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Ozzy Osbourne Rules Top Rock Albums for First Time in Nearly a Decade

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Ozzy Osbourne of Black Sabbath performs during night one of Ozzfest meets Knotfest at San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino, Calif.

"Ordinary Man" debuts at No. 1 on both Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums.

Ozzy Osbourne dominates Billboard's Top Rock Albums and Hard Rock Albums charts for the first time as a soloist since 2010, leading both lists dated March 7 with his first album in a decade, Ordinary Man.

The set starts with 77,000 equivalent album units earned in its first week, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

Osbourne last ruled both tallies on his own with Scream, which led Hard Rock Albums for two weeks and Top Rock Albums for one in July 2010. In between, he visited the top spot on both charts as the lead singer on Black Sabbath's 13, which led in June-July 2013.

On the all-format Billboard 200, Ordinary Man starts at No. 3. Osbourne's 23rd appearance on the chart as a soloist is his highest-ranking since Black Rain also debuted and peaked at No. 3 in June 2007.

Concurrently, four songs from the new album dot the streaming-, airplay- and sales-based Hot Rock Songs chart, paced by lead single "Under the Graveyard," which becomes Osbourne's best-charting song to-date on the tally, as it zooms 28-3. "It's a Raid," featuring Post Malone, represents the highest debut from the set, bowing at No. 5. It's followed by "Ordinary Man," featuring Elton John (No. 9), and "Straight to Hell" (No. 15). (John, meanwhile, also places in the top five of the Dance Club Songs chart: "(I'm Gonna) Love Me Again" holds at No. 3, marking his highest rank since 2004.)

Osbourne's "Graveyard" spent six weeks atop the Mainstream Rock Songs airplay chart beginning in December. "Hell" hit No. 16 and "Ordinary Man" bounds 34-25 in its second week.


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