Jack White Tops Album Chart For First Time, The Wanted Debut In The Top 10

Robbie Daw | May 2, 2012 9:09 am

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 #1 and bump Lionel Richie‘s former chart-topper Tuskegee (#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 #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 (#5, 46,000), fellow country artist Kim Moore’s Up All Night (#6, 37,000 — perhaps he’s a One Direction fan?) and The Wanted‘s self-titled EP (#7, 34,000).

And while some may cite The Wanted’s #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 UK albums, save for two new songs.

We’re just mostly 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