AC/DC

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AC/DC are an Australian rock band, formed in Sydney in 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young.[1] A hard rock/blues rock band,[2] they have also been considered a heavy metal band,[3][4][5][6] although they have always dubbed their music simply "rock and roll".[7]

AC/DC underwent several line-up changes before releasing their first album, High Voltage, in 1975. Membership subsequently stabilised until bassist Mark Evans was replaced by Cliff Williams in 1977 for the album Powerage. Within months of recording the album Highway to Hell, lead singer and co-songwriter Bon Scott died on 19 February 1980 after a night of heavy alcohol consumption. The group considered disbanding, but buoyed by support from Scott's parents, decided to continue and set about finding a new vocalist.[8] Ex-Geordie singer Brian Johnson was auditioned and selected to replace Scott. Later that year, the band released the new album Back in Black, which was made as a tribute to Bon Scott. The album launched them to new heights of success and became their all-time best-seller.

The band's next album, For Those About to Rock We Salute You, was their first album to reach number one in the United States. Drummer Phil Rudd was fired in 1983 and replaced by ex-A II Z drummer Simon Wright, who left to join Dio in 1989. The band experienced a resurgence in the early 1990s with the release of The Razors Edge. Phil Rudd returned in 1994 after Chris Slade, who was with the band from 1989 to 1994, was asked to leave in favour of him, and contributed to the band's 1995 album Ballbreaker. Stiff Upper Lip, released in 2000, was well received by critics. The band's studio album Black Ice, released in 2008, was the second highest-selling album of that year, and their biggest chart hit since For Those About to Rock, eventually reaching No.1 on all charts worldwide.[9] The band's line-up remained the same until 2014 with Malcolm Young's retirement due to early-onset dementia and Rudd's legal troubles. In 2016, Johnson was advised to stop touring on account of worsening hearing loss, and Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose stepped in as the band's vocalist for the remainder of that year's dates. Long-term bass player Cliff Williams retired from the band at the end of their 2016 Rock or Bust world tour.

AC/DC have sold more than 200 million records worldwide, including 71.5 million albums in the United States, adding them to the list of highest-certified music artists in the United States and the list of best-selling music artists.[10][11][12] Back in Black has sold an estimated 50 million units worldwide, making it the second-highest-selling album by any artist – and the highest-selling album by any band. The album has sold 22 million units in the US, where it is the sixth-highest-selling album of all time.[13] AC/DC ranked fourth on VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock"[14][15] and were named the seventh "Greatest Heavy Metal Band of All Time" by MTV.[16] In 2004, AC/DC ranked No. 72 on the Rolling Stone list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time". Producer Rick Rubin, who wrote an essay on the band for the Rolling Stone list, referred to AC/DC as "the greatest rock and roll band of all time".[17] In 2010, AC/DC were ranked number 23 in the VH1 list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Time".[18]

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Black Ice
 
Black Ice is an album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC. It was the band's fourteenth internationally released studio album and the fifteenth in Australia.
Back in Black
 
Back in Black is the seventh studio album by Australian rock band AC/DC. Produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange, the album was released on 25 July 1980 by Albert Productions and Atlantic Records.
Iron Man 2
 
Iron Man 2 is a soundtrack album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC, released on April 19, 2010 as the soundtrack to the film of the same name.
Highway to Hell
 
Highway to Hell is the sixth studio album by Australian hard rock band AC/DC, released on 27 July 1979.

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AC/DC's Malcolm Young farewelled in Sydney
  –  November 27, 2017
AC/DC was managed by the Albert family from the band's beginnings in Sydney in 1973. Malcolm Young, who made his name as guitarist and songwriter with the seminal Australian rock group, died on November 18 aged 64 after a period of ill health.
Music industry heavyweights, family and band mates to turn out in force for AC/DC icon Malcolm Young's funeral service - to be held on the same day as the ARIAs
  –  November 22, 2017
Australians paid tribute to the AC/DC co-founder and fellow countryman on Sunday, a day after the legendary guitarist passed away aged 64. Young, who founded the rock group with his brother Angus in 1973, died Saturday after suffering from dementia for ...
AC/DC guitarist dies
  –  November 20, 2017
AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young has died aged 64 after suffering for several years with dementia, the band announced Saturday. Young founded the Australian rock group with his brother Angus, who said he will leave "an enormous legacy". "Today it is with deep ...
AC/DC’s Malcolm Young a true rock ‘n’ roll pioneer
  –  November 20, 2017
AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young has died aged 64 after suffering for several years with dementia, the band announced Saturday. Young founded the Australian rock group with his brother Angus, who said he will leave "an enormous legacy". "Today it is with deep ...
Australians mourn loss of AC/DC’s Malcolm Young
  –  November 19, 2017
In this file picture, Australian guitarists and brothers Angus (left) and Malcolm Young of the hard rock group AC/DC inaugurating the first street in the world bearing their group’s name in Leganes, 29km from Madrid. Australians paid tribute to AC/DC co ...
Malcolm Young Cause Of Death: AC/DC Founding Member, Guitarist, Dies At 64
  –  November 19, 2017
Young was an Australian musician and songwriter and was famous for co-founding the legendary rock group, AC/DC. In 2014, he retired from the group due to health issues. In September 2014, just five months after AC/DC announced Young’s retirement from the ...
Australians mourn loss of AC/DC's Malcolm Young
  –  November 19, 2017
(MENAFN - Gulf Times) Australians paid tribute to AC/DC co-founder and fellow countryman Malcolm Young yesterday, a day after the legendary guitarist passed away aged 64. Young, who founded the rock group with his brother Angus in 1973, died Saturday after ...
AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young dies aged 64
  –  November 19, 2017
AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young has died aged 64 after suffering for several years with dementia, the band announced Saturday. Young founded the Australian rock group with his brother Angus, who said he will leave "an enormous legacy". "Today it is with deep ...
AC/DC founder Malcolm Young dead at 64
  –  November 18, 2017
FILE: Australian guitarists and brothers Angus (L) and Malcolm Young of the hard rock group AC/DC inaugurate the first street in the world bearing their group's name in Leganes, 29kms from Madrid. Picture: AFP NEW YORK - Malcolm Young, who founded the ...
Malcolm Young, AC/DC Founder Who Rocked to the Top, Dies at 64
  –  November 18, 2017
Malcolm then formed AC/DC and asked his brother Angus to join. The name of the band was taken from the sewing machine of his older sister, Margaret, equating the rock group’s sound with electrical currents. The Young brothers began playing in the bars of ...
AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young dies at 64
  –  November 18, 2017
Young will be remembered for his powerful rhythm guitar riffs that were instrumental in propelling the Sydney heavy rock group to stardom. Three Young brothers have been part of AC/DC's history, including lead guitarist Angus. Producer George Young died in ...
Malcolm Young Cause of Death: How Did the AC/DC Guitarist Die?
  –  November 18, 2017
Young was an Australian musician and songwriter best known for co-founding the legendary rock group, AC/DC. He retired from the group in 2014 due to health issues. In September 2014, just five months after AC/DC announced Young’s retirement from the ...
AC/DC co-founder and ex-guitarist Malcolm Young dies aged 64
  –  November 18, 2017
AC/DC co-founder and ex-guitarist Malcolm Young has died aged 64, his publicist has announced. Young found the Australian rock group alongside his brother in 1973, with the band going on to sell more than 200 million records worldwide. The Scottish-born ...
AC/DC Guitarist Malcolm Young Has Died At 64
  –  November 18, 2017
Malcolm Young, the co-founder and rhythm guitarist of legendary rock group AC/DC, died on Saturday morning. He was 64 years old. Malcolm played with the group the entire time since its founding all the way up until 2014, when he was replaced by his nephew ...
Co-founder of rock band, AC/DC, dies
  –  November 18, 2017
Malcolm Young, one of the co-founders of the rock band AC/DC, has passed away. A Facebook page managed by the rock group announced Young passed after suffering from dementia for several years. Malcolm, along with Angus, was the founder and creator of AC/DC ...
AC/DC guitarist Malcolm Young dead at 64
  –  November 18, 2017
AC/DC co-founder and guitarist Malcolm Young died Saturday, the band announced in a heartfelt statement. He was 64. Along with his brother, Angus, Malcolm Young founded the rock group in Sydney, Australia in 1973. He left the band in 2014 because of a ...
George Young, Songwriter-Producer for AC/DC and Easybeats, Dies at 70
  –  October 23, 2017
Australian musician and songwriter George Young, who notched a long and distinguished career as a key creative force in the influential rock band the Easybeats and as co-producer of the career-defining albums of his brothers’ hard rock group AC/DC ...

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