| According to Reuters, Australian hard rock legends AC/DC will sell their new album only through Wal-Mart Stores Inc., the Wall Street Journal reported on its web site on Sunday, citing unnamed sources.
AC/DC becomes the latest veteran act to pact exclusively with the retail giant, following GARTH BROOKS, THE EAGLES and JOURNEY.The AC/DC album is expected to come out in the fall, the paper reported. The follow-up to 2000's "Stiff Upper Lip" was recorded at a Vancouver, Canada studio with producers Brendan O'Brien and Mike Fraser.
The disc will be AC/DC's first for Sony BMG's Epic Records label, which reissued the band's back catalog a few years ago. O'Brien is also known for his work with STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, PEARL JAM, AUDIOSLAVE and VELVET REVOLVER, among others. "Stiff Upper Lip" has sold more than 930,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
VH1 Classic host Eddie Trunk recently revealed on his New York radio show that AC/DC was rumored to be planning a "farewell" tour for later in the year. The band itself is now international, with members scattered across the globe. Malcolm and Angus Young divide their time between Britain and Australia (with Angus also spending time in the Netherlands because he has a Dutch wife). Singer Brian Johnson and bassist Cliff Williams are based in the U.S., while drummer Phil Rudd lives in New Zealand.
Labels: AC/DC, Debut Album, New, Strap It On, Wallmart