In the U.S., The GLEE Cast is a Top 10-Selling Digital Artist of All Time

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By Jason Matthews

FOX’S smash hit GLEE has reached another amazing milestone this week: music performed by the show’s cast ranks No. 8 in the Top 10-selling digital U.S. artists of all time, according to SoundScan. With over 32 million GLEE songs digitally downloaded in the U.S., the show’s stellar cast is in the company of pop icons Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Black Eyed Peas.

Most recently, the GLEE cast’s versions of Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” (45,292 tracks sold to date), Michael Jackson’s “Bad” (48,766 tracks sold to date)  and “Smooth Criminal” (161,495 tracks sold to date) have been added to GLEE’s groundbreaking record for most charted songs by a single act in the Billboard Hot 100 chart history. These standout tracks bring the GLEE cast’s grand total of Hot 100 entries to 193, surpassing Elvis Presley, The Beatles and James Brown. 

From the anthem hit “Don’t Stop Believin’” to the iconic rendition of “Vogue” to the pop phenomenon “Teenage Dream,” GLEE has sold more than 42 million songs and over 12 million albums worldwide. GLEE scored three consecutive No. 1 releases with “Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers,” “Glee: The Music, The Power of Madonna” and “Glee: The Music, Journey To Regionals.” The RIAA has certified Platinum (sales in excess of one million units) “Glee: The Music, Volume 1” and “Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album”; and certified Gold (sales in excess of 500,000 units) “Glee: The Music, Volume 2,” “Glee: The Music, Volume 3” and “Glee: The Music, Volume 4,” the latter of which also received a Grammy nomination for Best Compilation Soundtrack for Visual Media.

GLEE returns with all-new episodes on Tuesday, April 10 (8:00-9:00 PM) on FOX 50.

ABOUT GLEE
Since its debut, GLEE has become a bona fide cultural phenomenon, received prestigious honors including Golden Globe and Peabody Awards, covered music ranging from Adele to “West Side Story,” sold over 40 million songs, 12 million albums, 2.5 million DVDs and single-handedly made glee clubs cool again. GLEE stars Lea Michele (Rachel), Cory Monteith (Finn), Amber Riley (Mercedes), Chris Colfer (Kurt), Kevin McHale (Artie), Matthew Morrison (Will Schuester), Jane Lynch (Sue Sylvester), Jenna Ushkowitz (Tina), Mark Salling (Puck), Dianna Agron (Quinn), Naya Rivera (Santana), Heather Morris (Brittany), Harry Shum, Jr. (Mike) and Darren Criss (Blaine). The series remains a Top 10-selling TV franchise. GLEE is produced by Ryan Murphy Television in association with 20th Century Fox Television. Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan are co-creators of the series. Murphy, Falchuk, Brennan and Dante Di Loreto serve as executive producers. Become a fan of GLEE on Facebook at www.facebook.com/glee. Follow the series on Twitter at www.twitter.com/gleeonfox and join the conversation at #Glee.

ABOUT COLUMBIA RECORDS
One of the most respected and successful record labels in the world, Columbia Records is home to established superstars and exciting new talent. Columbia Records is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony Music Entertainment.

Sony Music Entertainment is a global recorded music company with a roster of current artists that includes a broad array of both local artists and international superstars. The company boasts a vast catalog that comprises some of the most important recordings in history. Sony Music Entertainment is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sony Corporation of America.

ABOUT FOX BROADCASTING COMPANY
Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) is a unit of News Corporation and the leading broadcast television network among Adults 18-49. FOX finished the 2010-2011 season at No. 1 in the key adult demographic for the seventh consecutive year – a feat that has never been achieved in broadcast history – while continuing to dominate all network competition in the more targeted Adults 18-34 and Teen demographics. FOX airs 15 hours of primetime programming a week as well as late-night entertainment programming, major sports and Sunday morning news.

 

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