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.
13 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.)