Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Jack White Scoring "Lone Ranger"; "Blunderbuss" #1 in US & UK!

Jack White's solo debut album Blunderbuss is #1 in the US, UK, Canada, and Switzerland so far....


Also word that Jack White will score the new film The Lone Ranger, starring Johnny Depp.

UPDATE: Due to a scheduling conflict, Jack White will no longer be doing the film score.

In the UK, Blunderbuss bumped Adele's 21 off the charts, with 40,000 units sold.

Billboard has the details here:

Interesting to note that Blunderbuss scored #1 on Billboard with 138,000 units sold in the US; whereas (his former band) The White StripesIcky Thump (2007), sold  223,000 its first week, and only managed to hit #2... my, how things have changed in a mere 5 years....

...and we can speculate that the 85,000 units difference between first week U.S. sales of Blunderbuss and Icky Thump can be accounted for by free downloads this time around... but my guess is that if 138,000 people bought a Blunderbuss CD, then 1.38 million people downloaded it somewhere for free...

various recent Jack White videos here...

... and more on Jack White here...

Jack White to Compose 'Lone Ranger' Score

by Associated Press & Billboard Staff  |   April 25, 2012 9:55 EDT


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Walt Disney Pictures has wrangled Jack White to compose the score for "The Lone Ranger."

The studio announced Tuesday that the Grammy-winning rocker will write, produce and perform the score for director Gore Verbinski's upcoming adaptation of "The Lone Ranger."

"The Lone Ranger" will mark the White Stripes frontman's first time scoring a feature film. The film stars Johnny Depp as Tonto and Armie Hammer as John Reid. It is set to debut May 31, 2013.

White's first solo album, "Blunderbuss," was released Tuesday. He previously wrote and performed the theme song to the 2008 James Bond film "Quantum of Solace" with Alicia Keys.

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According to a statement released last night, "White will be giving back to the city that's so warmly embraced his debut album, as his Third Man Records Rolling Record Store hits the Big Apple on Thursday the 26th to bestow upon the citizenry free tickets to Jack White's American Express Unstaged concert at Webster Hall on Friday April 27 … An educational vinyl adventure center on wheels, Third Man Records' Rolling Record Store will be wheeling into locations all over the New York City area, then tweeting (@ThirdManRRS) each location along with instructions on how to claim a pair of free tickets to the show. There are only five pairs of tickets, one pair to be given away at each of five locations."

As previously reported, Jack's American Express Unstaged event will be directed by actor Gary Oldman. The show will be live-streamed and previewed by one new video each day leading up to Friday's performance,which can be seen here.

Jack White Scores First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

by Keith Caulfield, L.A.  |   May 02, 2012 11:00 EDT

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The highest chart of any of those band's releases was the White Stripes' 2007 album "Icky Thump," which bowed and peaked at No. 2 with a 223,000 first week. (It was stuck behind Bon Jovi's No. 1-debuting "Lost Highway," with 292,000.)

The rest of the top four this week are all holdovers, as Adele's "21" moves 3-2 (84,000; down 6%), Lionel Richie's "Tuskegee" slips 1-3 (78,000; down 31%) and One Direction's "Up All Night" rises 5-4 (50,000; down 9%). The latter crosses the half-million sales mark this week, as its to-date total climbs to 541,000. It is the fifth-largest selling album this year in the U.S. (Adele's "21," by far, leads the pack, with 3.1 million moved just in 2012. Its overall total is 8.9 million.)

The Billboard 200's second-highest debut belongs to Lee Brice's "Hard 2 Love," which enters at No. 5 with 46,000. It's the country singer's second album and first top 10, following 2010's "Love Like Crazy," which debuted and peaked at No. 44.

Right behind Brice is the debut of fellow country act Kip Moore, with his first album "Up All Night" at No. 6 (37,000). Yes, there are two identically-titled albums in the top 10 this week thanks to Moore and One Direction. Moore's current single, "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck," holds at No. 9 on the Country Songs chart this week.

The fourth and final arrival in the top 10 is the Wanted's self-titled U.S. debut, which bows at No. 7 with 34,000. The set (released only in the U.S. and Canada) is a compilation of singles from the U.K. vocal group's two previous studio albums, along with two newly-recorded songs. (The act's two earlier studio sets, a self-titled 2010 effort and 2011's "Battleground," were only released outside of America.) The Wanted's first worldwide studio album is due this fall.

As for the rest of the top 10: Nicki Minaj's "Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded" descends 6-8 (32,000; down 33%), Gotye's "Making Mirrors" falls 7-9 (32,000; down 28%) and Jason Mraz's "Love is a Four Letter Word" tumbles 2-10 (29,000; down 71%).

Over on the Digital Songs chart, Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know" (featuring Kimbra), retakes the No. 1 slot, rising one position with 414,000 downloads (down 11%). Last week's No. 1, Maroon 5's "Payphone" featuring Wiz Khalifa, falls to No. 2 with 330,000 (down 33%).

Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" hits a new high, rising 5-3 with 221,000 (up less than 1%) while fun.'s "We Are Young" (featuring Janelle Monae) falls 3-4 with 207,000 (down 18%).

Justin Bieber's "Boyfriend" moves 4-5 (192,000; down 18%) while Wiz Khalifa's new "Work Hard, Play Hard" debuts at No. 6 with 172,000. One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" is down 6-7 (170,000; down 13%), Flo Rida's "Wild Ones" (featuring Sia) goes 7-8 (152,000; down 10%) and Nicki Minaj's "Starships" drops 8-9 (151,000; down 1%). The Wanted's "Glad You Came" closes out the top 10, falling one slot, with 143,000 at No. 10 (down 3%).

Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending April 30) totaled 5.41 million units, down 6% compared to the sum last week (5.72 million) and up less than 1% compared to the comparable sales week of 2011 (5.38 million). Year to date album sales stand at 100.97 million, down 1% compared to the same total at this point last year (101.88 million).

Digital track sales this past week totaled 25.52 million downloads, down 1% compared to last week (25.91 million) and up 1% stacked next to the comparable week of 2011 (25.31 million). Year to date track sales are at 470 million, up 7% compared to the same total at this point last year (438.35 million).

Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2011 when: Adele's "21" continued to reign atop the tally for a seventh nonconsecutive week with 155,000 (up 26%) sold. Meanwhile, Nos. 2-8 and 10 were all debuts. The highest new entry was Beastie Boys' "Hot Sauces Committee Part Two" at No. 2 with 128,000.

1 comment:

  1. Fuck American Express Unstaged!!! It's poorly put together crap! American Express, VEVO and Youtube can go fuck themselves! A great talent like Jack White deserves better than this horseshit! If only American Bandstand was still on. Even hokey Solid Gold is better, heck I'd take Top of the Pops and that show was fairly hacky, over American Express's drivel anytime!

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