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Jack White opens at No. 1, Sets vinyl sales record

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Jack White has his second No. 1 album after another record-breaking effort. Billboard says the former White Stripe’s sophomore solo release, Lazaretto, sold 138,000 copies in its opening frame, which was more than enough to claim the top spot on this week’s Billboard 200. White’s solo debut, Blunderbuss, sold just a “handful” of copies less when it opened at No. 1 back in 2012.

And to make the latest feat even more special, 40,000 copies of Lazaretto’s total were vinyl. That gives White the record for the largest sales week for a vinyl album since SoundScan started keeping track of that stuff in 1991. Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy was the previous record holder. Eddie Vedder and company moved 34,000 vinyl copies of their third album back in 1994. But as Billboard points out, Vitalogy was only available on vinyl for two weeks before it came out in other formats. Jack White fans had a number of options when it came to adding Lazaretto to their collections, and almost a third of them chose to get it on wax.

White recently said that the fully loaded vinyl edition of Lazaretto is the “proudest moment” of his time with Third Man Records. The so-called Ultra LP comes with plenty of bells and whistles including songs played at various speeds, bonus tracks hidden under the record’s label, one side that plays from the inside out, and even a hand-carved hologram that appears once the LP starts spinning. The Ultra LP is selling out fast online, but fans can get in line to get their own copy at ThirdManStore.com.

Meanwhile, the rest of this week’s Billboard 200 is looking a bit stagnant. The highest new entry after Lazaretto is Passenger’s Whispers, which bows at No. 12. Last week’s chart-topper, Miranda Lambert’s Platinum, slides to No. 2, while the Frozen soundtrack drops to No. 3. Brantley Gilbert’s Just As I Am falls to No. 4, and the Fault in Our Stars soundtrack climbs to No. 5.

Now 50 holds its ground at No. 6, while Coldplay’s Ghost Stories – which spent two weeks at No. 1 after scoring 2014’s best debut – continues its slide, falling two more spots to No. 7. But this week’s relatively low sales allow the Black KeysTurn Blue to return to the Top 10 at No. 8. Likewise, Michael Jackson’s Xscape moves up three rungs to No. 9. Now That’s What I Call Country: Volume 7 also moves up to round out this week’s Top 10.

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