Custom Search 1

Empire soundtrack beats Madonna for Billboard top spot

TV DRAMA: Empire stars Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson

NEW US hip-hop drama Empire isn't just dominating TV ratings.

The first season of the record-breaking FOX series, came to a dramatic end last night (Mar 18), and the show's soundtrack has debuted at No 1 on the US Billboard album chart - beating Madonna for the top spot.

The soundtrack scored 130,000 sales units, ahead of 121,000 units for Madonna's 13th studio album, Rebel Heart for the week ending March 15, according to figures from Nielsen SoundScan.

Empire, starring Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson, is the first TV soundtrack to debut at No 1 since 2010, when three albums from Glee were released, according to Billboard.

The original songs on the soundtrack - overseen by the show’s executive music producer, Timbaland - include contributions from cast members Howard and Jussie Smollett as well as Jennifer Hudson, Mary J Blige, Courtney Love and Juicy J.

Last month, the show, which was created by director and producer Lee Daniels, broke a ratings record that has stood for more than 23 years as the only prime-time scripted series to grow in total viewers over each of its first five telecasts since at least 1991.

The drama centers around a hip-hop music and entertainment company, Empire Enterprises, and the drama among the members of the founders' family as they fight for control of the company.

The show focuses on Lucious Lyon (Howard), whose place in the music industry has been unchallenged until his health starts to fail.

He then has to choose which one of his three sons will take over, until a spanner is thrown into the works in the form of his ex-wife, Cookie (Henson), who is released seven years early from prison.

Empire marks Daniels' TV directorial debut and follows his huge 2013 hit The Butler, which starred Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey.

Annual subscription for The Voice newspaper print edition.

Read more stories like this in our weekly printed newspaper. To purchase an annual subscription and get 50% off, complete the form below and enter the code 'ONLINE2017' - offer ends 30 November.

* indicates required
() - (###) ###-####
Facebook Comments