Amy Winehouse

Amy Winehouse

Biography

Amy Winehouse (14 September 1983 - 23 July 2011)
Amy Winehouse was an English singer/songwriter, best known for her Grammy Award-winning albums and critically acclaimed 2006 single 'Rehab'.

Net Worth: According to Celebrity Net Worth, at the time of her death in 2011, Amy Winehouse had a net worth of 10 million USD.

Childhood: Amy Winehouse was born in North London to Mitchell and Janis Winehouse, and lived with them and her elder brother Alex in Southgate. When Winehouse was nine years old, her parents separated, leading to Winehouse living with her mother and staying with her father at weekends. At this time, Winehouse began attending Susi Earnshaw Theatre School on Saturdays to take singing and tap-dancing lessons. After attending the school for four years, she founded the rap group Sweet 'n' Sour with a friend, before then began attending Sylvia Young Theatre School full time.

Career: Amy Winehouse first began making her own music at the age of fourteen after buying a guitar. After spending some time doing live performances, a friend of Winehouse sent her demo tape to a manager, with Winehouse becoming signed to 19 Management in 2002 for 250 GBP per week. Winehouse began producing music, however it went unreleased as the management chose not to reveal her to the industry. On 20th October 2003, 'Frank', Winehouse's debut studio album, was released. The album received glowing reviews and went on to become triple platinum. While 'Frank' - named in honour of Frank Sinatra - was very jazz-influenced, Winehouse focused on 50s and 60s girl groups for her second album. On 27th October 2006, Winehouse released 'Back to Black'. The acclaimed album received 6 Grammy Awards, before going on to become the second best-selling album in the UK in the 21st Century by 2011.

Personal Life: In 2006, Amy Winehouse dated Alex Clare. A year later, she married Blake Fielder-Civil after dating him on and off for several years. Fielder-Civil was imprisoned for assault in 2008, and Winehouse began seeing Josh Bowman. Winehouse and Fielder-Civil divorced in 2009. Fielder-Civil revealed later that during their time together, he had introduced her to cocaine and heroin.

Death: On 23th July 2011, paramedics arrived at Winehouse's London home at 3:54 pm, after a call from her bodyguard that revealed she was not moving and had stopped breathing. She was pronounced dead at the scene, with an investigation on 26th October 2011 revealing that her blood alcohol level was over five-times more than the legal drink-drive limit.



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Bob Dylan's Taste In Music Is Not As Predictable As You Might Have Thought


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Bob Dylan is due to drop his 38th studio album 'Triplicate' next week and in anticipation for the release, he has opened up in a rare interview about some of his favourite artists. He's the world's first musician to win a Nobel Prize for literature, but we bet you can't guess what he's listening to at the moment.

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As well as all the obvious choices like Joan Baez, Link Wray and Frank Sinatra, the 'Like A Rolling Stone' singer's taste extends to a broader category of modern artists like The Stereophonics. Yep, we didn't see that one coming either.

Continue reading: Bob Dylan's Taste In Music Is Not As Predictable As You Might Have Thought

David Bowie Helps Vinyl Sales Reach A 25 Year High In The UK


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Vinyl sales in the UK reached a 25-year high in 2016, with more than three million LPs sold over the past 12 months.

The death of music icon David Bowie in January was a key driver in sales of LPs, with his final album Blackstar becoming the UK’s biggest selling vinyl of the year.

David BowieDavid Bowie’s Blackstar is 2016’s biggest selling vinyl

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James Hetfield: Adele 'blows My Mind'


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Metallica's James Hetfield says Adele ''blows his mind''.

The 'Nothing Else Matters' hitmaker has gushed about the 'Hello' singer's ''unbelievable'' live shows and praised her ''candour and coolness'' up on stage.

He told BBC Radio 6 Music: ''I have to tell more stories ... She's got funny stories!

Continue reading: James Hetfield: Adele 'blows My Mind'

Stills from the music video for 'Back To Black' by Amy Winehouse. Originally released in 2006, the single is now 10 years old - London, United Kingdom - Wednesday 26th October 2016

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Ten years ago today (27OCT16) Amy Winehouse released her second album Back to Black, which was to become her final record following her untimely death in 2011. The follow-up to her debut Frank was a critical and commercial success around the world, making singer-songwriter Winehouse a household name and thrusting her into the limelight. It topped the charts in the star's native Britain and reached number two in the U.S. Lead single Rehab became her only top 10 hit in America. The hugely personal album, produced by Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi, also spawned tracks You Know I'm No Good, Back to Black, Tears Dry on Their Own and Love Is a Losing Game. In 2008 it won Best Pop Vocal Album at the Grammy Awards and Rehab was named Record of the Year and Song of the Year. She won five of her six nominations but was unable to attend and perform at the ceremony as her visa was denied while she was seeking treatment for drug addiction. Sales of Back to Black surged after her death, aged 27, with the album even returning to the number one in some European countries. As of late 2015, it had sold 3.59 million copies in the U.K., making it the 13th best-selling album of all time in the country. ** Amy Winehouse performs at Lollapalooza Featuring: Amy Winehouse performs at Lollapalooza Where: Lollapalooza, Illinois, United States When: 05 Aug 2007

Ten, Amy Winehouse, Back, Black, Grammy Awards and Lollapalooza
Ten, Amy Winehouse, Back, Black, Grammy Awards and Lollapalooza

Ten years ago today (27OCT16) Amy Winehouse released her second album Back to Black, which was to become her final record following her untimely death in 2011. The follow-up to her debut Frank was a critical and commercial success around the world, making singer-songwriter Winehouse a household name and thrusting her into the limelight. It topped the charts in the star's native Britain and reached number two in the U.S. Lead single Rehab became her only top 10 hit in America. The hugely personal album, produced by Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi, also spawned tracks You Know I'm No Good, Back to Black, Tears Dry on Their Own and Love Is a Losing Game. In 2008 it won Best Pop Vocal Album at the Grammy Awards and Rehab was named Record of the Year and Song of the Year. She won five of her six nominations but was unable to attend and perform at the ceremony as her visa was denied while she was seeking treatment for drug addiction. Sales of Back to Black surged after her death, aged 27, with the album even returning to the number one in some European countries. As of late 2015, it had sold 3.59 million copies in the U.K., making it the 13th best-selling album of all time in the country. ** Amy Winehouse with her dad Mitch Winehouse The Q Awards 2006 held at The Grosvenor House hotel - press room London, England - 30.10.06 Featuring: Amy Winehouse with her dad Mitch Winehouse Where: London, United Kingdom When: 30 Oct 2006

Ten, Amy Winehouse, Back, Black, Grammy Awards and The Q Awards

Ten years ago today (27OCT16) Amy Winehouse released her second album Back to Black, which was to become her final record following her untimely death in 2011. The follow-up to her debut Frank was a critical and commercial success around the world, making singer-songwriter Winehouse a household name and thrusting her into the limelight. It topped the charts in the star's native Britain and reached number two in the U.S. Lead single Rehab became her only top 10 hit in America. The hugely personal album, produced by Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi, also spawned tracks You Know I'm No Good, Back to Black, Tears Dry on Their Own and Love Is a Losing Game. In 2008 it won Best Pop Vocal Album at the Grammy Awards and Rehab was named Record of the Year and Song of the Year. She won five of her six nominations but was unable to attend and perform at the ceremony as her visa was denied while she was seeking treatment for drug addiction. Sales of Back to Black surged after her death, aged 27, with the album even returning to the number one in some European countries. As of late 2015, it had sold 3.59 million copies in the U.K., making it the 13th best-selling album of all time in the country. ** Amy Winehouse performs at Nelson Mandela's 90th Birthday Concert in Hyde Park. London, England - 27.06.08 Featuring: Amy Winehouse performs Where: London, United Kingdom When: 27 Jun 2008

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Pete Doherty Will Launch His First Solo Album In December


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Pete Doherty has revealed his first solo album.

The 37-year-old singer has announced he will release his first LP in seven years, which will be titled 'Hamburg Demonstrations', on December 2, and the star has unveiled the lead single on the collection will be called 'I Don't Love Anyone (But You're not Just Anyone').

The rocker joined forces with The Libertines and Babyshambles producer Johann Scheerer whilst in Hamburg, Germany, where he relocated to for six months to complete the album.

Continue reading: Pete Doherty Will Launch His First Solo Album In December

Amy Winehouse's Father Hits Out At 'Amy' Director Asif Kapadia After Oscar Win


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Amy Winehouse’s father Mitch Winehouse has once again slammed Asif Kapadia’s documentary Amy, after it won the award for Best Documentary Feature at last night’s Oscars (February 28th). Mitch has been vocal in the past about his disapproval of the film and has also said he’s in the process of making his own documentary to honour his daughter.

Amy WinehouseAmy took home the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature.

On twitter Mitch told his 63.3k followers: 'Always proud of my baby. Amy will not get an oscar though. Just Asif Kapadia. That is what this is all about...Asif. He's fooled everybody. I am not changing my stance just because film won Oscar. It's a negative, spiteful and misleading portrayal of Amy. We will fix this.’

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Amy Winehouse's Mother: 'She Might've Had Tourette's'


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It's no secret to anyone that talented popstar Amy Winehouse suffered a variety of mental illnesses in the last few years of life, caused undoubtedly by the multitude of drugs and alcohol that she voraciously consumed, as well as the pain and suffocation caused by being internationally famous and a total press magnet. But her mother Janis has recently revealed that she may also have been a victim of Tourette Syndrome.

Amy WinehouseAmy Winehouse struggled with more than one illness in her final years

Janis Winehouse-Collins is set to publish her book based on the inner vulnerabilities of her late daughter, who died of alcohol poisoning at the age of 27 on July 23rd 2011. Entitled 'Loving Amy: A Mother's Story', the book will explore the side not often seen by fans or the press during her career as well as an in depth look at the various of illnesses she suffered in the months leading up to her death; a tragedy that ironically came after several weeks of sobriety. 

Continue reading: Amy Winehouse's Mother: 'She Might've Had Tourette's'

Amy Winehouse Receives A Sam Smith Makeover With 'Love Is A Losing Game' Cover [Listen]


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Sam Smith is just one of those singers that never manages to leave a dry eye in the house. Now, he's taken things a step further by performing a sensational cover of the late Amy Winehouse's ballad 'Love Is A Losing Game' on BBC Radio 1 after seeing the biopic.

Amy WinehouseSam Smith pays tribute to late idol Amy Winehouse

The 'Amy' documentary was probably one of the most touching films of the year, receiving widespread critical acclaim for its candid portrayal of Amy Winehouse's rise to stardom and her tragic fall from grace. As fans will know, the talented singer's short life was tainted by relationship woes and self-esteem issues in addition to the substance addiction she fell victim to - which makes her hits all the more moving when you hear them.

Continue reading: Amy Winehouse Receives A Sam Smith Makeover With 'Love Is A Losing Game' Cover [Listen]

Noomi Rapace In Discussions To Play Amy Winehouse In Unofficial Biopic


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After the success of the documentary movie Amy earlier this year, the late Amy Winehouse is now to be the subject of an unofficial biopic, with reports suggesting that Noomi Rapace is in talks to portray the tragic singer.

According to Screen Daily, the 35 year old Swedish actress is in preliminary discussions for a project that has the working title of Amy Winehouse. The script has been written by former Oscar nominee Kirsten Sheridan, who is also on board to direct the project. Sheridan was nominated in 2007 for co-writing the script for In America, directed by her father Jim Sheridan.

Noomi RapaceNoomi Rapace could be in line to play Amy Winehouse in an unofficial biopic

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Oasis To Be Subject Of New Documentary By 'Amy' Director Asif Kapadia


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Asif Kapadia, the director of award wining documentaries Senna and Amy has chosen Oasis as his next subject. Kapadia and James Gay-Rees will produce a feature-length documentary on the 90s Britpop band that will “chart the journey from the moment in 1991 when Noel joined his brother Liam’s band”.

Liam GallagherOasis will be the subject of a new documentary by Asif Kapadia.

According to Screen Daily, “the filmmakers have been given ‘unprecedented’ access to the band and unseen archive footage and the film will include candid insight from the famously stormy brothers”. The film will be directed by Mat Whitecross, who previously worked on Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll and Spike Island.

Continue reading: Oasis To Be Subject Of New Documentary By 'Amy' Director Asif Kapadia

Amy - The Original Soundtrack Album Review


With the highest grossing opening weekend for a British documentary ever, 'Amy' was the surprise cinema hit of the summer. What could've been a very biased, judgemental take on the singer's life was instead a compassionate look at the devastating impact that drinks, drugs, and the paparazzi had on a young woman's life. As music documentaries go, the filmmakers could've easily used tabloid fodder to document Amy Winehouse's dramatic final years, but instead turned to her words and music to tell her story. No narrator was needed in the film to guide us through her life. Audiences were able to watch Winehouse growing up on the road in her late teens as she played jazz clubs around the UK, through to her final tour after the 'Back To Black' album, with her lyrics carrying the narrative of the film.

Amy - The Original Soundtrack Album Review

While listening to the soundtrack, you can feel all of the ups and downs that Winehouse was going through at the time. There's the fantastic 'Stronger Than Me' that shows off the powerful, resilient side to Winehouse. But then the likes of 'Rehab' and 'Love Is A Losing Game' tell you that all is not well in her life. No matter how many times you may have heard the songs, the lyrics still manage to cut through in all of their rawness and stark beauty.

Antonio Pinto's instrumental tracks are delicate and emotive, sweeping you along in between Winehouse's offerings. Pinto conjures up the drama and sadness that Asif Kapadia's documentary depicted so beautifully without the need of a narrator.

Continue reading: Amy - The Original Soundtrack Album Review

Amy Winehouse Wednesday 23rd April 2008 Amy Winehouse and a female friend do a spot of late night shopping, having left a bar in Camden at 3.30am. Amy and her friend both have cigarettes inside the shop, despite the no smoking signs, and appear to leave without paying for a magazine. Amy seems totally out of it, and has chosen an appropriate newspaper to read, with the headline 'Headcase' written on it! London, England

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Amy Winehouse

Date of birth

14th September, 1983

Date of death

14th September, 2011

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Female

Height

1.59




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