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Black Sabbath back at number one with 13

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Jun 16, 2013 | 3:53pm EDT

Ozzy Osbourne and his Black Sabbath bandmates are back at the top of the U.K. albums chart for the first time in nearly 43 years. The heavy rockers' long-awaited comeback project, 13, beats Beady Eye's BE to take the coveted title, with just 13,000 copies between them. It's Black Sabbath's first U.K. chart-topper since Paranoid hit the top spot in October, 1970 - 42 years and eight months ago - earning them the record for the longest gap between number one records. Bob Dylan previously held the honour with 38 years after 2009's Together Through Life scored him his first chart-topper since 1970s' New Morning. Reacting to the good news, Osbourne says, "I'm in shock! The success of this album has blown me off my feet." The singer will be hoping to earn a TransAtlantic double when 13's chart position on America's Billboard countdown is announced next week (begs17Jun13). Meanwhile, R&B star Robin Thicke continues to dominate the U.K. singles chart with Blurred Lines - the collaboration with rapper T.I. and superproducer Pharrell Williams enjoys its third consecutive week at one. Naughty Boy's La La La remains at two and Let Her Go by Passenger climbs up one to three.

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