Friday, June 21, 2024

White Stripes Rocker Jack White Gives Columbia Records Its First Number 1 Album Since Last September


The number 1 album of the week is Jack White’s “Boarding House Reach.” The collection by one half of the rocking White Stripes sold 126K copies of CDs and paid downloads. It had just about no streaming, as streaming has become almost the sole province of hip hop, rap and modern R&B.

What makes White’s achievement all the nicer for Columbia Records is that it’s their first number 1 album since LCD Soundsystem’s self titled album sold around 85,000 copies upon release last September 1st. Prior to that. Arcade Fire’s “Everything Now” was released on July 28 and hit the charts at number 1 on August 3rd.

The Columbia label hasn’t been seen much on the charts otherwise, although other Sony labels like Epic and RCA have had a lot of action in the last year with Camila Cabello and Justin Timberlake, among others. Columbia had a huge run of luck with Adele’s “25” two years ago, but since then has struggled while releasing lots of catalog material by Barbra Streisand, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and so on. Nice to have some new music for a change!

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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