The erstwhile White Stripe breaks a record previously held by Pearl Jam.
Released in June, the “Ultra LP” version of Jack White’s Lazaretto was an impressive undertaking, even compared to White’s previous record gimmicks: it featured multi-speed tracks, locked grooves, holograms and a variety of vinyl wonders.
According to Billboard, the LP has sold 60,000 copies, making it the best-selling vinyl LP of the year and the biggest release of any year since Pearl Jam’s Vitalogy was released in 1994. The second-biggest selling vinyl LP, Arctic Monkeys’ AM, has sold less than half that number, while Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories vinyl sold 49,000 copies in 2013.
The 60,000 copies represent 25% of the album’s total sales. For an artist who has recorded and released the world’s fastest record, released records on platinum and gold and released records via balloon, it appears that thinking outside of the box has finally paid off.