13 is lucky for some: Black Sabbath and Ozzy Osbourne back at top of album charts after 43 years
The heavy rock trailblazers have set a new UK chart record - and beaten Liam Gallagher's Beady Eye
Monday 17 June 2013
Veteran rocker Ozzy Osbourne's band Black Sabbath have stormed to the top of the charts with their new album - with the charismatic frontman saying the record was a tonic for all the “manufactured bullshit” that usually dominates the airwaves.
The heavy rock trailblazers have set a new UK chart record for the longest gap between number one albums, overtaking Rod Stewart who set a similar record last month.
Osbourne said it was "great" to have beaten Stewart but added: "Rod's the same as us, we've got something other people haven't got. It's all manufactured bullshit these days.
"But the likes of Rod, and Elton John and us have got something different. We know our craft."
It was 43 years ago that Black Sabbath last hit the top spot with Paranoid in 1970 and new album 13 reunites original members Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler for the first time in 35 years.
The Rick Rubin-produced comeback, which was released on Monday, has sold 13,000 more copies than Liam Gallagher's Beady Eye with their latest offering, BE, which is at number two.
Osbourne, who had marital difficulties earlier this year as a result of a temporary return to drinking, said: "I'm in shock, the success of this album has blown me off my feet. We've never had a record climb the charts so fast."
He said the band would "probably" release another album, but added: "We're still revelling in coming back with this.
"I don't want to promise anything to anyone. It took us long enough to do this, and we can't wait another 43 years to have another number one.
"If it comes to pass we don't make another record, then I can rest easily knowing we finished things properly with 13."
Stewart's latest album Time set the record for the longest gap between number one albums last last month, 37 years after he last reached the top of the chart.
He is at number three this week while another veteran act, Status Quo, has gone straight in at number 10 with their new release, soundtrack album Bula Quo!
American singer Robin Thicke tops the singles chart for the third consecutive week with Blurred Lines featuring TI and Pharrell Williams. The tune has clocked up more than half a million sales since its release.
Emeli Sande collaborator Naughty Boy holds steady at number two with La La La by Naughty Boy, while Passenger climbs one place to number three with Let Her Go.
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