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AC/DC is a hard rock band formed in Sydney, Australia in 1973 by brothers Angus and Malcolm Young. The band are considered pioneers of hard rock, alongside bands such as Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, and Black Sabbath. Its members, however, have always classified their music as "rock 'n' roll".

AC/DC underwent several line-up changes before releasing their first album, High Voltage, in 1975. Membership remained stable until bassist Cliff Williams replaced Mark Evans in 1977. In 1979, the band recorded their highly successful album, Highway to Hell. Lead singer and co-songwriter Bon Scott died on February 19, 1980, after a night of heavy alcohol consumption. The group briefly considered disbanding, but soon ex-Geordie singer Brian Johnson was selected as Scott's replacement. Later that year, the band released their biggest-selling album, Back in Black.

The band's next album, For Those About to Rock We Salute You, was also highly successful and was the first hard rock album to reach #1 in the United States. AC/DC declined in popularity, soon after the departure of drummer Phil Rudd in 1983. Poor record sales continued until the release of The Razors Edge in 1990. Phil Rudd returned in 1994 and contributed to the band's 1995 album Ballbreaker. Stiff Upper Lip was released in 2000 and was well-received by critics. Black Ice, which was released in October of 2008 has sold millions of copies. Also, the band has embarked on the Black Ice World Tour in support of the new album.

AC/DC have sold more than 150 million albums worldwide, including more than 68 million albums in the U.S. Back in Black has sold 49 million units worldwide, including 24 million in the U.S., making it the second-highest-selling album ever internationally, and the biggest-selling album by any band. The band is ranked fourth on VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.


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Back in Black is the seventh studio album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC, released on 25 July 1980. Back in Black was the first AC/DC album recorded without former lead singer Bon Scott, who had died in February 1980. The band considered disbanding following Scott's death, but ultimately decided to continue and shortly thereafter hired Brian Johnson as their new lead singer and lyricist. Though the Young brothers had begun work on this album prior to Scott's death, and Scott had written lyrics for potential new songs, the decision was made to redo the album from scratch upon hiring Johnson. Robert John "Mutt" Lange, who had previously worked with AC/DC on Highway to Hell, was again brought in to produce.

The album was remastered and re-released first in late 1994, then again in the Bonfire box set in 1997, and as part of the AC/DC Remasters Series in 2003. In addition, a Dualdisc version was released in 2005, featuring the album in enhanced LPCM Stereo format and the video documentary The Story of Back in Black.

The international sales of the disc ascend to more than 42 million copies, making it the second most sold disc of all time after Thriller by Michael Jackson.

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Malcolm Young during the Monsters of Rock Tour, 1991.

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  • "If it was happening, I'd call it Heavenly Beast. If it wasn't happening, I usually call it Asshole."
Angus Young, when asked if he named his guitar (pictured)
  • "We want to appeal to everyone and get rich quick. We want to be millionaires. I've got this plan to buy Tasmania you see..."
Angus Young
  • "I can't even say the word, it's too early in the day to get upset."
Bon Scott (when asked about disco music)
  • "Angus? I think he's kinda crazy. Since the first night I saw the band way back in Australia, I knew their manager, and I'd never seen the band before and never even heard of AC/DC. And the manager just said stand here, the band comes on in two minutes. So I stood there and this band comes on and there's this little guy, about that big, with a school uniform and a bag on his back going crazy and I laughed, and I must have laughed for half an hour. And I still laugh, and I think he's great."
Bon Scott (when asked about Angus Young)
  • "We were a scandal in Australia. They love scandal there. Mums tugging their kids away from us in the street: 'Ooh, look - Them!'"
Malcolm Young

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