As it was foretold on Friday, so the scripture is fulfilled – that the “Glee” take on “The Power of Madonna” comes in at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 albums chart. The seven-song set came in just shy of the 100k mark, having moved 98,000 copies. It’s the first No. 1 for the franchise, which has released two previous volumes of soundtrack/covers albums.
Exactly three-quarters of sales were from digital downloads, much like Ke$ha’s “Animal” debut, when 76% of sales the first week were from digi retailers.
Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now” climbs No. 3 to No. 2 with 83,000 copies, a 27% increase. That was aided by the band’s appearance and multiple wins at the Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards show. Justin Bieber’s “My World 2.0” budges from the top to No. 3 with 81,000 (-12%).
And while we thought that the AC/DC soundtrack to “Iron Man 2” wouldn’t come in at the top spot, it did manage No. 4 with 76,000, helping mark the first time in the chart’s 54-year history that two soundtracks bowed in the top 5 at the same time. “Iron Man 2” is essentially a hits set from the legendary classic rock band.
Usher’s “Raymond v. Raymond” falls No. 4 to No. 5 (52,000, -19%) while the “Now 33” hits comp sits tight at NO. 6 with 37,000 (-18%).
Jimmy Buffett’s Wal-Mart exclusive live album “Encores” starts at No. 7 with 31,000, making it his ninth top 10 album. His last “Take the Weather With You” from 2006 debuted at No. 4.
Bieber’s “My World” sells a few copies less than Buffet, also with 31,000, a 3% increase in sales. Lady Gaga’s “The Fame” slips No. 7 to No. 10 (28,000, -10%).
Sales are up 3% compared to last week but at are down 10 % compared to the same sales week last year. Overall, sales for the year are down 10%.


After five years as a columnist and editor at Billboard, Katie Hasty joined HitFix in 2009 for music and film reporting out of New York. The Midwest native has worked as a writer, music promoter and in A&R since 1999 and performs with her band Numbers And Letters.