On The Charts: Black Sabbath Scores First No. 1 Album

They’ve been number one in the minds of metal fans for decades, but Black Sabbath have just topped the Billboard 200 album chart for the first time.

The Rick Rubin-produced 13 marks their first studio album with original frontman Ozzy Osbourne since 1978’s Never Say Die!. Though some fans have been put off by the absence of original drummer Bill Ward (who declined to be part of the reunion due to contractual disagreements, his place taken by former Rage Against The Machine/Audioslave drummer Brad Wilk), clearly the anticipation of a new Sabbath album with their original frontman made up for Ward’s absence with many fans. The record moved nearly 155,000 copies in its first week, according to data from Nielsen SoundScan (via Billboard).

Last week’s No. 1 —  Sabbath disciples Queens Of The Stone Age‘s …Like Clockwork — fell from the top spot to No. 15, selling nearly 24,000 more copies for a grand total of nearly 115,000 in two weeks.

A former No. 1 albumDaft Punk‘s Random Access Memories — held onto the No. 2 spot for the second week in a row, moving 48,000 copies for a grand total of 542,000 sold, securing the band a gold certification in just one month.

Nickelodeon-created boy-band Big Time Rush sold nearly 35,000 copies of their third album, 24/Seven, debuting at No. 4.  The Goo Goo Dolls returned with their tenth album, Magnetic, which sold 28,818, earning them a No. 8 debut.

The Superman reboot, Man Of Steel, dominated at the box office this weekend, and the original score, composed by Hans Zimmer, did quite well also, selling 28,652 — just a few less than the Goo Goo Dolls — to enter the charts at No. 9.  

The Lonely Island’s poor grammar (as evidenced on their song “Semicolon”) hasn’t hurt their chart performance too much; their Wack Album debuts at No. 10.

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