Jack White can put one more mark in his overloaded utility belt: #1 album debut. After more than a decade of releases with his various bands (The White Stripes, Dead Weather, Raconteurs), White will score his first #1 debut on the Billboard 200 next week with his first solo album, Blunderbuss .
The disc moved 138,000 copies, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan, easily besting Adele, who was once again at #2 with 21, which moved another 84,000 units as it chugs along to nine million in sales.
Other new faces in the top 10 include country singer Lee Brice, whose Hard 2 Love came in at #5 (46,000), Kip Moore’s Up All Night (#6, 37,000) and the debut seven-track EP from trash-talking British boy band The Wanted, which sold 34,000 copies, good enough for a #7 debut.
The rest of the top 10: Lionel Richie, Tuskegee (#3, 78,000), One Direction, Up All Night (#4, 50,000), Nicki Minaj, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded (#8, 32,000), Gotye, Making Mirrors (#9, 32,000) and Jason Mraz, Love is a Four Letter Word (#10, 29,000).
Mraz was down 71 percent in his second week on the charts after debuting at #2, while Train dipped 65 percent with California 37 (27,000) falling seven spots to #11. Superstar DJ Tiesto came in at #15 with Club Life: Volume Two Miami (19,000), which features remixes of Gotye, Coldplay and The Naked & Famous.
Further down the list, after just five weeks, Madonna continues to plummet, with MDNA slipping another 11 spots to #45 (9,000) as sales appear to be leveling off just shy of the 500,000 mark.
White shouldn’t get too comfortable, as next week’s charts will feature the latest from Carrie Underwood, Norah Jones and B.o.B.