Monday, October 12, 2009

Shout It Out for 'Glee'

My days of watching the pop charts on a weekly basis ended when I realized I didn't know ONE of the bands in the top 10 one week. So it was all the more surprising to read that songs by the "Glee" kids -- a show I actually watch -- were all over the place, accounting for 10 spots on the iTunes list of top 200 downloaded songs and four places on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week. (The top-selling “Glee” cast recordings last week included two mash-ups created for the most recent episode of the series — one of Bon Jovi’s “It’s My Life” and Usher’s “Confessions Part II,” and the other of BeyoncĂ©’s “Halo” and “Walking on Sunshine,” by Katrina and the Waves.)

The ever-shrewd Fox plans to capitalize on this. On Nov. 3, Columbia Records and 20th Century Fox Television will release “Glee: The Music, Volume 1,” the first in what the companies plan as a series of soundtrack albums. While I enjoy many of these songs in the context of the series, I can't imagine sitting around listening to them. Can you? (Via NYT)

6 comments: said...

I could not agree with you more. I am a pop music junkie and have found at least 30 out of the top 40 to be crap lately (past few years).

Glee is awesome and they cover many of the songs old AND new that I love and seeing them burn up the charts is AWESOME and makes me realize we are not the only ones!


P.S. Have I told you lately how much I love your blog? Well...I DO!

Michael said...

I do sit around and listen to some of them. And have a few on my running playlist. Lea Michelle's voice is gorgeous, and I love the Glee version of "Somebody To Love."

nojarama said...

Love the show & they killed the Journey song in the pilot!

Anonymous said...

I bought the first 2 songs from the pilot. I haven't purchased any others, but was thinking of buying at least one of the mash-ups.

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Ren said...

I can't wait for the album. :-D

Nick said...

I must be one of the people putting them on the charts. I have bought most of the songs that have been made available on iTunes. I don't even want to think how much it has cost me vs. the cost of just waiting until the album comes out. I think releasing the singles is a genius move by Fox.

I love Lea Michele from her days in Spring Awakening and her version of Celine Dion's Taking Chances is amazing.