May 8, 2003

Ozzy Osbourne is to leave the Sony record label after 23 years.

The former BLACK SABBATH frontman decided to quit after the departure of the company's controversial boss, Tommy Mottola, in January.

"It's an opportunity to start fresh," Sharon Osbourne, who manages her husband's career, told People magazine.

"No one's done anything wrong," she continued. "After all this time you get used to each other, so it's no longer exciting when a new album is turned in. We want that excitement back."

As previously reported, Ozzy's daughter, Kelly Osbourne, is believed to have been dropped by Sony subsidiary Epic Records after her debut album "Shut Up", sold fewer than 150,000 copies.

The Osbourne family became the focus of media attention following the global success of their fly-on-the-wall TV show about their everyday life.

But the show has had its pressures: Osbourne's teenage son Jack recently checked himself into a rehabilitation clinic after admitting alcohol and drug problems.

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