Coming on the heels of its mid-season April premiere, the music themed-TV show "Glee" saw digital downloads from its four compilations jump from 51,000 to 359,000, according to new data from Nielsen.
The program's latest "Showstoppers" album topped the Billboard charts this week as digital sales of "Glee" songs surpassed 500,000. Songs from the show posted 4.1 million track sales in 2009 and 3.2 million so far in 2010.
"This is an interesting and vibrant time for the entertainment industry, music in particular, with the top four albums this week outselling last week's number one," said Eric Weinberg, President,Nielsen Entertainment.
"We continue to see solid consumer demand for digital music sales, including full-length albums, with more than 40% of this week's best selling album purchased digitally. Our data also shows independent retail music store sales up 10% for the week, driven by the reissue of the Rolling Stones' classic 'Exile On Main Street' and new albums debuting from the Black Keys, Damian Marley & Nas, Band of Horses and LCD Soundsystem, and the attraction for vinyl remains high."