Within more than a decade, AC/DC released their first number one album in the UK.
‘Power Up’, which brings together the remaining members of the Australian rock band, entered the charts at number one, making it so far the fastest-selling 2020 record.
According to the Official Charts Company, the album reached 62,000 sales, outpacing Kylie Minogue, whose DISCO album reached 55,000 sales only last week.
With the soundtrack to the Marvel movie Iron Man 2, the last time AC/DC topped the charts was in 2010.
Creator Angus Young, 65, reunited for the album with 73-year-old Brian Johnson, Phil Rudd, 66, and 70-year-old Cliff Williams, plus newcomer Stevie Young, 63.
The Angus and Malcolm Young brothers, as well as the late Bon Scott frontman, were both born in Scotland.
“Angus told OfficialCharts.com, “A huge thank you to those who put their time, effort and imagination into bringing Power Up to number one.
A big yell, too, for all our fans, old and fresh. You are and have always been our chief inspiration.
Power Up beat McFly’s comeback album easily at number two, Young Dumb Thrills, and Andrea Bocelli’s Believe at number three.
With Infinite Stuff, Paloma Faith landed at number four and last week’s number one, DISCO by Minogue, at number five.
In November 1973, AC/DC was founded by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young in Australia and later recorded hits such as Highway To Hell and Back In Black.
Over the years, the band has had a number of lineup changes, including a run with Axl Rose, frontman of Guns N ‘Roses, as lead singer.
After an experimental procedure repaired a hearing problem that caused him to postpone the “Rock Or Bust” world tour in 2016, Johnson returned to the band.
Doctors had warned him that if he continued to sing, he risked going deaf, and Rose replaced him briefly on lead vocals.
And former guitarist Malcolm Young, after suffering from dementia and leaving the band in 2014, died at the age of 64 in 2017.
Power Up, the band said, is a tribute to him.
Inspired by his Catholic faith, Italian tenor Bocelli’s album Believe became both the fastest-selling and highest-charting classical release of 2020.
“I’m very touched that people have reacted so positively to my new album, which is a very personal project for me, of course,” he said.
Music is a common language and gives us the chance to communicate in a very deep way with each other.
“Especially now, as we approach the Christmas season, I’m excited to be able to share these wonderful songs that have brought me so much comfort over the years.”
Ariana Grande held on to the number one spot for a fourth week with “Positions.” on the singles list.