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'Empire' soundtrack eclipses Madonna for Billboard No. 1 album

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 00:57

Fox television drama ''Empire'' takes the top spot in the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart. John Russell reports.

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"Empire," the Fox television hip-hop drama that became a hit in its first season, made its mark with music fans as the show's soundtrack debuted at No. 1 and beat Madonna for the top slot in the weekly U.S. Billboard 200 album chart on Wednesday (March 18). The soundtrack scored 130,000 sales units, ahead of 121,000 units for Madonna's 13th studio album, the brand new "Rebel Heart," for the week ended March 15, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan. "Empire," the story of a hip-hop recording dynasty, is the first TV soundtrack to debut at No. 1 since 2010, when three albums from another Fox show, "Glee," arrived, Billboard said. The third spot on the chart was also for a debut album, country star Luke Bryan's "Spring Break ... Checkin' Out," which racked up 106,000 sales units.

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'Empire' soundtrack eclipses Madonna for Billboard No. 1 album

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 - 00:57