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Jack White conquers Billboard 200 with solo debut, 'Blunderbuss'

CD cover image for Jack White's solo debut,
CD cover image for Jack White's solo debut, "Blunderbuss."
AP Photo/Third Man Records

In abandoning his rainbow of musical accomplices, Jack White has alablasted his way into the top spot of the Billboard 200, making his first solo album, "Blunderbuss," also his first No. 1 album on the chart.

The record was released by White's Third Man Records -- a Nashville-based label described by the NYT as "a cross between Warhol’s Factory and the Batcave," where west-facing walls are red, east-facing walls are blue, and the employees dress like "comic-book henchmen" in yellow and black.

"Blunderbuss" sold 138,000 copies in its first week, Billboard reports

White's other bands -- The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, and The Dead Weather -- all missed the high mark. The White Stripes release "Icky Thump" jumped into the No. 2 spot when it debuted in 2007, selling 223,000 units in its first week.

The quad of winners for the week round out with chart holdovers "21" by Adele in the two spot, Lionel Richie's country tribute "Tuskegee" slipping to number three, and One Direction choosing to go north with "Up All Night" rising to number four.

With overall sales at 8.9 million, Adele's Grammy-winning "21" is poised to become the next on a short list of albums that have sold 9 million in the U.S. since SoundScan began tracking in 1991, notes Billboard.


Lisa Brenner can be reached via Twitter @lisa_brenner