Saturday, January 25, 2014

Classic Black Sabbath albums return to US charts

A pair of classic Black Sabbath albums have returned to the US Billboard 200 chart following the launch of the band’s 1970s catalog on iTunes on January 14.

Billboard reports the group’s 1970 debut, “Black Sabbath”, re-entered the chart at No. 184 with sales of 2,000 (an increase of 229% from the week before), while “Paranoid” re-charted at No. 121 with sales of 3,000 copies (up 183% from the week prior).

Rremastered specifically for iTunes, Black Sabbath’s classic era includes 8 studio albums – from 1970s’ self-titled debut to 1978’s “Never Say Die!”, individually and as a bundle (“The Complete Studio Albums 1970-1978”), the 1976 compilation “We Sold Our Soul For Rock ‘N’ Roll”, and 2006’s “Greatest Hits 1970-1978”, which was released in connection with their induction into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

“It’s about f**king time the first eight Black Sabbath albums were made available on iTunes in the U.S.,” said Ozzy Osbourne.

“Great news,” added guitarist Tony Iommi, “been a long time trying to explain to fans why the music wasn’t available.”

The Black Sabbath releases are available via the iTunes link below.

The band will kick off their 2014 live dates in support of their latest album, “13”, with a series of North American dates starting March 31 in New York.

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