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Chart Watch: Vinyl Boosts Jack White

Paul Grein
Chart Watch
June 18, 2014

Jack White's Lazaretto sold 40K vinyl copies this week. It's the largest one-week sales tally for a vinyl album since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking music sales in 1991. The old record was set in 1994, when Pearl Jam's Vitalogy sold 34K vinyl copies.

Lazaretto sold nearly as many vinyl copies as it did CDs (42K) or digital copies (57K). The album sold more vinyl copies this week than any other album has for the year-to-date. Arctic Monkeys's AM is in second place for the year-to-date with sales of 23K vinyl copies. Beck's Morning Phase is third (21K).

White's previous album, Blunderbuss, sold 34K vinyl copies in all of 2012. It was that year's top-selling vinyl album.

Nielsen SoundScan's running list of the best-selling albums in its history includes five that have rung up big vinyl numbers. They are the Beatles's Abbey Road (212K vinyl copies in the Nielsen SoundScan era), Pink Floyd's The Dark Side Of The Moon (105K), Pearl Jam's Vitalogy (93K), U2's Achtung Baby (76K) and Michael Jackson's Thriller (73K).

Other albums not on that list but with high vinyl totals include Bon Iver's For Emma Forever Ago (95K) and Mumford & Sons's Sigh No More (93K).

Lazaretto is White's second solo album. Both have entered The Billboard 200 at #1. His first solo album, Blunderbuss, debuted at #1 in April 2012 and went on to receive a Grammy nomination as Album of the Year. (Both albums sold 138K copies in their first week, a striking show of consistency.)

White is the first artist with that surname to land two #1 albums. Barry White (no relation) had one: 1974's Can't Get Enough.

Lazaretto is the ninth top 10 album of White's career. He had had three top 10 albums with The White Stripes, two with The Raconteurs and two with The Dead Weather.

By coincidence, White has also won nine Grammys, in an impressive range of capacities. In addition to five Grammys as an artist, he has won one each as a songwriter (for The White Stripes's "Seven Nation Army"), a producer (for Loretta Lynn's Van Lear Rose), an engineer (for The Raconteurs's Consolers Of The Lonely) and even an art director (for a limited edition box set of the White Stripes's Under Great White Northern Lights).

Lazaretto is also #1 on Top Digital Albums. Blunderbuss also topped the digital chart.

Miranda Lambert'sPlatinum dips from #1 to #2 in its second week. It's #1 on Top Country Albums for the second week. It's the first album by a female country artist to spend two frames at #1 country since Jennifer Nettles's That Girl in January.

The Frozen soundtrack dips from #2 to #3. The Fault In Our Stars jumps from #8 to #5.This marks the first time that two soundtracks have appeared in the top five simultaneously since January 2013, when Les Miserables and Pitch Perfect were in the top five at the same time.

Frozen has sold 2,616,000 copies so far this year (on top of 338K copies it sold in the last five weeks of 2013.) If it doesn't sell another copy, it has already sold more copies in 2014 than Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience sold in all of 2013 (2,427,000). That was last year's best-selling album. Frozen logs its 29th consecutive week at #1 on Top Soundtracks.

Charli XCX's "Boom Clap," the lead single from The Fault In Our Stars, is already in the top 10 on Hot Digital Songs. The song jumps from #16 to #9 in its third week on that chart.

Now Country 7 jumps from #11 to #10 in its second week. It's the third Now Country album to make the top 10. This is the 56th album in the Now franchise to reach the top 10. This grand total includes all 50 regular numbered albums, three country albums, two Christmas albums and a collection of #1 hits.

"Fancy" by Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX holds at #1 on Top Digital Songs for the fourth week (226K). Will it also hold at #1 on the Hot 100 for the fourth week? I believe it will. You'll find out for sure later today when we post my first of two Chart Watch Songs blogs.

Here's a recap of this week's top 10 albums.

The Top Five: Jack White's Lazaretto debuts at #1 (138K). It's his second top 10 album as a solo artist ... Miranda Lambert's Platinum dips from #1 to #2 in its second week (62K) … The Frozen soundtrack dips from #2 to #3 in its 29th week (50K). This is its 27th week in the top 10 … Brantley Gilbert's Just As I Am dips from #3 to #4 in its fourth week (40K). It has been in the top five the entire time … The Fault In Our Stars soundtrack jumps from #8 to #5 in its fourth week (38K). This is its third week in the top 10.

The Second Five: Now 50 holds at #6 for the fourth week in its sixth week (34K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time …Coldplay's Ghost Stories drops from #5 to #7 in its fourth week (34K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time … The Black Keys's Turn Blue rebounds from #13 to #8 in its fifth week (26K). This is its fourth week in the top 10 … Michael Jackson's Xscape rebounds from #12 to #9 in its fifth week (25K). This is its fourth week in the top 10 … Now Country 7 jumps from #11 to #10 in its second week (22K).

Four albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Led Zeppelin's 1969 debut album, Led Zeppelin, drops from #7 to #16. It holds at #1 on Top Catalog Albums for the second week. The band's two other deluxe reissues also drop out of the top 10 this week. Led Zeppelin II drops from #9 to #20. Led Zeppelin III drops from #10 to #21. Also dropping out: 50 Cent's Animal Ambition: An Untamed Desire To Win, which drops from #4 to #15.

Passenger'sfifth studio album,Whispers, debuts at #12. It's his second chart album. All The Little Lights (which spawned his sleeper smash "Let Her Go") reached #26 … O.A.R.'s eighth studio album, The Rockville LP, debuts at #13. It's the rock band's third album in a row to make the top 15 … Rebelution's fourth studio album, Count Me In, debuts at #14. It's the reggae band's second top 20 album.

HellYeah's fourth studio album, Blood For Blood, debuts at #18. All four have made the top 20 … Colbie Caillat's Gypsy Heart Side A, a digital-only EP, debuts at #32. It's the highest-charting of her four EPs.

Chrissie Hynde's Stockholm debuts at #36. This is the first solo album by the woman who led The Pretenders to three top 10 albums from 1980 through 1984. The Pretenders first cracked the top 40 in March 1980. The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. Amazingly, they never won a Grammy. They were nominated as Best New Artist of 1980, but lost to Christopher Cross.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch debuts at #61, following Neil Patrick Harris's Tony win for Best Performance By An Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical. It enters Top Cast Albums at #1, displacing If/Then: A New Musical, which stars Idina Menzel.

The Who's Quadrophenia—Live In London enters Top Music Videos at #1 (3K). The band's Quadrophenia album reached #2 on The Billboard 200 in November 1973. It was the group's first album to climb that high on the chart. (The group reached #2 again with 1978's Who Are You, but never made it to #1.)

Coming Attractions: Look for Lana Del Rey's Ultraviolence to debut at #1 next week, with sales in the 170K range. Sam Smith's In The Lonely Hour will probably debut at #2 (140K). Linkin Park's The Hunting Party is eyeing a #3 debut (100K). Also due: Willie Nelson's Band Of Brothers (around #8, 35K), Jennifer Lopez's A.K.A. (around #10, 30K),  Deadmau5's while (1<2) (25K) and Tiesto's A Town Called Paradise (12K).

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