April 20, 2014


Jack White Breaks World Record With "Lazaretto" Single

Terry Wyatt/Getty Images
Terry Wyatt/Getty Images

Jack White is a man of his word. Earlier this month the former White Stripes frontman declared his goal to make the "World's Fastest Released Record,” and the rocker completed the task yesterday on Record Store Day. 

The Tennessean reports that White, and band, took the stage at the Nashville headquarters of his Third Man Records early Saturday morning. They played two live songs in front of an audience, then transported the recording to Nashville's United Record Pressing plant, printed the vinyl singles, returned to the Third Man Records, and sold the copies to fans that same afternoon. The whole process took three hours and 55 minutes.

White broke the Guinness World Record that was previously held by a Swiss polka trio who issued their album Live on August 16th, 2008, the day after they recorded it.

"I woke up at about 4 in the morning last night, and I thought, 'Wow. I think there's about 12 or 13 things that could really go wrong tomorrow,' White told reporters after issuing the copies. "I just thought how difficult it was going to be to explain to people if we didn't pull it off, so thank God we did."

The tracks featured on the 7-inch recording include "Lazaretto," the title track from his forthcoming solo album, and the B-side was a cover of Elvis Presley's 1969 song "Power of My Love."

White will be embarking on a headlining U.S. tour that kicks off May 29 at Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with pit stops at Governors Ball in New York City, Bonnaroo, and the Forecastle Festival in Louisville, Kentucky.

Congrats, Jack!

Update 4/21: Listen to the official studio version of "Lazaretto" below: