Jack White Debuts at No. 1, Sells a Ton of Something Called ‘Vinyl’

Jack White’s second solo LP, Lazaretto, debuted at no. 1 on the Billboard 200 this week with a modest 138,000 copies sold. (Actually almost exactly the same amount as 2012’s Blunderbuss, which also won the chart.) The bigger news, though, is that its 40,000 vinyl sales marked the best week for the format since Soundscan began recording such things. The previous high was Pearl Jam’s 34,000 copies sold in 1994, when Vitalogy hit vinyl two weeks before its CD and cassette release. Also: Lazaretto has a ton of crazy special features on wax.

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