‘Empire: Original Soundtrack’ Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart
Fox's hit series Empire has been a dominant presence in terms of ratings and headlines, and now that success has translated to the Billboard charts. The show's Original Soundtrack from Season 1 debuted at the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart.
According to Billboard, the collection moved over 130,000 copies in its first week of release, serving as more evidence behind the show's increasing popularity. The soundtrack outpaced releases from music heavyweights such as Madonna's Rebel Heart and Luke Bryan's Spring Break ...Check It Out, which came in the No. 2 and No. 3 spots, respectively.
The chart achievement also makes it the first soundtrack from a TV show in five years to grab the top spot since three different Glee soundtracks all debuted at No. 1 throughout 2010.
The project features music from cast members Jussie Smollett (Jamal Lyon) and Bryshere Grey aka Yazz (Hakeem Lyon), along with appearances by big names such as Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Juicy J, and Estelle -- all of whom have made cameos in the show.
If you haven't yet, feel free to purchase a copy of the Empire Soundtrack on iTunes. Also, make sure to tune in tonight (March 18) for the season finale of Empire, which will air at 8PM ET on Fox.