‘Empire’ Soundtrack Takes Over Album Charts

The stars of TV phenomenon Empire have beaten Madonna to the top of the U.S. albums chart.

The soundtrack to the show has officially debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 countdown, hours before the first season finale airs in America on Wednesday night.

The Empire album picked up 130,000 sales in its first week on sale – 9,000 more than Madonna’s new release Rebel Heart, her 13th studio album.

Luke Bryan rounds out the top three with his new album Spring Break…Checkin’ Out, which debuts at three with 106,000 first-week sales.

The Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack slips two spots to four, and Taylor Swift’s 1989 drops to five.

Meanwhile, on the singles chart, Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson’s “Uptown Funk” still can’t be moved from the Hot 100 number one spot after 11 weeks on top, and the hitmaking duo has a new runner-up in Maroon 5’s “Sugar,” which switches places with “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran, who spent eight weeks at number two.

Ellie Goulding’s “Love Me Like You Do” stays put at four and Rihanna, Kanye West and Paul McCartney’s “FourFiveSeconds” rounds out the top five, as it did last week.

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