AC/DC’s first album in six years, Power on, is an instant hit on Billboard‘s Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts, debuting atop both charts as of November 28.
In its first tracking week (November 13-19), the set earned 117,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data. Of this amount, 111,000 comes from album sales.
AC/DC now has four No. 1s on the Top Rock Albums chart, which debuted in 2006. The rockers’ first release since the chart began, black ice, reigned for two weeks in November 2008, followed by the band’s soundtrack for iron man 2 (May 2010) and rock or bust (three weeks, December 2014-January 2015). The act has the same number of No. 1s on Hard Rock Albums, which debuted in 2007.
AC/DC also reigns supreme on the all-format Billboard 200, where Power on is his third No. 1 and the first since black ice.
With lead Power on single “Shot in the Dark” simultaneously No. 1 on the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart for a third week, AC/DC becomes the first act to reign simultaneously on Mainstream Rock Songs and the Billboard 200 since Green Day, including Radio Revolution and “Bang Bang” topped both counts dated October 29, 2016.
“Shot in the Dark” also beats six Power on tracks on the Hot Hard Rock Songs chart based on airplay, sales and streaming, returning to its No. 2 peak. Two of those entries, “Shot in the Dark” and “Realize”, also appear on the Hot Rock chart & Alternative Songs at numbers 12 and 34, respectively.