-up of two songs from Adele's album 21, the bestselling album of the year. It reminded us all how powerful a Glee performance can be. The rival all-girl Glee club the Troubletones rides intense emotion to a stomping beat. The result barely missed the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100.

3. "Teenage Dream" - November 2010 - #8
The introduction of new character Blaine provided the occasion for an all-male a capella version of Katy Perry's hit single "Teenage Dream" on the episode titled Never Been Kissed. The arrangement is stunning. Backing vocals were recorded by the Tufts University a capella group Beelzebubs who finished second on the first season of the TV show The Sing-Off. The result was the biggest sales week yet for a Glee song.

2. "Loser Like Me" - March 2011 - #6
Glee's New Directions perform at the Regionals competition in the episode Original Song. The show does introduce original songs here, and the biggest is the big ensemble number "Loser Like Me." Fans responded positively and made this song one of the biggest hits of all time from the show. 

1. "Don't Stop Believin'" - June 2009 - #4
This is the song that started it all. It is William McKinley High School's glee club named New Directions performing Journey's classic "Don't Stop Believin'" in the Glee pilot episode that convinces the group's coach Will Schuester to stay at the school and stick with the club. Journey's original version hit #9 in 1982.

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