Australian hard rock legends AC/DC continue to dominate sales charts around the world as "Black Ice" remains the #1 selling album in the U.S., Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Argentina, Canada and Spain.
Released globally on Monday October 20, 2008, "Black Ice" topped sales charts in 29 countries, including the U.S. where it sold an incredible 784,288 in its first week (marking the band's first-ever No. 1 debut on the U.S. album chart). "Black Ice" went on to sell another 270,923 units this week, bringing the first two weeks' sales in the U.S. to over 1 million copies. Sold exclusively at Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, and www.acdc.com in the U.S., "Black Ice" is poised to be the biggest-selling rock record of 2008.
2008 is shaping up to be a year of firsts for AC/DC. With over 5.3 million copies of "Black Ice" shipped worldwide, combined with over 5.1 million in catalog sold this year, AC/DC has surpassed THE BEATLES as the #1 selling catalog artist in the U.S. for 2008. For the first time in the band's extensive history, AC/DC graces the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Additionally, AC/DC is the first band to release an entire album for video game play with the release this week of The AC/DC LIVE: Rock Band Track Pack. Also sold exclusively at Wal-Mart and Sam's Club in the U.S., AC/DC LIVE: Rock Band Track Pack gives music fans a whole new way to experience rock's hardest-hitting act with access to 18 live recordings from AC/DC's epic, live performance at Castle Donington. Columbia Records has partnered with Wal-Mart and MTV to create "AC/DC Rock Band Stores" in New York's Times Square and in Los Angeles to give fans in the these cities fast access to all AC/DC music and merchandise.
AC/DC LIVE: Rock Band Track Pack marks the first time the iconic rock band has released an entire album for video game play. The band's first inclusion in a music-based video game came with the launch of Rock Band 2, which features AC/DC's "Let There Be Rock".
AC/DC performing "For Those About To Rock" in Detroit, Michigan - November 5, 2008: