Empire has set records among all television networks, and its soundtrack is following suit. The show’s original musical compilation is now the number one album in the country, and it has become the first TV soundtrack to debut at the top spot since Glee in 2010.
Billboard has recently reported that the collection of music from the popular show totaled at 130,000 units in its opening week, which beat out Madonna’s Rebel Heart LP. The pop queen’s latest effort opened at number two with 121,000 units.
In addition to this triumph, the Empire soundtrack made a total of 84% (110,000 copies) in traditional album sales in its first week.
The project features some of the cast members, including: Jussie Smollett (Jamal Lyon), Bryshere Gray (Hakeem Lyon), Terrence Howard (Luscious Lyon), and Serayah Mcneill (Tiana Brown). Special guest artists also include the likes of Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Estelle, Courtney Love and Rita Ora, among many others.
Catch the two-hour long season finale of Empire tonight (Mar. 18) on Fox. In the meantime, however, you can take a look at what each cast member of the thrilling drama says the season closer will look like in three words below. — Richy Rosario