Black Sabbath Top Billboard 200 for the First Time Ever

artist: black sabbath date: 06/20/2013 category: general music news
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Black Sabbath Top Billboard 200 for the First Time Ever
Black Sabbath's "13" reached No.1 on the Billboard 200 chart with 155,000 copies sold in the United States during its first week out, Loudwire reports. The album marks Black Sabbath's first-ever No. 1 on the Billboard chart and remarkably it's only the band's second Top 10 entry (1971's "Master of Reality" hit No. 8). Earlier in the week, "13" also topped the UK chart, making it the band's first album to hit No. 1 on that tally since 1970's "Paranoid." The first-week sales total in the U.S. for "13" more than triples the next entry on the chart. Daft Punk's "Random Access Memories" remains at No. 2 this week with 48,000 copies sold. Meanwhile, Queens of the Stone Age's "...Like Clockwork," which debuted at No. 1 last week, slips down to No. 15 this week with 24,000 units moved. "The news is absolutely amazing - we couldn't have imagined this would happen," says guitarist Tony Iommi in a statement. "We have the greatest fans." Meanwhile, Ozzy Osbourne adds, "There have been so many amazing highlights in our long career. To finally have our first No. 1 album in the U.S. is another incredible milestone for Black Sabbath. Thank you to all of our fans for their support and loyalty." Finally, bassist Geezer Butler comments, "I'm absolutely stunned. Thank you all world wide for being the best, and most patient, fans ever." Black Sabbath will embark on a full North American tour beginning July 25 in Houston and finishing up in Los Angeles on Sept. 3.
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