October 29, 2008
AC/DC's 'Ice' has rock solid debut
By JOHN WILLIAMS
Senior Editor, JAM! Showbiz
It seems rock fans across the world really did miss AC/DC.
The Aussie rockers' long-awaited return, "Black Ice," blasted to the top of the Canadian album charts, selling a whopping 119,000 copies in its first week of release.
The album figures make the new effort the top debut of the year, surpassing Coldplay's "Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends," and the biggest sales week since "Star Academie" sold 170,000 in April of 2003.
"Black Ice" is the band's first new material since 2000's "Stiff Upper Lip," which entered the charts at No. 5 with 18,000 in sales.
AC/DC also grabbed the No. 1 spot south of the border, selling 784,000 units of "Black Ice," making it the second best debut of the year in the U.S, according to Billboard.com.
It marks their first No. 1 album there since 1982's "For Those About To Rock We Salute You".
Even more remarkable is the fact the album was only available through Wal-Mart, Sam's Club and their official website (it was available at all retail outlets in Canada).
Back here, the "High School Musical 3" soundtrack premiered at No. 2 with sales of 25,000 (which on any other week, would have landed it at No. 1), and Sylvain Cossette's "70's Volume 2" (19,900) checked in at No. 3.
The three debuts forced Metallica's "Death Magnetic" out of the top spot down to No. 4, Sarah McLachlan's "Closer: The Best of Sarah McLachlan" sank from No. 3 to No. 5, and Mes Aieux's "La Ligne Orange" dropped from No. 2 to No. 6.
Rounding out the top 10 was T.I.'s "Paper Trails" at No. 7, Rise Against's "Appeal to Reason" at No. 8, Kid Rock's "Rock 'N Roll Jesus" at No. 9, and Kenny Chesney's "Lucky Old Sun" at No. 10.
In the U.S., the "High School Musical 3" soundtrack landed in second place, followed by T.I. in third, Kenny Chesney in fourth, and Metallica in fifth.