Black Sabbath is back on top! The popular English rock band regained the number one spot on the UK charts for the first time in 43 years.
The group is back together for their long-awaited new album, which was named 13, and they’ve now regained their crown atop the UK charts. They last held the top spot in September of 1970 for their second album Paranoid.
The band is very pleased with the overwhelming support of their return, and frontman Ozzy Osbourne has spoken out about the new album’s success.
“I’m in shock!” Osbourne told the Official Charts Company. “The success of this album has blown me off my feet. We’ve never had a record climb the charts so fast.”
To reach the top, the British rock stars beat out the popular Rod Stewart with his new album Time.
“It’s all manufactured bull these days,” Osbourne said, according to BBC News. “But the likes of Rod, and Elton John and us have got something different. We know our craft.”
Black Sabbath has since dropped to second in the UK charts behind Kanye West’s Yeezus album, but the jump to No. 1 will still go down as the new record for the longest wait before a return to the top.
The band’s 43-year wait beats out Bob Dylan and also Rod Stewart’s 34-year drought. Dylan regained the number one spot in 2009 with his Together Through Life album, which came 38 years after his New Morning album was honored with the crown.
Nevertheless, with Ozzy Osbourne,Tony Iommi, and Geezer Butler back together, they could release another album in the future after the success of their latest hit. According to figures by Nielsen SoundScan, the new 13 album sold more than 155,000 copies in its first week after release.
Their success has been apparent for quite some time, as they were named one of the 100 greatest artists of all-time by Rolling Stone Magazine. The band’s future is already set for touring in the UK this coming December, which will also feature a homecoming of sorts when they return to the LG Arena in Birmingham.
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