The Australian rock band battled femme rocker Pink and knocked her off the number one spot according to Nielsen SoundScan figures. AC/DC sold an additional 271,000 copies of the Black Ice album in their second week in stores. And that was just enough for the rockers to break the 1 million sales mark in just two weeks.
AC/DC had been battling Pink for the top spot with her Funhouse album. She sold 180,000 and came in second place to the Black Ice album in the U.S. Pink did however trump AC/DC in their native Australia where she sits at the top of the charts there. Black Ice is exclusively available at Wal-Mart, Sam's Club and AC/DC's Web site.
Known as Sydney, Australia's own, AC/DC was formed in 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young. Although the band members are considered pioneers of heavy metal, they have always classified their music as "rock 'n' roll". The Black Ice album is the band's 20th commercial release (including UK only versions).
AC/DC received one of rock and roll's highest honors when they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2003. During the ceremony the band performed "Highway to Hell" and "You Shook Me All Night Long", with fellow rocker Steven Tyler of Aerosmith.
The North American release of Black Ice marks a Columbia Records and Walmart promotional strategy called "Rock Again AC/DC Stores" featuring the album Black Ice. It was the first time in Walmart's history that a massive selling area was designated for the release of a new album. Last month, MTV Wal Mart and Columbia Records created "AC/DC Rock Band Stores" in Times Square, New York, and Los Angeles. "Black Ice" trucks patrolled the streets of these two cities after the release of Black Ice album, playing AC/DC music and stopping to sell band merchandise.
In 2004, the city of Melbourne, Australia renamed a main thoroughfare in honor of the band. The lane is near Swanston Street where, on the back of a truck, the band recorded their video for the 1975 hit "It's a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna Rock 'n' Roll)". However, Madrid, Spain in 2000 also named a street after the chart topping Black Ice album group called "Calle de AC/DC."
Since Nielsen SoundScan began to track music sales in 1991, AC/DC has sold over 26.4 million albums, second only to The Beatles, outselling both The Rolling Stones and The Who. Over the last five years, as CD sales have declined in general, but AC/DC has witnessed a comeback with the Black Ice album. .
Here's a recap of the top 10 for the week ended Sunday:
1.Black Ice, AC/DC
3.High School Musical 3: Senior Year soundtrack, various
4.Evolver, John Legend
5.That Don't Make Me a Bad Guy, Toby Keith
6.Greatest Hits, Vol. I, Rascal Flatts
7.Paper Trail, T.I.
8.My Love: Ultimate Essential Collection, Céline Dion
9.Hundred Million Suns, Snow Patrol
10.Lucky Old Sun, Kenny Chesney