April 28, 2010

Power of GLEE

It's all about "The Power of Madonna" this week on the Billboard 200 albums chart where the soundtrack from last week's Madonna-themed episode of Fox TV's "Glee" debuts at No. 1 with 98,000 copies sold according to Nielsen SoundScan. The week's second-highest debut is also a soundtrack: AC/DC's "Iron Man 2" at No. 4 with 76,000 sold. Thus, with soundtracks debuting at Nos. 1 and 4, it marks the first time in the Billboard 200 chart's nearly 54-year history that two soundtracks have simultaneously debuted in the top five. A whopping 75% of "Madonna's" first-week sales came from download retailers. The arrival is reminiscent of when Ke$ha's "Animal" wowed the digital world back in January when a then-record 76% of its first week sales were downloads. (That record was later broke by the all-digital debut at No. 1 from the "Hope for Haiti Now" charity album.)