AC/DC's 'Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap' Gets Sales Bump After PHIL RUDD's Arrest

November 14, 2014

According to, AC/DC's 1976 single "Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" was given a sales boost following news that drummer Phil Rudd was charged with trying to procure a murder.

According to data from Nielsen SoundScan, the song sold just under 2,000 downloads in the week ending November 9 — up 21 percent from the previous week. It marked the tune's biggest sales week since April.

Shortly after news of Rudd's arrest broke, the Internet responded with thousands of people and news organizations making some reference to Rudd and the "Dirty Deeds" songtitle. A couple of more prominent examples can be found below.

On November 6, Rudd was charged with attempting to "procure murder" by New Zealand police but the charge was dropped a day later by the Crown Solicitor Greg Hollister-Jones after a meeting with Rudd's attorney, Paul Mabey, and police. Rudd must return to court on November 27, where he still faces one charge of threatening to kill as well as possession of meth and marijuana, which his lawyer described as "minor."

AC/DC issued a statement last week on Rudd's arrest, saying that Phil's absence will not affect the release of the band's new album, "Rock Or Bust", and the group's upcoming tour.

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