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Glee stars poised to dominate UK singles chart

A promotional shot from Glee.

Story by Jack Foley

SEVERAL songs from hit US TV series Glee, which premiered on our screens earlier this week, could enter the UK singles chart on Sunday.

The musical comedy, which follows a High School teacher’s attempts to revive its flagging Glee club’s fortunes, attracted 1.3 million viewers to E4 on Monday (January 11) and is poised to emulate its US success by getting some of its songs into the chart.

According to predictions by The Official Charts Company, the cast’s cover of Journey’s Don’t Stop Believin’ could be on course for a Top 20 debut, while covers of Amy Winehouse’s Rehab, Kanye West’s Gold Digger and Rihanna’s Take A Bow, which all featured in the show’s first two episodes, could make it too.

After airing in the US, the Glee version of Don’t Stop Believin’ entered the Billboard Hot 100 at No.4 last May.

Since then, new tracks have been released in the US on the back of each episode, racking up more than 2.5m downloads between them.

In the UK, Don’t Stop Believin’ has even been added to BBC Radio 1’s playlist.

Read our review of the first two episodes of Glee