Third Man Records owner and the musically-ubiquitous talent, Jack White, has been making music for over two decades with hugely popular bands like the White Stripes, the Dead Weather, and the Raconteurs.
But it wasn’t until the color-coordinated musician (with experimental ways of releasing his music) who recently released a Gary Oldham-directed live stream put out his debut solo album Blunderbuss last week that White actually got his first place atop the Billboard charts.
Billboard reports that Blunderbuss has sold 138,000 copies in its first week. The album topped Adele who sold 84,000 records, One Direction who sold 50,000 and Lionel Richie at 78,000.
The only other Jack White album that has come close to the number one position on the Billboard Charts is 2007’s Icky Thump by the White Stripes. That album peaked at #2 on the Top 200.
Icky Thump was the White Stripes’ last album before it was announced that Jack and Meg White had amicably decided to part. However, in a recent interview, White said that it was Meg who wanted to split up the White Stripes.
When asked why, White responded, “You’d have to ask her…I don’t know what her reasons are. Having a conversation with Meg, you don’t really get any answers.”
“I’m lucky that girl ever got onstage, so I’ll take what I can get…Meg completely controlled the White Stripes,” White continued. “She’s the most stubborn person I’ve ever met, and you don’t even get to know the reasons.”
–Nadia Noir, CBS Radio Los Angeles