Columbia Records and 20th Century Fox have found a hit with the music from the popular new television musical comedy series "Glee," whose cast continues to bring joy to the charts this week. Since airing earlier this year on Fox, the show's cast has sold 848,000 digital downloads from 11 songs, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

"Glee" -- which was co-created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan -- follows a passionate high school teacher who is eager to revive his school's glee club. The one-hour show features a soundtrack of past and present hits performed by the "Glee" cast, including Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" and Queen's "Somebody To Love."

A sneak preview of "Glee" was shown after "American Idol" in May, and the program's first season began on Sept. 9. A day before "Glee" airs each Wednesday, Columbia releases select song downloads from that week's episode to iTunes. The singles are exclusive to iTunes for the first week and then later available to other digital service provides, according to a spokesperson for the label.

In its first week of availability after the May sneak preview, the show's version of "Don't Stop Believin'" debuted with 177,000 downloads and bowed at No. 2 on the Hot Digital Songs chart. Powered by its enormous sales week, the tune concurrently entered the Billboard Hot 100 chart at No. 4 -- surpassing the No. 9 peak of Journey's original 1981 version.

Eleven songs from the "Glee" cast members have sold nearly 850,000 digital downloads. To date, 14 songs from the show have been released to iTunes, but Nielsen SoundScan sales data for the tracks "Last Name," Alone" and "Maybe This Time" (released Sept. 29) will not be available until next week.

Meanwhile, the highest selling of those 11 tracks is "Don't Stop Believin'," which has sold 444,000 downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan. This week, the "Glee" cast earned dual debuts on the Billboard Hot 100 -- its covers of Celine Dion's "Taking Chances" and Queen's "Somebody To Love" entered at No. 71 and No. 85, respectively.

Columbia signed a deal with 20th Century Fox in May to become the official music partner for "Glee," whereby the label will release all music and soundtracks for the program. Cast members from "Glee" are also signed to 360-deals with Columbia, according to a spokesperson for the label.

On Nov. 3, Columbia and 20th Century Fox will release the first soundtrack for the program, "Glee: The Music, Volume 1." The 17-track set will be the first in a series of soundtracks that feature music heard in the first season of "Glee," including renditions of "Somebody To Love," Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" and Kanye West's "Gold Digger," among others.