13 is proving to be a lucky number for reunited hard rock icons Black Sabbath. The (once again) Ozzy Osbourne-led doomsayers will score their first-ever #1 Billboard 200 album chart debut next week when the first effort from (most of) the original members in 35 years takes the top spot thanks to sales of nearly 155,000, according to figures provided by Nielsen SoundScan. It is also only the second time the band has debuted in the top 10 in its 40-plus year career.
They weren’t alone in crashing the top five, as Big Time Rush scooted in at #4 with their third effort, 24/Seven (35,000), veteran pop rockers Goo Goo Dolls hit #8 with Magnetic (29,000) and Andy Samberg-led joke pop trio Lonely Island slid in at #10 with The Wack Album (28,000).
Elsewhere in the top 10: Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories held steady at #2 (48,000) as it passed the half-million mark, Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience was up six spots to #3 (35,000) thanks to a Father’s Day iTunes discount sale and country duo Florida Georgia Line continued their march up the charts with Here’s To The Good Times, which scooted up three to #5 on sales of 33,000.
Further down the line, Queens of the Stone Age took a 74 percent tumble in week two with … Like Clockwork, which fell 14 spots to #15 (24,000).
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On the Billboard Digital Songs chart, Robin Thicke’s surging hit, “Blurred Lines,” puts up its best sales week in four months with 371,000 downloads. Imagine Dragons’ “Radioactive” was up three spots to #2 (208,000), Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” held steady at #4 (195,000) and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Can’t Hold Us” was up a spot to #5 (158,000).
The biggest mover was Avril Lavigne’s “Here’s to Never Growing Up,” which shot up 72 percent and 16 spots to #7 on sales of 131,000 thanks to a big iTunes discount sale, followed by a one spot drop for Selena Gomez’ “Come & Get It” (#8, 129,000) and eight spot leap for Fall Out Boy’s “My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark (Light ‘Em Up),” which shifted 118,000 copies after their appearance on “The Voice” last week.