Music Notes: Jack White tops 'Abbey Road' for vinyl sales in 2012

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The No. 1 album for vinyl junkies in 2012 was "Blunderbuss," the first solo album from Jack White, of White Stripes, Raconteurs and The Dead Weather fame.

According to Nielsen Soundscan's vinyl charts, the Third Man Records release sold more than 33,000 copies, the highest number for a new album since Soundscan began tracking vinyl in 2008. "Blunderbuss" is nominated for three Grammys, including Album of the Year.

The Beatles' "Abbey Road" held the top spot the previous three years.

Michael Seamans, of Mind Cure Records, says "Blunderbuss" was the biggest-selling vinyl at his store in Polish Hill. He noted that new vinyl from local bands Zeitgeist, Carousel and Slices were also big sellers.

Dave Whaley, of Dave's Music Mine on the South Side, said "Blunderbuss" sold well, "but tops would have to be either Mumford & Sons' 'Babel' or The Black Keys' 'El Camino,' with honorable mention going to The Lumineers and Adele's '21.' "

-- Scott Mervis, Post-Gazette

Tribute to the Boss

Jon Stewart is hosting the MusiCares salute to Bruce Springsteen.

The Recording Academy also announced Wednesday that Elton John, Neil Young, Mumford & Sons, Sting, Mavis Staples and Kenny Chesney will be among more than a dozen performers who will help pay tribute to Mr. Springsteen during the Feb. 8 benefit concert, held in Los Angeles two days before the Grammy Awards.

Mr. Springsteen is MusiCare's person of the year, an award given to a performer who is notable both artistically and philanthropically. The sold-out concert will benefit MusiCare's emergency financial assistance and addiction recovery programs.

Other performers scheduled to appear include Juanes, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill, Jackson Browne and Alabama Shakes.

Mr. Stewart is the host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart."

-- The Associated Press

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