Jack Gilinsky and Jack Johnson, better known as Vine superstars Jack & Jack, released their début EP Calibraska today and it immediately shot to the top of the iTunes album chart.
I can’t say it’s unexpected, and their fan base has been so rabid promoting the album that it trended on Twitter for six hours after release.
The 18-year-old Nebraska natives already have over 1,000 reviews for their new EP, which is almost ten-times more than R&B/Soul artist Jill Scott‘s Woman album, which was also released today.
Even though they clearly have more development to do as artists, what’s most impressive about their foray into the music industry is that they’re doing it themselves. The pair (and their team, to be fair…) used popular indie distribution company DistroKid to put their music on iTunes themselves, which makes what they’ve done so rare.
Driven by a passion for the music, and without the backing of a major label, they’ve hit the top spot on iTunes. That doesn’t happen every day.
The numbers are in, and Jack & Jack’s début EP Calibraska sold a total of 22,000 copies in its first week of sale, according to Nielsen. The four-song taster of things to come peaked at No. 3 on Billboard’s Rap Albums chart and their Independent Albums chart. They also peaked at No. 12 on the iconic Billboard 200 album chart.
This chart success comes almost a year to the date Jack & Jack made their Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart début with their single “Wild Life.” The track opened at No. 25 on the chart, and peaked at No. 5 on the Rap Digital Songs chart.