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When Glee aired its first episode in May 2009, the TV show only attracted a fraction of the viewers who tuned in for American Idol, which was shown on the same channel just one hour prior. The numbers looked bleak, but Billboard's music charts told a different story the following week, when the Glee version of Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" became a Top Five hit. Performed during the pilot by the castmates themselves, the song eventually sold over 700,000 downloads and paved the way for Glee's success — not only as a television show, but also as a chart-topping recording entity.

Columbia Records became Glee's official music partner that spring, and the show continued churning out hit singles when it returned in September for the full run of its first season. Of course, it didn't hurt that many of the actors had already cut their teeth on Broadway, including Lea Michele (the star of Spring Awakening) and Matthew Morrison (the original Link Larkin in Hairspray). Such experience helped boost the musical performances on the show, and Columbia began gathering some of Glee's best moments for a series of albums, beginning with Glee: The Music, Vol. 1 in November 2009. That album cracked the Top Five during its first week of release, paving the way for the arrival of Vol. 2 in December. Both records went gold; by the following year, Vol. 1 had climbed up to platinum status.

Glee took a quick break at the end of 2009, with more episodes planned for the spring. The show returned in April 2010, its arrival punctuated by the release of a new soundtrack, The Power of Madonna. Featuring seven songs originally recorded by the Material Girl, the EP also introduced the newest member of Glee's cast, Jonathan Groff, who had previously performed alongside Lea Michele in Spring Awakening. It debuted at number one — the first of Glee's releases to do so — and was followed two weeks later by another album, Showstoppers, which also topped the charts. The show wrapped up its first season that summer, but not before releasing one final EP, Journey to Regionals, which marked the final appearance for Groff.

Several months later, Glee returned with a new season and a new round of releases, including a Halloween-themed EP (The Rocky Horror Glee Show), a holiday record (The Christmas Album), and the full-length Vol. 4. Along with newcomer Chord Overstreet, the albums also featured Darren Criss, who joined the show mid-season and helped Glee earn another Top Ten hit with "Teenage Dream," as well as guest star Gwyneth Paltrow. By Thanksgiving, the cast had racked up more than 90 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, breaking the Beatles' previous record for the most hit songs by a non-solo act. Glee took home three Golden Globes in early 2011 and began turning over a new leaf with the spring release of Vol. 5, which featured the show's first pair of original songs (including the Top Ten hit "Loser Like Me"). More changes arrived with the release of The Warblers, a short album that focused exclusively on Darren Criss and his all-male choir at the fictional Dalton Academy.

Glee's second season wrapped up in May 2011, one day after Vol. 6's release. A spinoff TV show, The Glee Project, immediately hit the air, followed two months later by the franchise's first movie, Glee: The 3D Concert Movie. The film documented the North American half of Glee's 2011 tour, combining behind-the-scenes footage with live performances. Glee: The Music, The Christmas Album, Vol. 2 was released that November, a couple of months after the show's third season premiered. Just a few weeks later, Vol. 7 of Glee: The Music arrived, featuring music from the first part of the third season. Mid-2012 saw the release of Glee: The Music - The Graduation Album, which commemorated the senior year of many of the show's favorite characters. The cast rounded out the year by releasing the first set of songs from the show's fourth season and a third volume of Christmas music. The July 2013 death of cast member Cory Monteith cast a pall on the beginning of the show's fifth season, but it returned that September with a tribute to the Fab Four that was released as Glee: Sings the Beatles. During the fifth season, Glee began releasing EPs of songs from each episode, including that October's Quarterback, which featured some of the Monteith tribute episode's most heartfelt musical moments, including Rent's "Seasons of Love," the Pretenders' "I'll Stand by You," and Bruce Springsteen's "No Surrender." Another Christmas album, a compilation commemorating the series' 100th episode and several EPs (including City of Angels, Tested, and Movin' Out) were among the other collections of featured music from the fifth season. Glee's sixth and final season began in January 2015, and along with it came more EPs, including We Built This Glee Club and the collection of music from the series finale Dreams Come True.

Lima OH, United States (2009 – present)

Glee is an American musical comedy-drama television series that airs on Fox. It focuses on a high school show choir, also known as a glee club, set within the fictional William McKinley High School in Lima, Ohio.

Glee features multiple major and secondary roles who have contributed vocals to the show: Lea Michele, Matthew Morrison, Dianna Agron, Cory Monteith, Amber Riley, Chris Colfer, Mark Salling, Jenna Ushkowitz, Kevin McHale, Naya Rivera, Heather Morris, Jayma Mays, Jane Lynch, Chord Overstreet, Darren Criss, Harry Shum, Jr. , Ashley Fink, Dot Jones, Damian McGinty, Vanessa Lengies, Samuel Larsen, Blake Jenner, Alex Newell, Melissa Benoist, Jacob Artist, and Dean Geyer. Numerous special guests have also featured on tracks, including Jonathan Groff, Kristin Chenoweth, Grant Gustin, Olivia Newton-John, John Stamos, Neil Patrick Harris, Idina Menzel, Charice, Gwyneth Paltrow, k.d. lang, Ricky Martin, Matt Bomer, Kate Hudson, and Sarah Jessica Parker.

The pilot episode of the show was broadcast on May 19, 2009, and the first season began airing on September 9, 2009. The show was created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan. Murphy selects all music featured within the series himself, with the intent of maintaining a balance between show tunes and chart hits. Songs featured on the show are available for digital download through iTunes up to two weeks before new episodes air, and through other digital outlets and mobile carriers a week later.

The discography of the Glee cast, performers from the American musical comedy-drama television series Glee, consists of sixteen soundtrack albums, six compilation albums, eleven extended plays (EPs), and four hundred and fifty singles. Glee features on-screen performance-based musical numbers, most of which are cover versions of popular songs, with genres ranging from R&B and pop to country and show tunes. The cast consists of fifteen main characters; some actors were cast following Broadway theatre experience while others were required to audition to prove singing and dancing capabilities. Recordings of performances on the show are sold as singles the week of broadcast, available for digital download.

For the first season, the group's debut album, Glee: The Music, Volume 1, was released by Columbia Records in November 2009, and peaked at number one in Ireland and the United Kingdom, three in Australia, and four in Canada and the United States. The album eventually went on to earn platinum certifications in these five countries, plus double platinum in Australia and triple platinum in Ireland. Debut single "Don't Stop Believin'", a cover of the 1981 Journey song, was a top ten hit, reaching number two in the UK and number four in Ireland and the US; it has since been certified platinum in the US and Australia. In December 2009, their second album, Glee: The Music, Volume 2, reached number one in New Zealand and Ireland. The EP Glee: The Music, The Power of Madonna saw release in April 2010 to accompany a Madonna tribute episode, and marked the cast's first number-one debut on the Billboard 200. Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers was released in May 2010 and managed to debut in the top ten worldwide. Included on the track listing is a cover of The All-American Rejects' "Gives You Hell", which reached number one in Ireland, a first for the group. The season's releases concluded with an EP of the music from the season's final episode, Glee: The Music, Journey to Regionals, which reached number one on the US and Ireland charts, number two in the UK and Canada, and number three in Australia. Glee: The Music, The Complete Season One was a compilation album, which contained all one hundred studio recordings from the first season released on the first three volumes (Volume 1, Volume 2, and Volume 3 Showstoppers) and the first two extended plays (The Power of Madonna and Journey to Regionals), including bonus tracks. All singles from the first season were also included, with the exception of "Last Christmas". The album was released to the iTunes Store on September 14, 2010.


Deck The Rooftop
Jingle Bells
Last Christmas

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