AC/DC – Music Sales Surge Following MALCOM YOUNG’s Death
November 29, 2017, 8 months ago
Billboard is reporting that AC/DC’s music has surged in sales following co-founder and guitarist Malcom Young’s death. The band has appeared on Billboard’s rock charts dated December 9th, including six entries on the Hot Rock Songs survey.
“Thunderstruck” is the highest at #6 on Hot Rock Songs with 6,000 downloads (up 73 percent) and 4.1 million U.S. streams (up 33 percent) in the week ending November 23rd, according to Nielsen Music; "Back In Black" is at #11 with 3,000 downloads sold and 3.1 million U.S. streams; "You Shook Me All Night Long" is at #15 with 3,000 sold and 2.5 million streams; "Highway To Hell" is at #18 with 3,000 sold and 2.5 million streams; "T.N.T." is at #23 with 2,000 sold and 1.6 million streams; and "Hells Bells" is #24 with 2,000 sold and 1.5 million streams.
In album news, AC/DC’s Back In Black is the Hard Rock Albums chart’s greatest gainer, up 85 percent to 7,000 equivalent album units in the week ending November 23rd. The set also scales Top Rock Albums (49-19) and re-enters the all-genre Billboard 200 at #130.
Malcolm Young has been remembered as a "humble man" and "musical mastermind" at a private funeral service at St. Mary's Cathedral in Sydney, Australia reports Nour Haydar of ABC News.
Mourners were given guitar picks with their programs at the service. In his eulogy, friend David Albert said Young's impact on the music industry was nothing short of momentous.
The rocker died earlier this month aged 64 after suffering from dementia for several years. Young's beloved Gretsch guitar, "the beast", rested on top of his coffin during the service.
After the traditional Catholic service, the cortege made its way down College Street led by the Scots College Pipes and Drums band which played a medley of songs including the guitar solo from "It's A Long Way To The Top", "Waltzing Matilda" and "Road To Gundagai".
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Guitar picks are being handed out with programs at the funeral service for AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young in Sydney. pic.twitter.com/KjUm7Z7ncg— Nour Haydar (@NourHaydar) November 28, 2017
Additional coverage, courtesy of Kathy McCabe and The Daily Telegraph, can be seen here.
AC/DC issued the following statement upon Malcolm's passing: "Today it is with deep heartfelt sadness that AC/DC has to announce the passing of Malcolm Young. Malcolm, along with Angus, was the founder and creator of AC/DC. With enormous dedication and commitment, he was the driving force behind the band. As a guitarist, songwriter and visionary, he was a perfectionist and a unique man. He always stuck to his guns and did and said exactly what he wanted. He took great pride in all that he endeavored. His loyalty to the fans was unsurpassed."
Young struggled with the onset of dementia for a period of time prior to being admitted to full-time nursing care in Sydney, Australia beginning in 2014.
Angus Young: "As his brother, it is hard to express in words what he has meant to me during my life, the bond we had was unique and very special. He leaves behind an enormous legacy that will live on forever."