'Hope For Haiti Now' Goes No. 1, First Digital Album To Top Billboard Chart

Wednesday, Jan 27, 2010  |  Updated 5:15 PM EDT
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"Hope for Haiti Now" Telethon Tops Billboard Chart

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LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 22: In this handout photo provided by MTV, Bono, Jay-Z and Rihanna perform together on stage at the Hope For Haiti Now concert, a global benefit for earthquake relief, at The Hospital Club on January 22, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/MTV via Getty Images)

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The all-star "Hope for Haiti Now" album has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, making it the first digital-only album to hit the top spot.

Nielsen SoundScan says the compilation of performances from last week's charity telethon sold 171,000 units over the weekend.

The release features performances by U2, Beyonce and Madonna, among others.

More than 80 million people tuned in for Friday's telethon, which organizers have said raised $57 million.

The event, which also streamed live online, featured appearances by former President Clinton, Muhammad Ali, Brad Pitt and other stars who encouraged donations for Haiti, hit by a devastating Jan. 12 earthquake.

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