Almost 40 years after Back In Black was released, AC/DC have just bagged a brand spankin’ new certification for it.

On December 6, the album was officially recognised by the Recording Industry Association Of America for US shipments of 25 million copies, or 25 x platinum.

It first went platinum in October 1980 and, in 2007, was certified 22 times platinum.

Worldwide, it has sold an estimated 50 million.

The RIAA lists Back In Black as the 4th biggest-selling album of all time.

It was Accadacca’s first album without Bon Scott, who had died a few months before. The album’s all-black cover was a “sign of mourning”.

Brian Johnson, who took over vocals, later told The Pulse of Radio that he didn’t have any idea how successful it would turn out to be.


“I’d just melted me brain in there, and I didn’t know if it was good or bad,” he had said.

“I had no idea what the hell I was doing… and lucky, really – I was a bit lucky, I think.”

The album included You Shook Me All Night Long, Hells Bells and, of course, Back In Black.

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