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Ozzy Osbourne Discusses the Success of "13"
By: Gary Graff

The excitement over Black Sabbath's return was capped this week when "13," the group's first album with Ozzy Osbourne singing in 35 years, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 155,000 copies.

It's the group's first No. 1 album in the U.S. ever, and Osbourne tells us that he's been overwhelmed by the support for the project:

"I am blown away... I've said in the press before, 'Never Say Die!' was my last album and I wouldn't have rested good in my grave if that had been the last Black Sabbath album. It wasn't a nice time. So if for whatever reason we never do another thing together, I'm really happy with this album 'cause it`s rounded it off real nice, and it's a good album."

"13" also debuted at No. 1 on the U.K. charts this week, setting a world record for a 43-year gap between chart-topping releases (1970's "Paranoid" was Sabbath's last No. 1 in its homeland).

Black Sabbath begins a North American tour on July 25 in Houston. After it wraps up Sept. 3 in Los Angeles, the group heads to South America during October for dates with Megadeth, then starts a European run on Nov. 20 in Finland that finishes with a pair of shows Dec. 20 and 22 in the group's home town of Birmingham, England.

A "special multi-media event" to continue promoting the album is rumored to be coming this fall, but no details have yet been revealed.

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