AC/DC Classic Returns To The Charts and Metallica Near Milestone

03/04/2014
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AC/DC, Metallica and Tom Petty prove once again that rock never goes out of style as the three artists have albums in this past week's Billboard 200 album chart that are at least two decades old and still selling strong.

AC/DC's classic 1980 album "Back In Black" enjoyed a 49% jump in sales which propelled them back onto the chart at No. 123, with both the original and the 2003 reissue now reaching 7.1 million copies sold since the SoundScan era began in 1991.

Metallica's smash self-titled album, a.k.a. The Black Album, is on target to surpass 16 million in sales within three or four months with it's current average weekly sales of 2,000 to 3,000, according to Billboard. The album landed at No. 146 on the chart this week and still remains the biggest selling album of the SoundScan era.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers 1993 "Greatest Hits" collection landed at No. 170 on the chart this week and has had overall sales of 8.2 million copies. Billboard points out that it is the 5th biggest selling greatest hits collection of the SoundScan era and with the exception of Bob Marley, the entire top five albums came from rock artists. Read the Billboard report for more details.

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