December 11, 2014

AC/DC’s 16th studio album, Rock Or Bust, sold around 172,000 copies in its first week of release to debut at Number Three on the Billboard 200 album chart.


This marks a huge drop from the opening number of 2008’s Black Ice, which topped sales charts in 29 countries, including the U.S. for the first time ever. It sold an incredible 784,288 copies in its first week in this country alone.

Rock Or Bust was released on December 2nd and is AC/DC’s first album without guitarist Malcolm Young, who is suffering from dementia. He has been replaced by nephew Stevie Young.

Guitarist Angus Young said that AC/DC’s distinctive guitar sound has been a trademark of the band since its early days, “My older brother George, he produced a lot of what we had done in the beginning, and he always said, ‘You’re just a guitar band. The guitars are so dominant in what you do.’ And he always thought it was a big plus factor, ’cause the guitars were just so strong.”

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AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd. who does play on the disc, put his own future with the band in doubt by showing up late for the recording sessions, missing a video and photo shoot entirely, and finally being arrested on charges of murder-for-hire, threatening to kill and drug possession.

Rudd showed up for a court hearing last month but his status with the band remains unclear.

  • AC/DC will embark on a world tour behind the album in 2015.