Black Rain (Ozzy Osbourne album)

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Black Rain
Studio album by Ozzy Osbourne
Released 22 May 2007
Recorded 2006
Genre Heavy metal
Length 46:28
Label Epic
Producer Kevin Churko
Ozzy Osbourne
Ozzy Osbourne chronology
Under Cover
(2005)
Black Rain
(2007)
Scream
(2010)
Alternative Cover
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
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Blabbermouth 7/10 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly C+[3]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[4]
Sputnikmusic 1.5/5 stars[5]
Yahoo! Music 7/10 stars[6]

Black Rain is the tenth studio album by British heavy metal vocalist Ozzy Osbourne, released 22 May 2007 on Epic Records.[7] It is also the last album to feature Zakk Wylde and Mike Bordin, and the first to feature bassist Rob Nicholson.

History[edit]

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 (pictured right). 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.

Reception[edit]

Reviews for Black Rain were generally poor. Rolling Stone referred to the album as "highly skippable"[4] and Sputnikmusic called it "quite embarrassing".[5] 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."[1]

Releases[edit]

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.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Not Going Away"   Ozzy Osbourne, Zakk Wylde, Kevin Churko 4:32
2. "I Don't Wanna Stop"   Osbourne, Wylde, Churko 3:59
3. "Black Rain"   Osbourne, Wylde, Churko 4:42
4. "Lay Your World on Me"   Osbourne, Wylde, Churko 4:16
5. "The Almighty Dollar"   Osbourne, Churko 6:57
6. "11 Silver"   Osbourne, Wylde, Churko 3:42
7. "Civilize the Universe"   Osbourne, Wylde, Churko 4:43
8. "Here for You"   Osbourne, Wylde, Churko 4:37
9. "Countdown's Begun"   Osbourne, Wylde, Churko 4:53
10. "Trap Door"   Osbourne, Churko 4:03
Total length:
46:28

'Tour Edition' disc 2[edit]

No. Title 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) 4:40
5. "I Can't Save You" (originally a Japanese bonus track) 3:32
6. "Love to Hate" (originally an iTunes pre-order bonus track) 3:57

Album sales[edit]

Black Rain debuted at No. 3 on the US Billboard 200,[8] selling about 152,000 copies in its first week; making it Osbourne's highest debut to date. It peaked at number 37 on the Australian ARIA Album Chart.[9] As of 29 September 2007, the album has sold 406,053 copies in the US, and has been certified Gold.[10]

Singles chart history[edit]

Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
2007 "Not Going Away" Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 14[11]
2007 "I Don't Wanna Stop" Billboard Hot 100 61[11]
2007 "I Don't Wanna Stop" Pop 100 54[11]
2007 "I Don't Wanna Stop" Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 1[11]
2007 "I Don't Wanna Stop" Hot Digital Songs 52[11]
2008 "Black Rain" Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks 19[11]

Appearances in other media[edit]

Television[edit]

Video games[edit]

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Allmusic review
  2. ^ Blabbermouth review
  3. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  4. ^ a b Rolling Stone review at the Wayback Machine (archived May 18, 2007)
  5. ^ a b Sputnikmusic review
  6. ^ Yahoo! Music review[dead link]
  7. ^ Ozzy Osbourne – Black Rain. MTV Retrieved 12 April 2007
  8. ^ "Album info Black Rain". Billboard. Nielsen. Retrieved 5 September 2009. 
  9. ^ "ARIA album chart history-Ozzy Osbourne". Retrieved 17 February 2009. 
  10. ^ "RIAA Gold & Platinum database". Retrieved 17 February 2009. 
  11. ^ a b c d e f "Billboard singles chart history-Ozzy Osbourne". Retrieved 17 February 2009. 
  12. ^ "Zakk Wylde Interview". Music Legends. Retrieved 28 May 2013.