Jack White's Lazaretto Gets #1 On Billboard 200
Posted by Joseph Lee on 06.18.2014
He also broke a record for vinyl...
Jack White is at #1 on the Billboard 200 for the second time with Lazaretto, which sold 138,000 copies. It follows his first solo album Blunderbuss, which also started at #1 with 138,000 (actually a few less, rounded to the nearest thousand).
The album has also set the record for the longest sales week for a vinyl album since Soundscan began tracking sales in 1991. It was released on White's Third Man Records through Columbia Records. The vinyl edition sold 40,000 copies for a debut at #1 on the Vinyl Albums chart (the vinyl edition includes several bonus features). The record was previously held by Pearl Jam's Vitalogy, which sold 34,000 vinyl copies in 1994. It was released on vinyl before its release on Cd and cassette.
During an appearance on Conan on June 11, White said to Conan O'Brien: "This is my proudest moment with Third Man Records, this object." He's appeared on TV several times and talked about the special features of the vinyl edition, including how it plays at three different speeds, has hidden playable tracks under the center label and how side A plays from the inside to the outside of the disc.
In case you're wondering just how good the vinyl edition of Lazaretto did, it sold so many copies that if it were just a vinyl release, it would have been good enough for a #4 debut. Vinyl sales made up 28.9% of the album's first week sales, almost beating the CD sales (41,000, 30%). Downloads took up 41.1%.
The rest of the top ten features older albums as the highest debut belonged to Passenger's Whispers at #12 (19,000 copies, it's best sales week yet).
1. Jack White - Lazaretto (138,000)
2. Miranda Lambert - Platinum (62,000)
3. Frozen soundtrack (50,000)
4. Brantley Gilbert - Just As I Am (40,000)
5. The Fault in Our Stars soundtrack (38,000)
6. Now 50 (34,000)
7. Coldplay - Ghost Stories (34,000)
8. The Black Keys - Turn Blue (26,000)
9. Michael Jackson - Xscape (25,000)
10. Now That's What I Call Country: Volume 7 (22,000)
Album sales this week totaled 4.6 million copies, up 2% from last week (4.5 million) and down 12% from last year (5.3 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 112 million, down 15 percent compared with the same total at this point last year (131.5 million).