AC/DC's Black Ice debuts No.1 in Canada and 28 other countries



    
    The Hardest Rockers on the Planet Kick Off Their World Tour as Retailers
    and Consumers Across Canada Embrace BLACK ICE!
    

    TORONTO, Oct. 29 /CNW/ - Last night AC/DC kicked off their world tour in
Wilkes-Barre, PA, and today their highly anticipated album Black Ice, the
first release from AC/DC in 8 years, struck No.1 on the Nielsen SoundScan Top
200, selling 118,759 units its first week. Black Ice is AC/DC's first No.1
Canadian debut in the SoundScan era and the largest first week sales in the
industry in Canada since 2003.
    In 2008, the first week scans of Black Ice smashed this year's previous
sales record set by Coldplay's VIVA LA VIDA (90,053), also surpassing other
superstar acts this year such as Metallica, Madonna, and Jack Johnson.
    Released globally on Monday October 20, 2008, Black Ice, topped sales
charts in 29 Countries including the US, UK, Germany, Canada, France,
Argentina, Japan, Australia, Belgium, Finland, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand,
Norway, Sweden, Switzerland and more. Over 5 million copies of Black Ice have
been shipped worldwide. Combined with close to 5 million in catalogue copies
sold this year, the band is poised to sell more than 10 million copies this
year alone.
    Outside of the U.S., Canada represents the highest selling market for
AC/DC catalogue in the world, with SONY BMG MUSIC (CANADA) INC. having sold
2 million units of catalogue albums and videos in the last 5 years. As Black
Ice debuts at the top of the chart, AC/DC simultaneously registers 10 albums
on the Nielsen SoundScan Top 200 Catalogue Albums Chart. In addition, No Bull:
The Directors Cut - a newly edited, comprehensive HD DVD of AC/DC's 1996 Plaza
De Toros De Las Ventas concert in Madrid, Spain, released September 9, 2008,
debuted in the No.1 spot on the Nielsen SoundScan Top Music DVD chart, and has
remained at the top of the chart since.
    "Rock N Roll Train", the first single from Black Ice, has topped Canadian
Rock Radio charts since its release in late August, spending 8 weeks at No.1
on the Nielsen BDS Rock Chart. The week of release, 4 tracks from Black Ice
debuted on the Rock Radio chart following a "track by day" preview. XM Radio
in Canada are also celebrating this exciting new chapter in the band's history
by creating AC/DC Radio, a 24 hour station devoted to playing the band's
classic rock songs and exclusive interviews with the band.
    AC/DC LIVE: Rock Band(R) TrackPack(TM), featuring master recordings from
the band's fabled 1991 performance at Donnington Castle, will be available in
Canada in November.
    The first leg of the Black Ice World Tour kicked off last night in
Wilkes-Barre, PA and runs through April 23, 2009 in Birmingham, UK (see below
for full itinerary).

    
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    October 28            Wilkes-Barre, PA        Wachovia Arena
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    October 30            Chicago, IL             Allstate Arena
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    November 1            Chicago, IL             Allstate Arena
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    November 3            Indianapolis, IN        Conseco Fieldhouse
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    November 5            Detroit, MI             Palace of Auburn Hills
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    November 7            Toronto, ONT            Rogers Centre
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    November 9            Boston, MA              TD Banknorth Garden
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    November 12           New York, NY            Madison Square Garden
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    November 13           New York, NY            Madison Square Garden
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    November 15           Washington, D.C.        Verizon Center
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    November 17           Philadelphia, PA        Wachovia Center
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    November 19           East Rutherford, NJ     IZOD Center
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    November 21           Columbus, OH            Schottenstein Center
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    November 23           Minneapolis, MN         Xcel Energy Center
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    November 25           Denver, CO              Pepsi Center
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    November 28           Vancouver, BC           General Motors Place
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    November 29           Seattle, WA             Key Arena
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    November 30           Tacoma, WA              Tacoma Dome
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    December 2            Oakland, CA             ORACLE Arena
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    December 4            Oakland, CA             ORACLE Arena
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    December 6            Los Angeles, CA         The Forum
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    December 8            Los Angeles, CA         The Forum
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    December 10           Phoenix, AZ             US Airways Center
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    December 12           San Antonio, TX         AT&T Center
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    December 14           Houston, TX             Toyota Center
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    December 16           Atlanta, GA             Philips Arena
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    December 18           Charlotte, NC           Time Warner Cable Arena
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    December 20           Ft. Lauderdale, FL      Bank Atlantic Center
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    December 21           Tampa, FL               St. Pete Times Forum
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    January 5             Cleveland, OH           Quicken Loans Arena
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    January 7             Pittsburgh, PA          Mellon Arena
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    January 9             Toronto, ONT            Rogers Centre
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    January 11            Cincinnati, OH          U.S. Bank Arena
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    January 13            St. Louis, MO           Scottrade Center
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    January 15            Omaha, NE               Qwest Center Omaha
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    January 17            Fargo, ND               Fargodome
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    January 19            Minneapolis, MN         Xcel Energy Center
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    January 21            Kansas City, MO         Sprint Center
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    January 23            Dallas, TX              American Airlines Center
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    January 26            Tulsa, OK               BOK Center
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    January 28            Little Rock, AR         ALLTELL Arena
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    January 30            Memphis, TN             FedEx Forum
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    January 31            Nashville, TN           Sommet Center
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    February 19           Oslo, Norway            Telenor Arena
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    February 20           Stockholm, Sweden       The Globe
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    February 22           Stockholm, Sweden       The Globe
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    February 25           Paris, France           Bercy
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    February 27           Paris, France           Bercy
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    March 1               Antwerp, BE             Sportpaleis
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    March 3               Antwerp, BE             Sportpaleis
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    March 5               Leipzig, Germany        Halle 1
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    March 7               Dusseldorf, Germany     ISS Dome
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    March 9               Oberhausen, Germany     Kopi Arena
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    March 11              Bremen, Germany         AWD Dome
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    March 13              Rotterdam, Netherlands  Ahoy
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    March 15              Dortmund, Germany       Westfallenhalle
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    March 17              Prague, CZ              O2 Arena
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    March 19              Milan, Italy            Datch Forum
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    March 21              Milan, Italy            Datch Forum
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    March 23              Budapest, Hungary       Papp Laszlo Arena
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    March 25              Frankfurt, Germany      Festhalle
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    March 27              Munich, Germany         Olympiahalle
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    March 29              Zurich, Switzerland     Hallenstadion
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    March 31              Barcelona, Spain        Sant Jordi
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    April 2               Madrid, Spain           Palacio Del Los Deportes
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    April 14              London, UK              O2 Arena
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    April 16              London, UK              O2 Arena
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    April 18              Dublin, Ireland         O2 Arena
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    April 21              Manchester, UK          MEN
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    April 23              Birmingham, UK          NEC
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