CSPC: AC/DC Popularity Analysis

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Digital Singles Sales – The 90s and beyond
The Razors Edge (1990) – 752,000 equivalent albums

Thunderstruck – 4,310,000
Moneytalks – 500,000
Remaining tracks – 200,000

Ballbreaker (1995) – 38,000 equivalent albums

Remaining tracks – 250,000

Stiff Upper Lip (2000) – 38,000 equivalent albums

Remaining tracks – 250,000

Black Ice (2008) – 57,000 equivalent albums

Rock ‘n’ Roll Train – 230,000
Remaining tracks – 150,000

Rock or Bust (2014) – 59,000 equivalent albums

Rock or Bust – 100,000
Play Ball – 190,000
Remaining tracks – 100,000

Orphan – 168,000 equivalent albums

Jailbreak – 230,000
Who Made Who – 690,000
Remaining tracks – 200,000

One more big smash in the 90s in Thunderstruck. At 4.3 million it’s second only to Back in Black overall. Who Made Who at 690k, released in 1986, is the biggest AC/DC song from that commercially disappointing period of their career.

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Thomas Christiansen

New single “Shot in the Dark” out now, New album “Power Up” out Nov. 13th.
First day streaming on Spotify for “Shot in the Dark” was 688K plays. That day’s biggest by AC/DC, topping their classics “Back in Black” (669K), “Highway to Hell” (573K) and “Thunderstruck” (546K).

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Jsak

But when they talk about Back in black as the second best-selling album ever with 52 million copies sold, did they also include the copies left in the warehouses and the download/streaming ?

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Breno

I have compiled Back in Black sales in the barcode era in Brazil, it’s safe to say that it sold 200K in the last 15 years, I’d estimate sales to be around 350 K overall. AC/DC is extremely under certified in Brazil.

tom riise

Back In Black is now certified 25 times platinum in the US.

Al

That seems to fit pretty well with the US sales estimate since the certification likely also include streams and downloads.

Jsak

Don’ t you think that since the death of Malcolm Young the sales of physical copies have increased to 25 million ?

Thomas Christiansen

Friday is my birthday 🙂 So what are my birthday wishes? Well, a new car would be nice… but I guess less will do. Like my favourite band getting their first 500M+ track on Spotify. Lo and behold the top ten AC/DC tracks on Spotify: 1 BACK IN BLACK – 499,574,000 2 HIGHWAY TO HELL – 495,263,000 3 THUNDERSTRUCK – 471,457,000 4 YOU SHOOK ME ALL NIGHT LONG – 346,640,000 5 T.N.T. – 234,653,000 6 SHOOT TO THRILL – 132,645,000 7 HELLS BELLS – 130,395,000 8 DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP – 123,221,000 9 IT’S A LONG WAY TO THE… Read more »

Dan

Well done!

Thomas Christiansen

Back in Black was promoted on social medias last month in celebration of it’s 40th anniversary.
This has pushed “Shake a Leg” above 10M spins on Spotify. Here are the BIB tracks (with increases since primo dec 2019)

BIB 628.5M (128.9M)
YSMANL 441.6M (95.0M)
STT 168.7M (36.1M)
HB 163.6M (33.2M)
HADOM 35.4M (7.4M)
RNRANP 34.4M (7.6M)
WDYDFMH 15.2M (3.5M)
LMPMLIY 12.6M (2.5M)
GTDAB 12.5M (3.0M)
SAL 10.0M (2.3M)

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