AC/DC ..... BACK IN BLACK.verses
Appetite For Destruction.
The end to a great era. Make your move, peasant.
Guns N’ Roses .... appetite for destruction.
Back in Black contains some of AC/DC's biggest hits, including "Hells Bells", "You Shook Me All Night Long", and the title track "Back in Black." According to Angus Young the album's all-black cover was a "sign of mourning" for Scott, as black is the traditional Western colour of mourning. It is AC/DC's best selling album, the second best-selling album of all time, and the biggest selling album by any band, with more than 49 million copies sold worldwide
In 2006 Back in Black was certified by the Recording Industry Association of America as the fifth best-selling album in the United States, with 22 million copies sold in the USA alone.Now, compare back in black with appetite for destruction.
Back in Black - with more than 49 million copies sold worldwide.
& with 22 million copies sold in the USA alone.
It sold an estimated 49 million copies to date, making it second only to Michael Jackson's Thriller as the best-selling album of all-time as well as the best selling album ever released by a band.Appetite for Destruction accumulating worldwide sales of just over 28 million as of October
# In 1989 Rolling Stone ranked Appetite for Destruction as the 20th best album of the 1980s.
# The same magazine later ranked it at sixty-one on their list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.2009 Sales Analysis: Guns N' Roses Vs. AC/DCGuns N’ Roses’ Chinese Democracy sold only 255k in its first week as a Best Buy exclusive. Compared with the 802k tallied by AC/DC in it's first week.AC/DC, Nirvana, Metallica, GNR Among the New Classics?
"They say the classics never go out of style, but they do. They do."
And now the AP bolsters that claim by citing new sales trends that show AC/DC, Bon Jovi, Guns N' Roses, as well as Nirvana and Metallica have bumped the Bob Marleys and the Pink Floyds down on the still-selling-well classics list.
The most interesting numbers from the article are last year's sales tallies for the following albums, all of which Yahoo!/the AP jacked from Neilsen Soundscan:
AC/DC - Back in Black (1980): 440,000
Metallica - Black Album (1991): 275,000
Bon Jovi - Cross Road (1994): 324,000
Guns N' Roses - Appetite for Destruction (1987): 124,000
Michael Jackson - Number Ones (2003): 162,000
Radiohead - Ok Computer (1997): 94,000
Nirvana - Nevermind (1991): 143,000
The Flaming Lips - The Soft Bulletin (1999): 38,000
Among albums that sold at least 20,000 copies last year include U2 - The Joshua Tree, Dr. Dre - The Chronic, Beck - Odelay, Wu-Tang Clan - Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), Weezer - The Blue Album and The Pixies - Doolittle.
Other best-of or greatest hits collections that continue to sell well include releases by Garth Brooks, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tim McGraw, Creed, Queen, Tom Petty, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Def Leppard, Aerosmith and Lionel Richie.
On the other hand, sales for albums by ultra trendy mega-sellers like the Spice Girls, Bobby Brown, The Backstreet Boys, Ace of Base, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey have dropped significantly.
Some of the things that can give past albums a boost include current events (like a new album release), the death of an artist, a biopic, a reissue and obviously, a reunion.
In fact that last point is currently being driven home by the reunion of The Police, whose 1986 compilation, Every Breath You Take has already sold 107,000 copies this year, which doubles its 2006 total.