(AllHipHop News) Empire is the hottest show on television, and now its soundtrack is the number one album in the country. Original Soundtrack from Season 1 of Empire becomes the first TV soundtrack to debut in the top spot since Glee in 2010.
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Billboard announced the collection of music from the Fox series totaled 130,000 units in its opening week. Those numbers were enough to beat Madonna’s latest LP Rebel Heart. The pop superstar’s 13th studio album opens at number two with 121,000 units.
The Billboard 200 album chart includes streaming and track equivalent albums. Every 1,500 album streams and 10 downloads of individual tracks equal one unit. The Empire soundtrack’s total of traditional album sales made up 84% of its first week units (110,000 copies).
The album features contributions from cast members Jussie Smollett, Bryshere Gray a.k.a. Yazz, Serayah McNeil, and Terrence Howard. Special guest performers Mary J. Blige, Juicy J, Charles Hamilton, Jennifer Hudson, Rita Ora, Courtney Love, and Estelle appear on the set as well.
The 2-hour season finale of Empire airs tonight on Fox.
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Watch the cast and crew of Empire give three words to describe the season finale below. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqXOiPyAn3A]