Academy Award-nominated musician Jack White’s “Lazaretto” has been nominated for Best Rock Song for next year’s Grammy Awards.
The other nominations in the category include Paramore’s “Ain’t It Fun,” the Black Keys’ “Fever,” Beck’s “Blue Moon” and Ryan Adams’ “Gimme Something Good.”
White was also nominated in the 2015 Grammy categories for Best Rock Performance and Best Alternative Music Album for Lazaretto. He is also nominated Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package for his work on The Rise & Fall Of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-27), alongside Susan Archie and Dean Blackwood.
White has previously been nominated for various Grammy Awards 24 times, and has won eight, so far.
Here is the video for “Lazaretto”:
— Third Man Records (@thirdmanrecords) December 5, 2014
A lazaretto is a quarantine facility for sea travelers, and can comprise a ship at anchor, an island or a structure on the mainland. Leper colonies were once called lazar houses, named after the story of Lazarus the Beggar.
White has stated that he partly based the album around a series of poems, plays and short stories he’d written when he was 19. He rediscovered his writings while rummaging through his attic.
Lazaretto debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 138,000 copies in its first week. Interestingly, “Lazaretto” has the world record for the fastest recording ever produced. According to White’s label Third Man Records, the first batch of seven inch singles was recorded, pressed, assembled and available for sale in three hours, 55 minutes and 21 seconds.
White, 39, shattered the standing Guinness World Record set by Swiss polka trio Vollgas Kompanie, who issued their album Live, the day after they recorded it.
White, born John Anthony Gillis, gained notoriety as the principal singer/songwriter for The White Stripes, which he formed with drummer Meg White in 1997 in Detroit, Michigan.
“Hotel Yorba” by the White Stripes: