Let there be AC/DC

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Chalk up a huge victory for age over beauty as a haggard group of middle-age Australians upstage some well-scrubbed Disney kids.

AC/DC showed no mercy on the "HSM" cast. "Black Ice," the band's first album in 81/2 years, attacks the Billboard 200 with 784,000 units in its debut week. The soundtrack to "High School Musical 3: Senior Year" bows a distant second with 297,000.

A few vital statistics on "Black Ice," which is available only at Wal-Mart, Sam's Club and the band's Web site: It's the second-biggest debut of the year and the best sales week for any rock album since U2's "How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb" bowed with 840,000 in November 2004. It's AC/DC's second chart-topper, following 1981's "For Those About to Rock (We Salute You)," and its first to debut in the top spot.

Meanwhile, the band has a stranglehold on Billboard's catalog albums chart, holding five of the top six slots and nine overall. Only the Beatles and Frank Sinatra have placed nine or more titles simultaneously on that chart. (partialdiff)
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