Jack White has released albums over the past 13 years as a part of the White Stripes, the Raconteurs and the Dead Weather, but it took the Detroit rocker going solo to finally reach the peak position on Billboard's Top 200. White's LP "Blunderbuss" sold 138,000 copies out of the gate, enough to land at No. 1 and bump Lionel Richie's former chart-topper "Tuskegee" (No. 3, 78,000) off the throne. Billboard notes that White's previous-best entry on the Top 200 came with the White Stripes' 2007 LP "Icky Thump," which reached No. 2.
Three other releases debut in the Top 10 this week, in the forms of country singer Lee Brice's second LP, "Hard 2 Love" (No. 5, 46,000), fellow country artist Kip Moore's "Up All Night" (No. 6, 37,000 — perhaps he's a One Direction fan?) and the Wanted's self-titled EP (No. 7, 34,000).
And while some may cite the Wanted's No. 7 debut as a victory for One Direction, who recently topped the chart their first week out with "Up All Night," it's best to keep in mind that "The Wanted" is an EP compiled of singles from the boy band's two previously released U.K. albums, save for two new songs.
We're mostly just floored that, as Billboard points out, Adele's "21" has sold a whopping 3.1 million copies in 2012 alone, and stands at a total of 8.9 million sold since the album's February 2011 release.
The Top 10 of Billboard's Top 200 Chart
1. Jack White, "Blunderbuss" *new* *1 week*
2. Adele, "21"
3. Lionel Richie, "Tuskegee"
4. One Direction, "Up All Night"
5. Lee Brice, "Hard 2 Love" *new*
6. Kip Moore, "Up All Night" *new*
7. The Wanted, "The Wanted" *new*
8. Nicki Minaj, "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded"
9. Gotye, "Making Mirrors"
10. Jason Mraz, "Love Is a Four Letter Word"
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Jack is the real deal. Congrads to him and the record buying public for taking him to the top.