Black Sabbath's new album 13, the first in 35 years to feature singer Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler all playing together, sold 155,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week of release to land at Number One on the Billboard 200 album chart, giving the legendary heavy metal group its first chart-topper ever in America. The record entered the U.K chart at Number One last Sunday (June 16th), making it the first Sabbath album to do so since 1970's Paranoid.
Iommi, who continues cancer treatments after being diagnosed in January 2012, said, "The news is absolutely amazing -- we couldn't have imagined this would happen. We have the greatest fans."
Ozzy chimed in, "To finally have our first Number One album in the U.S. is another incredible milestone for Black Sabbath. Thank you to all of our fans for their support and loyalty."
Butler added, "I'm absolutely stunned. Thank you all worldwide for being the best, and most patient, fans ever."
Ozzy stated, after two previous attempts in 1998 and 2001, a Sabbath reunion album finally happened: "It was kind of like a case of now or never, because we attempted it on a couple of occasions before and it fell to pieces for one reason or another. But we knew this was probably our last attempt at doing a reunion album. We had a mission on this album and for whatever reason it worked out great, you know."