AC/DC ‘Power Up’ Lands Atop the Billboard 200 with No. 1 Debut; Queen ‘Greatest Hits’ Enters Top 10

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AC/DC is back — and, for the third time in its history, holds the No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 the same week Queen‘s Greatest Hits also made a significant impact.

AC/DC’s attention-grabbing debut is thanks to the thunderous early success of Power Up, the Australian hard rock legends‘ brand new album and first since 2014, which was released on Nov. 13 and came after some heavy teasing on social media.

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Per Billboard, Power Up has moved 117,000 “equivalent album units earned in the United States,” according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. AC/DC previously hit No. 1 with 2008’s Black Ice and 1981’s For Those About to Rock (We Salute You). All told, Power Up is AC/DC’s 26th charting album, and 10th top 10.


Overall, Power Up sold 71,000 on CD across all of its editions, 23,000 as a digital download album and 16,000 on vinyl LP. Power Up is the first hard rock album to hit No. 1 in over a year, since Tool’s Fear Inoculum bowed at No. 1 on the Sept. 14, 2019-dated chart.

“Rock and roll” this loud, this rambunctious and this rebellious just isn’t made anymore, which is part of what makes Power Up such a fun listen. You know exactly what you’re getting with this record before even hitting play: A barrage of loud riffs from Angus Young, Brian Johnson’s unmistakable vocals and steady rhythms meant for feet-stomping and fist-pumping.

Power Up brought back together Johnson, Young, guitarist Stevie Young (nephew of Malcolm), bassist Cliff Williams and drummer Phil Rudd with producer Brendan O’Brien, who previously worked with AC/DC for 2008’s Black Ice and 2014’s Rock or Bust.

Of course, Power Up doesn’t feature Malcolm Young, who passed away in 2017. But the album was very much made with his memory and influence in mind, so much so that Malcolm receives a co-write credit on each song on the album:

“This record is pretty much a dedication to Malcolm, my brother,” Angus told Rolling Stone. “It’s a tribute for him like Back in Black was a tribute to Bon Scott.”

And it’s as fitting a tribute as could be expected, given its relentless energy and the familiarity that is provided by that signature AC/DC sound.

If you haven’t listened yet, do so below. And listen LOUD.

As for Queen’s Greatest Hits, the album shot up from No. 36 to No. 8, landing in the Top 10 for the first time since its original release in 1981:

More on the album’s sudden spike, per UDiscover Music:

The album earned 36,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Nov. 19 (up 133%), according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. The surge is largely owed to massive vinyl sale on November 14 at Walmart, where all vinyl albums in-store were marked down to $15.

In the week ending Nov. 19, Greatest Hits sold 24,000 copies across all formats (up 737%), with vinyl LPs accounting for 23,000 (up 1,006%) of that sum.


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