Jack White scores first No. 1 on Billboard with ‘Blunderbuss,’ Adele’s ‘21’ at No. 2

By Daniel S Levine,

Jack White has been in several bands over the years, including The White Stripes, but he never had an album debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart until last week’s release of Blunderbuss, his solo debut. Billboard announced on Wednesday that the album sold 138,000 copies in its first week, more than enough to top the charts.

According to Billboard, the highest debut for the White Stripes’ was 2007’s Icky Thump, which sold 223,000 copies, but finished at No. 2 behind Bon Jovi’s Lost Highway.

Adele’s 21 spent its 62nd week on the chart. Entertainment Weekly reports that the album sold another 84,000 copies. It is now up to 8.9 million copies sold, making it the fourth best-selling album over the past ten years. Only Norah Jones’ Come Away With Me, Usher’s Confessions and Eminem’s The Eminem Show have sold more. 21 only has to sell about 1 million copies to pass Confessions for the number three spot. An even more impressive milestone for 21 is it will soon be among the 29 albums to sell over 9 million copies since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking album sales in 1991.

Tuskegee by Lionel Richie topped the chart last week and only fell to No. 3 this week, selling 78,000 copies. That was a 31 percent drop. One Direction’s Up All Night sold 50,000 copies, good enough for No. 4.

Lee Brice’s Hard 2 Love debuted at No. 5 with 46,000 copies sold. Another Up All Night, this time from “Something ‘Bout a Truck” singer Kip Moore, hit No. 6 with 37,000 copies.

The Wanted have had a rough week, with bad press following their statements on Christina Aguilera and Britney Spears and the sales of their self-titled EP can’t make them any happier. The Wanted sold just 34,000 copies, despite the success of “Glad You Came.”

The rest of the top ten includes Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (32,000 copies), Gotye’s Making Mirrors (32,000) and Jason Mraz’s Love Is A Four Letter Word (29,000).

Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know” topped the Digital Songs chart with 414,000 downloads.

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