Empire is Number One on Billboard Albums Chart

Courtesy of Fox
Courtesy of Fox

The Empire soundtrack is the Number 1 album on the Billboard 200. The soundtrack sold over 130,000 copies, which enabled it to claim the top position. The soundtrack was in a battle with Madonna‘s Rebel Heart album, but the pop singer was forced to bow down and take second place. Rebel Heart managed to sell a respective 121,000 in its debut week. To date, none of the songs from Rebel Heart have landed on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. On the other hand, Empire has two songs on the Billboard Hot 100 including “Conqueror” (Estelle and Jussie Smollett) at Number 42, and “You’re So Beautiful” (Jussie Smollett and Yazz) at Number 47. 

The album’s Number 1 debut can also be attributed to its television performances. On March 9th, Empire’s Jussie Smollett performed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, and Smollett and Yazz performed together on American Idol on March 12th. The Empire soundtrack features guest appearances from Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Rita Ora, Juicy J, Courtney Love, and Estelle, all of which have also appeared on the television series. 

Fox’s Empire starring Terrence Howard (Lucious Lyon) and Taraji P. Henson (Cookie Lyon), is the Number 1 network drama on television among young adults. The hit show has broken Nielsen records, by becoming the first television series to increase its viewing audience in every episode. Empire is about an entertainment music mogul, Lucious Lyons, who is the CEO of Empire Entertainment. The show’s creator, Lee Daniels, said the show has become such a phenomenon, that recording artists are approaching the show’s producers in order to make a guest appearance on Empire. This season, Gladys Knight, Anthony Hamilton, Mary J. Blige, Courtney Love, Snoop Dogg, Patti LaBelle, Jennifer Hudson, and more have appeared on the hit series. 

Empire also stars Trai Byers (Andre Lyon), Jussie Smollett (Jamal Lyon), Bryshere Gray (Hakeem Lyon), and Grace Gealey (Anika Calhoun). The series’ producers and writers are already preparing for Season 2 of Empire. Although the expectations are extremely high, the show vows to keep building from the foundation that made the show successful, instead of stressing out about the high expectations. The Empire two-hour Season 1 Finale airs tonight at 8pm (Eastern standard time) on Fox. 

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