Ozzy Osbourne tells Billboard.com that he is "in the process of collecting stuff that I'm writing" for his next solo project and has "about three songs" in various stages of completion. The tracks, which were written primarily with guitarist Billy Morrison (BILLY IDOL, THE CULT, CAMP FREDDY), are described by Ozzy as different than anything he ha done with BLACK SABBATH. "BLACK SABBATH is slow and demonic; Tony Iommi is untouchable for that kind of stuff," Osbourne said. "My stuff is more melodic, more structured of a song. It's more kind of rock than doom-y music. It's happier, kind of."
Ozzy's last solo studio effort was 2010's "Scream". The singer recorded much of the CD in a studio at his home in Los Angeles with producer Kevin Churko, doing most of the writing and recording on computers. He told The Pulse Of Radio he liked working that way but wanted to do something different next time out. "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," he said. "I like to — like the earlier albums, I'd go rehearse and jam out with the band, get some, like, vibe going, you know. I want to incorporate that and this new technology thing, next album."
BLACK SABBATH will release one final studio album and tour behind it in 2015, with Ozzy telling Billboard.com, "[This will be] our last hurrah...Then it's no more SABBATH at all. We're disbanding the name and everything. They don't want to tour anymore. I get it. But I love it. I'm gonna continue my solo thing."
Ozzy Osbourne's "Memoirs Of A Madman" CD sold 4,200 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 90 on The Billboard 200 chart. The collection serves as a career-spanning audio release, featuring 17 of Ozzy's greatest hit singles compiled in one place for the first time in his career. Released on October 7 via Epic Records/Legacy Recordings, it is available in a single CD, two-LP set and two-LP picture disc set configurations.