Albert Productions and Sony Music Entertainment Australia are pleased to announce that AC/DC's new album, Rock Or Bust has debuted at the top of the ARIA Albums chart on sales of Platinum first week out. This is the band's fifth No.1 album in Australia and the bands seventeenth studio album overall, with the previous four all being AC/DC albums, Back In Black (March 1981), Live (22-Nov-1992), Ballbreaker (8-Oct-1995), and their last was Black Ice (27-Oct-2008).
AC/DC now join nine other acts who have notched up five No.1 albums like Neil Diamond, Celine Dion, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Silverchair, Metallica, Powderfinger, Michael Buble and Coldplay, whilst it's the first time that the word -Bust' has appeared in a No.1 album, it's only the second -Rock' titled album (the other was Deep Purple In Rock in June 1971) and more weirdly, only the third title with -or', the other two being All Or Nothing for Milli Vanilli (April 1990) and Matchbox 20 with Yourself Or Someone Like You (May 1998).
This new No.1 becomes the 179th by an Australian Act to make it to the top of the Australian Albums chart, the last one being Vance Joy back in mid-September, and it's also the 338th by a group, whilst AC/DC were originally the seventh Australian act and sixth Australian group to hit No.1 back in 1980.
Rock Or Bust was produced by Brendan O'Brien, with Mike Fraser mixing and was recorded at Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, Canada. The album's cover art uses a developed 3-D lenticular technology, which gives the illusion of the band's iconic logo exploding as the album is moved. Rock or Bust is the band's first album of new material in six years, following their immensely successful Black Ice.
Rock Or Bust is the first AC/DC album in the band's history without founding member Malcolm Young. Stevie Young, nephew of founding members Angus and Malcolm Young, plays guitar on Rock Or Bust and will accompany the band on tour.