Her debut album's too punky for her record label...
KELLY OSBOURNE is at war with the record industry over her debut LP, ‘SHUT UP’.
Speaking to NME.COM last week, the most famous teenager in America revealed that her album is the subject of an ongoing battle with the powers that be.
“Firstly,” she told us, “I had a really obnoxious but honest name for it. I was gonna call it ‘Buy Me’ because, y’know, if I didn’t want to sell it to you, I’d give it to you for free. But my record company told me I was too precocious and they wouldn’t let me call it that.
“So they finally called it ‘Shut Up’ and, y’know, I wasn’t gonna sit there for three million days and think of some, like, more meaningful name for it. I’m not gonna waste my time. I don’t give a fuck what it’s called. I just want you to listen to it.”
And that’s where Kelly faces her second problem. Despite the fact that tickets for her first solo live show at New York’s Irving Plaza (November 26) sold out in just ten minutes, the album, which was released Stateside on the same day, is proving problematic to radio programmers who simply don’t know what to do with it!
According to Kelly’s mum and manager Sharon, neither Epic nor the key American radio stations were prepared for the way ‘Shut Up’ turned out. A feisty punk-pop album that calls to mind Iggy Pop, Hole, and The Go Gos, it is not, apparently, “Britneyesque” enough for the bigwigs.
While industry gossips circulated the rumour that Kelly had already been dropped from her label even before the album was released, Sharon admitted to NME that Epic didn’t have “a fucking clue” what to do with it.
The problem, according to Kelly, is: “If a boy sung the songs that I wrote, they’d be considered rock and played on (local Los Angeles hip radio station) KROQ and stations like that. But because I’m a girl, they’re, like, ‘Oh, she must be pop’. I’d have to sing a fucking death metal song and sacrifice animals onstage to make people think that I’m rock and I think that’s kinda pathetic and disturbing.”
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