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AC/DC's 'Black Ice' is hot on the charts

October 29, 2008 | 10:21 am


AC/DC has vaulted back to relevance with "Black Ice," a Wal-Mart exclusive that sold 784,000 copies last week to enter the national sales chart at No. 1.

It's only the second album by the Australian rock group to reach the top spot, doing so almost 27 years after "For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)" went to the top in 1981. "Black Ice" also logged the second-highest sales week of the year, behind Lil Wayne’s “Tha Carter III,” which sold 1,005,000 copies during its debut week in July.

The soundtrack for “High School Musical 3: Senior Year” came in a distant second, with a still respectable 297,000 copies.

R&B-gospel group Mary Mary entered at No. 7 with “The Sound,” which sold 37,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. And U.K. singer-songwriter Adele, being dubbed in some quarters as "the new Amy Winehouse," jumped 35 spots to No. 11 with her “19” album, following her  recent appearance on “Saturday Night Live.”

-- Randy Lewis

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