Today´s positive/magic song is AC/DC´s “Back in Black”. It was released as the lead single from their seventh album “Back in Black” on 21 December 1980 through Atlantic Records. It is notable for its opening guitar riff as well as introducing the band’s new vocalist, Brian Johnson. The song was written as a tribute to their former singer Bon Scott, who died in February 1980. In 1981, it reached number 37 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2012, it reached number 65 in Australia and number 27 in the United Kingdom.

As a single, “Back in Black” peaked in the U.S. at No. 37 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1981 as well as at No. 51 on Billboard’s Top Tracks chart, which debuted in March 1981. “Back in Black” received the RIAA’s Master Ringtone Sales Award (Gold and Platinum) in 2006 and reached 2× Platinum status in 2007. In a retrospective piece on “Back in Black”, Metal Hammer magazine hailed the song’s riff as one of the greatest riffs ever and wrote, “There are rock songs that appeal to metal fans. And there are metal songs that appeal to rock fans. Then there is Back in Black – a rock and metal song that appeals to everybody, from dads to dudes, to little old ladies beating noisy kids over the heads with their sticks – and it all hangs on that monumental, no-nonsense, three-chord monster of a riff.”

The album “Back in Black” has sold an estimated 50 million copies worldwide. It is one of the best-selling albums in music history.

What a song and what an album! Fantastic still today! #CoronaBeGoneYouBastard #DayNinetythree

40 years ago today. I love AC/DC, and this album truly reinvented the band with Brian Johnson taking over the vocals after the tragic death of Bon Scott. Amazing album. #ACDC #BackinBlack

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Rest in peace Malcolm Young 1953-2017. AC/DC has lost its co-founder, rhythm guitarist, backing vocalist and songwriter. A sad day in rock n roll. #ACDC

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The new singles from AC/DC. They rock in a classic AC/DC way, but the videos are less rocking.

A report on Australian radio station 6PR has sparked rumours that AC/DC are set to retire from music. The station reported today (April 15) that the band would be calling it a day due to the ill health of one of their members. That member is said to be rhythm guitarist Malcolm Young, according to The Guardian. An anonymous source only known as ‘Thunderstruck’ told 6PR: “I have extremely good contacts in Europe that are very close to AC/DC. I have it on very good authority that one of the band members is quite ill and has returned to Australia with his family.”

He continued: “AC/DC members have previously made a pact that no band members will be replaced should someone need to leave the band. No more is currently being said, however the particularly ill member of AC/DC’s son has stated that AC/DC may well be over.” The retirement rumours were contradicted by reports in The Australian newspaper saying that AC/DC have studio time booked in Vancouver from May 1.

A spokesperson for the band declined to comment on the rumours to NME. Earlier this year, the band were talking about recording a new album and playing an extensive tour, revealing plans to enter the studio later this year in order to record their first new album since 2008’s Brendan O’Brien-produced ‘Black Ice’. Speaking to Florida radio station Gater 98.7 in February, frontman Brian Johnson said the band would be heading to a Vancouver studio in May to record their 16th studio album.

Of a proposed anniversary tour, he added: “Its been 40 years of the band’s existence. So I think we’re gonna try to do 40 gigs, 40 shows, to thank the fans for their undying loyalty. I mean, honestly, our fans are just the best in the world, and we appreciate every one of them. So, like I said, we’ll have to go out, even though we’re getting a bit long in the tooth. You know what? It’s been four years, and I’m really looking forward to it.” (via NME)

You simply gotta love this. She totally rocks the drums with extreme focus. There´s a bright bright drumming future for this girl.

AC/DC have revealed plans to release a new album “within the next couple of years”. The Australian stadium rockers have said they’ll tour again once they’ve finished the album, which will be the follow-up to 2008’s ‘Black Ice’. Guitarist Angus Young told BANG Showbiz: “At some point we’ll be touring again once we get a new album out, which will hopefully be within the next couple of years.” (via NME)