Glee: The Music, Volume 5

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Glee: The Music, Volume 5
Thirteen people wearing red American football jerseys and cheerleading uniforms are outlined in a large Arabic numeral "5" on an orange background. To the upper left is the word "Glee" with "The Music" above and "Season Two" below. The word "Volume" also appears next to the "5".
Soundtrack album by Glee Cast
Released March 8, 2011 (2011-03-08)
Genre Pop, rock
Length 57:13
Label Columbia / 20th Century Fox TV
Producer Dante Di Loreto (exec.), Brad Falchuk (exec.), Adam Anders, Peer Åström, Max Martin, Ryan Murphy, Shellback
Glee Cast chronology
Glee: The Music, Volume 4
Glee: The Music, Volume 5
Glee: The Music Presents the Warblers
Singles from Glee: The Music, Volume 5
  1. "Loser Like Me"
    Released: March 1, 2011

Glee: The Music, Volume 5 is the sixth soundtrack album by the cast of the musical television series Glee. Released on March 8, 2011 through Columbia Records, it was produced executively by Dante Di Loreto and Brad Falchuk. In addition to fourteen cover versions from its second season, the album contains two of the series' first original songs. The first of these, "Get It Right", was composed specifically for cast member Lea Michele, and the other, "Loser Like Me", is a group number written with Swedish songwriter Max Martin. All of its tracks have been released as singles, and have managed to place on several national record charts.


The album features music starting from Glee's post-Super Bowl episode.[1] American actress Gwyneth Paltrow, who made an appearance in an earlier episode covering Cee Lo Green's "Forget You!", returns for three additional songs.[2] Glee: The Music, Volume 5, announced in a press release on February 22, 2011, features the series' first original songs.[2] "Loser Like Me" is performed by the main glee club New Directions, with Lea Michele and Cory Monteith, as Rachel Berry and Finn Hudson, on lead vocals.[3] Described by Glee music supervisor Adam Anders as "a very uptempo, kind-of-summery hit", the song was co-written with Swedish music songwriter and producer Max Martin, known for his work with many pop artists. Having covered many of Martin's co-written songs on the series, including songs by Britney Spears and Kelly Clarkson, Anders felt it was appropriate to have his involvement.[3] According to the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers database, co-writers on the song include Anders, Peer Åström, Savan Kotecha, and Johan Schuster.[4] The second song, "Get It Right", is a ballad specifically inspired by and composed for Michele by Anders, his writing partner, and his wife.[3] Both songs premiered on Ryan Seacrest's radio program on February 25, 2011, and were performed in the episode "Original Song", on March 15, 2011.[3][5] "Loser Like Me" also saw a radio release date—March 1, 2011 for pop and adult pop stations.[6]


Allmusic's Andrew Leahey gave the album a rating of two-and-a-half stars out of five, praising the first track, "Thriller / Heads Will Roll", as well as Paltrow's appearances. However, he found monotony in Glee's conventional mix of popular music and show tunes, even with the two original tracks.[7] Rolling Stone's Jody Rosen gave "Loser Like Me" a four-star rating out of five, and felt its message related well to the show's theme.[8] While initial sales projections were set at 75,000 copies, Glee: The Music, Volume 5 sold 90,000 copies in the US, debuting at number three on the Billboard 200.[9][10] The album debuted on the New Zealand Albums Chart at number thirty-five and climbed to number three the next week.[11][12] On the Australian Albums Chart, Volume 5 debuted at number one, becoming the second album by the cast to reach the top spot, following Glee: The Music, Volume 3 Showstoppers.[13] In Canada, the album debuted at #3 on the Canadian Albums Chart, selling 5,700 copies in its second week of release.[14] The album debuted in Ireland on April 14, 2011 at number five.[15]


All songs from the album have been released as singles, available for digital download.[16] "Thriller / Heads Will Roll" has charted highest in Australia, at number 17, while the Glee Cast original "Loser Like Me" charted highest in the United States and Canada, at number 6 and 9, respectively.[17] Two tracks on the album have charted higher on the Billboard Hot 100 than the original versions. The cast's cover of My Chemical Romance's "Sing" charted at number 49 while the original reached number 58, and "Take Me or Leave Me" from the musical Rent charted at number 51 while the version from its 2005 film adaptation failed to chart on the Hot 100, bubbling instead at number 25.[18]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Version covered Length
1. "Thriller / Heads Will Roll"   Rod Temperton / Brian Chase, Karen Orzolek, Nick Zinner[19] Michael Jackson / Yeah Yeah Yeahs 3:36
2. "Need You Now"   Charles Kelley, Hillary Scott Lady Antebellum 3:37
3. "She's Not There"   Rod Argent The Zombies 2:28
4. "Fat Bottomed Girls"   Brian May Queen 4:12
5. "P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)"   James Ingram, Quincy Jones Michael Jackson 3:56
6. "Firework"   Tor Hermansen, Mikkel Eriksen, Katy Perry, Ester Dean, Sandy Wilheim Katy Perry (Samples Instrumental track of version covered with added synthesizers) 3:47
7. "Baby"   Christopher Bridges, Christine Flores, Christopher Stewart, Terius Nash, Justin Bieber Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris 3:35
8. "Somebody to Love"   Heather Bright, Ray Romulus, Jeremy Reeves, Jonathan Yip, Bieber Justin Bieber 3:10
9. "Take Me or Leave Me"   Jonathan Larson Rent 3:11
10. "Sing"   My Chemical Romance My Chemical Romance 4:03
11. "Don't You Want Me"   Philip Oakey The Human League 3:33
12. "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)" (featuring Gwyneth Paltrow) Gary Glitter, Mike Leander Joan Jett[2] 3:36
13. "Kiss" (featuring Gwyneth Paltrow) Prince Prince and The Revolution[20] 3:37
14. "Landslide" (featuring Gwyneth Paltrow) Stevie Nicks Dixie Chicks[2] 3:46
15. "Get It Right"   Adam Anders, Nikki Hassman, Peer Åström Original composition 3:47
16. "Loser Like Me"   Anders, Åström, Savan Kotecha, Max Martin, Johan Schuster[4] Original composition 3:19


Charts and certifications[edit]

Release history[edit]

List of release dates, showing country and formats released
Country Release date Format(s)
Australia[33] March 8, 2011 Digital download
Canada[34][35] CD, digital download
New Zealand[36] Digital download
United States[37][38] CD, digital download
Australia[39] March 11, 2011 CD
United Kingdom[21][40] April 11, 2011 CD, digital download
Italy[41] October 18, 2011 CD, digital download


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