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Black Sabbath Snare First No. 1 UK Album in 42 Years

The reunited Black Sabbath have established a new U.K. chart record for the longest gap between No. 1 albums.

The reunited Black Sabbath have established a new U.K. chart record for the longest gap between No. 1 albums. Their new set “13” (Vertigo/Universal) debuted at the summit yesterday (Sunday), 42 years and eight months after their second album “Paranoid” hit the peak, thus breaking Bob Dylan’s record of 38 years between “New Morning” in 1970 and “Together Through Life” in 2009.

Singles-wise, Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” (Interscope/Universal), featuring T.I. and Pharrell Williams, soared past half a million U.K. sales, starting a third week at No. 1 with total sales of 583,000.

Black Sabbath Soaring to First No. 1 on Billboard 200

Sabbath’s new album extends their overall U.K. chart span to 43 years and three months, since their self-titled debut charted in March 1970, reaching No. 8. They were last in the chart last June, when the “Iron Man” best-of reached No. 27; their last top ten album was 1983’s “Born Again.”

Liam Gallagher’s band Beady Eye debuted 13,000 sales behind Sabbath at No. 2 with “Be” (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment). That follows the No. 3 peak of their 2011 debut “Different Gear, Still Speeding.” Rod Stewart’s “Time” (Capitol/Decca/Universal) spent a fifth week in the top five, moving 4-3 to change places with Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories” (Columbia/Sony). Last week’s new entry at No. 1, “Settle” (PMR) by British electronic act Disclosure, fell to No. 5. 

Prominent BBC TV broadcast slots last week helped albums by Agnetha Fältskog and the Eagles. The former Abba member’s “A” (Polydor/Universal) was boosted by BBC1’s “Agnetha: Abba & After” documentary, which aired June 11, climbing back 43-6. BBC2’s airing of the two-part “History of the Eagles” film, June 8 and 9, helped send their “The Complete Greatest Hits” (Rhino/Warner Music) up 61-9. 

Scottish duo Boards of Canada got their first top ten album as “Tomorrow’s Harvest” (Warp) entered at No. 7 and British rock survivors Status Quo’s soundtrack to their “Bula Quo” feature film (Fourth Chord) opened at No. 10, 40 years after their U.K. album chart debut with “Piledriver.” They’d already been having hit singles for five years by then. The new release is their 22nd top ten album in their home country. 

The new album chart also contained a top 20 entry for K.T. Tunstall’s critically acclaimed new release “Invisible Empire/Crescent Moon” (Virgin/Universal) at No. 14 and a re-entry around his current U.K. tour for “The Essential Bruce Springsteen” (Sony Music) at No. 15. Entering atop the compilation chart was “Eddie Stobart – Trucking Songs” (Sony Music CG), a collection of rock favorites released under the banner of the U.K. trucking company for the Father’s Day market. 

The Robin Thicke single sold another mighty 191,000 copies last week to reach its 593,000 running tally, and has already become the fifth-bestselling single of 2013, according to the Official Charts Company. 

A relatively quiet top end of the singles chart saw the former No. 1 “La La La” (Virgin/Universal) by Naughty Boy featuring Sam Smith hold at No. 2 again, with Passenger’s “Let Her Go” (Nettwerk) up 4-3 as Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky,” featuring Pharrell Williams, dipped 3-4. Olly Murs held at No.5 with “Dear Darlin’” (Epic/Sony).

Jessie J’s “Wild” (Lava/Universal Republic), featuring Big Sean and Dizzie Rascal, which debuted two weeks ago at No. 5, moved back 8-6, while Taylor Swift and Ed Sheeran’s performance of their Mercury/Universal collaboration “Everything Has Changed” on the final of ITV’s “Britain’s Got Talent” helped it soar 53-7. 

Another TV-created hit, “The Voice” contestant Leah McFall’s cover of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” (UMTV/Universal), climbed 16-8. London rapper Wiley notched the fourth top ten hit from his “The Ascent” album with “Lights On” (One More Tune/Warner Bros./Warner Music), featuring Angel and Tinchy Stryder, which made its top 75 debut at No. 9.