Madonnas success with digital singles


Hi Gary,

With "Glee: the Music, the Power of Madonna" at No. 1 on this week's Billboard 200 and her own "Celebration" album receiving a boost, re-entering at No. 86, it's gotten me thinking about Madonna's best-selling digital songs.

Could you please provide totals for her five best-selling tracks since 2005 (when digital sales began contributing to the Billboard Hot 100) and her 10 best-selling hits before then? That way, no newer tracks (i.e., "4 Minutes" or "Hung Up") that fans had the chance to purchase from the time of their release "unfairly" rank above older songs.

Also, what are Madonna's overall digital songs sales?

Thank you and keep up the good work,

Jim Radenhausen
Reeders, Pennsylvania

Hi Jim,

The spotlight on Madonna has certainly benefitted both "Glee" and the Queen of Pop. Make sure to check our Billboard cover story on the show, as well.

I, like millions of other viewers, thought that the "Glee" cast did a great job covering Madonna's catalog. Two personal favorite highlights from the April 20 episode: Lea Michele and Cory Monteith's walk-and-sing mash-up of "Borderline" and "Open Your Heart" - complete with Madonna look-alikes of various eras in the background - and Amber Riley's powerful solo on "Like a Prayer."

As requested, here is a look at the digital sales to-date, according to Nielsen SoundScan through the week ending April 25, of Sue Sylvester's musical hero:

Top-Selling Madonna Titles Released Since 2005:
2,751,000, "4 Minutes"
1,200,000, "Hung Up"
358,000, "Sorry"
316,000, "Give It 2 Me"
192,000, "Celebration"

Top-Selling Madonna Titles Released Before 2005:
443,000, "Like a Prayer"
322,000, "Material Girl"
311,000, "Vogue"
293,000, "Ray of Light"
260,000, "Holiday"
240,000, "Like a Virgin"
217,000, "Music"
211,000, "Crazy for You"
189,000, "Santa Baby"
184,000, "Die Another Day"

Madonna has sold 11.6 million digital songs to date.

Two other Madonna-related items of note. Billboard 200 chart manager Keith Caulfield points out that "Glee" contributes to a first in the chart's 54-year history. With "Glee: the Music, the Power of Madonna" entering at No. 1 and the AC/DC-infused soundtrack "Iron Man 2" starting at No. 4, this week marks the first time that two soundtracks have debuted simultaneously in the top five.

And, Sia, whose "Breathe me" accompanied the touching closing montage on the last episode of HBO's "Six Feet Under" in 2005, covers Madonna's "Oh Father" on her new album, "We Are Born." The set is due June 8.


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