White releases his second album on the Third Man Records label (distributed through Columbia Records). The album sells 138,000 copies in its first week to claim the No. 1 spot on the Billboard 200. The vinyl release also sets the record for largest sales week for a vinyl album since tracking began in 1991. The album features members of both White’s backing bands (the all-male Buzzards and all-female Peacocks), with initial sessions recorded during touring for his solo debut. Some of the song lyrics are inspired by short stories and plays White wrote at 19 and rediscovered in his attic.
…What if I talk to my younger self and work together with him? What if you write songs with your younger self’s ideas? It wasn’t, ‘Let me take this page and set it straight to music.’ That would be too easy. But rather, what if I pull from here and take it somewhere totally new, so I’m actually collaborating with myself from the past on a song.