SHARON OSBOURNE Denies KELLY Was Dropped Due To Low Record Sales

May 10, 2003

Sharon Osbourne has refuted press reports that Kelly Osbourne was dropped by Epic Records after her debut album, "Shut Up", sold fewer than 150,000 copies. According to the family's spokesperson, Sharon and Sony (Epic's parent company) mutually agreed that Kelly would jump ship after Tommy Mottola stepped down as Sony boss in January. It was Mottola who signed Kelly in 2002.

As previously reported, both Ozzy and Kelly Osbourne are amicably leaving Epic Records and will soon be free to seek a new label home.

"We've had 23 great years together," Sharon Osbourne said in a statement. "We've shared many great successes, but sometimes you have to search out fresh blood to get fresh ideas, which is a philosophy that every record company, especially Sony, understands."

Since 1980, Ozzy has released 15 solo albums on Epic, from "Blizzard of Ozz" up to the 2003 compilation album "The Essential Ozzy Osbourne". There are also various Ozzfest live discs, BLACK SABBATH's 1998 "Reunion" album and the TV show companion CD "The Osbournes Family Album".

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