Thursday, November 29, 2012

AC/DC sells big with iTunes debut

AC/DC’s debut on iTunes is a hit with music fans.

Billboard reports the band's entire catalog, along with two iTunes-exclusive box sets, became available last week.

AC/DC sold 48,000 album downloads and 696,000 song downloads in the U.S. according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Its biggest selling album, digitally speaking, was the band's classic "Back in Black," with 15,000 - more than 10,000 ahead of its second-biggest title, "Highway to Hell" (a little under 5,000). Coming in third for the week was the brand new "Live at River Plate" (4,000), followed by "High Voltage" (just under 3,000) and "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" (2,000).

In terms of song downloads, "Thunderstruck" led the way, selling 85,000. It debuts at No. 16 on Digital Songs and No. 1 on Hard Rock Digital Songs, where AC/DC took the entire top 12 positions.

The band's second biggest seller was "Back in Black" (68,000), followed by "You Shook Me All Night Long" (64,000), "Highway To Hell" (50,000) and "TNT" (40,000).

There were 14 AC/DC songs that sold at least 10,000 last week.

After years of holding out, AC/DC hit iTunes without much fanfare or promotion.

When the band did announce the deal, they revealed that their music has been Mastered for iTunes, ensuring the music is delivered to listeners with increased audio fidelity, more closely replicating what the artists, recording engineers and producers intended.


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