AC/DC's classic albums boosted by new blockbuster

Wed Oct 29, 2008 4:08pm EDT

Angus Young, lead guitarist with Australian rock band AC/DC plays during the band's concert at the Hammersmith Apollo, London, October 21, 2003. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Angus Young, lead guitarist with Australian rock band AC/DC plays during the band's concert at the Hammersmith Apollo, London, October 21, 2003.

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NEW YORK (Billboard) - AC/DC's back catalog has also benefited from the spectacular No. 1 debut of the Australian rock band's first album in eight years.

While "Black Ice" sold 784,000 copies in the week ended October 26, the second-biggest tally of the year behind the 1 million-start for Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III," its older titles moved a total of 92,000 copies.

"Back in Black," the band's massive 1980 album, sold 21,000 copies last week, up from 9,000 the week before, Nielsen SoundScan said Wednesday. The album is the fifth-biggest seller of all time in the United States, according to the Recording Industry Assn. of America, with sales to date of 22 million copies. "High Voltage," the band's 1976 U.S. debut, rocketed to 11,000 copies from 4,000.

These albums are not eligible for inclusion on the Billboard 200, which details only current releases. But on Billboard's Comprehensive chart, which includes both current and catalog titles, "Back in Black" ranked at No. 13, and "High Voltage" at No. 51.

New at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 was the soundtrack to Disney's "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" with 297,000 copies. That's the best debut sales week for a theatrical film soundtrack since November 2005, when "Get Rich or Die Tryin'" started at No. 2 with 317,000. "HSM3" is the first in the series of the "High School Musical" films to debut in movie theaters as opposed to on the Disney Channel.

Rapper T.I.'s "Paper Trail" slipped one to No. 3 with 93,000 copies. Last week's champ, Kenny Chesney's "Lucky Old Sun" fell to No. 4 with 88,000. Metallica's "Death Magnetic," which spent three weeks at No. 1 last month, fell one to No. 5 with 52,000. Kid Rock's year-old hit "Rock N Roll Jesus" held at No. 6 with 40,000.

R&B/gospel outfit Mary Mary notched its second top 10 debut as "The Sound" began at No. 7 with 37,000. The duo's self-titled set peaked at No. 8 in 2005.

Ne-Yo's "Year of the Gentleman" was steady at No. 8 with 31,000 copies. In the wake of the murder of her mother, brother and nephew, Jennifer Hudson's self-titled debut fell four to No. 9 with 29,000. Lil Wayne's "Tha Carter III" rebounded two places to No. 10 with 25,000.

One slot below, Adele earned a new peak on the chart as her album "19" jumped 35 places following her appearance on "Saturday Night Live." Sales were also at 25,000 units.

Other debuts included southern hellraiser Hank Williams III at a career-best No. 18 with "Damn Right Rebel Proud," while country singer Lee Ann Womack started at No. 23 with "Call Me Crazy." Her last set, 2005's "There's More Where That Came From," debuted at No. 12.

At 7.07 million units, sales were up 8.3% from the previous week's sum, but down 15.2% from the year-ago period.

Reuters/Billboard

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