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Black Sabbath score first US No. 1

Thursday, June 20th 2013 09:19

'13' rockets to the top of the Billboard 200.

This marks the first time Black Sabbath have scored the No. 1 spot in the US, with opening week sales exceeding 155,000.

The closest they previously came was 1971’s "Master Of Reality”, which peaked at No. 8.

Over the past week, "13” has also debuted at No. 1 in Canada, Denmark, Germany, New Zealand, Switzerland, and the UK.

"I thought making number 1 in the UK was amazing, now we've had our first US number 1 as well!,” says guitarist Tony Iommi. "Not only that but it's made number 1 in a stack of other countries, Canada, Germany and so on, again thank you so much."

"There have been so many amazing highlights in our long career,” says Ozzy Osbourne. "Thank you to all of our fans for their support and loyalty.”

Geezer Butler described himself as "stunned" and thanked the fans, who he described as "the best and most patient fans ever".

Produced by Rick Rubin, "13” is the band’s first release with Ozzy since 1978’s "Never Say Die.”


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