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AC/DC’S ‘Back In Black’ certified 25 times platinum

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – NOVEMBER 03: AC/DC perform on stage during a media call ahead of their ‘Rock or Bust’ world tour at ANZ Stadium on November 3, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

AC/DC‘s classic 1980 album Back In Black has been certified 25 times platinum by the Recording Industry Association Of America (RIAA) for U.S. shipments of 25 million copies.

Back in Black first went platinum in October 1980 and had previously been certified 22 times platinum in December 2007. The RIAA lists the LP as the fourth biggest-selling album of all time.

The record was originally released on July 25th, 1980 and was the band’s first without lead singer Bon Scott, who had died the previous February after drinking, passing out and choking on his own vomit. The band quickly decided to carry on and enlisted Brian Johnson as lead vocalist, a position he held until 2016.