Back in Black Goes Platinum
Last week, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified AC/DC's Back in Black album went 25x platinum last week, which means it has sold over 25 million copies in the US.
According to the RIAA, the album is also the fourth biggest-selling record in US history, just behind The Eagles' Greatest Hits 1971-1975, Michael Jackson's Thriller, The Eagles' Hotel California and just ahead of The Beatles' White Album, Billy Joel's Greatest Hits Volume I & Volume II, Led Zeppelin's IV, and Pink Floyd's The Wall.
This album was created when the band lost their original frontman, Bon Scott. Brian Johnson was the frontman for this album, which reached platinum status the same year the album happened to be released.
My favorite song off this album is You Shook Me All Night Long. New lead singer, Brian Johnson, said at the time the inspiration for this song came from seeing images of American girls while recording in the Bahamas for this album. Angus and Malcom Young also received praise for their guitar work on this track. The song has made many lists of top guitar solos in rock.
Other top-selling albums from AC\DC include:
1. Let There Be Rock (1977)
2. Highway To Hell (1979)
3. High Voltage (1976)
4. Powerage (1978)
5. Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap (1976)
A movie that gives credit to the legendary band is School of Rock, which came out in 2003 and was directed by Richard Linklater. Film stars you may know in this movie include Jack Black, Sarah Silverman, Joan Cusack, and Mike White. It was the highest-grossing music-themed comedy until 2015, when Pitch Perfect 2 claimed the title.