Raconteurs Land First Number One Album On Billboard 200


The Raconteurs topped the Billboard 200 album chart this week with their third studio album, Help Us Stranger. The disc sold a total of 88,000 units, with 84,000 of those in traditional album sales, to become the quartet's first Number One release.

The album is the band's first in 11 years and follows up 2008's Consolers Of The Lonely. That effort debuted at Number Seven on the chart, as did the foursome's 2006 debut, Broken Boy Soldiers.

Raconteurs leader Jack White has previously hit the top spot on the Billboard survey three times, with all three of his solo albums, while a number of records he's made with the White Stripes and the Dead Weather have all notched Top 10 debuts.

The Raconteurs played a series of performances at small clubs and record stores in New York and Los Angeles during the week of release for Help Us Stranger, and also did a two-night stand on CBS-TV's Late Show With Stephen Colbert. A summer/fall tour kicks off on July 12th in White's hometown of Detroit.