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On the Charts: "Black Ice" Goes Platinum as AC/DC Remain On Top

November 5, 2008 11:31 AM ET

The Big News: AC/D kept their stronghold on the top spot as Black Ice sold another 270,000 copies to surge past the platinum mark. Pink's Funhouse debuted at number two with 180,000 copies. After the High School Musical 3 soundtrack at three, two more debuts rounded out the top five, with John Legend's Evolver selling 133,000 to claim four and Toby Keith's That Don't Make Me a Bad Guy at five. In other news, T.I.'s Paper Trail followed the path to platinum with a million copies sold in five weeks.

Debuts: The chart was loaded with rookies as the holiday release schedule kicks into gear. Snow Patrol's A Hundred Million Suns and Ryan Adams' Cardinology bowed at nine and 11. The Cure's 4:13 Dream checked in at 16, in front of Lady Gaga's Fame and the physical release of Bloc Party's Intimacy. Further down the chart, Queen & Paul Rodgers' The Cosmos Rocks rocketed to 47, Eagles of Death Metal had a Heart On at 57 and Deerhunter entered the Microcastle at 123.

Last Week's Heroes: Black Ice remained the champ despite a 65% sales decrease. Other victims of the debut onslaught were Metallica's Death Magnetic, which dropped down to 12 as it exited the top five after an eight week run. Kid Rock's incredible run in the top ten also came to an end as Rock N' Roll Jesus settled in at the 13 spot. This week, we'll find out if AC/DC can fend off Hinder to remain the kings of rock.

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