AC/DC’s US fans are paying tribute to the late Malcolm Young in the most rock ‘n’ roll way: by cranking the legendary band’s catalogue.
In a week of remembrance for the standout rhythm guitarist and songwriter, some of AC/DC’s best-known works are shooting into Billboard’s Hot Rock Songs survey.
All told, six of the best hit the chart, led by 1990’s monster “Thunderstruck” at No. 6, with 6,000 downloads sold (up 73 percent) and 4.1 million U.S. streams (up 33 percent) in the week ending Nov. 23, according to Nielsen Music and reported by Billboard. Also cracking the tally this week is “Back in Black” (No. 11), “You Shook Me All Night Long” (No. 15), “Highway to Hell” (No. 18), “T.N.T.” (No. 23) and “Hells Bells” (No. 24).
Meanwhile, AC/DC’s post-Bon Scott juggernaut Back in Black enjoys the greatest lift on the Hard Rock Albums chart (up 85 percent to 7,000 equivalent album units) and the set re-enters the Billboard 200 at No. 130.
Young died Nov. 18 in Sydney at the age of 64. He has been battling with dementia in recent years, and left the band he co-founded prior to the release of 2014’s Rock Or Bust, with his nephew Stevie Young slotting in on rhythm guitar for the recording sessions and its global tour.
The veteran musician and songwriter was farewelled at a private funeral Tuesday in Sydney just hours before Jimmy Barnes led an all-star salute at the ARIA Awards to Malcolm and his brother George, who died the previous month at the age of 70.
AC/DC were one of the first groups to be inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, in 1988, and the hard rock hitmakers were elevated into the U.S.-based Rock And Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.