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Jack White’s ‘Fear of the Dawn’ Rules Top Album Sales, Rock & Alternative Charts

The set also arrives atop Vinyl Albums and Tastemakers Albums.

Jack White debuts at No. 1 on a host of Billboard charts dated April 23 with his new album, Fear of the Dawn.

In the April 8-14 tracking week, Dawn earned 42,000 equivalent album units, according to Luminate, formerly MRC Data. Of that sum, 39,000 copies are via album sales, sparking its bow atop the all-genre Top Album Sales tally.

White adds his fourth solo No. 1 on the chart, dating to his first solo LP, Blunderbuss, in 2012. He also boasts a No. 1 on the survey as part of The Raconteurs, whose Help Us Stranger debuted on top in July 2019.

Of Dawn‘s opening-week album sales, 24,000 copies were on vinyl, ranking it atop Vinyl Albums – White’s fifth total and consecutive solo set to reign, a ran that began with Blunderbuss and continued with Lazaretto (2014), acoustic/B-sides release Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016 (2016) and Boarding House Reach (2018). White has also ruled Vinyl Albums via the aforementioned Raconteurs release Stranger and The Dead Weather‘s Dodge and Burn in 2015.


Dawn shines with the best vinyl sales week for a soloist in 2022, trailing only Red Hot Chili PeppersUnlimited Love (38,000, April 16) and Ghost‘s Impera (28,000, March 26).

Dawn additionally debuts as White’s fourth No. 1 on the multi-metric Top Rock Albums and Top Alternative Albums charts, with all four of his solo full-lengths having ruled. He has also topped the former courtesy of The Raconteurs’ Stranger; on the latter, he has led beyond his solo output thanks to Stranger and The Dead Weather’s 2009 set Horehound.

Dawn‘s other coronation is on the Tastemakers chart, where it’s White’s fifth solo ruler, all dating to Blunderbuss.

On the all-genre Billboard 200, Dawn bows at No. 4, marking White’s fifth solo top 10.

Dawn was preceded by the radio single “Taking Me Back,” which hit No. 2 on both Alternative Airplay and Mainstream Rock Airplay, as well as No. 18 on Adult Alternative Airplay. White’s follow-up single, “Love Is Selfish,” currently ranks at No. 18 on Adult Alternative Airplay; it’s from White’s second 2022 album, Entering Heaven Alive, due in July.