Kelly Osbourne Living It Up On The Road
Kelly Osbourne has no problem touring, considering the millions of miles she's logged following her heavy metal father Ozzy around the world. But this time out, things are different for the 18-year-olKelly Osbourne has no problem touring, considering the millions of miles she's logged following her heavy metal father Ozzy around the world. But this time out, things are different for the 18-year-old singer, who is in the midst of her first ever club tour as a recording artist in support of her Epic debut, "Shut Up." Osbourne tells Billboard.com that while she does get nervous about three seconds before she goes on stage, she is having a blast with the experience.
"It's very weird to see a 50-year-old man singing your songs at you," says Osbourne. "My audience is so diverse, I can't believe it. It goes from little tiny kids to like 50 or 60-year-old men."
You can call her bratty, you can call her sassy, but you can't call Osbourne ignorant of the events that lea to her becoming a celebrity and a recording artist -- MTV's reality show "The Osbournes". Interestingly, she says the person to blame for her following in her papa's footsteps is her older sister, and non-participant of the reality show, Aimee.
"It was my sister's idea for me to start singing," says Osbourne. "Actually, it was her fault that I started to sing because she was suppose to sing one of her songs on the 'Osbourne Family Album,' for the soundtrack to the show, and then she was like 'I don't want to do it, I don't want to be affiliated with 'The Osbournes.' Bleh.' So, to get herself out of doing it, she said 'Why can't Kelly do it?' And they said, 'Fine, she'll do it.' And then I did it and it kind of took off from there."
The result was Osbourne's punked-up cover of the Madonna classic "Papa Don't Preach," which was a top-10 hit around the world last summer. Soon after its release, Osbourne entered a New York studio with producer Ric Wake (Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey), where she co-wrote the material for "Shut Up." Amazingly, this was her first time ever writing. Just like her father, Osbourne doesn't play an instrument, so much of the songwriting involved her humming a melody line and writing the lyrics.
As for material, Osbourne didn't have to look far. There were plenty of songwriting ideas available detailing the life of a teenage reality TV star, which also in turn became fodder for rumor mongering. "It's very hard because I have enough problems with the s*** that is true, let alone the stuff that isn't true," says Osbourne. "When they make stuff up, it just makes it that much harder." The latest false rumor concerns Osbourne being cast in Boy George's new musical "Taboo," something about which she says she wasn't even contacted.
For now, Osbourne is focused on her current tour and one-hour set that features material from "Shut Up" (including latest single "Dig Me Out"), the Madonna cover, and her version of Corey Hart's 1980s favorite "Sunglasses at Night." A new track (currently being called "The Break-Up Song"), was written after a split with Bert McCracken, lead singer of the Used.
Once her current outing is finished, Osbourne will head to Australia and Japan for a few dates before returning stateside for an opening slot on Robbie Williams' summer tour. Osbourne has plans to play the U.K.'s Reading and Leeds festivals in August.