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Jack White Topples The Beatles For Best-Selling Vinyl Album Of 2012

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Photo: Alex Rauch

Photo: Alex Rauch

2012 was a very good year for rock Renaissance man Jack White. His first proper solo album, Blunderbuss, earned the guitar hero and former White Stripes frontman a fistful of high-profile GRAMMY nominations, including the coveted Album of the Year.

According to year-end Nielsen Soundscan tallies, White’s Blunderbuss also has the distinction of being the best-selling vinyl album of 2012. Moving over 33,000 copies of the release on wax, Blunderbuss bested the vinyl version of the Beatles’ 1969 classic Abbey Road, which held the distinction for the previous three years running.

The numbers make White’s solo debut the highest-selling new vinyl release (as opposed to catalog titles like Abbey Road) since Nielsen began specifically charting vinyl sales in 2008.

A return to the warm crackle of vinyl has been on an upswing in recent years, with Nielsen also announcing that sales of vinyl sides were up 16.3% in 2012, with 3.2 million actual records being sold over the last 12 months. That followed a whopping 39% upswing in vinyl sales for 2011.

White, who ended 2012 with a blistering performance at this year’s edition of the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas, was recently seen in a cameo role on a special Christmas episode of IFC comedy show Portlandia with Saturday Night Live cast member and show creator Fred Armisen.

-Scott T. Sterling, CBS Local

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