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'Empire' soundtrack lands rare No. 1

'Empire' soundtrack lands rare No. 1

Fox’s soapy hip-hop musical “Empire” is the year’s biggest TV phenomenon, and now it’s a bona fide No. 1 hit too.

The compilation of the show's original music — including appearances from guest stars Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Courtney Love and Estelle — opened atop the Billboard 200 after moving 130,000 units in sales and streams, according to Nielsen Music.

“Empire” marks the first time a TV soundtrack debuted on top of the charts since 2010, when Fox’s high school musical “Glee” had three of its compilations hit No. 1.

Even more impressive, the soundtrack managed to keep pop icon Madonna from the top. The Material Girl’s latest, “Rebel Heart,” opened at No. 2...

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