If you happen to run across the Billboard 200 next week, you’ll notice a semi-unlikely name all the way at the top. Jack White’s excellent debut solo effort “Blunderbuss” will enter the chart at #1 next week, having sold an estimated 140,000 copies. To put that in perspective, he outsold Madonna, Lionel Ritchie and The Wanted. By a pretty wide margin. But, hey, who’s keeping score?
In a BBC interview yesterday, the prolific White even hinted that he’ll release a followup to “Blunderbuss” even quicker than you might think.
“We had enough for an album at one point, but I just kept going.I’ve got another 12 songs that I haven’t finished yet,” he said.
White will have to finish his whirlwind tour first, though. The trek, undertaken with two different backing bands (one all-male, one exclusively female), the tour is getting rave reviews so far. White is reportedly pulling from his entire back catalog, performing songs from every band he’s been involved with over the years.
“There’s songs that White Stripes never really played live, or Raconteurs never really got that into, or songs that I brought to the table in a band – songs like ‘Buffalo’ – and now I can elaborate on them,” White told BBC Radio 1’s Zane Lowe, before adding that “It needs to be alive in the moment. It has to be something new to everybody on stage, it can’t be some recreation of something from years ago. I don’t wanna waste my time doing that.”
If you haven’t gotten around to seeing it for yourself, check out this video of Jack White performing the incendiary “Freedom at 21” on Later With Jools Holland.