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 www.acdc.com 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® Track Pack™. Also sold exclusively at Walmart and Sam's Club in the US, 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 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
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