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Malcolm Young of AC/DC Dies After Dementia Battle

Band co-founder/guitarist was 64

(Newser) - "Malcolm, job well done." So ends a Facebook post from Australian rock behemoth AC/DC announcing the death of band co-founder/guitarist Malcolm Young. He was 64 and reportedly died with his family at his bedside. Rolling Stone reports Young's three-year battle with dementia had led him to step... More »

10 Highest-Paid Musicians in the World

Somehow Diddy makes the list

(Newser) - Taylor Swift is officially bigger than the Rolling Stones—at least in North America. In Forbes ' list of the 30 highest-paid musicians of 2016, Swift takes the top spot by breaking the North American touring record formerly held by the Rolling Stones. She also has endorsements in the seven... More »

AC/DC Drummer Dodges Jail

Phil Rudd will serve 8 months in beach house

(Newser) - Longtime AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd has dodged a prison sentence for threatening to kill a former employee and his daughter, but he's not going to drum for the band for a while unless a tour takes them to Tauranga, New Zealand. The 61-year-old, who had faced up to seven... More »

AC/DC Drummer Admits Threat to Kill

Phil Rudd enters surprise guilty plea

(Newser) - AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd won't be going on trial for dirty deeds: He entered a surprise guilty plea before his trial in New Zealand could begin today and faces up to seven years in jail for threatening to kill a former employee and his daughter. The court heard that... More »

Here Are Your Grammy Winners

Plus, of course, all the performances

(Newser) - The Grammys are off and running, with AC/DC opening the show with a performance and host LL Cool J skipping the full monologue to instead hand the stage over to Taylor Swift, who presented the first award. Best New Artist went to Sam Smith, who kept his acceptance speech blissfully... More »

AC/DC Drummer's Murder-for-Hire Charge Dropped

But Phil Rudd still faces other charges

(Newser) - AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd is off the hook for the biggest charge leveled against him this week— murder for hire . Just a day after Rudd was arrested for allegedly attempting to have two men killed, that charge—for which he could have faced 10 years in prison—has been dropped... More »

AC/DC Drummer Charged in Murder Plot

New Zealand police charged Phil Rudd with attempting to arrange a murder

(Newser) - Longtime drummer Phil Rudd has been accused of doing some dirty deeds. The only Australian-born musician of the Australian rock band AC/DC—which is expected to release its latest album, Rock or Bust, later this year—has been arrested by New Zealand police at his home on New Zealand's... More »

New Cyberattack on Iran Plays AC/DC

Virus hits Natanz nuclear site

(Newser) - Cyberwarfare has taken a turn for the awesome. A man claiming to be an Iranian nuclear scientist sent a letter to the security research group D-Secure yesterday saying that the country's Natanz facility had been hit with possibly the most rocking cyberattack in history, Geek-O-System reports. "The automation... More »

Whole Lotta Rosé: AC/DC Selling Wine

But you gotta be in Australia to get your hands on Back in Black Shiraz

(Newser) - Rock 'n' roll veterans AC/DC have a new way to shake fans all night long—with their own line of wines, reports CNN . Working in conjunction with the Warburn Estate winery, the band will offer four wines named after some of their most famous songs: Back in Black Shiraz,... More »

Heavy Metal Soothes Sharks

They rub their snouts on speakers for right music, boat operator discovers

(Newser) - How do you soothe an angry shark? You can rock him to near-submission with heavy metal. That's what one Australian charter boat operator has discovered after witnessing sharks blissfully rubbing their snouts against caged underwater speakers belting out the sounds. "I guess the visual people expect is that... More »

Top Earners U2 Brought in $109M in 2009

Bruce Springsteen finishes 2nd to Irish superstars, and it's not even close

(Newser) - The news that U2 was the top moneymaker in music in 2009 is no surprise, but what may come as a bit of a shock is the gap between No. 1 and No. 2. The Irish rockers brought in $108.6 million lat year, nearly twice as much as runner-up... More »

No-Name Bands Make a Killing on iTunes

Equally anonymous distributors rise to the top of digital heap

(Newser) - You probably haven't heard of TuneCore, but the small startup has swiftly become the world’s biggest music distributor, helping bands you’ve also never heard of make a comfortable living selling music on iTunes. Unlike traditional distributors, which take a cut of music sales, TuneCore and similar digital distributors... More »

At Most Brit Funerals, Pop Music Plays You Out

(Newser) - Pop songs are handily beating out traditional hymns in England as the preferred soundtrack for the final goodbye, the Telegraph reports. A survey by a funeral-services company shows that 58% of funerals feature popular music as the top request, versus 35% for hymns; classical grabs just 7%. The top request?... More »

EU President's 'Road to Hell' Remark Was an AC/DC Refence

Topolanek reveals metalhead sympathies

(Newser) - Politically minded rock fans surely giggled when the Czech PM called President Obama’s stimulus plan a “road to hell.” They’re on to something: Mirek Topolanek, who holds the rotating EU presidency, says he was influenced by a recent AC/DC concert and what he called the band's... More »

Coldplay Tops World Chart for '08

Viva la Vida the year's bestselling album

(Newser) - Coldplay’s Viva La Vida was the best-selling album in the world last year, the BBC reports, selling 6.8 million copies. Coldplay was one of four British acts to crack the top 10. Here’s the rest of the list:
  1. AC/DC: Black Ice
  2. The Mama Mia! soundtrack
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AC/DC Is No. 1? Must Be a Recession

When the band's record sales go up, the economy goes down

(Newser) - Forget complicated economic indicators—the surest sign that recession looms is that AC/DC is back on top of the charts after 28 years, writes Alexis Petridis in the Guardian. It seems that whenever the Aussie rockers have a best-selling album, at least in Britain, the economy's in the tank. See... More »

Black Ice Signals New AC/DC Blitz

Aussie power rock group gets back to roots with album you can only get at Wal-Mart

(Newser) - After an 8-year hiatus, AC/DC is back—in black, one might say, as their album Black Ice is poised to go on sale exclusively at Wal-Mart stores Oct. 20, Rolling Stone reports. In 2 months of studio work, the Aussie rock icons churned out 15 new songs (including four with... More »

Wal-Mart Looks for Better Return on CDs

Uber-retailer plans to trim selection of artists, titles

(Newser) - As the country's leading brick-and-mortar CD seller, Wal-Mart occupies a special place in the music industry, earning perks like exclusive releases of CDs by bands like Journey and, soon, AC/DC. But with sales of physical CDs in freefall, even Wal-Mart is considering cutting the number of titles and artists its... More »

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