Iconic English rock band Black Sabbath is about to reach a new record – its first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart. The band’s latest album ’13’, released on June 11, 2013, is most likely going to sell over 120,000 copies by Sunday, June 16, 2013, the date that marks the end of the tracking week.

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This prediction will be confirmed on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, when the latest Billboard 200 chart’s top 10 will be announced. The ‘End of the Beginning’ musicians’ projected sales number should be more than sufficient to surpass other new releases during the week, even with potential challenges such as Daft Punk’s ‘Random Access Memories’.

The new album ’13’ represents the band’s first studio album with superstar Ozzy Osbourne since ‘Never Say Die!’, released back in 1978. During the Black Sabbath’s long presence on the music scene, the band actually had only one top 10 album, ‘Master of Reality’ released in 1971, which reached No. 8 on the chart.

Osbourne had more success as a solo artist, as his latest release, 2010’s ‘Scream’, reached No. 4 on the chart, selling 81,000 units in the first week. On the other hand, his last release with the band, 1998’s live set ‘Reunion’, peaked at No. 11, selling 62,000 units in its first week.

With the biggest success of their career about to happen, looks like Black Sabbath members Ozzy Osbourne, Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler still have what it takes.

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