In 2009, Madonna granted Glee the rights to her entire catalogue of music, and the producers had a hunch that the Madonna tribute would be one epic episode. They were absolutely right.
In Glee’s April 20th episode, the gang performed Madonna’s greatest hits, such as “Express Yourself” and “Like A Prayer.” They also launched the album compilation, Glee: The Music—The Power of Madonna on the same day.
The album contains the seven songs that the cast performed on the show—“Express Yourself,” “Borderline/Open Your Heart” mash up, “Vogue,” “Like a Virgin,” “4 Minutes,” “What It Feels Like For a Girl,” and “Like A Prayer.” The iTunes edition even features a bonus track, “Burning Up,” which wasn’t part of the show.
It’s only been over a week since The Power of Madonna was released, and the album already hit number one on Billboard 200, beating out other contenders such as Justin Bieber.
Who do you think was the more powerful figure in selling the album—Madonna or Glee?