Kelly Osbourne's debut album drops Tuesday, but she's not exactly beside herself with elation. Rather, she takes it all in stride, and if you're at all familiar with Ozzy and Sharon's middle child, you'd expect nothing less.
"When you're a little kid, you always say, 'I'm going to be a pop star when I grow up,' but I never really thought much of it," the 18-year-old Osbourne revealed. "The opportunity came my way, and I kind of took it. It was never something that I've been struggling to do my whole entire life. I consider myself lucky."
Fans tasted what Kelly had to offer with her humorously appropriate cover of Madonna's "Papa Don't Preach" on The Osbourne Family Album in June. That song also surfaces on Shut Up, a 12-song LP with the title track serving as its the lead-off single (see "Kelly Osbourne Says 'Shut Up' And Dance On Upcoming LP").
Influenced by the likes of Joan Jett and Blondie's Debbie Harry, Osbourne penned the lyrics to all the songs save one, "Too Much of You." Kelly found that song's theme of masturbation funny enough to include, and it now ranks along with "On Your Own" as one of her favorites.
As evidenced by her poppy "Papa Don't Preach" and the bratty, punk 'tude of "Shut Up," Osbourne likes to change her tune on the album as often as her hair color.
"There's a variation of different types of songs," she said. "I don't really believe in having a particular sound. There's some pop-rock songs, songs that you would consider 'rock,' and there's a ballad. ... It's very different."
"I didn't really have a vision," Osbourne added. "I just sort of started and stopped and ended up with what I had."
While she's anxious for the release of Shut Up, she's not harboring high expectations for how fans and critics will react. Of course, a top-10 debut would be nice, but going up against big albums from the likes of Snoop Dogg and Jennifer Lopez is daunting. Having already proven something to herself — the only one who matters, really — she's prepared to accept the reaction with typical Osbourne ambivalence.
"I don't hope for anything," she said. "I've achieved so much by just finding out that I can write and record songs that I don't care if it's a success. I've achieved everything within myself. Whether other people like it isn't up to me. I couldn't care less."