Ozzy Osbourne has completed work on his twelfth solo studio album.
In a recent interview with The Sun published on Sunday (15th), the former Black Sabbath singer explained:
“I’ve made a new album and it’s helped get me back on track. I was just lying in my own self-pity for months. It’s the greatest album I’ve done.”
Osbourne’s recent collaboration with rapper Post Malone was the catalyst that inspired him to get out of bed and into the studio.
Ozzy explained in the interview:
“I’d never even heard of this kid. He wanted me to sing on his song ‘Take What You Want,’ so I did and then one thing led to another. I started recording a new album with Post Malone’s producer Andrew Watt. It’s only nine tracks but it was a catalyst to get me to where I am today.”
“If it wasn’t for making this record I would still be on traction, thinking, ‘I’m going to by lying here for ever.’ I’ve missed music so badly. My fans are so loyal and so good. Up until making the album I thought I was dying. But that got me off my arse.”
Work on the album was swift and easy, lasting only four weeks.
“I said to Sharon that I didn’t feel like I’d made an album because we haven’t ended up screaming at each other.”
It’s been nearly a decade since Osbourne released his last solo album, 2010’s Scream. Speaking on the long gap, Osbourne told The Sun that having been out of the studio so long he felt “a bit out of touch.”
“Music goes straight online these days and that’s quicker than it takes me to write a text. It’s all about downloads and streaming now. What the f*** does that mean? What’s Spotify? I thought it was a skin problem where you woke up spotified.”
There is no word yet on what the new album will be titled or when it will be released.
Back in August, Osbourne announced that he will be releasing a definitive 24xLP vinyl box set titled See You On The Other Side. Aside from 16 complete albums, the set includes “a 7” flexi disc, 10 posters, 12 Augmented Reality experiences, and an individually numbered certificate of authenticity personally autographed by Ozzy Osbourne.” That will be hitting shelves November 29. Following the announcement, the Prince of Darkness revealed what his least favorite solo album is (check out how we rank Ozzy’s albums here).
Osbourne has had a rough year health-wise. Things started in October 2018 when he contracted a potentially fatal staph infection in his right hand. Then, all of his 2019 No More Tours 2 farewell tour dates had to be postponed, first because of a case of bronchitis that turned into a case of pneumonia that left him in intensive case, then because of a fall in his Los Angeles, CA home that aggravated an injury he sustained in a 2003 ATV accident and required three new operations.
The No More Tours 2 tour is scheduled to restart in early 2020. Osbourne will first tour Europe from January through March. He then sets his sights on North America from May through July. Tickets are on sale now.