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AC/DC's 'Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap' Gets Sales Bump After Murder-for-Hire News

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AC/DC circa 1970.

Well, Internet, your sick sense of irony has given AC/DC's 1976 single "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" a sales boost following news that drummer Phil Rudd was charged with trying to procure a murder. (For the record, that charge was soon dropped. Rudd now faces charges of threatening to kill someone and drug possession.)

As many rock fans pointed out, this news meant that a man who drummed on a famous song about hiring a hitman was charged for attempting to do just that (albeit falsely, as it turned out).

Whether it was curiosity from those unfamiliar with the Australian rockers' catalog or a love for ridiculous irony, the news (which broke Nov. 5) gave the song "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" a sales boost for digital downloads in the week ending Nov. 9, according to data from Nielsen SoundScan.

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The song sold just under 2,000 downloads in the week ending Nov. 9 -- up 21 percent from the previous week. The sales frame marked the tune's biggest sales week since April.

What does this mean? Well, if nude iCloud photos of Angus Young ever leak online, expect a significant sales bump for AC/DC's "Big Balls."