Black Sabbath Earns First-Ever No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

 

Almost 43 years after Black Sabbath debuted on the Billboard 200, the iconic rock band earns its first No. 1 album this week with the arrival of 13. The set starts at No. 1 with 155,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

13 is the band's 23rd chart entry, and first studio album with singer Ozzy Osbourne since 1978's Never Say Die! The new release is only the group's second top 10, following 1971's Master of Reality, which reached No. 8. Sabbath made its Billboard 200 debut the week of Aug. 29, 1970, with its self-titled album.

The launch of 13 with 155,000 is also easily the biggest sales week for the band since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991. Its previous best frame was when the live set Reunion bowed with 62,000 back in 1998 at No. 11.

Frontman Osbourne has yet to tally a solo No. 1 album, despite seven top 10 titles. He's gone as high as No. 3, with 2007's Black Rain. Black Sabbath's debut this week also beats Osbourne's best solo SoundScan-era sales frame, when his 2001 album Down to Earth bowed with 153,000 at No. 4.

While Sabbath's nearly 43-year wait for its first No. 1 is long, it's not the longest. Tony Bennett waited 54 years for his first No. 1: 2011's Duets II. The pop singer's first charting album was 1957's Tony, which debuted on the Feb. 23, 1957, list.

Last week's No. 1 album, Queens of the Stone Age's Like Clockwork, tumbles out of the top 10, falling to No. 15 with 24,000 (down 74%). It's the third title this year to debut at No. 1 and slip out of the top 10 in its second week, following Chris Tomlin's Burning Lights (1-21 on the Feb. 2 chart) and Paramore's self-titled album (1-11 on the May 4 chart).

No. 2 this week is Daft Punk's former No. 1 Random Access Memories, which holds in the runner-up slot for a second frame (48,000; down 22%). The set's cumulative sales surpass the half-million mark this week, as its total climbs to 543,000.

Thanks to Father's Day (June 16) sale pricing and promotion in the iTunes Store, Justin Timberlake's The 20/20 Experience is one of several albums experiencing a surge in sales this week. The album vaults 9-3 on the chart, selling 35,000 (up 31%). In terms of download sales, it moved 19,000 last week, a gain of 79%. The album was featured in an iTunes email blast sent to its customers last week and was discounted to $6.99.

Behind Timberlake is the debuting Big Time Rush, whose new album 24/Seven bows at No. 4 with 35,000. That's far less than the 70,000 that greeted the vocal quartet's last full-length set, 2011's Elevate (which debuted at No. 12).

Florida Georgia Line's Here's to the Good Times also benefits from Father's Day gifting and a temporary price cut at digital retailers, as it rises to a new peak of No. 5 (up from No. 8) with 33,000 (up 20%).

Darius Rucker's True Believers slips 5-6 with nearly 33,000 (down 3%) while Blake Shelton's Based on a True Story . . . falls 4-7 with 31,000 (down 15%).

Goo Goo Dolls notch their fourth top 10 album as "Magnetic" enters at No. 8 with 29,000. The rock trio's last studio set, 2010's "Something for the Rest of Us," debuted and peaked at No. 7 with 34,000 sold in its first week. It previously hit the top 10 with 2006's "Let Love In" (No. 9) and 2002's "Gutterflower" (No. 4).

Two more debuts round out the top 10: the "Man of Steel" film soundtrack at No. 9 (29,000) and the Lonely Island's third release, "The Wack Album," at No. 10 (28,000).

The Man of Steel album, by composer Hans Zimmer, is the highest-charting non-vocal score soundtrack since almost a year ago: Zimmer's own Dark Knight Rises debuted and peaked at No. 8 on the Aug. 4, 2012, chart.

As for the Lonely Island, its latest set is off to a slower start than its last effort, 2011's Turtleneck & Chain, which launched at No. 3 with 68,000. The comedy troupe's first album, 2009's Incredibad, debuted and peaked at No. 13 with a 48,000 start.

Over on the Digital Songs chart, Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines", featuring T.I. and Pharrell, nets the best sales week for any song in nearly four months. "Blurred Lines", which holds at No. 1, sold 371,000 downloads last week (up 18%). It’s the largest sales week for a song since the March 2 chart, when Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' Thrift Shop, featuring Wanz, moved 412,000.

Imagine Dragons' "Radioactive flies 5-2 with 208,000 (up 8%), Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise" slips 2-3 with 205,000 (down 9%), and Daft Punk's "Get Lucky," featuring Pharrell Williams, holds at No. 4 with 195,000 (up 1%).

Macklemore & Ryan Lewis' "Can't Hold Us," featuring Ray Dalton, rises 6-5 with 158,000 (down 9%), and Blake Shelton's "Boys 'Round Here," featuring Pistol Annies and Friends, jumps 11-6 with 136,000 (up 10%).

Avril Lavigne's "Here's to Never Growing Up" sees a massive 72% sales increase as it climbs 23-7 with 131,000 sold, its best sales week yet. The sales surge follows sale pricing in the iTunes Store for the cut, where its price dropped from $1.29 to 69 cents. As of Tuesday night (June 18), it was the only song among iTunes' 40 best-selling songs priced for less than $1.29.
Also helping the cause for “Never”: Lavigne tweeted a link to purchase the discounted song on June 14, and she performed on TV twice during the tracking week, on Live With Kelly & Michael (June 14) and the MuchMusic Video Awards (June 16).

Closing out the top 10 on the Digital Songs chart are Selena Gomez's "Come and Get It" (7-8 with 129,000; down 16%); P!nk's "Just Give Me a Reason," featuring Nate Ruess (8-9 with 118,000; down 11%); and Fall Out Boy's "My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark" (18-10 with nearly 118,000; up 26%). The band performed the latter track on NBC's "The Voice" last week (June 11).

Overall album sales in this past chart week (ending June 16) totaled 5.3 million units, up 8% compared with the sum last week (4.9 million) and down 10% compared with the comparable sales week of 2012 (5.8 million). Year-to-date album sales stand at 131.5 million, down 5% compared with the same total at this point last year (138.8 million).
    
Digital track sales this past week totaled 25.6 million downloads, up 3% compared with last week (24.9 million) and up 1% stacked next to the comparable week of 2012 (25.4 million). Year-to-date track sales are at 630.5 million, down 3% compared with the same total at this point last year (647.6 million).

Next week's Billboard 200 competes with the same week in 2012 when: Justin Bieber's Believe bowed at No. 1 with 374,000 sold and Kenny Chesney's Welcome to the Fishbowl entered at No. 2 with 193,000.

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