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'Glee': 'Teenage Dream' tops the charts

November 18, 2010 |  2:40 pm

209Gs2ep209_JL-0315 “Teenage Dream” is officially on its way to becoming bigger than “Don't Stop Believin'.”

“Glee's” rendition of the Katy Perry song debuted at No. 1 in digital track sales this week, a first for the show. “Teenage Dream” sold 214,000 tracks, the highest debut-week sales of any “Glee” track to date.

In comparison, the show's version of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” peaked at No. 2 on digital track sales charts. It sold 177,000 copies.

The success of “Teenage Dream” is particularly striking in the context of the show. The tune is performed by a gay student (Darren Criss) and an all boys' choir while Kurt (Chris Colfer) looks on in adoration. The song also doesn't feature any of the core cast members.

Additionally, “Glee” is now at No. 2 for the most entries on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, knocking James Brown down to No.3 and nipping at the heels of Elvis Presley. “Glee” has had 93 songs appear on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, while Presley had 108.

— Vlada Gelman (follow my TV musings on Twitter at @stayingin)

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Photo: Darren Criss as Blaine. Credit: Justin Lubin / Fox.