After 26 years of recording for labels under the Warner Music Group umbrella, veteran Aussie raunch rockers AC/DC have signed a new deal with Epic Records. Under the contract, the band will reissue 16 of its 18 U.S. releases, starting with Back in Black, Highway to Hell and Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, which will come out next year in expanded editions.
In addition to releasing their back-catalog, Epic will issue future AC/DC studio albums, but the band's next record will come out on Elektra, fulfilling its contractual obligations to the company.
The move to Epic was orchestrated by label executive vice president and general manager Steve Barnett, who used to manage the band, and Epic chairman Dave Glew, who worked with AC/DC when he was at Atlantic.
Around the same time as the first set of reissues hit, the group will release the DVD "Rockmasters - AC/DC," which features a 1977 concert from London that includes vocalist Bon Scott, who died of excessive alcohol consumption in February 1980.
AC/DC's last studio album, 2000's Stiff Upper Lip, reached #7 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and has sold more than 840,000 copies to date.