Yep, it happened: Jack White landed his first-ever No. 1 album this week with his debut solo set “Blunderbuss,” which sold a better-than-expected 138,000 copies its first week in stores, according to Nielsen SoundScan. (Early projections had it selling 100,000-120,000 copies its first week.) So take that, Bon Jovi!
“Blunderbuss” tops Adele’s “21,” which sold an additional 84,000 copies this week. Which is unreal, because who are these people who are still buying “21?” “Hey, that ‘Rolling in the Deep’ song is pretty good. Who sings that, again?” That must be what people are saying on their way to Target.
Last week’s No. 1, Lionel Richie’s “Tuskegee,” falls to No. 3, while One Direction and country singer Lee Brice round out the top five. Kip Moore, another country singer, arrives at No. 6 with “Up All Night” (slick move giving your name the same title as the One Direction record, bub), which is one step ahead of The Wanted, who drop in at No. 7. (Guess their “let’s trash all the American pop princesses” campaign didn’t go as well as expected.)
Jack White’s reign at the top isn’t likely to last long, as next week’s chart will see new arrivals from Carrie Underwood, B.o.B and Norah Jones, as well as the latest “Now!” collection. Yes, people still buy those!
Billboard’s Top 10 albums (sales in parentheses, figures according to Nielsen SoundScan)
1. Jack White, Blunderbuss (138,000)
2. Adele, 21 (84,000)
3. Lionel Richie, Tuskegee (78,000)
4. One Direction, Up All Night (50,000)
5. Lee Brice, Hard 2 Love (46,000)
6. Kip Moore, Up All Night (37,000)
7. The Wanted, The Wanted (34,000)
8. Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (32,000)
9. Gotye, Making Mirrors (32,000)
10. Jason Mraz, Love is a Four-Letter Word (29,000)