LOS ANGELES — It’s finale week on “American Idol,” but without a personality on the par of Adam Lambert, or even a pillow-soft upstart such as David Archuleta, it’s another Fox series that has dominated the cross-media landscape. The latest music-related cash-in to “Glee” topped the North American pop music chart at No. 1 Wednesday, opening with 136,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
The 28-track disc “Glee – The Music Volume 3: Showstoppers” features show tune reworkings of songs from the likes of Lady Gaga and U2, among others. It kept a reissue of the Rolling Stones’ “Exile on Main St.” out of the top slot on Billboard’s charts.
Just last month, “Glee’s” “The Power of Madonna” bowed at No. 1 with 98,000 copies sold, and Fox and Sony are certainly milking the series for all it’s worth. On June 8, a “Glee” EP dubbed “Journey to the Regionals” will hit retailers.
Already, SoundScan reports that 1.2 million digital songs have been downloaded from “Showstoppers” over the last month. Last week alone, 316,000 tracks were downloaded, and of the 136,000 copies sold of “Showstoppers,” 56,000 originated from the digital sector.