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'Glee' Beats Out The Stones for Number One Spot on Charts

May 26, 2010 4:38 PM ET

The Glee: Showstoppers soundtrack exceeded expectations by selling 136,000 copies in its debut week, enough to score the Number One slot on this week's Billboard 200. The Showstoppers soundtrack, featuring songs from the second half of Glee's first season, marks the second consecutive Glee release to top the charts, following "The Power of Madonna" episode's Number One debut last month.

The Rolling Stones' Exile on Main Street reissue came in at Number Two, selling 76,000 copies but dashing the Stones' hopes of coming in at Number One on the U.S. charts for the first time since 1981. (The Stones' Exile reissue did top the U.K. album charts this week, making it their first U.K. Number One since 1994.) The group's Target-only Exile on Main Street: Rarities Edition sold 15,000 copies, enough to come in at Number 27.

The Black Keys enjoyed their best-ever chart: their eighth album, Brothers, entered the Billboard 200 at Number Three with 73,000 copies sold, vastly improving on the 29,000 copies moved for 2008's Attack and Release. Three more debuts managed to infiltrate the Top Ten: Nas and Damian Marley's Distant Relatives at Number Five, Band of Horses' Infinite Arms at Number Seven and LCD Soundsystem's This Is Happening at Number 10.

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