Black Sabbath make UK chart history with first Number One album in nearly 43 years

Meanwhile, Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' remains Official UK Number One Single

Black Sabbath have made Official UK Album Chart history with their first Number One in nearly 43 years.

The Birmingham metallers new album,’13’, entered the Official UK Album Chart at the top, beating close runner Beady Eye‘s ‘Be’ (cover art below), which entered at Number Two, by just over 13,000 copies. The last time Black Sabbath were Number One in the UK was 42 years and eight months ago in October 1970, with their second album ‘Paranoid’.

The band now hold the record for the biggest gap between Number One albums. The record was previously held by Bob Dylan who managed 38 years between 1970’s ‘New Morning’ and 2009’s ‘Together Through Life’, while Rod Stewart held the British record with 37 years between 1976’s ‘A Night On The Town’ and his current album ‘Time’, reports the Official Charts Company.


On beating Rod Stewart’s chart record, Ozzy Osbourne said: “It’s great! But 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.”

Rod Stewart remains in the Official UK Album Chart Top 5 with ‘Time’ at Number Three, Daft Punk‘s ‘Random Access Memories’ is at Number Four and ‘Settle’ by Disclosure drops four places to Number Five.

Elsewhere, Scottish duo Boards Of Canada have bagged their first ever Official Top 10 hit with their new album ‘Tomorrow’s Harvest’. Status Quo enter at Number 10 with ‘Bula Quo’, and Jimmy Ear World score their fourth Top 40 with Damage at Number 38.

In the Official UK Singles Chart, Robin Thicke remains at Number One for a third consecutive week with ‘Blurred Lines’. The track, which features Pharrell, is the fifth biggest-selling single of the year so far and has sold a total of 583,000 copies.

Naughty Boy’s ‘La La La’ is at Number Two, Passenger’s ‘Let Her Go’ is up one spot to Number Three and Daft Punk’s ‘Get Lucky’ is at Number Four. ‘Dear Darlin’ by Olly Murs completes this week’s Top 5.


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