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Black Sabbath #1 in the UK, and Ozzy can't remember the 90's.

by Otto Man

"13", the first BLACK SABBATH record in 35 years to feature singer Ozzy Osbourne, has entered the official U.K. chart at position No. 1. The CD sold 13,000 copies more than the No. 2 entry, "BE" by Liam Gallagher's BEADY EYE. The last time SABBATH topped the chart in the U.K. was nearly 43 years ago — in October 1970 — with the band's second LP, "Paranoid", setting a new UK chart record for the longest gap between number one albums, overtaking ROD STEWART who set a similar record last month. Meanwhile the album also entered the official Australian Recording Industry Association chart at position number 4, marking Sabbath’s first Australian Top Ten album since "Sabbath Bloody Sabbath" back in 1974. "13" is likely to sell between 120,000 and 130,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double, likely enough for it to land at number 1 in the US as well. Osbourne told OfficialCharts.com: "I'm in shock! The success of this album has blown me off my feet. We've never had a record climb the charts so fast!" Ozzy also added the band would "probably" release another album but stopped short of saying that it was a sure thing. More and more and more and more and more and more and more  and more and more  

Meanwhile Reuters spoke to Osbourne and bassist Geezer Butler about the album. Asked about the best thing about getting back together with Sabbath was, Ozzy said:

"The best thing is that we are still f***ing all alive to be in a band. I don't know about the rest of the guys, [but] I certainly had a good go at trying to kill myself with the alcohol and booze for all the years.  I kind of missed the '90s, you know? I must have been in a cocaine haze, because I can't remember the '90s at all. We've all come out the other side, the other end. It is good to be back sober and clean [even though I have had] a hiccup now and again along the way.”

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Osbourne also spoke with Triple M's Lee Simon ahead of the band's recent Australian tour. More