The English rock band known as Black Sabbath was founded in 1968 by Ozzy Osbourne and three other musicians. As one of the earliest successful metal rock bands, Black Sabbath began with a heavier blues sound until a darker sound emerged in the band’s earliest years. After performing around the local area for about a year, Black Sabbath caught the attention of Philips Records and signed with the label in 1969. The song “Evil Woman” was among the earliest to be released, and although it didn’t fare as well as the band and label had hoped, they put all their focus into a strong album debut. Black Sabbath released its self-titled debut album in 1970, and it immediately rose into the top ten on the UK charts, then into the top twenty on the US charts. Eventually the album reached platinum status and set the stage for the band’s sophomore effort Paranoid, which was released later the same year to equally successful results. Black Sabbath now continues to perform with the lineup of Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, and Geezer Butler. The band has so far in its career sold more than seventy million records and is ranked by Rolling Stone as among the Greatest Artists of All Time. Recently, Black Sabbath announced plans for an upcoming tour in 2014, and future album releases in the coming years as well.