Released globally on Monday October 20, 2008, AC/DC's first new studio album in eight years, "Black Ice" tops sales charts in 29 countries, including the U.S., U.K., Germany, Canada, France, Argentina, Japan, Australia, Belgium, Finland, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and more. In the U.S. alone, "Black Ice" has sold more than 780,000 units its first week on sale, marking the band's first ever debut entry at No. 1 on the album charts. Over 5 million copies of "Black Ice" have been shipped worldwide, combined with close to 5 million in catalog sold this year, the band is poised to sell over 10 million units this year alone.
In the U.S., "Black Ice" is being sold exclusively at Walmart, Sam's Club, and ACDC.com. AC/DC Live: Rock Band TrackPack, featuring master recordings from the band's fabled 1991 performance at Castle Donington, will also be sold exclusively by Walmart and Sam's Club in November and in Europe, Australia and New Zealand beginning in early December. In addition, Columbia Records has partnered with Walmart and MTV to create "AC/DC Rock Band Stores" in New York's Times Square and in Los Angeles to give fans in these cities fast access to the band's newest items. These pop-up stores have begun selling the album, AC/DC apparel, the Rock Band video game, and Rock Band branded apparel and accessories.
"Rock 'N Roll Train", the first single from "Black Ice", has topped U.S. rock radio charts since its release in early September. Sirius XM Radio is also celebrating this exciting new chapter in the band's history by creating "AC/DC Radio", a 24-hour station devoted to playing the band's classic rock songs and exclusive interviews with the band. "AC/DC Radio" will broadcast until January 15, 2009.
The anticipation for a new album and tour by AC/DC has ignited catalog sales. In the past eight weeks alone AC/DC's catalog sales have exceeded 800,000 units worldwide. "No Bull: The Directors Cut" — a newly edited, comprehensive HD DVD of AC/DC's 1996 Plaza De Toros De Las Ventas concert in Madrid, Spain is currently No. 1 on Top Music Video chart.
The first leg of the Black Ice World Tour kicks off tonight (October 28) in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania and runs through April 23, 2009 in Birmingham, UK.
Fan-filmed video footage of AC/DC's "final dress rehearsal" for the band's Black Ice World Tour, which was held Sunday night (October 26) at the Wachovia Arena in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania in front of thousands of contest winners and invite-only industry personnel can be viewed below.