Week Ending April 29, 2012. Albums: White’s In Good Company
Jack White's first solo album, Blunderbuss, debuts at #1 this week in both the U.S. and the U.K. This marks the fourth time that the first solo album by a prominent member of a group or duo has reached #1 in both countries. Blunderbuss follows George Harrison's All Things Must Pass, George Michael's Faith and Beyonce's Dangerously In Love. All three of those artists had had "transatlantic #1" albums with their famous groups (the Beatles, Wham! and Destiny's Child, respectively) prior to their solo debuts. White nearly did too, but the White Stripes' 2007 album Icky Thump, which hit #1 in the U.K., peaked at #2 in the U.S.
Blunderbuss is White's eighth top 10 album on The Billboard 200, following three albums with the White Stripes, two with the Raconteurs and two with the Dead Weather. The White Stripes first cracked the chart in March 2002 with White Blood Cells. The Stripes' last three albums won Grammys as Best Alternative Music Album (which puts the band in a tie with Radiohead for the most wins in the category's 22-year history). White has amassed nine Grammy Awards in all.
White's album sold 78K digital copies (out of 138K total), which puts it at #1 on Top Digital Albums.
The Fine Print: George Harrison released a pair of instrumental albums before All Things Must Pass, but they were experimental and had limited appeal. I think it's fair to call the triple-disk (!) All Things Must Pass his solo debut.
Adele's 21, which inches up from #3 to #2, logs its 62nd week in the top 10. That's the longest run in the top 10 by any album since Alanis Morissette's Jagged Little Pill spent 72 weeks in the top 10 from August 1995 to January 1997.
We're running out of album titles, but this is ridiculous. There are two albums in the top 10 titled Up All Night. One Direction's former #1 album with that title rebounds from #5 to #4. Country singer Kip Moore's like-titled album bows at #6. In the fall of 2008, two albums titled Fearless cracked the top 10 (though they never appeared in the top 10 at the same time). R&B singer Jazmine Sullivan hit #6 that September with an album by that title. Taylor Swift's like-titled album debuted at #1 seven weeks later.