‘Empire’ Scores No.1 Album Ahead of Season Finale, Beats Out Madonna

by Stacy Lambe 10:59 AM PDT, March 18, 2015
Playing ‘Empire’ Scores No.1 Album Ahead of Season Finale, Beats Out Madonna

There’s no stopping Empire.

In addition to breaking records each week for its unparalleled TV ratings, the show is also dominating the music charts.

The soundtrack to the hit FOX series landed at no. 1 on the Billboard 200 beating out Madonna’s highly publicized new album, Rebel Heart. According to Billboard, the two albums were close in sales with the Empire soundtrack outselling Madge by nearly 10,000 units.

The chart-topping album is a big win for FOX, which also scored three no. 1 albums with the soundtracks for Glee. Empire’s reign is also the first time since 2010 that a TV soundtrack – also Glee -- topped the Billboard 200.

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"Who saw this coming?" Taraji P. Henson told ET when the album was on pace to outsell Madonna’s, before declaring: "I need a GRAMMY."

In addition to the show’s stars, the Empire soundtrack owes part of its success to the incredible roster of guest talent, including Courtney Love, Estelle, Jennifer Hudson, Mary J. Blige, and Rita Ora.

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Watch as the cast reacts to all the excitement surrounding the album while appearing on American Idol.

Empire's two-hour season finale airs tonight at 9 p.m. on FOX.