Jack White - Blunderbuss

From Elephant on, every album from every band that counts Jack White as a member has debuted in the top 10 of the U.S. Billboard charts. But until this morning, Jack White had never found himself in the top position. The closest he ever came was with the White Stripes’ Icky Thump, which peaked at #2. That has now changed. Blunderbuss, White’s very good solo debut, tops this week’s chart, and the UK chart as well, as Pitchfork points out. The album sold 138,000 first-week domestic copies. Sometimes, it seems, goofy-ass promotional stunts work. Another thing that sometimes works: Making really good music. Salute.

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  1. I think its hilarious you mention that its a very good debut solo album in this piece, yet you didn’t think so when you wrote the premature evaluation. Slightly contradicting.

    • Well, *PREMATURE* Evaluation kind of speaks for itself. This record grows on you like no other this year, I think.

    • Michael_  |   Posted on May 2nd, 2012 +2

      Tom ended both the Premature Evaluation post and this post with the statement “Salute.” so I think his feelings on the album are equally conveyed in each despite what the words written before the last one say.

    • I don’t love the album unreservedly. I do think it’s a very good album. Good critics don’t just drool all over every album they like; they try their best to offer complete and fleshed-out opinions.

  2. I tell people all the time that in this day in age 100,000 = Gold and 500,000 = Platinum.

    exclude Adele.

    • I like that

    • Michael_  |   Posted on May 2nd, 2012 +3

      You bring up a good point, Kevin. I wonder if they’ll ever reassess what dictates “gold”, “platinum” and so on when it becomes increasingly more difficult to reach the same sales marks, and if they you do that, how far back retroactively they should hold the standard to. I guess it means nothing at the same time to achieve that designation considering there are plenty of musicians who’ve given away more free albums at will than the ones who are concerned with moving units. That would probably tick off the country music and mainstream rap industries however, as their consumers seem to be the only ones who are keeping those sales distinctions afloat.

    • how many times a day would you say you are telling people this?

  3. Another thing that helps.. Actually being well known.

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  5. I had a good feeling about this Jack White guy. He’s gonna be a big star one day

    • Actually, at one time I made a similar statement. It was when I saw the White Stripes open for Sleater-Kinney in 2000.

      • Do you have a receipt for the T-shirt to prove it?

        • The point was not, “Oooh, I’m indier than you.” I just think it’s cool that someone I always thought was really talented can make it big in this day and age. Mainstream music has been mostly awful for a while, so it’s nice to have had an instance of optimism about the music world validated by reality. And yeah, it’s cool to be able to predict the future, even if sometimes the future sucks. I also predicted that the Spice Girls would be huge after their video debuted on, of all shows, 120 Minutes.

  6. Do you think the Grammys will give him Best New Artist next year?

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  8. Oh hell yeah, SEVENTEEN saltines tonight!!!

  9. There’s hope for the world after all

  10. I’m just a high schooler, but I’d love to hear what you guys think about my first ever music video!
    Just look up “Make It Tonight New Alliance”

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