Black Sabbath’s '13' Tops U.S. Album

Metal band moves 155,000 copies in debut week

Defying the unlucky connotations of its title, Black Sabbath’s “13” has become the metal godfathers’ first U.S. No. 1 album.

The Universal Republic title scaled the apex of the chart with a 155,000-copy debut week, according to Nielsen SoundScan data for the week ending June 16. It is the highest-charting album by the veteran band since its 1971 album “Master of Reality,” its only other top 10 album, which peaked at No. 8.

Set is the first recording to feature founding singer Ozzy Osbourne, guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler since the 1998 live album “Reunion,” which was cut with original drummer Bill Ward (who sat out the current album). The lineup’s last studio set was 1978’s “Never Say Die!”

Dance duo Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” (Columbia) held steady at No. 2 with a 48,000-unit frame (off 22%), while Justin Timberlake’s “The 20/20 Experience” (RCA) received a promotional bump and moved up six slots to No. 3 with sales of 35,000 (up 31%).

Besides “13,” the other winning numbers on the chart were “24/Seven,” as cable web Nickelodeon’s boy band Big Time Rush dropped in at No. 4 with their third Columbia studio album. Tracking 35,000, the quartet was off the pace of its 2010 debut “BTR,” which entered at No. 3.

Country holdovers filled up the center of the top 10: Florida Georgia Line’s “Here’s to the Good Times” (No. 5, 33,000 sold, up 20%), Darius Rucker’s “True Believers (No. 6, nearly 33,000, off 3%) and Blake Shelton’s “Based On a True Story” (No. 7, 31,000, down 15%).

The New York rock band Goo Goo Dolls reappeared in the top 10 with their 10th studio album, “Magnetic” (Warner Bros.), which arrived at No. 8, shifting 29,000. It is the Buffalo group’s fourth consecutive top 10 album, succeeding “Gutterflower” (No. 4, 2002), “Let Love In” (No. 9, 2006) and “Something For the Rest of Us” (No. 7, 2010).

Composer Hans Zimmer reaped another top 10 album with the music for the latest comic book-driven movie blockbuster, as his “Man of Steel” score (Watertower) touched down at No. 9, less than 200 units behind “Magnetic.” Last July, Zimmer’s “The Dark Knight Rises” swooped in at No. 8 with a 33,000-unit bow.

Wrapping the top 10 were “Saturday Night Live” comics the Lonely Island, whose “The Wack Album” (Universal Republic) captured No. 10, moving 28,000. That tally was far off the 68,000 units that launched “Turtleneck and Chain” to No. 3 two years ago.

Next week should be a big week for rap on the chart, with new titles by Kanye West, J. Cole and Mac Miller – all of whom have delivered No. 1 albums in the past — primed for large debuts.

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