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‘Glee’ Successfully Straddles TV and Music Industry

By Kelly Turner on November 3rd, 2009

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Glee is the surprise TV hit of the season, with cast full of lovable misfits who start a glee club at their high school despite everyone’s best efforts to shut it down.  The show also addresses teen issues like teen pregnancy, evil cheerleaders (or Cheerios, as they are called) homosexuality, fear of the future, all done with humor, of course.

Oh, but it’s so much more than that.

The show is a musical, not only bursting out into song when the kids are practicing for competitions, but, in true musical fashion, when any of the main characters have extreme emotion or face a tough situation.

Sound dorky? Kind of, but the way it’s done, you can’t help but love it and sometimes sing along.  The show is popular among kids, due much in part to the mash-ups and remixes of contemporary songs they listen to everyday.

So popular, in fact, that “Glee” has infiltrated the music industry, and shows no sign of slowing. In just a few episodes, “Glee” has already earned awards and opportunities that most recording artists only dream of:

  • The show is in its first season and has already attracted big musical names like Josh Groban, and Emmy award winner and Broadway star Kristen Chenoweth, who both are rumored to return for future episodes.
  • The “Glee” cast’s recording of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” has been certified gold after being downloaded (legally) more than 500,000 times
  • 7 of the cast recordings are on the iTunes top 200 chart and singles from “Glee” have been downloaded more than 2 million times.
  • It is also rumored cast members of the hit show could potentially be getting their own record deals with Columbia in the near future.

Are your kids (or you) Gleeks?

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