Glee: The Music Presents the Warblers

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Glee: The Music Presents the Warblers
Close-up of a male private school uniform, showing a white dress shirt with a blue and red blazer and tie. A crest with a styled 'D' as well as a lapel pin featuring a yellow bird are located on the wearer's left. The words "Glee", with "The Music" above and "Presents The Warblers" below, appear to the bottom right in minuscule font.
Soundtrack album by Glee Cast
Released April 19, 2011 (2011-04-19)
Recorded 2010–2011
Q Division Studios (Somerville, Massachusetts)
New York City, New York
Genre Pop
Length 41:42
Label Columbia / 20th Century Fox TV
Producer Dante Di Loreto (exec.), Brad Falchuk (exec.), Adam Anders, Peer Åström, Tommy Faragher, Ryan Murphy
Glee Cast chronology
Glee: The Music, Volume 5
Glee: The Music Presents the Warblers
Glee: The Music, Volume 6

Glee: The Music Presents the Warblers is the seventh soundtrack album by the cast of Glee, a musical comedy-drama television series that airs on Fox in the United States. Released through Columbia Records on April 19, 2011, it contains thirteen covers: eleven accompanying performances from the series' second season and two exclusive to the album. Performers are portrayed on Glee as the fictional Dalton Academy Warblers, an all-male high school glee club from Westerville, Ohio. Darren Criss serves as lead vocalist, with Chris Colfer singing lead on one track and co-lead on a couple of others, while the Beelzebubs, an all-male a cappella group from Tufts University, provide background vocals. Dante Di Loreto and Brad Falchuk serve as the album's executive producers, and its tracks have collectively sold over 1.3 million copies.[1]


The Dalton Academy Warblers, an a cappella glee club from a fictional private school in Westerville, Ohio, were first introduced in the episode "Never Been Kissed".[2] The episode also introduced recurring guest star Darren Criss as Blaine Anderson, lead singer and junior member of the group.[2] Performing a cover version of Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream", actors for the Warblers lip synced to background vocals provided by the Beelzebubs, an all-male a cappella group from Tufts University in Somerville, Massachusetts.[3] According to the Beelzebubs' president Eli Seidman, the producers of Glee were considering having the singers appear on the series, but the idea of having students flown across the continent to Los Angeles, California proved too logistically unrealistic.[3] Kurt Hummel, portrayed by series regular Chris Colfer, enrolls in Dalton Academy in the episode "Special Education" and joins the Warblers in performances, starting as a background singer with Train's "Hey, Soul Sister".[4][5] Kurt later duets with Blaine on Neon Trees' "Animal" and Hey Monday's "Candles".[6][7] Song arrangements were done by Beelzebubs alumnus Ed Boyer, and vocals for all songs were recorded at Q Division Studios in Somerville, with the exception of "Teenage Dream", which was done in New York City.[8][9][10]

The album was announced by Criss on March 7, 2011, when he appeared on Live with Regis and Kelly.[11] Its title, front cover, and track listing were revealed in a press release on March 23, 2011, as well as its release date of April 19, 2011.[12] The cover art shows the Warblers' uniform, along with the logos of both the glee club and the school.[1] Two covers were arranged and released by the Beelzebubs prior to their involvement with Glee: Destiny's Child's "Bills, Bills, Bills" and Robin Thicke's "When I Get You Alone", which were respectively included on the albums Next (2001) and Pandemonium (2007). Two tracks were never used on the series, and are exclusive to the album: a cover of Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb's "What Kind of Fool" and a cover of Rod Stewart's "Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?".[13] The former was performed at the 2011 MusiCares Person of the Year gala and the latter was originally intended to appear in the Glee episode "Sexy", but did not.[1][9] "Teenage Dream" was previously included on Glee: The Music, Volume 4, released in November 2010.[14]


The album features thirteen covers, twelve of which feature a cappella backing from the Beelzebubs. The other, a cover of The Beatles' "Blackbird", was sung by Colfer backed by other background vocalists.[9][10] Though mainly pop, tracks also fall under several other genres, including rock, R&B, and hip hop, and are sometimes reinvented when rearranged.[15][16] Matt Diahl of the Los Angeles Times described Glee's version of "Teenage Dream" as "The Killers meet Sigur Rós meet the Jonas Brothers".[16] A cover of Train's "Hey, Soul Sister", which Diahl noted as similar in sound to a Bruno Mars song, required overdubbing to imitate the sound of a mandolin.[9][16] Other songs on the album also took advantage of overdubbing as well as multitrack recording to create a sound "larger" than what the Beelzebubs' eleven-member group could accomplish live.[17]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating 3.5/5 stars[18]
Allmusic 3/5 stars[15]
The Boston Globe (favorable)[10]
The Chicago Sun-Times 2/4 stars[19]
Los Angeles Times 2/4 stars[16]
The Salt Lake Tribune (B)[20]
Several critics felt Chris Colfer's presence on tracks like "Blackbird" and "Candles" was lacking in strength.

Professional critics have overall given Glee: The Music Presents the Warblers generally mixed reviews.'s Bill Lamb reviewed the album positively, calling it "one of the best Glee collections".[18] Though he called some of the covers "an effort to draw attention with a current pop hit", he applauded some of the other tracks, i.e. "Candles" and Keane's "Somewhere Only We Know", as some of the album's top tracks for featuring songs unfamiliar to a mainstream American audience.[18] Andrew Leahey of Allmusic gave the album a rating of three stars out of a possible five, and felt Colfer's performance on "Blackbird" was lacking in confidence. On the other hand, he greatly admired Criss' versatility as a singer in covering songs from a range of different genres. He also praised the tracks' creative a cappella arrangements, which he felt made them more interesting than those of previous Glee releases.[15] The Boston Globe's Nicole Cammorata gave an overall favorable review of Glee: The Music Presents the Warblers: her only negative remark was that she felt Colfer's voice on "Candles" did not work well with the song's high notes.[10] Diehl gave the release two stars out of four and felt that, outside the context of the series, the tracks seemed somewhat over-the-top. "When I Get You Alone", for example, was noted as "too cute" for an urban song.[16] Thomas Conner from The Chicago Sun-Times also gave the album two out of four stars, stating, "over the course of 13 tracks the Warblers' gimmick just as often degrades into laughable self-parody."[19] David Burger of The Salt Lake Tribune enjoyed the a cappella songs in contrast to the series' conventional material, which he felt was "over-produced and over-orchestrated".[20]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 and number one on Billboard's Soundtracks chart, selling 86,000 copies in its first week.[21][22] It was the highest charting album on the Billboard 200 from the show's second season; the next soundtrack release, Glee: The Music, Volume 6, would sell 6,000 fewer copies in its first week.[21] The Warblers album sold 28,000 copies in its second week.[23] On the Canadian and Australian Albums Charts, the album debuted at numbers five and six, respectively.[24][25] In New Zealand, Glee: The Music Presents the Warblers debuted at number eleven.[26] The album peaked at number forty-one on the Mexican charts.[27] Meanwhile, the Beelzebubs have seen their releases undergo a four-fold increase in average sales per month.[17]


Darren Criss (pictured) appeared with the Warblers on Today and The Ellen DeGeneres Show to promote the album

The first eleven tracks from the album were released as singles, available for digital download over the course of the season.[28] "Teenage Dream" debuted at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 on the week of November 27, 2010.[29] It was the best-selling song in the US that week, selling 214,000 copies, the largest figure for a Glee title, and has sold over 500,000 copies to date, having been certified a gold single on July 13, 2011.[30][31] The single also charted at number ten in Canada, eighteen in Ireland, twenty-four in Australia, and thirty-six in the United Kingdom.[32][33][34][35] Three other covers from the album have become top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100: "Hey, Soul Sister", Pink's "Raise Your Glass", and "Blackbird", at numbers 29, 36, and 37, respectively.[36][37] The cover of "Blackbird" marks the first time the song has charted on the Hot 100.[37] "Hey, Soul Sister" also became a top 40 hit in both Canada and the UK.[35][38] Altogether, tracks by the Warblers have sold over 1.3 million copies.[1]

"Teenage Dream" was performed by Criss and the Warblers on December 5, 2010, for Trevor Live, an annual fundraising event by The Trevor Project, and they were joined by Perry herself mid-song.[39][40] It was later performed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on April 22, 2011.[41] Criss has also performed several songs solo: "Teenage Dream" for Rolling Stone and "Silly Love Songs" by Wings on Live with Regis and Kelly.[42][43] He later stopped by Rolling Stone a second time to perform three other songs from the album.[44] On April 19, 2011, Criss and the Warblers performed "Hey, Soul Sister" and "Raise Your Glass" on Today in promotion of the album.[45][46] Criss and the Warblers were added to the 2011 concert tour, Glee Live! In Concert!, for both the four-week North American leg starting on May 21, and the ensuing leg in England and Ireland ending July 3.[47]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original artist Length
1. "Teenage Dream"   Lukasz Gottwald, Benjamin Levin, Katy Perry, Bonnie McKee, Max Martin Katy Perry 3:40
2. "Hey, Soul Sister"   Amund Bjørklund, Espen Lind, Pat Monahan Train 3:40
3. "Bills, Bills, Bills"   Kevin "She'kspere" Briggs, Kandi Burruss, Beyoncé Knowles, LeToya Luckett, Kelly Rowland Destiny's Child 3:00
4. "Silly Love Songs"   Linda McCartney, Paul McCartney Wings 3:50
5. "When I Get You Alone"   Robin Thicke, Walter Murphy Robin Thicke 2:32
6. "Animal"   Tim Pagnotta, Tyler Glenn, Elaine Doty, Chris Allen, Branden Campbell Neon Trees 3:11
7. "Misery"   Jesse Carmichael, Adam Levine, Michael Madden, Sam Farrar, James Valentine Maroon 5 3:08
8. "Blackbird"   John Lennon, Paul McCartney The Beatles 2:20
9. "Candles"   Mike Gentile, Sam Hollander, Cassadee Pope, Dave Katz Hey Monday 2:51
10. "Raise Your Glass"   Pink, Max Martin, Shellback Pink 3:18
11. "Somewhere Only We Know"   Tim Rice-Oxley, Tom Chaplin, Richard Hughes Keane 3:04
12. "What Kind of Fool"   Albhy Galuten, Barry Gibb Barbra Streisand and Barry Gibb 4:08
13. "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?"   Carmine Appice, Duane Hitchings, Rod Stewart Rod Stewart 3:00


Credits adapted from Allmusic.[48]

Note: the term "group member" refers to the singers of the Tufts Beelzebubs, who voiced the Warblers, plus Darren Criss and Chris Colfer, who sang lead.


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