Fox and Columbia Records have just announced that the Glee cast has officially become one of the “Top 10-selling digital U.S. artists of all time.”
Driven by strong sales of tunes like “Don’t Stop Believin'” and “Teenage Dream,” the Glee cast has charted 193 singles on the Hot 100 — out of 344(!) total that they’ve released — and has helped the show’s songs (almost entirely covers of other artists’ originals) be downloaded over 32 million times in the U.S. alone.
I’ll admit, those are some remarkable numbers — the Fox hit has certainly made its mark on the music industry — but I’m not convinced that its fair to refer to the “Glee Cast” as a single musical artist. No matter who sings a song on Glee, whether its Lea Michele by herself, or all of the New Directions, or Darren Criss in front of the Warblers, or a guest star like Ricky Martin, every track available for download is simply attributed to the Glee Cast.
By that logic, American Idol should simply add together all of Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, Scotty McCreery, and Daughtry’s collective downloads and claim a new record for the “American Idol Cast.” But wait, that wouldn’t really be fair, would it?
What do you think of Glee’s Top 10 ranking? Impressive or misleading?
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