Black Rain (Ozzy Osbourne album)

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Black Rain
Ozzy Osbourne - Black Rain.jpg
Cover photography by Joseph Cultice
Studio album by Ozzy Osbourne
Released 22 May 2007
Recorded 2006
Studio The Music Machine, Beverly Hills, California
Genre Heavy metal
Length46:28
Label Epic
Producer Ozzy Osbourne & Kevin Churko
Ozzy Osbourne chronology
Under Cover
(2005)
Black Rain
(2007)
Scream
(2010)
Alternative Cover
Ozzy Osbourne - Black Rain slipcase.jpg
Original cardboard slipcase released in the USA
Singles from Black Rain
  1. "I Don't Wanna Stop"
    Released: 17 April 2007
  2. "Not Going Away"
    Released: 11 July 2007
  3. "Black Rain"
    Released: 14 November 2007

Black Rain is the tenth studio album by British heavy metal vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, released 22 May 2007 on Epic Records. [1] It is also the last album to feature Zakk Wylde and Mike Bordin, and the first to feature bassist Rob Nicholson. Black Rain debuted at No. 3 on the US Billboard 200, [2] selling about 152,000 copies in its first week; making it Osbourne's highest debut to date. As of 29 September 2007, the album had sold 406,053 copies in the US, and had been certified Gold. [3]

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Ozzy Osbourne English heavy metal vocalist and songwriter

John Michael "Ozzy" Osbourne, also known as The Prince of Darkness, is an English vocalist, songwriter, actor and reality television star who rose to prominence during the 1970s as the lead vocalist of the heavy metal band Black Sabbath. He was fired from the band in 1979 due to alcohol and drug problems, but went on to have a successful solo career, releasing eleven studio albums, the first seven of which were all awarded multi-platinum certifications in the United States. Osbourne has since reunited with Black Sabbath on several occasions. He rejoined the band in 1997 and recorded the group’s final studio album 13 (2013) before they embarked on a farewell tour which culminated in a final performance in their home city Birmingham, England in February 2017. His longevity and success have earned him the informal title of "Godfather of Heavy Metal".

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Contents

Releases

The album was released in several different versions. The original US version was released in a thin, brown digipak with the crowned skull Ozzy Osbourne logo (pictured lower right), and for the rest of the world, it was released in a standard jewel case featuring cover art of Osbourne with 'Black Rain' falling. This cover included a booklet complete with lyrics and album credits. The US version did not include a booklet, lyrics, or album credits. The Japanese release was the same as the other releases outside of the US, except for the fact that it included two bonus tracks, "I Can't Save You," and "Nightmare". The iTunes release of the album included the aforementioned "Nightmare", plus an exclusive bonus track, (only for those who preordered through iTunes) "Love to Hate". It also included a printable pdf file of the booklet, complete with lyrics and album credits. This same booklet was later made available as a free pdf download from Osbourne's website on 1 June. The song "I Don't Wanna Stop" was also featured as the theme song for WWE Judgment Day 2007.

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In the US, limited edition copies of the album were sold with special codes inside of the packets, which could be used to redeem a pair of OzzFest 2007 tickets. OzzFest 2007 was nicknamed "Freefest" because all tickets were free.

The album was reissued in the US on 14 August in a new jewel-case package containing the full booklet with lyrics and new colour cover art and photos, also containing CD extra bonus content featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the "Black Rain" photo shoot.

A "tour edition" version of the album was released on 20 November 2007. This release includes an extra CD with 3 recently recorded live tracks and 3 studio tracks originally available on international releases and/or digital versions.

Reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg [4]
Blabbermouth Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [5]
Entertainment Weekly C+ [6]
Rolling Stone Star full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [7]
Sputnikmusic Star full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [8]
Yahoo! Music Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [9]

Black Rain received mixed reviews. Rolling Stone referred to the album as "highly skippable" [7] and Sputnikmusic called it "quite embarrassing". [8] AllMusic was somewhat less harsh in its assessment, giving the album 3.5 out of 5 stars while noting that "Nothing on Black Rain could really qualify as an Osbourne classic." [4]

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Usage in media

Television

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I Dont Wanna Stop 2007 single by Ozzy Osbourne

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Radio

Track listing

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Not Going Away" Ozzy Osbourne, Zakk Wylde, Kevin Churko 4:32
2."I Don't Wanna Stop"Osbourne, Wylde, Churko3:59
3."Black Rain"Osbourne, Wylde, Churko4:42
4."Lay Your World on Me"Osbourne, Wylde, Churko4:16
5."The Almighty Dollar"Osbourne, Churko6:57
6."11 Silver"Osbourne, Wylde, Churko3:42
7."Civilize the Universe"Osbourne, Wylde, Churko4:43
8."Here for You"Osbourne, Wylde, Churko4:37
9."Countdown's Begun"Osbourne, Wylde, Churko4:53
10."Trap Door"Osbourne, Churko4:03
Total length:46:28
'Tour Edition' disc 2
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."I Don't Wanna Stop" (live) 3:44
2."Not Going Away" (live) 4:36
3."Here for You" (live) 4:50
4."Nightmare" (originally a Japanese and iTunes bonus track)Osbourne, Wylde, Churko4:40
5."I Can't Save You" (originally a Japanese bonus track)Osbourne, Wylde, Churko3:32
6."Love to Hate" (originally an iTunes pre-order bonus track)Osbourne, Wylde, Churko3:57

Personnel

Production

Charts

Certifications

CountryOrganizationYearSales
USA RIAA 2007Gold (+ 500,000) [3]
Canada CRIA 2007Platinum (+ 100,000) [31]
UK BPI 2011+47,000

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