Pink Floyd Celebrates 40th Anniversary of Dark Side of the Moon

Over 30 years in the UK album chart since release.

Posted by Michael Bordash on Sun Mar 24, 2013

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Pink Floyd and EMI Music will mark the 40th Anniversary of the original UK release of The Dark Side of The Moon on March 24, 2013, as fans around the globe unite to turn a specially designed moon dark. Centered around a global playback of the album on, each memory, thought and photo tweeted as fans rediscover the album will count towards the creation of a dark side of the moon.

Starting at 00:01am GMT in the U.K. on March 24, 2013, (4:01pm PST/7:01pm on March 23, 2013 in the U.S.), for the entire day, fans all over the world will be able to share thoughts and comments via twitter using #DarkSide40 and witness the impact as the volume of messages combine to turn the moon dark.

Originally released in the UK on March 24, 1973, The Dark Side of The Moon became Pink Floyd's first number 1 album in the US, remaining on the chart for 741 weeks between 1973 and 1988. Since its UK release, the album has spent an astonishing 30 years in the UK album charts.

One of the best-selling and most critically acclaimed albums of all time, The Dark Side of The Moon also introduced the iconic album cover artwork by Storm Thorgerson of Hipgnosis, after a request for a 'simple and bold' design. To celebrate the 40th Anniversary, Storm Thorgerson and Storm Designs have created 14 exclusive new prism designs that will be unveiled daily on These prism designs will gradually form a celebratory poster, downloadable in three different sizes on March 24, 2013.

The most recent updated version of The Dark Side of The Moon was released in September 2011.

Pink Floyd have sold over 200 million records worldwide to date.

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