August 19, 2008 / 2:31 AM / in 9 years

AC/DC to release "Black Ice" in October

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Rock band AC/DC’s first studio album in eight years, “Black Ice,” will be sold exclusively in the U.S. via Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club and the band’s Web site, beginning October 20. First single “Rock ‘n’ Roll Train” will hit U.S. radio on August 28.

<p>Angus Young, lead guitarist with Australian rock band AC/DC plays during the band's concert at the Hammersmith Apollo, London, October 21, 2003. REUTERS/Toby Melville</p>

In an unusual move, the exclusive release comes with the full cooperation of AC/DC’s label home, Columbia, which says it is planning “multiple activities for fans” leading up to release date.

The 15-track “Black Ice” is the follow-up to 2000’s “Stiff Upper Lip.” An extensive world tour in support of the set will begin in late October.

In addition, on September 9 Columbia will release “No Bull: The Director’s Cut,” a newly edited DVD of AC/DC’s July 1996 show at Madrid’s Plaza De Toros De Las Ventas.

Reuters/Billboard

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