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Black Sabbath #1 in the USA, and Ozzy comments on "drummer drama"

by Otto Man

Billboard.com is reporting "13", the first BLACK SABBATH record in 35 years to feature singer Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler, sold 155,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 1 on The Billboard 200 chart. According to Billboard.com, "13" is BLACK SABBATH's second top 10, following 1971's "Master Of Reality", which reached No. 8. SABBATH's previous best chart showing of the SoundScan era came when the live set "Reunion" bowed with 62,000 back in 1998 at No. 11. Said Ozzy: "There have been so many amazing highlights in our long career, to finally have our first number 1 album in the U.S. is another incredible milestone for BLACK SABBATH. Thank you to all of our fans for their support and loyalty."

"The news is absolutely amazing — we couldn't have imagined this would happen," says Tony Iommi. "We have the greatest fans."

Geezer Butler says, "I'm absolutely stunned. Thank you all worldwide for being the best, and most patient, fans ever."

Last week's No. 1 album, Queens of the Stone Age's "...Like Clockwork," tumbles out of the top 10, as it falls to No. 15

"Everblack", Michigan's THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER, sold 13,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 32

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Meanwhile in other Sabbath news: Ozzy told NME.com he hopes the band will patch up its differences with prodigal son drummer Bill Ward, who sat out this album over contractual issues. Rage Against the Machine's Brad Wilk filled in. Said Ozzy: "It's a strong possibility. We would have loved to have Bill on this album. Maybe we can work things out by the next one." And also added he regreted doing “the Osbounes” TV show. More and more and more

OSBOURNE also said he was "Pissed Off" over the drummer drama with the album while talking with Billboard.com More and more

As for Wilk he spoke with “In the Studio about the experience playing for Sabbath.