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Jack White’s ‘Lazaretto’ Debuts at No. 1, Sets Vinyl Sales Record


Jack White claims his second No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, as “Lazaretto” bows in the top slot with 138,000 sold in the week ending June 15, according to NielsenSoundScan.

The effort follows his solo debut, “Blunderbuss,” which also opened atop the list and sold 138,000 in its first frame. (It sold a handful of copies less, actually, but when rounded to the nearest thousand, both figures become 138,000.)

“Lazaretto” — released on White’s Third Man Records label through Columbia Records — also sets the record for the largest sales week for a vinyl album since SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991.

The vinyl LP sold 40,000 copies — easily enough to debut at No. 1 on Billboard’s Vinyl Albums chart. (The vinyl edition of the album has many unusual bonus features that clearly intrigued consumers.)

It beats the debut of Pearl Jam’s “Vitalogy,” which sold 34,000 vinyl LPs in its first week, back in 1994. (Notably, “Vitalogy” was issued on vinyl first, two weeks before its release on CD and cassette.)

“This is my proudest moment with Third Man Records, this object,” White said of the LP to Conan O’Brien during an appearance on “Conan” on June 11. During some of his recent TV appearances White has described some of the unique qualities the vinyl piece contains, like how the LP plays at three different speeds, the tracks it has hidden under the center label (that are playable) and how side A plays from the inside to the outside of the disc.

To put the sales of the vinyl “Lazaretto” in further perspective, the configuration on its own would have ranked at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 this week. In total, vinyl LP sales of “Lazaretto” accounted for 28.9 percent of the album’s first-week sales — nearly beating the number of CDs that were sold (41,000; 30 percent of the album’s debut). Downloads were 41.1 percent.