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'Glee' Says Goodbye on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

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The cast of "Glee" take their final bows in the series finale on March 20, 2015 on FOX. 

Show’s likely last new release debuts on chart

The likely last new album entry from Fox’s Glee arrives at No. 63 on the Billboard 200 dated April 4 (and No. 50 on Top Album Sales) as the EP Glee, Season Six: Dreams Come True takes a bow. Dreams Come True moved 8,000 units in the week ending March 22, according to Nielsen Music, with slightly more than 5,000 owed to traditional album sales.

It’s the best sales week for the musical-comedy series since April 12, 2014, when Glee, the Music: Celebrating 100 Episodes bowed at No. 22 on the Billboard 200, selling 13,000 copies.

Glee wrapped its six season run on March 20.

The Dreams Come True EP boasts an original tune written by the cast’s Darren Criss: “This Time,” which was performed on the finale by castmate Lea Michele.

In total, Glee has sold 7.9 million albums and collected 31 charting titles on the Billboard 200, with 14 of those reaching the top 10 and three hitting No. 1. While the show’s chart fortunes have faded since 2012 (only one album release since then has made the top 10), the series was still an incredible force between 2009 and 2011: The 13 top 10 albums racked during those two years was by far the most of any act in that span of time. The next nearest, in terms of most top 10s, were Justin Bieber and the Kidz Bop Kids franchise, with five each.