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Jack White Breaks Another Vinyl Record, Sells 60,000 Copies of "Lazaretto"

Image courtesy of Image Courtesy Third Man Records (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Image Courtesy Third Man Records (via ABC News Radio)

First  Jack White  set a record by selling almost 41,000 copies of his newest album Lazaretto on vinyl, the highest one-week sales number for a vinyl record since SoundScan started keeping track of such things back in 1991. Now he's gone one better: according to  Billboard Lazaretto 's vinyl edition has sold 60,000 copies, making it the highest-selling vinyl disc in 20 years, since  Pearl Jam 's  Vitalogy  in 1994. The runner-up so far this year is  AM  from  Arctic Monkeys , with less than half the sales, at 29,000 sold.

The  Lazaretto   Ultra LP  is pressed on 180-gram vinyl and features a variety of special features for vinyl and analog audio enthusiasts. There are so many nifty goodies that White made a video  trailer  in order to adequately educate the masses.

Among the special features are two vinyl-only tracks hidden beneath the record's center labels, one of which plays at 78 rpm and the other at 45 rpm.  The intro to one of the songs, "Just One Drink" uses "dual-groove technology" with an electric or acoustic intro playing depending on where the needle is dropped, with the two grooves meeting for the body of the song.   Also, the dead wax on side-A contains a hand-etched hologram by  Tristan Duke  of Infinity Light Science, the first of its kind on a vinyl record; and the B-side is pressed in a matte finish giving it the appearance of an unplayed 78 rpm record. Oh, and one side plays from the center outward to the edge of the vinyl disc.

In addition, the  Ultra LP  has a different track order and uses some different mixes from the CD version of the album, and was recorded, mixed and mastered using no compression. 

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