AC/DC’s hotly-hyped album, ‘Black Ice’, may not ship until October 20 but that hasn’t stopped the rock ‘n’ roll legend’s collection leaking online, where it has been downloaded over 400,000 times through the Torrent networks.
These kind of figures are inevitable as the band won’t yet release their music online…this hasn’t stopped it emerging there, however, it leaked onto the networks six days ago. The only rock ‘n’ roll tragedy is that AC/DC won’t get paid for those thousands of downloads…
Do they care? Probably not. During the last 5 years when most recording artists have experienced a drop in CD sales, AC/DC have been flourishing, last year selling 1.3 million CDs in the US alone, TorrentFreak helpfully informs.
Speaking to Reuters, AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson was fatalistic about the online age, saying: “Maybe I’m just being old-fashioned, but this iTunes, God bless ’em, it’s going to kill music if they’re not careful,” lead singer Brian Johnson, 61, told Reuters.
Other ‘winners’ in the BitTorrent music download charts this week were Keane, coming in at #3 with 80,000 downloads of their album ‘Perfect Symmetry‘ (due to be released officially tomorrow) and Oasis in second position with 100,000 downloads of ‘Dig Out Your Soul‘.
Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher said he believes that the music industry loses around 25% of its profits to piracy. “That’s what was spent on champagne and limos,” he said, adding, “It’s good when record companies panic. They need to streamline. Just like these big banks going under, and those Wall Street idiots driving Ferraris. What about people who had a hurricane rip apart their community? That’s real pressure, my friend.” (Sorry TorrentFreak, that comment was too priceless not to include…)