Ozzy won’t bat for Sony

Manager dealing with husband's, daughter's contracts

NEW YORK — Rock and roll reality stars the Osbournes are bidding an amicable “$% off” to Sony Music imprint Epic Records — Ozzy’s label of more than 20 years — citing the departure earlier this year of Sony chief executive Tommy Mottola.

Sharon Osbourne, Ozzy’s wife and longtime manager, is negotiating to end both Ozzy’s deal and that of their daughter and “The Osbournes” co-star Kelly, who released her first solo record, “Shut Up,” with Sony in November.

“We’ve had 23 great years together,” Sharon Osbourne said. “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.”

It’s not yet known whether Ozzy or Kelly have record deals in the works at different labels. But Kelly plans to continue with tour dates in Europe supporting U.K. pop star Robbie Williams over the summer, and she is “entertaining several movie offers.”

Meanwhile, Ozzy will mount a tour of Canada in June, then head out on the road in the U.S. with his summer festival tour Ozzfest.

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