OZZY OSBOURNE: 'Scream' First-Week Sales Projected To Be Less Than Half Those Of 'Black Rain'

June 23, 2010

According to Hits Daily Double, the companion web site of music industry tip sheet HITS, OZZY OSBOURNE's new album, "Scream", is on track — based on one-day sales reports — to sell between 65,000 and 70,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release.

Osbourne's last album, "Black Rain", opened with 152,000 units back in May 2007 to debut at No. 3 on The Billboard 200 chart. That number was in line with the 153,000 first-week tally registered by 2001's "Down to Earth", which entered the Billboard chart at No. 4.

Like "Black Rain", "Scream" was mostly recorded at Ozzy's own home studio. The Pulse of Radio asked Osbourne if he prefers working on his music at home these days. "I don't know if it's a good thing or a bad thing, because in one respect you go, 'If only I had more time to do an album, maybe I could do a better album,'" he said. "But then if you've got unlimited time, the urgency's not there. At the end of the day the end result was pretty cool, but I don't know whether I want to continue to do it that way. I'd like to jam out with the band and get some, like, vibe going, you know. I want to incorporate that and this new technology thing."

Ozzy played a secret "intimate" show at the House of Blues in Hollywood on Sunday night (June 20) to promote the arrival of the new disc.

He'll begin touring behind the album this August with a six-date Ozzfest run, before launching a headlining trek later in the year. He'll also play at the Sturgis Bike Rally in Sturgis, South Dakota on August 12, along with KID ROCK, BUCKCHERRY, GODSMACK and others.

Ozzy Osbourne has unleashed the music video for "Let Me Hear You Scream", the first single from "Scream". Both the record and clip arrived on Tuesday (June 22),with the song also topping this week's rock radio chart. The Pulse of Radio asked Ozzy what inspired "Let Me Hear You Scream". "It's about the fight for life, you know," he said. "I'm beaten up and I'm bruised, but you can't hold me down 'cause I ain't gonna go anywhere, you know. On the last album it was 'I Don't Wanna Stop', you know. People have said to me, 'Ozzy, you're in your early 60s now, when do you think about retirement?' I don't know. I mean, I'm going on the tour in a couple of months or so. I don't know what's gonna happen, so it's like, right here, right now, I'm okay, you know."

"Scream" introduces Ozzy's new guitarist from Greece, Gus G.

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