Black Sabbath top British album chart again: after 43 years

LONDON Sun Jun 16, 2013 2:03pm EDT

Black Sabbath lead singer Ozzy Osborne attends a news conference with the other original members of the band to announce the reunion of the rock group at the Whiskey A Go Go, the club where the band first performed 41 years ago, in Los Angeles, California November 11, 2011. REUTERS/David McNew

Black Sabbath lead singer Ozzy Osborne attends a news conference with the other original members of the band to announce the reunion of the rock group at the Whiskey A Go Go, the club where the band first performed 41 years ago, in Los Angeles, California November 11, 2011.

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LONDON (Reuters) - The British rock band Black Sabbath's album "13!" has given them a first British Number One album in nearly 43 years, a record interval between chart-toppers, the Official Charts Company said on Sunday.

Black Sabbath were last at the top of the UK chart with their second album, "Paranoid".

"I'm in shock!" Black Sabbath front man Ozzy Osbourne told the Official Charts Company. "The success of this album has blown me off my feet. We've never had a record climb the charts so fast."

The band saw off competition from Liam Gallagher's band Beady Eye, in second place with "BE".

In the singles chart, American R&B singer Robin Thicke made it three weeks on top with "Blurred Lines".

The song, featuring rapper TI and Pharrell Williams, has sold over 580,000 copies, making it the fifth-best selling single of 2013.

"La La La" by the British rapper Naughty Boy, featuring singer Sam Smith, remained in the number two spot.

(Reporting by Costas Pitas; Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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