This chart-topping achievement marks an important first for White, who despite oodles of acclaim and cool-kid-cred has never topped the Billboard 200 in the U.S. (The White Stripes however did score two Number Ones in the UK, with 2003′s Elephant and 2007′s Icky Thump).
Expectations surrounding Blunderbuss (released April 24) had swelled for months and the now expected sales of between 100,000-200,000 to date make it clear that White has successfully delivered. With numerous standouts like Love Interruption, Sixteen Salteens and Freedom at 21, and last Friday’s (April 27) blistering performance at the Gary Oldman-directed American Express Unstaged event in NYC, suggest it may be some time before Blunderbuss slows.
Of course countless news stories have broken since the record’s release that only serve to bolster the burgeoning Jack White brand, including a somewhat surprising announcement from Disney that White will score their forthcoming 2013 The Lone Ranger theatrical soundtrack. In addition, an April 5th The New York Times Magazine feature divulged that White’s eccentricities are increasing in unison with his bank balance: he actively acquires taxidermied animals and hands out calling cards embossed with ‘John A. White III, D.D.S. – Accidentist and Occidental Archaeologist. ‘The feature also revealed that the softer, nature-loving side of Jack enjoys falling asleep to the sound of rain – so much so that he has installed microphones in the eaves of his Nashville home (just a few doors down from Hank Williams) to sufficiently amplify its intoxicating pitter-patter.