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Take a Bow. Reaching #1 on two different Billboard charts, #2 on another, and appearing on yet another three, "Take a Bow" was one of Rihanna's big singles from the "Good Girl Gone Bad: Reloaded" album (her third). It reached #1 in five countries. The "Glee" version, sung mainly by Rachel but featuring back-up vocals from Tina and Mercedes, reached #46 on the Billboard Charts when released as a single.
Rachel sings the song upon learning that Quinn is taking her solo from Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'" before sectionals. After spending the episode trying to get Finn's attention, she realizes that she needs to step back from the spotlight and let others have a turn despite the fact that she wants to be famous.
|Opting not to perform a disco hit in front of the school in "Showmance", New Directions performs "Push It" during an assembly. Who originally released the song?||The Music of "Glee"
Salt-N-Pepa. Released in 1987, "Push It" showed up on three US charts peaking at #1 on the US Rap Chart. Although not their biggest hit, "Push It" proved very popular with audiences. Rachel offers this song up to the Glee Club over Mr. Schuester's decision to play Chic's "Le Freak" in front of the school. The result is hilarious. The six members of New Directions go out of their way behind Mr. Schuester's back to perform an overly-sexual rendition of the hit song in front of the entire school. Luckily, the audience loves it, and while Will is disappointed and Sue Sylvester says it's a bigger travesty than an elementary school performance of "Hair" she once saw, Principal Figgins is glad they could motivate the kids and offers them a budget for costumes...pulled straight from the Cheerios' dry cleaning budget.
"Push It" was released as a single but never charted in North America nor did it appear on "Glee: Volume 1".
|When Glee Club says that they need more modern musical choices than Chic's "Le Freak" in the second episode of the show, "Showmance", what song does Mr. Schuester allow them to sing?||The Music of "Glee"
"Gold Digger" by Kanye West. A much more modern alternative to the disco 1978 hit, "Le Freak", "Gold Digger", by Kanye West, is the first song of the season to feature Mr. Schuester on vocals (outside the Director's Cut of the Pilot episode in which he sings "Leavin' On a Jet Plane"). The kids are thrilled to sing the song, but are still miffed by the idea that Will still wants them to sing the disco song at the school's pep assembly the following week. Instead, the group sings the vocals of "Gold Digger" and Mr. Schuester takes the lead for Finn, who claims he's still learning to walk and sing at the same time. This is the first rap song on the show...and not the last to be performed by Mr. Schuester.
Although "Gold Digger" appeared as a single on "Glee: Volume 1" it failed to chart in North America.
|Ending the Pilot episode, which song from the show was the first to appear on the Billboard charts?||The Music of "Glee"
Don't Stop Believin'. The first episode of the show culminates with the first six members of the Glee Club, New Directions, on stage singing the Journey rock ballad, "Don't Stop Believing". Released after the Pilot's original airdate in May 2009, "Don't Stop Believing" reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart becoming one of the show's most successful musical numbers. The song charted in four different countries and features Finn and Rachel on lead vocals with Tina, Kurt, and Mercedes doing back-up vocals and Artie on guitar.
Journey's rendition of "Don't Stop Believin'", ironically, only reached #9 on the same Billboard chart. it has since become one of the most popular rock songs of the 1980s.
|In the Pilot episode, the Glee Club travels to see Vocal Adrenaline, their rivals and reigning champions. What song do they perform?||The Music of "Glee"
"Rehab" by Amy Winehouse. "Rehab" was the winner of three major Grammy Awards in 2008 and it charted on four different Billboard Charts.
New Directions is taken by Will and Emma to Carmel High School's performance night across town so that they can scout out the competition. When they arrive they find that the school's Glee Club is more than capable of being high-quality performers. They sit stunned at the end of the performance.
"Rehab" was one of four songs pulled from the Pilot episode to appear on the "Glee: Volume 1" album. Although it appeared on the Billboard charts for two weeks, it never cracked #93. The original song peaked at #9 on the Top 100. The cast of Vocal Adrenaline performs the number.
|In the Pilot episode, the first song performed by both Rachel and Finn was "You're the One That I Want". What film is the song from?||The Music of "Glee"
Grease. Reaching #1 in many countries, "You're the One That I Want" is one of the most popular songs from the Olivia Newton-John/John Travolta musical film, "Grease". Rachel and Finn sing as the main characters while Tina, Artie, Kurt, and Mercedes pick up the back-up vocals for the song. Mercedes cuts off the others part-way through their rehearsal claiming that she's more of a Beyonce than a Kelly Rowland and that she needs a more prevalent part. When Kurt reminds them all that this is the best they've ever sounded, they decide to sit back and try again.
"You're the One That I Want" was never released as a single and it didn't appear on the "Glee: Volume 1".
|"Can't Fight This Feeling" is Finn's first song on the show (as seen in the Pilot episode). Where is he seen singing it?||The Music of "Glee"
In the shower. Searching for a male lead for the slowly-growing Glee Club, Mr. Schuester comes across Finn as he's singing REO Speedwagon's "Can't Fight This Feeling" in the locker room showers. After this, Will creates a clever plan to somewhat 'force' Finn into performing as a part of New Directions through blackmail. Cory Monteith, who plays Finn on the show, auditioned for the role with this song via a video.
"Can't Fight This Feeling" was released by REO Speedwagon in 1984 and it hit #1 on the US Pop Music Chart in the same year.
|Rachel performs "On My Own" to audition for New Directions in the Pilot episode. What Broadway musical is it from?||The Music of "Glee"
Les Miserables. After Rachel gives the story of her past and her future dreams of stardom, she performs her version of the song for Mr. Schuester in the auditorium. She also performed the song in front of her video camera to put up on her MySpace page. Although she gets negative comments on it from the Cheerios, she doesn't let it bring her down.
The song never appeared on the "Glee: Volume 1" soundtrack upon its release. Coincidentally, Lea Michelle, who plays Rachel on the show, also played Eponine in "Les Miserables" and sang the song on Broadway.
|Each of the kids in New Directions is forced to audition in the Pilot episode. Tina performs a song by which artist?||The Music of "Glee"
Katy Perry. Getting the kids to sign up, Will Schuester makes them perform a small audition (and no one is ever cut from the team). Mercedes performs Aretha Franlin's "RESPECT", Kurt performs "Mr. Cellophane" from the Broadway and film versions of "Chicago", and Tina performs Katy Perry's 2008 hit "I Kissed a Girl" (with obscene gestures and all). Although Artie also signs up, he is not shown performing. His first song is "Sit Down, You're Rocking the Boat" in which he has a solo. It's also performed in the Pilot episode.
|Which Carrie Underwood single was performed by New Directions in "The Rhodes Not Taken"?||The Music of "Glee" 2
"Last Name". Responsible for Carrie Underwood's third Grammy in the 'Best Female Country Performance' category, "Last Name" was one of the songwriter's most well-received singles (from her second album, "Carnival Ride"). Underwood's version appeared on four American charts and two in Canada before obtaining a Billboard #1 spot in 2008.
In "The Rhodes Not Taken", New Directions (with April Rhodes) perform the song at their Invitational night without Rachel, who has yet to return to Glee after her decision to remain in "Cabaret". After the performance, Will asks April to leave the group and she agrees that she needs to find a new dream.
While released as a single, "Last Name" never appeared on the "Glee: Vol. 1" CD and failed to chart in the States.
|In "The Rhodes Not Taken", April performs a duet of Heart's "Alone" with which character?||The Music of "Glee" 2
Will. While "Alone" was a charting single from the "Glee: Vol. 1" pack, it's often overlooked. One of many songs in this episode performed with Kristen Chenoweth, "Alone" was originally performed by rock band Heart in 1987, a power ballad and the band's most popular #1 hit (though they had others).
In "The Rhodes Not Taken", April and Will perform this song together at a bowling alley with a karaoke machine. This occurs after Will tells April that he joined Glee Club because of her though they never performed together. She decides to amend this with their duet.
|"Maybe This Time" was performed by both April and Rachel in "The Rhodes Not Taken". What musical is it from?||The Music of "Glee" 2
Cabaret. "Maybe This Time" was written into the film version of the Broadway musical "Cabaret". Upon hearing that Rachel, their star, has left Glee Club to join a production of the musical headed by Sandy and Sue, April sings the song (at the same time Rachel practices it on stage) to persuade them to let her join. The song convinces the group that April may be the one to head their vocals in the wake of Rachel's departure.
The original version of "Maybe This Time" was performed by Liza Minnelli. The "Glee" version appeared on "Glee: Vol. 1" as a single though it barely cracked the Billboard Top 100 (reaching 88).
|Which character got their first solo of the show in the "Preggers" episode with the song "Tonight"?||The Music of "Glee" 2
Tina. Originally from the 1956 musical "West Side story", "Preggers" sees Tina perform the Broadway classic "Tonight" as a solo. As a result, Rachel decides to leave Glee Club since she feels she deserved it more as she's the best one in New Directions. Nonetheless, Will makes Tina take the role, something she is able to do just fine, but she backs out from the solo in order to try to keep the team together.
"Tonight" was never released as a single or on "Glee: Vol. 1". The only song to do so from this episode was "Taking Chances", the cover of a Celine Dion song by Rachel.
|The final song heard in "Acafellas" is "I Wanna Sex You Up". Where was it performed?||The Music of "Glee" 2
On stage. During the Acafellas' final performance, Will, Finn, Puck, Ken, and Sandy hit the stage at a PTA assembly in order to sing and dance to Color Me Badd's "I Wanna Sex You Up" which, surprisingly, goes over well. After the show, the Acafellas disband and everything goes back to 'somewhat normal' for Glee Club. Sandy also gets a restraining order from Josh Grobin.
"I Wanna Sex You Up" appeared on three Billboard charts reaching #1 on two of them and #2 on the other. Color Me Badd struck gold with this song in 1991 and followed it with another popular single, "I Adore Mi Amor", shortly after. "I Wanna Sex You Up" was not released on "Glee: Volume 1".
|"Bust the Windows" is the first solo performance by which character on the show in "Acafellas"?||The Music of "Glee" 2
Mercedes. The only single (other than "Mercy") to be released on "Glee: Volume 1", "Bust the Windows" was originally released by Jazmine Sullivan in 2008. The album it appeared on, "Fearless", was nominated for a Grammy and the single appeared on three Billboard charts hitting #4 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The "Glee" version didn't make the Billboard chart.
The performance of the song was spurred by Kurt lying to Mercedes saying that he actually loves Rachel (though he later admits he's gay). Mercedes, now with a broken heart, breaks his windshield by throwing a rock through it at a fundraising car wash created by New Directions to hire Dakota Stanley. The Cheerios (who Sue allowed to help to plot the downfall of New Directions) dance in the background.
|In "Acafellas", what song do Will and his group sing at his house, keeping Terri awake in the process?||The Music of "Glee" 2
"This is How We Do It" by Montell Jordan. Montell Jordan's "This is How We Do It" was released in 1995 and was a notorious debut single for the artist as it reached #1 on three different Billboard (charting on four) making Jordan the first male artist to do so with their first song. The song is from the album of the same name. "Poison" by Bell Biv DeVoe is the first song the Acafellas played in a gig. Neither was released as a single on "Glee: Volume 1".
"This is How We Do It" appears in the episode when the guys realize that they may have something going with the hip-hop acapella thing. Will, Ken, Henri, and Howard all meet up at Will's place (without Sandy as he's too creepy to be part of the group) to sing together. Terri makes them stop saying that if she doesn't sleep she could miscarry.
All of the Glee Club performs in wheelchairs (Only Artie performs while the rest of the club watches, New Directions performs it live, Will performs the number with the kids). Originally a song by Creedence Clearwater Revival, "Proud Mary" originally charted at #1 in 1969 on American charts. The Tina Turner version of the song reached #4 on the same chart in 1993. The "Glee" version (the first song to be released on "Glee: The Music, Vol. 2") reached #76 on the charts.
In the show, the entire number is used to close the "Wheels" episode. Having informed the club that they would be performing a wheelchair-based number to show their support for Artie, they chose this song and planned to use it for their Sectionals line-up. According to creators, the "Proud Mary" number caused the most injuries of any number in the show to date.
Rachel. In "Wheels", Will discovers that the Regionals judges have always swayed to giving the grand prize to a school that performs showtunes. The plan? Use "Defying Gravity" from Broadway's "Wicked". While it's one of Kurt's favourite songs, he gives the lead vocals role to Rachel. When Kurt's dad complains to Principal Figgins that his son be given a chance, Will agrees and the two of them must audition for the spot. Kurt, unfortunately, doesn't hit the high note in the song's final moments and Rachel wins the role. Kurt later reveals he botched the note for his Dad.
"Defying Gravity" was the last single released from "Glee: The Music, Vol. 1". Peaking at #31 on the Billboard charts and becoming the most successful single on the album since episode 5 ("The Rhodes Less Taken") when the kids sang Queen's "Somebody to Love".
Yes. "Wheels", while dealing with many issues, deals with the problems that Artie faces being confined to his wheelchair. The first song of the episode is his solo performance of Billy Idol (and Generation X's) "Dancing With Myself" which he performs in the school hallways, the cafeteria, and the auditorium. This marks Artie's first solo performance of the show.
"Dancing With Myself", while released as a single from "Glee: The Music, Vol. 1", did not appear on the Billboard charts. The original, by Generation X, first appeared in 1980 and reached #2 on the Billboard Bubbling Under Singles chart.
|In "Mash-Up", Will is supposed to find a way to mash-up Ken and Emma's wedding song. Emma's choice is "I Could've Danced All Night". What is Ken's?||The Music of "Glee" 3
The Thong Song. While both songs are hideously different from one another, Will sets out to find a way to combine the two and he offers Emma dance lessons as his gift for their wedding. While Will does a performance of Sisqo's "The Thong Song" for Emma during their lesson, Emma has her first solo performance of the show with "I Could've Danced All Night" (from "My Fair Lady") when she tries on her wedding dress with Will. By the end of the episode, they find that there is no way to put the songs together and make them sound good.
"The Thong Song" was released as a single, but never charted in the U.S. The original, by Sisqo, reached #2 on the Billboard R&B chart and #3 on the Hot 100 respectively upon its release in 1999.
Sweet Caroline. Dating Rachel in this episode, Puck tries to find a way to prove his leading role persona by performing a solo on his own. He selects Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" due to Diamond's Jewish background and plays his guitar for the Glee Club. While Rachel is impressed by his rendition, he also attracts the attention of Quinn during the song. This was Puck's first solo performance on the show.
"Sweet Caroline" was released as a single from "Glee: The Music Vol. 1" becoming the episode's highest-charting single (hitting #34 on the Billboard charts). The original "Sweet Caroline" peaked at #4 on the Billboard charts and went platinum upon its release in 1969.
|"You Keep Me Hangin' On", a song appearing in "Throwdown", was performed by which Glee Club member?||The Music of "Glee" 3
Quinn. Frustrated with her still-hidden pregnancy and Finn's attraction to Rachel, Quinn breaks free and sings this song with the Cheerios squad on the main field (taking to the stage as well for some choreographed dance moves). This was one of Quinn's first major musical numbers in the show, the first being "I Say A Little Prayer" in "Showmance", the second episode.
"You Keep Me Hangin' On" was released as a single from "Glee: The Music, Vol. 1" but failed to chart in the US. It was originally performed by The Supremes in 1966, reaching #1 on the charts in North America.
|Which New Directions member is not involved in the performance of "No Air" in "Throwdown"?||The Music of "Glee" 3
Santana. As Sue's reign in the Glee Club spreads, she takes several of the minority-based kids and forms her own group called Sue's Kids leaving Will with only five students to create a Sectionals number (Quinn, Finn, Rachel, Brittany, and Puck). While Sue's Kids perform Jill Scott's "Hate on Me", Will creates a performance of Jordin Sparks and Chris Brown's "No Air". By the time they're actually ready to perform, Brittany and Puck have defected sides (Dutch and Jewish backgrounds made them eligible) and Quinn pretends that she is angry with the lack of leading roles to split them up for Sue's sake.
"No Air" appeared on the "Glee: The Music, Vol. 1" set and was released as a single in the US, peaking at #65 on the Billboard Charts. It is mainly sung by Finn and Rachel.
|In "Vitamin D", the girls of New Directions perform a mash-up of Beyonce's "Halo" and a song by which artist/group?||The Music of "Glee" 3
Katrina and the Waves. The girls, surprised by the boys' performance, are still confident about their mash-up, a cross between Beyonce's "Halo" and Katrina and the Waves' "Walking on Sunshine". When Kurt lets it slip that the boys "took something", the girls head to Terri for their own performance enhancers. Everyone, once more, is surprised by their extremely up-beat energetic performance but both sides deeply regret what they've done. As a result, Terri is fired from her position as school nurse, but Sue is called in to co-chair the Glee Club.
Like "It's My Life"/"Confessions Pt. II", the "Halo"/"Walking On Sunshine" mash-up appeared as a single (peaking at #40 on the Billboard Charts) but never showed on the "Glee: The Music, Vol. 1" disc.
|In "Vitamin D", the boys of New Directions sing a mash-up of Usher's "Confessions, Pt. II" and what other song (by Bon Jovi)?
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It's My Life. With the kids falling out of the motions and getting a little bit too laid back about Glee Club, Will incites a competition in order to stir things up. Boys vs. Girls is the matter at hand, and both sides need to create a suitable mash-up to take to sectionals. The boys take a mash-up of "It's My Life" (by Bon Jovi) and "Confessions, Pt. II" (by Usher). The catch? Terri, who took a position as school nurse, gave them an ingredient used in decongestants to keep them mentally alert. The entire performance is done hyped-up on meds.
The "It's My Life"/"Confessions Pt. II" mash-up was released as a single and appeared at #30 on the US Billboard charts, but never made an appearance on the "Glee: The Music, Vol. 1" collection.
|Who is the guest star in "The Substitute"?||GLEE!
Gwyneth Paltrow. Gwyneth Paltrow does wonderful renditions of 'Forget You', and 'Umbrella/Singin' in the Rain' in this episode.
|In the first episode of season 2, "Audition", there are two new students, one of whom is played by Charice. Who are they?||GLEE!
Sam Evans and Sunshine Corazon. Sunshine transfers to Carmel after Rachel plays many pranks on her to scare her away from Glee so she can't steal Rachel's solos.
|What is the name of the boy who broke Rachel's heart, and while they were going out transferred to McKinley?||GLEE!
Jesse. Jesse sings the lead vocals for "Bohemian Rhapsody" at Regionals and "Total Eclipse of the Heart" with Rachel.
|What is the song Will performs with Emma (with background chanting from the glee club) from the hit '70s musical/movie "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" in "The Rocky Horror Glee Show"?||GLEE!
Touch a Touch a Touch a Touch Me. While Santana and Brittany sing background, Will and Emma do an amazing rendition of this song that includes a shirtless Mr. Schuester.
|Who is the actor, formerly a star of Full House, that plays Emma's boyfriend, Carl the Dentist?||GLEE!
John Stamos. John Stamos performs an exciting version of "What Ever Happened To Saturday Night?"/"Hot Patootie" in 'The Rocky Horror Glee Show'.
|Why does Kurt transfer to Dalton Academy?||GLEE!
Dave Karofsky is bullying him. Karofsky kisses Kurt in the locker room and then threatens to "kill him" if he tells anybody. Kurt doesn't but, then tells 'Principal Sue' that Karofsky threatened his life. Karofsky is almost expelled and Kurt transfers because of the threat.