Saturday, September 14, 2013

Black Sabbath: 13

"It took four decades, but Black Sabbath, the British rock band that arguably spawned the entire heavy metal genre, finally earned a No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart this week with its latest release, '13,' which sold 155,000 copies, Billboard reported on Wednesday. Released on Vertigo, '13' is the group’s first set of new songs with most of its original lineup — the singer Ozzy Osbourne, the guitarist Tony Iommi and the bassist Geezer Butler — since the 1978 album 'Never Say Die!' (The original drummer, Bill Ward, is not involved because of contract disputes.) The group’s only other Top 10 album was 1971’s 'Master of Reality,' which rose to No. 8. The heavy metal masters pulled off a similar feat in Britain last week, notching their first No. 1 album on the British album chart in 42 years. Its last No. 1 album there was 1970's 'Paranoid'" (James C. McKinley Jr., "Black Sabbath Earns Its First No. 1," New York Times, 6/19/13).

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