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® 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
  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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