'Empire's' Taraji P. Henson on Battling Madonna for No. 1 Album: 'I Need a GRAMMY'

by Raphael Chestang 5:10 PM PDT, March 13, 2015
Playing 'Empire's' Taraji P. Henson on Battling Madonna for No. 1 Album: 'I Need a GRAMMY'

The soundtrack to Fox's Empire is on pace to sell 125,000 copies, which is right in line with projections for Madonna's Rebel Heart. ET met up with the cast and producers about facing off against the Queen of Pop on the Billboard 200 chart.

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"It feels surreal," executive producer Lee Daniels said. "It's amazing," Bryshere Gray said. "It's just an honor."

"Who saw this coming?" Taraji P. Henson said, before declaring: "I need a GRAMMY."

The soundtrack dropped Tuesday at No. 3 behind Rebel Heart and Luke Bryan's Spring Break ... Checkin' Out, but it could soon leap over both to claim the top spot.

As the Empire album climbed the charts, Jussie and Bryshere performed "No Apologies" on Thursday's American Idol.

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"The crowd was going bananas," Bryshere said.

While the music reaches more fans, so does the show. Ratings have been skyrocketing every week, premiering Jan. 7 to just under 10 million viewers to nearly 15 million for this week's episode. "I remember when no one wanted to talk to me," Taraji said.

Following the massive success of the show, the Oscar nominee has every media outlet scrambling to speak with her and her Twitter following has ballooned to 3.2 million followers.

"I have some of the most amazing followers and fans," Taraji said. "They are very loyal."

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The two-hour Empire season finale airs Wednesday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox.