Jack White’s ‘Lazaretto’ Debuts at No.1, Sets Vinyl Sales Record
Jack White’s second solo album, Lazaretto, debuted at the top spot on this week’s Billboard 200 album chart. The Third Man Records release moved 138,000 units, matching the first-week sales for White’s solo debut Blunderbuss, which also garnered a No. 1 spot in 2012.
While that number is unspectacular for a chart-topper, Lazaretto did manage to set the record for biggest sales week for a vinyl album. SoundScan started tracking vinyl sales in 1991, so this isn’t completely representative, but still — White moved 40,000 vinyl copies. And we mean it when we say White moved them: The figure was no doubt given a boost because the rock wiz made an “Ultra LP” version with a whole bunch of gimmicks including a playable label and a spinning angel hologram, and he promoted the disc via late night appearances this month.
The previous vinyl sales record was held by Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy, which opened with 34,000 vinyl sales in 1994. So, as they say at Third Man Records, your turntable’s not dead.