Call it: AC/DC’s latest album is no bust. The Australian rock legends’ Rock or Bust (Alberts/Sony Music Entertainment Australia) has opened at No. 1 in their homeland, and debuted at No. 3 in the U.K.
In Australia, Rock Or Bust has shipped platinum and reportedly sold 26,730 first-week units (6,609 of them as downloads) ahead of Taylor Swift's second placed 1989, which shifted more than 12,000 copies.
It’s the fifth time AC/DC has hit No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart following Back In Black (March 1981), Live (November 1992), Ballbreaker (October 1995) and Black Ice (October 2008). In the U.K., Rock or Bust is held from the top spot by recordings from Take That and Ed Sheeran, and is denied the chance to repeat the No. 1 bow of the group's previous studio set, Black Ice. It’s the 18th time AC/DC has entered an album into the U.K. top 40.
Australians got the first taste of Rock or Bust, which arrived Nov. 28 on shelves, and online. The set was released Dec. 2 in North America, and is expected to stroll into the top 10 of the Billboard 200 with the chart's highest debut. As previously reported, the new recording is on track to sell 135,000 copies.
AC/DC now joins nine other acts who have collected five chart-topping albums Down Under, a list that includes Neil Diamond, Celine Dion, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, Michael Buble, Coldplay and fellow homegrown acts Powderfinger and Silverchair.
Rock or Bust is the band’s 17th studio album, and the first to not feature the guitar work of founding member Malcolm Young, who has left the outfit after being diagnosed with dementia. Stevie Young, the nephew of Angus and Malcolm Young, filled-in on rhythm guitar and he’s set to feature on the band’s anticipated 2015 international tour.
AC/DC is Australia’s biggest rock ‘n’ roll export, having sold more than 200 million albums over a career spanning more than four decades. The band was inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame in 1988 and into the Rock And Rock Hall Of Fame in 2003.