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Black Sabbath return to top of album charts after 43 years

20130516-blacksabbath-x306-1368738004Black Sabbath have topped the U.K. albums chart for the first time in nearly 43 years.The heavy metal band have set a UK chart record for the longest gap between No 1 albums, overtaking Rod Stewart who set a similar record last month. The band’s latest, 13, entered the Official U.K. Albums Chart in the top spot, 42 years and eight months after their second album, Paranoid, reached Number One in 1970.

Frontman Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler – along with drummer Brad Wilk – beat Liam Gallagher’s Beady Eye to the top spot with their long-gestating album, 13. The current album, which reunites three of the four original band members, has taken more than two years to write and record. The previous record holder for the longest chart topper gap was Rod Stewart with a total of 37 years. Lead singer Ozzy Osbourne said it was great to have beaten Stewart but added: “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.”

“13” dropped on June 11 via Vertigo/Universal Records as the nineteenth Sabbath record and the first one to feature Ozzy handling the vocal duties since 1978’s “Never Say Die.” The new Black Sabbath album reunites original band members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler for the first time in 35 years.The band managed to complete the album despite guitarist Iommi being treated for cancer during its recording.