Glee’s Cory Monteith tribute episode has had incredible success with its TV ratings and album sales for the episode’s soundtrack. That said, the episode’s singles aren’t selling nearly as well as we originally would have thought.
The soundtrack for “The Quarterback” made headlines when it debuted this week at number seven on the album charts, marking the first time a Glee album had cracked the top ten since 2011. And the episode’s viewership of 7.4 million people made it the highest-rated Glee episode in a year.
But there isn’t quite as much interest in the individual songs themselves. Lea Michele’s (Rachel) version of “Make You Feel My Love” is the episode’s biggest-selling song, as it debuts at number 84 this week on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. That’s not bad, but it’s certainly not as high as we would have expected, given how amazing her version is.
It wasn’t long ago that Glee tunes would hit number one on the regs. For example, in January 2012, Lea’s take on “Without You” reached the iTunes top spot. However, those days are long behind us, as “Make You Feel My Love” is the first Glee song on the Hot 100 chart since back in February 2013 (!) with “Let Me Love You.” How the mighty have fallen.
Still, “Make You” is the whopping 207th Glee tune to make the chart, which helps the show add to the show’s lead as the most-charting music act ever. And while Glee might not have the same kind of sales juice that it once did, there’s no question that Lea’s latest emotional performance is helping make more people pay attention to the show again.