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AC/DC Frontman Brian Johnson Speaks On The Success Of New Album, "Black Ice"

The Canadian Press is reporting:

AC/DC made their new album, Black Ice, available only at Wal-Mart and through their website, but that hasn't limited its success: The CD not only has topped the charts in more than two dozen countries, it debuts atop the latest U.S. album chart with sales of more than 780,000 copies.
"It's overwhelming, and quite hard to take in," the legendary group's lead singer, Brian Johnson, said Wednesday after learning his group had 2008's second-biggest album debut.

"Even an old dog like me has a few more surprises in life, I guess," he said, chuckling.

According to figures released Wednesday by Nielsen SoundScan, Black Ice sold some 784,000 copies in its first week of release.

In making Wal-Mart the only retailer for their album, AC/DC joined the likes of THE EAGLES and JOURNEY, who have all had strong success.
"It was a win-win situation, and they decided to make it into a big thing with AC/DC merchandise and good deals with the other albums with the catalogue," Johnson said. "This has been a wonderful thing."

The CD has topped the charts in 29 countries since its release in the recent days.

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1. nocturno666 writes:

AC/DC STILL KICKIN ASS!!!!

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2. jimmy j writes:

Got dat right STILL KICKIN ASS>;

# Oct 29, 2008 @ 9:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. rk writes:

Unbelieveably this is a great cd! There best since Fly On The Wall. Very good effort got a really good old school vibe to it.

# Oct 30, 2008 @ 1:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Txmetalhead writes:

YES - I love this album. Just great, classic straight-ahead ,rock n roll.

# Oct 30, 2008 @ 5:06 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. godlike writes:

hey rk..... aint seen ya around in awhile...!!

Dont have the album yet.... but if its the best since Fly on the Wall... then I will be buying it asap.... Fly on the wall is the last one I really enjoyed...!!

# Oct 30, 2008 @ 5:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. rk writes:

Its pretty good def. an improvement over ballbreaker and all those other forgettable albums.

# Oct 30, 2008 @ 5:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. godlike writes:

I liked a few tunes off The Razors Edge.... but thats about it....!! Fly on the Wall was great.. (perhaps because I seen em on that tour) .... but there were alot of good tunes on that album...a personal favorite was Sink the Pink..!!

# Oct 30, 2008 @ 5:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. BrianSD writes:

I read something that Angus said when a critic wrote "they've put out 11 albums that all sound the same", Angus was mad and said "we've put out 12 albums that all sound the same"
thought that was funny

# Oct 30, 2008 @ 11:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. bbristowe writes:

"It was a win-win situation, and they decided to make it into a big thing with AC/DC merchandise and good deals with the other albums with the catalogue,"

and the commercial machine keeps on trucking.

# Oct 31, 2008 @ 1:34 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Txmetalhead writes:

Well, AC/DC deserves years of success - they are one the best, longest running rock/metal bands in the world. I am very happy for them.

# Oct 31, 2008 @ 10:28 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. That_One_Guy writes:

Personally, I thought Razor's Edge was great.. but that's just me. Still don't have the new one yet, though. I'll always love the Bon Scott days of AC/DC better, though.

# Oct 31, 2008 @ 11:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. godlike writes:

Most definatly the best AC/DC was the Bon years..!!

# Oct 31, 2008 @ 12:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. That_One_Guy writes:

Yeah, his voice was so unique and ...well, good!

# Oct 31, 2008 @ 12:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. godlike writes:

Powerage is my favorite AC/DC album of all time.... and then High Voltage, Let There be Rock and Highway to Hell are all tied for second favorite..!!

# Oct 31, 2008 @ 12:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. That_One_Guy writes:

Mine would probably have to be "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap".. then "Highway to Hell".. "Powerage", "Let There Be Rock", and "High Voltage" are way up there, too, along with "74 Jailbreak"... but "Back In Black" was a truly solid album, too, but didn't Bon Scott write all the lyrics? That's what I heard anyway.

# Oct 31, 2008 @ 12:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. BrianSD writes:

Back in Black was pretty good, i don't care who's on vocals. highway to hell and high voltage. those 3 for me.

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17. godlike writes:

I'm thinking I heard somewhere that he had wrote lyrics for most of the tunes.... but I just cant remember where I heard that...??
Damnit, I hate my short term memory troubles.... must be the herb huh..??

# Oct 31, 2008 @ 6:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. BrianSD writes:

you can either be relaxed or remember stuff. either way hope they tour again over the summer so I can go, there here (Chi) yesterday & tomorrow but i don't have tix and don't want to sit upstairs.

# Oct 31, 2008 @ 8:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Rickie writes:

Bon did not write the lyrics for back in black the youngs did but there's a rumor they got some ideas from a song book Bon had. All ac/dc albums are great but there's a reason back in black has sold 45 million albums world wide its the greatest rock album of all-time.

# Nov 1, 2008 @ 1:33 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. godlike writes:

OK there Rickie, I wouldnt go THAT far...!!

# Nov 1, 2008 @ 9:30 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. Red writes:

The best rock album of all time ? Er...no man ! I mean it's certainly one of the best of all time but there are so much great rock albums throughout the years.

# Nov 1, 2008 @ 12:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. kallah writes:

Only throught Wal-Mart?

If they made it available to other stores they could've got more copies sold easily...

# Nov 1, 2008 @ 12:51 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. Red writes:

The deal is only good in the U.S.A. Here in Canada it's sold everywhere..

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24. That_One_Guy writes:

Lol, yeah, King Koopa (a member on the site) could've bought one. He can't now, because he's banned from Wal-Mart.. lol.

# Nov 4, 2008 @ 11:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. Blindgreed1 writes:

Gotta side with Godlike on this one. Bon was the man. And regarding the greatest rock album of all time, i'd definately have to disagree on that as well. It's all a matter of personal taste, likes and dislikes, but I certainly enjoyed Highway to hell more than BIB. That is just one man's opinion. In addition "they got some ideas from a song book Bon had" rather lends itself to the possibility that Bon did write it but since he was dead had no claim (or use) for the rites. I am a lyricist who has song books as well and guess what they consist of? New songs i've written...

# Nov 4, 2008 @ 12:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. That_One_Guy writes:

AC/DC has a boxed set out called Bonfire.. and I heard somewhere that it has a disc in there that's Back In Black, but with all the songs sung by Bon Scott, instead of Brian Johnson... if that's true then I definitely HAVE TO pick that up, for that disc alone.. but the live stuff would be killer too! Only thing is, I don't know if that's true or not. If anyone knows, please post!

# Nov 4, 2008 @ 12:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. Sooz writes:

Wow that would be amazing if there is a BIB with Bon doing vocals. I think he did write it cos I know they were working on new material just before he died. I raised this point on you tube once but someone got back to me and said there's no way Bon could've written it - listen to the lyrics.

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