AC/DC powering its way to the top

Thanks to their new album, ‘Power Up,’ the return of AC/DC is in full swing all over the world, and now making its mark on the UK. According to Planet Rock, the legendary hard rock band is on track to land its fourth U.K. No. 1 album this week with its latest studio effort.

Counting weekend tallies, ‘Power Up’ had sold 47,000 copies in the U.K. and was set to top the 55,000 sales Kylie Minogue achieved last week with ‘Disco.’ This would make it 2020’s fastest-selling album thus far. It’s been over a decade since the band was on top of the UK album charts. The last time they were perched that high was with the 2010 soundtrack album ‘Iron Man 2.’ Previous to that milestone, AC/DC also topped the chart with 1980’s ‘Back In Black’ and 2008’s ‘Black Ice.’

In the U.S., ‘Power Up,’ is expected to sell between 105,000 and 115,000 equivalent album units in its first week of release. What’s somewhat surprising about those numbers, between 100,000 and 110,000 are projected to be in traditional album sales. On the Billboard 200, AC/DC will battle Future and Lil Uzi Vert’s ‘Pluto x Baby Pluto’ project for the No. 1 spot. Unlike ‘Power Up,’ the rappers’ LP will be powered by streaming.

Power Up’ features AC/DC’s 2020 lineup of Brian Johnson (vocals), Phil Rudd (drums), Cliff Williams (bass), Angus Young (guitar) and Stevie Young (guitar). Even though they tried to keep the recording and the reunion secret, word leaked out pretty quickly what was happening with the band. The new album was recorded over a six-week period in August and September 2018 at Warehouse Studios in Vancouver with producer Brendan O’Brien.

The band’s US chart success has been fairly consistent: In 2014, the band’s Rock Or Bust,’ debuted at position No. 3 on The Billboard 200 chart. Their 2008 release, ‘Black Ice, which topped sales charts in 29 countries, including the U.S., debuted at number 1, the band’s first-ever No. 1 debut on the U.S. album chart. Sold exclusively at Walmart, Sam’s Club and in the U.S., Black Ice’ quickly became the biggest-selling rock record of 2008.


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