Week Ending June 16, 2013. Albums: Black Sabbath’s Long Wait Ends

Nearly 43 years after they first cracked The Billboard 200 with their eponymous debut album, Black Sabbath finally lands its first #1 album with 13. Only one act in chart history has had to wait longer to finally reach #1. That’s Tony Bennett, who took 54 years and six months between his first chart appearance in February 1957 with the album Tony and his first #1 in October 2011 with Duets II.

13 is Black Sabbath’s 19th studio album; its first since 1995. It’s the band’s first studio album with original lead singer Ozzy Osbourne in 35 years and its first with original bassist Geezer Butler in 19 years.


also debuts at #1 on The Official U.K. Chart. It’s the band’s second #1 there, following Paranoid, which hit the top spot in October 1970. This allows Black Sabbath to break Bob Dylan’s record for the longest gap between #1 albums in U.K. chart history. Dylan had a gap of 38-1/2 years between New Morning (November 1970) and Together Through Life (May 2009).

Black Sabbath’s eponymous debut album first entered the Billboard 200 in August 1970 (18 months after Led Zeppelin’s eponymous debut album charted). Each of Black Sabbath’s first six albums made the top 30, but, surprisingly, only one reached the top 10. Master Of Reality hit #8 in September 1971. This week’s debut gives Black Sabbath a nearly 42 year span of top 10 albums.

13 sold 51,000 digital copies (out of 155K total). That puts it at #1 on Top Digital Albums.

Osbourne has amassed seven top 10 albums as a solo artist, counting a 1987 collaboration with his guitarist, Randy Rhoads.

Paranoid has sold 1,606,000 copies in the U.S. since Nielsen SoundScan started tracking sales for Billboard in 1991, making it the band’s best-selling album of the Nielsen SoundScan era.

Trivia time: Black Sabbath is the third group whose name begins with the word “Black” to reach #1 on The Billboard 200. It follows the Black Crowes and the Black Eyed Peas. (No “White” groups have reached #1, though two have reached #2: Whitesnake and the White Stripes.)

13 is the eighth #1 album whose title consists solely of a number to reach #1. It follows the Beatles’ 1, Foreigner’s 4, Beyonce’s 4, Omarion’s 21, Adele’s 21, Prince’s 3121 and Van Halen’s 5150. (There have also been two #1 albums that had a roman numeral, and nothing else, for a title: Boyz II Men’s II and Godsmack’s IV.)

Daft Punk’s

Random Access Memories holds at #2 for the second week. The album tops the 500K sales mark in just its fourth week. That’s by far the fastest that the group has reached this threshold. Random is already the 11th best-selling album of 2013; the third best-selling album that was released this year. In the latter regard, it trails only Justin Timberlake’sThe 20/20 Experience (1,985,000) and Blake Shelton’sBased On A True Story… (655K).

Big Time Rush’s 24/Seven debuts at #4. It’s the group’s second top five album. BTR hit #3 in October 2010. It’s #1 on Top Soundtracks, displacing Music From Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, which spent five weeks on top. It’s the first TV soundtrack to top the list since The Music Of Nashville scored in December.

Florida Georgia Line’s

Here’s To The Good Times jumps from #8 to #5 in its 28th week. This is its highest ranking to date. The album hits #1 on Top Country Albums for the first time. Florida Georgia Line, which consists of Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard, is the first duo to top the country chart since Sugarland scored in October 2010 with The Incredible Machine. (It still has a ways to go to top Brooks & Dunn’sBorderline as the longest-running #1 album ever by an ongoing duo. That album spent seven weeks atop the country chart in 1996. If you count collaborations, the champ is Waylon & Willie by Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson, which spent 11 weeks on top in 1978.)

The Man Of Steel soundtrack debuts at #9. It’s the first soundtrack from a Superman movie to crack the top 10. The previous highest-ranking soundtrack in the franchise was Superman—The Movie, which reached #44 in 1979. (John Williams composed and conducted that score.) Hans Zimmer composed the Man Of Steel score. It’s the first soundtrack score to make the top 10 since The Dark Knight Rises (also composed by Zimmer) reached #8 in July 2012. Zimmer has received nine Oscar nominations for his scores. He won for 1994’s The Lion King.

Man Of Steel is the week’s highest-ranking soundtrack from a theatrically-released movie. The movie was #1 at the box-office over the weekend.

The Lonely Island’s

The Wack Album debuts at #10. This is the comedy troupe’s second top 10 album. Turtleneck & Chain hit #3 in May 2011. One of Wack’s tracks, “YOLO” (featuring Adam Levine and Kendrick Lamar), reached #60 on the Hot 100. Another, “3-Way (The Golden Rule)” (featuring Timberlake and Lady Gaga), “bubbled under” the chart.

The Wack Album is already the best-selling comedy album so far this year. If it holds that ranking through the end of the year, this will be the fourth time The Lonely Island has had the year’s best-selling comedy album. The act’s 2009 album, Incredibad, was the top-selling comedy album of both 2009 and 2010. Turtleneck & Chain was the top-selling comedy album of 2011. What other acts have had the year’s top-selling comedy album three or more times in the Nielsen SoundScan era? “Weird” Al Yankovic leads with five year-end victories. Jeff Foxworthy is tied with The Lonely Island with three. Larry The Cable Guy and Dane Cook have each had the year’s top comedy album twice.

“Blurred Lines” by Robin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharrell Williams holds at #1 on Hot Digital Songs for the third week (371K). That’s the biggest sales tally for any song since the week ending Feb. 17, when “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore & Ryan Lewis featuring Wanz peaked with weekly sales of 412K copies. Will “Blurred Lines” also hold at #1 for the second week on the Hot 100? I’d say that’s a safe bet. But you’ll find out for sure out later today when we post Chart Watch: Songs.

Here’s the low-down on this week’s top 10 albums.

The Top Five: Black Sabbath’s 13 debuts at #1 (155K). It’s the band’s second top 10 album… Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories holds at #2 for the second week in its fourth week (48K). It has been in the top five the entire time… Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience rebounds from #9 to #3 in its 13th week (35K). It has been in the top 10 the entire time…Big Time Rush’s 24/Seven debuts at #4 (35K). It’s the group’s second top 10 album…Florida Georgia Line’s Here’s To The Good Times rebounds from #8 to #5 in its 28th week (33K). This is its fourth week in the top 10.

The Second Five: Darius Rucker’s True Believers dips from #5 to #6 in its fourth week (33K). The album has been in the top 10 the entire time…Blake Shelton’s Based On A True Story… drops from #4 to #7 in its 12th week (31K). This is its 10th week in the top 10…Goo Goo Dolls’ Magnetic debuts at #8 (29K). It’s the band’s fourth top 10 album…The Man Of Steel soundtrack debuts at #9 (29K)…The Lonely Island’s The Wack Album debuts at #10 (28K). It’s the trio’s second top 10 album.

Queens of the Stone Age’s …Like Clockwork drops from #1 to #15 in its second week. It’s the steepest fall from #1 since Chris Tomlin’s Burning Lights dove from #1 to #22 in January. Three other albums drop out of the top 10 this week. Sleeping With Sirens’ Feel drops from #3 to #34. Megadeth’s Super Collider drops from #6 to #39. Barenaked Ladies’ Grinning Streak dives from #10 to #40.

Chrisette Michele’s

Better debuts at #12. It’s her second top 15 album. Epiphany reached #1 in May 2009…Boards Of Canada’sTomorrow’s Harvest debuts at #13. It’s the first chart album by the Scottish electronic duo…Jimmy Eat World’sDamage debuts at #14. It’s the band’s fourth studio album in a row to make the top 15…Now Country 6 debuts at #16. It’s the fifth of the six Now Country volumes to reach the top 20.

Michael Buble’s To Be Loved drops from #18 to #25 in its eighth week. The album tops the 500K mark in sales this week. It’s the 13th album to cross that threshold so far this year.

Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band’s

2011 compilation Ultimate Hits: Rock And Roll Never Forgets vaults from #179 to #38 in its 60th week on the chart. The album, which debuted and peaked at #19, was a popular Father’s Day gift. The album jumps to #1 on Top Catalog Albums. This is its first appearance at #1 on that chart. Another Seger collection, Greatest Hits, spent five weeks atop the catalog chart from 2003 to 2007. “Rock And Roll Never Forgets” was a song on Seger’s 1976 album Night Moves.

The Kinky Boots original cast album drops from #116 to #128 in its third week. (It debuted and peaked at #51 two weeks ago.) The album returns to #1 on the Cast Albums chart, after being displaced last week by the cast album from the revival of Pippin (which drops off the chart this week). This was the first full week following the Tony Awards, which makes this an abysmal showing. It’s especially disappointing because Cyndi Lauper received a lot of publicity for becoming the first female to, all by herself, win a Tony for Best Original Score Written for the Theatre. The only other cast album on this week’s chart is Motown: The Musical, which falls from #108 to #172.

Paul McCartney & Wings’ Rockshow jumps from #48 to #1 on Top Music Videos. The video is titled after a Wings hit from 1975, “Venus And Mars Rock Show.”

Coming Attractions: Kanye West’s Yeezus will debut at #1 next week with first-week sales in the 360K range. J. Cole’s Born Sinner will be a surprisingly strong #2 (280K). Mac Miller’s Watching Movies With The Sound Off looks good for #3 (95K). Kelly Rowland’s Talk A Good Game will start around #4 (60K). Hunter Hayes’ Encore will probably show up around #9 (30K). Look for these below the top 10: Sigur Ros' Kveikur (#12, 24K), Falling In Reverse’s Fashionably Late (#16, 19K), Empire Of The Sun’s Ice On The Dune (15K) and Hanson’s Anthem (14K).