June 08, 2005 02:52:34 GMT
"Back in Black," AC/DC's 1980 breakthrough, has made America's all-time best-sellers list, taking in 21 million copies
Australian music group AC/DC has made the Recording Industry Assn. of America's all-time best-sellers list with their 1980 breakthrough "Back in Black," which has been sold for 21 million copies. The song, originally released by Atco and was reissued in 2003 by Epic along with the rest of the band's catalog, places AC/DC on fifth to be with singer Billy Joel, who made the same achievement in 2000 thanks to his "Greatest Hits Vol. 1 & II."
Remains on the top of the list is "Eagles/Their Greatest Hits" (Asylum), which last certified in 2002 at 28 million. Makes the second on the list is Michael Jackson's "Thriller" (Epic), which reached 27 million in an April RIAA accounting. Comes afterwards is Pink Floyd's "The Wall" (23 million/1999; Capitol) and "Led Zeppelin IV" (22 million/1999; Atlantic). Some others rewarded new multi-platinum include Usher, Gwen Stefani, Rascal Flatts, Chicago, and many more.