Jack White fired a loud opening shot on the U.S. album chart this week, as his solo debut “Blunderbuss” entered the rolls at No. 1.
The former White Stripes singer-guitarist’s Third Man/Columbia set sold 138,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending April 29.
Though White has been a familiar presence in the top 10 for nearly a decade on albums by the Stripes, the Ranconteurs and the Dead Weather, “Blunderbuss” is his first opus to reach the pinnacle. His previous personal best came with the Stripes’ lone Warner Bros. release “Icky Thump,” the Detroit duo’s final album, which hit No. 2 in 2007.
White’s solid entry was the sole six-figure tally amid sleepy numbers, as none of the week’s other top-10 debuts could manage sales of more than 50,000.
Holdovers drew the biggest sales. Despite a 6% drop, Adele’s “21” (Columbia) rose one slot to No. 2, shifting 84,000, as the long-legged title toted up its 62nd chart week.
After two weeks at No. 1, Lionel Richie’s set of country collaborations “Tuskegee” (Mercury Nashville) lost steam, sliding to No. 3 (off 31%) with 78,000 sold. Despite a 9% slowdown, Brit boy band One Direction’s “Up All Night” (Columbia) inched up one post to No. 4 with a 50,000-unit frame.
Taking honors for the second-best debut of the week, country singer Lee Brice moved up in the world, as his sophomore album “Hard 2 Love” (Curb) arrives at No. 5 with a 46,000-copy tally. The South Carolina-born vocalist’s previous release, 2010’s “Love Like Crazy,” peaked at No. 44.
Another young country performer, Kip Moore, made a top-10 landing at No. 7 with his first album, titled – yes, exactly like One Dimension’s set three rungs above it – “Up All Night” (MCA Nashville). The collection sold 37,000 for the Georgia-born singer.
In another chart echo, another U.K. boy band, the Wanted, made their debut behind One Dimension in the U.S., as their eponymous Mercury EP entered at No. 7 with a 34,000-unit score. Title compiles seven hit singles.
Other top holdovers for the week included Nicki Mianj’s “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” (No. 8, 32,000 sold, down 33%), Gotye’s “Making Mirrors” (No. 9, 32,000, off 28%) and Jason Mraz’s “Love is a Four Letter Word” (No. 10, 29,000, down 71%).
New sets by Carrie Underwood and Norah Jones and the 42nd “Now” compilation are top contenders for next week’s chart.