Kelly Osbourne is right. She is not like the other kids. They don’t make music videos. Ozzy’s daughter and reality TV’s most famous 17-year-old bar-hopper is filming a clip for her cover of Madonna’s “Papa Don’t Preach” in Los Angeles this week.
Kelly recorded a demo of the song last month with Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger and drummer Jose Pasillas. Executives for “The Osbournes” were impressed enough to request a studio version for inclusion on an upcoming soundtrack to the popular MTV show.
The rainbow-haired teen re-recorded the song in New York recently without the members of Incubus or the producer of the demo, brother Jack Osbourne.
“I don’t like working with my brother,” Kelly said. “I have to live with him, so I don’t want to work with him.”
Jack, who has been a part of the family business – the perennial Ozzfest – for several years, had kinder words for his sister: “She was better than I expected, actually.”
A spokesperson for the Osbourne family did not know who was part of the new recording, nor did Kelly when she talked to MTV News a few days before going to New York. Kelly did explain how the cover came about.
“Originally they asked my sister [Aimee, who is not a part of “The Osbournes”] to do it and she’s like, ‘No, let Kelly do it,’ ” Kelly said. “So, I was nervous as hell. I’ve never sung in front of anyone really in my life, except, like, when you’re in the car with your friends or something. And I never had a singing lesson. I still haven’t had a singing lesson.”
Kelly’s first singing experience was made easy by the company she kept. “I was so nervous, but Mikey from Incubus made it so comfortable for me and if he wasn’t there, I don’t think I could have done it,” she said. “So really, I owe it to him and Jose, ’cause they just created such a comfortable vibe for me to be able to do it.”
“Papa Don’t Preach” will be released this summer on the soundtrack album for “The Osbournes.” While a spokesperson said there is no final track list, Kelly said the album may include a song by British rockers Starsailor. “Just songs that mean something to us and my family,” she added.
As for Jack, he said he is taking a step back from launching a record label and producing. “I’m a scout for Epic [Records], so I didn’t feel I knew as much as I could to successfully run a label,” he said.