It’s one of the biggest-selling albums of all-time, and now AC/DC is celebrating the 40th anniversary of the classic ‘Back In Black’ by launching the new video series, “The Story Of Back In Black.”
Episode one of the video series will focus on the song “You Shook Me All Night Long,” and is viewable via the clip below.
The album’s surge to the top was unexpected, even though the band had slowly begun to grow its audience in the US. AC/DC released ‘Back In Black’ on July 25th, 1980. It was the band’s first album without lead singer Bon Scott, who had died a few months earlier. The group quickly decided to move forward, hiring Brian Johnson from the band Geordie to take over on vocals, and they headed to the Bahamas for about six weeks to do the album. As far as recognition and sales go, there was no way to predict how ‘Back In Black’ would be received. Acceptance was fairly quick – the album hit the platinum sales mark by October 1980. Surprisingly, despite its massive success, it never got higher than No. 4 on the album charts, but the momentum for the band had started. Their next album, ‘For Those About To Rock,’ reached No.1 on the Billboard Album charts.
Speaking about how he was stepping into the unknown and understanding the immediate success of ‘Back In Black,’ Johnson said, “I’d just melted me brain in there, and I didn’t know if it was good or bad,” he said. “I had no idea what the hell I was doing! And lucky, really — I was a bit lucky, I think.”
‘Back In Black’ included the singles “You Shook Me All Night Long,” which peaked at No. 35 on the Billboard Hot 100, and ‘Back In Black’ which peaked at No. 37, and was produced by Robert “Mutt” Lange, who went on to produce Def Leppard, Foreigner, The Cars, and Bryan Adams.
This past December 2019, ‘Back In Black’ was certified by the Recording Industry Association Of America for U.S. shipments of 25 million copies. It currently sits comfortably in the Top 10 of all-time best-selling albums, with the RIAA ranking it as the fourth biggest-selling album of all time.