AC/DC’s Black Ice Continues to Dominate Charts Worldwide

AC/DC Biggest Catalog Selling Artist of 2008

AC/DC continue to dominate sales charts around the world as Black Ice remains the #1 selling album in the US, 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 US where it sold an incredible 784,288 in its first week (marking the band’s first ever debut on the US album charts). Black Ice went on to sell another 270,923 units this week, bringing the first 2 weeks sales in the US to over 1 million copies. Sold exclusively at Walmart, Sam’s Club, and in the US, 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 have surpassed The Beatles as the #1 selling catalog artist in the US for 2008. For the first time in the band’s extensive history, AC/DC graces the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. Additionally AC/DC are the first band to release an entire album for video game play with the release this week of The AC/DC LIVE: Rock Band(R) Track Pack(TM). Also sold exclusively at Walmart and Sam’s Club in the US, AC/DC LIVE: Rock Band(R) Track Pack(TM), 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 have 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 the these cities fast access to all AC/DC music and merchandise.

AC/DC kicked off their Black Ice World Tour on October 28 in Wilkes-Barre, PA. This first leg of the tour, which runs through April 23, 2009 in Birmingham, UK, has been receiving critical raves. The Wilkes-Barre Times Leader raved “If this is what AC/DC sounds like on opening night after a seven-year layoff, later dates on the tour are going to be amazing.” The Chicago Tribune proclaimed their live show “a celebration of all that is great about rock ‘n’ roll,” calling the band’s music “Rock ‘n’ roll that outlasts time.”

Black Ice World Tour Dates
November 5 Detroit, MI Palace of Auburn Hills
November 7 Toronto, ONT Rogers Centre
November 9 Boston, MA TD Banknorth Garden
November 12 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
November 13 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
November 15 Washington, D.C. Verizon Center
November 17 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center
November 19 East Rutherford, NJ IZOD Center
November 21 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center
November 23 Minneapolis, MN Xcel Energy Center
November 25 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
November 28 Vancouver, BC General Motors Place
November 29 Seattle, WA Key Arena
November 30 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
December 2 Oakland, CA ORACLE Arena
December 4 Oakland, CA ORACLE Arena
December 6 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
December 8 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
December 10 Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center
December 12 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
December 14 Houston, TX Toyota Center
December 16 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
December 18 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena
December 20 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Bank Atlantic Center
December 21 Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum
January 5 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
January 7 Pittsburgh, PA Mellon Arena
January 9 Toronto, ONT Rogers Centre
January 11 Cincinnati, OH U.S. Bank Arena
January 13 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
January 15 Omaha, NE Qwest Center Omaha
January 17 Fargo, ND Fargodome
January 19 Minneapolis, MN Xcel Energy Center
January 21 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center
January 23 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
January 26 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
January 28 Little Rock, AR ALLTELL Arena
January 30 Memphis, TN FedEx Forum
January 31 Nashville, TN Sommet Center
February 18 Oslo, NO Telenor Arena
February 20 Stockholm, SE The Globe
February 22 Stockholm, SE The Globe
February 25 Paris, FR Bercy
February 27 Paris, FR Bercy
March 1 Antwerp, BE Sportpaleis
March 3 Antwerp, BE Sportpaleis
March 5 Leipzig, DE Halle 1
March 7 Dusseldorf, DE ISS Dome
March 9 Oberhausen, DE Kopi Arena
March 11 Bremen , DE AWD Dome
March 13 Rotterdam, NL Ahoy
March 15 Dortmund, DE Westfallenhalle
March 17 Prague 02 Arena
March 19 Milan, IT Datch Forum
March 21 Milan, IT Datch Forum
March 23 Budapest, HU Papp Laszlo Budapest Sportarena
March 25 Frankfurt, DE Festhalle
March 27 Munich, DE Olympiahalle
March 29 Zurich, CH Hallenstadion
March 31 Barcelona, ES Sant Jordi
April 2 Madrid, ES Palacio de los Deportes
April 14 London, UK 02 Arena
April 16 London, UK 02 Arena
April 18 Dublin, IE 02 Arena
April 21 Manchester, UK MEN
April 23 Birmingham, UK NEC

Source: Columbia Records

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