Jack White’s ‘Blunderbuss’ is Top-Selling Vinyl of 2012

White's Third Man Records seems to be doing something right...

Johnny Firecloudby Johnny Firecloud

Third Man Records in conjunction with Columbia Records is proud to announce that Jack White’s Blunderbuss is the biggest selling vinyl album of 2012 according to Nielsen Soundscan’s vinyl charts with over 33,000 copies sold.

Knocking The Beatles’ Abbey Road off the top spot (a position it had held the previous three years), Blunderbuss sales are the highest for a new album (not a catalog album) since Soundscan began specifically tracking vinyl in 2008.

White is currently nominated for three Grammys from Blunderbuss, including Album of the Year. As we said in our review of the album, Blunderbuss occupies a fascinating balance, a tri-colored middleground amidst the bands with which we associate Jack – namely the White Stripes, the Dead Weather and The Raconteurs. Only Blunderbuss transcends them all with a razor-sharp singular vision and staggering versatility that defies any of his group designs. 

White’s magic is all concocted in Nashville these days, taking on tangible life at United Record Pressing – just up the street from Third Man Records headquarters – where every TM release is printed and pressed. There’s a great deal of history to the company and the building, which served as a safehouse motel of sorts for black musicians traveling through town in the heavily-segregated ’50s and ’60s.