Jack White earns new ’Billboard’ chart feat with “Taking Me Back”

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Jack White‘s “Taking Me Back” is taking him to new heights on the Billboard charts.

The latest single from the White Stripes/Raconteurs/Dead Weather rocker has hit the top 10 on the Mainstream Rock Airplay chart, a feat he’d never previously accomplished as a solo artist, or with any of his bands.

Prior to “Taking Me Back,” White’s highest-charting solo single on the Mainstream Rock tally was “Lazaretto,” the title track off his 2014 album, which reached number 25. Overall, White’s Mainstream Rock previous peak was the 2007 White Stripes single “Icky Thump,” which made it to number 11.

“Taking Me Back” also gives White a solo high on the Alternative Airplay chart, where it sits at number five, besting the number-nine peak of “Lazaretto.” Outside of his solo career, White hit number one on Alternative Airplay three times: with “Icky Thump” and fellow Stripes classic “Seven Nation Army,” and with The Raconteurs’ “Steady as She Goes.”

“Taking Me Back” will appear on White’s upcoming solo album Fear of the Dawn, due out April 8. A second record, titled Entering Heaven Alive, will arrive July 22, and includes an acoustic version of “Taking Me Back.”

White will launch a U.S. tour in support of both records next year, beginning in April.

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