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Statue Of Amy Winehouse To Be Unveiled In Camden Next Month


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The late singer Amy Winehouse is to be honoured with a statue near her most recent home in Camden Market. The life-size brass sculpture will stand at the centre of Stables Market, a short walk from the townhouse that belonged to the singer.

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Amy Winehouse will be the subject of another artistic memorial, like this drawing by Johan Andersson

27 year old Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning at that address in July 2011. Even though she was hugely famous, she was a regular sight around the North London borough, and her father Mitch has said that there would be no place more fitting for the placing of the statue.

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Lana Del Rey Splits With Boyfriend & Angers Frances Bean Cobain


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It's not been a good week for Lana Del Rey. The Ultraviolence artist has separated from Scottish singer Barrie James O'Neill and has been seriously chastised by Frances Bean Cobain owing to Del Rey's comments about her father's death.

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Barrie James O'Neill and Lana Del Rey have split after nearly three years together.

Del Rey announced her separation from O'Neill in a recent interview with Switzerland's 20 Minuten magazine, published on Monday (23rd June). Responding to a question about the possibility of an engagement, 28-year-old Del Rey said "We are currently not together." She continued to vaguely explain the reasons behind their split which apparently result from O'Neill's unspecified issues. She said "He is a wonderful person. But there are some things which he has to deal with. I will not explain in detail. This was hard on our relationship, I no longer felt free."

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Jack White Apologises For Black Keys & Meg White Rolling Stone Comments


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Jack White, the former frontman of The White Stripes, has apologised for the seemingly insensitive comments he made in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine. White is the cover of June's Rolling Stone magazine and made a series of comments in the accompanying interview in which he appeared to criticise The Black Keys, amongst others, for capitalising on the sound and music style he made so popular. 

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Jack White has issued an apology to numerous acts.

White's comments about The Black Keys were revealed when his ex-wife, Karen Elson, made public emails between the two which described White's opinions on the band. The revelation was as a result of their ongoing divorce case. 

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Coldplay's 'Ghost Stories' And The Five Best Breakup Albums Of All Time


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Coldplay’s new album Ghost Stories has been released, to quite a mixed bag of reviews. When just three weeks after the album’s track listing had been announced Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow announced their “conscious uncoupling” we all had a pretty good idea what the tone of the album would be like. With tracks like “Another’s Arms,” “Always in my Head” and “Magic,” it became pretty self-explanatory that "Ghost Stories" was going to be a breakup album.

Coldplay Breakup Albums "Ghost Stories" focuses on the marriage breakup between Chris Martin and Gwyneth Paltrow

Perhaps he was inspired to call the album “Ghost Stories” as some of these breakup albums have been the some of the most hauntingly heartbreaking albums ever released.

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Lily Allen Dedicates 'Sheezus' To "Prisoner" Amy Winehouse


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Lily Allen’s ‘Sheezus’ might be a subtle nod to Kanye West, but it’s a full-blown dedication to the late Amy Winehouse, whom Allen displays great warmth and respect for in a recent interview with The Telegraph. 

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Explaining that "[Amy] was too damn interesting for her own good," Allen explains that her third studio album is a dedication to the late singer, and that while she didn’t know her like a close friend, she certainly new “a version” of her before her tragic death. 

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Michael Jackson And Five Other Artists With Posthumous Releases


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There’s a new Michael Jackson album on the way in May, Xscape, which will be the singer’s twelfth studio album. The only confusing part is, Michael died in 2009. Jackson of course isn’t the first artist to bring us ‘new’ material from beyond the grave, actually it seems it's common practice for a singer to leave behind pleanty of unreleased work. Take these five for examples of who have shown that not even death can bring an end to a recording career.

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Michael Jackson's Xscape will be released in May

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Sigmund’s Freud's Ashes The Target Of Bizzare Robbery - Or Was It The Urn?


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Sigmund Freud’s ashes were the bizarre target of an attempted robbery on New Year’s Day. The fact that the ashes are – or were – kept in an ornate, ancient Greek urn might have something to do with the motive behind the crime. Staff at the crematorium in Golders Green, London, were shocked to discover the urn, which dates back to around 300BC, broken into pieces, laying on the floor.

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It had been on public display since Freud was cremated at Golders Green in 1939, after his death aged 83. When his widow died in 1951, aged 90, her ashes were added. The chairman of the Freud Museum, in Maresfield Gardens, Hampstead, speaking as a representative for the Freud family, said news of the damage had brought them “great sadness”.

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Richard Curtis' Rom Com 'About Time' Has Soundtrack Announced

Posted on 14 August 2013

Richard Curtis' Rom Com 'About Time' Has Soundtrack Announced

New UK Museum Exhibit Will Show The Real Amy Winehouse


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Amy Winehouse is being honoured in a special exhibition being held at the Jewish Museum in London, with the deceased singer's legacy being remembered in a showcase that looks to give fans an intimate look in Amy's private life. 'Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait' opened at the UK museum on Tuesday (July 2) and features a detailed history of her family's past and a vast array of Amy's personal belongings.

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Amy is being remembered in a London museum exhibit

Charting her roots and leading to the legacy left by her death, the exhibit is more than just a fan's sanctuary, as curators hope it will also be an intriguing visit for those who aren't necessarily fans of the late singer. Museum chief executive Abigail Morris said upon the opening of the exhibit, "It's a story that people don't know about Amy, her family story... You can forget there's a person behind the hype."

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Bulimia, Not Drug Abuse, Is To Blame For Amy Winehouse's Death, Says Brother


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Amy Winehouse's tragic passing in 2011 is still thought about regularly as her lasting impact on the entertainment industry continues to hold strong to this day. For the first ever time the singer's brother, Alex Winehouse, has opened up on his sister's passing, giving his own opinions on why he thinks the singer passed away.

Amy's struggle with drugs was well-known and plagued her for much of her short adult life, however Alex reckons that despite what people still say, drugs are not to be held responsible for his sister's passing. Instead, Alex think that Amy's less publicised battle, with bulimia, is in fact to blame for her passing at the tender age of 27.

"She suffered from bulimia very badly," he said. "That's not, like, a revelation – you knew just by looking at her. . . She would have died eventually, the way she was going, but what really killed her was the bulimia. . . I think that it left her weaker and more susceptible. Had she not had an eating disorder, she would have been physically stronger."

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Camden Council Approves Amy Winehouse Statue


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Camden’s local council has approved plans to build a life-size statue of the late singer Amy Winehouse, it’s been revealed. The statue will be designed by Scott Eaton and will see Winehouse with her styled in trademark beehive style and wearing a short dress.

Some conservationists had felt it was too early for a memorial, but according to Sky News the plans have been approved anyway. So you better believe that Amy’s father Mitch has something to say about the whole thing. Here he is: "Amy was in love with Camden, and it is the place her fans from all over the world associate her with. The family have always been keen to have a memorial for her in the place she loved the most, which will provide fans a place to visit and bring extra custom to local businesses.”

The statue will be placed outside the Roundhouse venue, causing Mitch to comment "The Roundhouse seemed an obvious choice of location as Amy had a special relationship with the venue. She played there with Paul Weller when the venue re-opened in October 2006 and her last public performance was on the same stage just days before she passed away in July 2011. We are strong supporters of The Roundhouse and their innovative music programmes which provide access to projects and opportunities for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and we have funded their Roundhouse Radio programme for the next three years.” Finishing, he said "Amy was a wonderful person, she did a lot for Camden and did a lot for kids, she was one of the greatest singers the world has ever known."

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Bafta Winning 'Senna' Filmmaker To Helm Amy Winehouse Documentary


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Asif Kapadia, the British director who won a Bafta for his 2010 documentary film about Ayrton Senna, is helming a new movie about the late singer Amy Winehouse. The multi-million selling Londoner died in 2011 at the age of 27 from alcohol poisoning. "Amy was a once-in-a-generation talent," said Asif Kapadia in a joint statement with film producer James Gay-Rees. "She wrote and sung from the heart."

The documentary about Winehouse is thought to be similar to Senna, about the Brazilian Formula 1 racing driver who died at the age of 34. He was killed in a crash while leading the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. Kapadia and Gay-Reese noted the similarities, in that both stars were still at the top of their games at the time of their deaths. "Everyone fell under her spell," the pair said of Winehouse, "But tragically, Amy seemed to fall apart under the relentless media attention, her troubled relationships, her global success and precarious lifestyle."

The new Amy Winehouse film has yet to be given a title - we're guessing Winehouse - but it is likely to be shown at the Cannes Film Festival in May. The movie should be relatively quick to make, given it will mainly include archived footage and interviews with family, friends and industry professionals.

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Bafta Winning Director Asif Kapadia To Direct Amy Winehouse Documentary


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The British director Asif Kapadia is due to release a documentary film about the late singer Amy Winehouse, BBC News have reported. Using unseen footage of the singer, the movie is expected to be ‘similar’ to Kapadia’s documentary about Ayrton Senna, which earned him a Bafta in 2010.

“Amy was a once-in-a-generation talent," said Asif Kapadia in a joint statement with the film’s producer James Gay-Rees. "She wrote and sung from the heart." They continued: “everyone fell under her spell, But tragically, Amy seemed to fall apart under the relentless media attention, her troubled relationships, her global success and precarious lifestyle.” Amy Winehouse died in 2011 from alcohol poisoning, at the age of 27. She had long battled with substance abuse issues and personal issues that had begun to have a negative effect on her career before she passed away. Despite this, she remains an inspiration to many and a statue of Amy Winehouse has been commissioned, to be placed in legendary Camden music venue The Roundhouse.

Kapadia’s movie about Ayrton Senna detailed the life and death of the Forumla 1 racing driver, who dies at the age of 34. He was killed in a crash whilst leading the San Marino Grand Prix in 1994. His death, to this day, is the last fatality in Formula 1 motor racing. The Amy Winehouse documuentary has not yet been named. 

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Documentary About Amy Winehouses Life And Death Is In The Works


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Two years after her death, Amy Winehouse continues to haunt the public consciousness and now, a documentary about Winehouse’s life and career is in the works. The film will feature previously unseen footage of the soul singer, the distributor said yesterday (Wednesday, April 24th).

When a young, troubled celebrity dies, it always attracts attention and feeds the myth around them. This is what happened with Winehouse. She gained international stardom with her debut album Back to Black, released in 2006. She died five years later, in 2011 and her death was attributed to substance abuse.

Now the task of retelling Winehouse’s life will fall on the shoulders of director Briton Asif Kapadia, whose 2010 film “Senna,” about Brazilian auto racer Ayrton Senna, won a BAFTA for best documentary.

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A Week In Music, Suede Return With A New Album To Match Their Best, Vampire Weekend Release Unusual Double A Side, Beyonce Causes A Stir With 'Bow Down'


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Albums of Note... Tasked with the tricky mission of releasing an album that stood up to their back catalogue, after several years in the wilderness and a brief spell of time on the reunion circuit, Suede have finally released Bloodsports. Rather than opting for replicating one of their previous albums, they have amalgamated elements of all five of them.
They’ve not lost their distinctive, Bowie-obsessed sound and Suede will forever have one foot in the Britpop era but with Bloodsports they have achieved what few can manage: to come back after a lengthy hiatus, ties unsevered, water under the bridge and still get back to making a quality album and reclaiming their mark on the British landscape.“Bloodsports then, is exactly the album that Suede needed to make. It is loud, aggressive, uncompromising and absolutely, defiantly Suede. Nobody else could have written these songs. Suede have done the almost impossible task of simultaneously looking back at the past while planting a foot firmly into the future.”

Pitched somewhere between The Killers and the Kings of Leon, Cold War Kids have returned with much of the same kind of material that they showcased on their first album. Dear Miss Lonely Hearts is a little bit “Cold War Kids by numbers” and although they’re pretty adept at what they do, if they just stepped out of their comfort zone for a moment, they could surely achieve much greater heights.
The album's sure fire highlight is Jailbirds, a jaunty rocker, with a fat bass line and a noisy breakdown reminiscent of Queens of the Stone Age. This song offers something a little different and breaks the slight monotony of the rest of the album.

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Bound For Camden Town: Amy Winehouse Statue Unveiled


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Preliminary images of the Amy Winehouse statue, due to be unveiled in Camden in 2014 have been made public as part of the planning application process. The artist Scott Eaton will be creating the life-sized bronze of the late singer, to be erected on the first floor terrace at the Roundhouse in Camden, the London borough where Amy lived. On his website, he explained his reasons for sharing the image: “In my opinion it is a little early to be sharing these images given that there is a lot of sculpting still to do, but the planning application is now public and it is in the news.”

Eaton stressed that the images are merely a work in progress, saying “There is much more work to do on the piece, but for application purposes it is a good representation of the scale and the gesture of the sculpture.” In 2012, Amy’s father Mitch announced that the statue is due to be unveiled alongside a special commemorative concert which will take place at the Roundhouse on September 14, 2014; which would have been Amy’s 31st birthday. “We want to make it like a Live Aid type concert where we get maybe four, five, six hours' worth. People doing a couple of songs each. Obviously that involves a lot of people,” said the singer’s father.

Amy Winehouse will also be honoured in a Walk of Fame due to open in Camden later in 2013. Camden will twin with Hollywood, according to NME, to honour international music figures this summer. 

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Tony Bennett To Record "Big Swing Album" With Lady Gaga


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Legendary New York crooner Tony Bennett is to record his next album with Lady GaGa. The somewhat unlikely pair collaborated on 'The Lady Is A Tramp' for Bennett's Grammy-winning 'Duets II' album, and although they're yet to hit the studio, Bennett says he "can't wait" to record his next album with the Born This Way singer. Bennett confirmed the news after receiving a lifetime achievement award from the Amy Winehouse Foundation on Thursday (March 20, 2013), calling the new record "a big swing album."

After developing his singing technique following a stint in the U.S. Army during World War II, Bennett signed with Columbia Records and had his first number one with 'Because Of You' in 1951. Further hits followed including Rags To Riches and Bennett peaked in the late 1950s with albums The Beat of My Heart, Basie Swings and Bennett Sings. The New York rock music era led to his music suffering an extended downturn, though few could deny Bennett's class and the singer staged an eventual comeback in the late 1980s and 1990's, putting out gold selling records and winning a slew of Grammy awards. 

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"Complete Misery" - Blake Fielder Civil On Jeremy Kyle - He Introduced Amy Winehouse To Heroin


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Amy Winehouse’s former husband Blake Fielder-Civil has appeared on the daytime TV show hosted by Jeremy Kyle and confessed that he was the person to introduce Amy to heroin, The Sun reports. “I'd taken it about three or four times, we were in a hotel in East London and I think I had about £10 of heroin with me, which is something I used to do after a club,” Blake explained. “I was smoking it on foil and she said, 'Can I try some?' I think I might have put up a weak resistance, the fact is whatever I said she did end up having some.”

Fielder-Civil was in jail when he discovered that Amy had passed away and told Kyle that he and Amy had discussed reuniting, despite the fact that he now had a new girlfriend and a son. “When I got discharged there was text messages on my phone from Amy. I don't know when they were from but there was one talking about being a godmother to Jack, we'd spoken about her visiting me and had an emotional phone call about how we were thinking about maybe getting together.”

In an interview reminiscent of Oprah Winfrey’s recent chat with Whitney Houston’s brother Michael, who admitted that he had been responsible for introducing Whitney to cocaine, Blake admitted that he felt responsible for Amy’s drug use. “I have to be really conscious about what I say because I don't want it to seem that I'm shirking responsibility… of course I regret it… It was the worst part of my life being with somebody that I love, having the opportunity of total happiness but being in complete misery."  

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Sony Music Presents 'Cooking Songs' Released 4 March 2013

Posted on 31 January 2013

Sony Music Presents 'Cooking Songs'  Released 4 March 2013

BRIT Awards 2013 Nominees Announced: Diverse? Or Just Weird?


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This year’s Brit Awards nominations look as though they were concocted by a group of strangers, with wildly different cultural backgrounds, on a drunken night out. Is this a sign that the mainstream music world is finally starting to accept that it’s becoming more and more acceptable to have diverse musical tastes? Or are the organisers of the BRITS simply trying to spark controversy? have they lost the plot? Or is this an honest reflection of the mindset of a 2013 British music buying public? Let’s take a look at the evidence, and scrutinise some of the more baffling categories…

British Female Solo Artist Nominees – One of the more sensitive and contentious issues, here, in the British female solo artist category. Of the five nominees, only four of them were alive this year. We understand that Amy Winehouse has a lasting legacy in British pop music. We understand that she was – and, in many ways remains - a tour de force. But, for the sake of the awards, we simply have to ask, at the risk of sounding flippant, what has Amy Winehouse done for British music in the last 12 months? Sadly, nothing. Her posthumous album (released in December 2011, we should add), Lioness: Hidden Treasures was politely and quietly denounced for being little more than cuttings from the studio floor. We simply can’t get our heads around her inclusion on this list. With Bat For Lashes throw in as the ‘alternative’ wild card, to lend a touch of outsider cool to the category, it’s between Emeli Sande, Paloma Faith and Jessie Ware to catch this one, we reckon. 

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Amy Winehouse Receives Posthumous Brit Awards Nomination


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This awards season has already been rife with surprises and snubs, but this year's Brit Nominations has become the most surprising of all after Amy Winehouse was nominated for Best British Female, despite passing away over 18 months ago. She won that same award back in 2007, but it is the first time that any artist has been nominated posthumously. 

Competing for that same award are Paloma Faith, Bat For Lashes, Jessie Ware and Emeli Sande. Sande is the most nominated artist in this year's list, as she's also up for Best Single, a category in which she has two nominations, with 'Next to Me' and her Labrinth collboration, 'Beneath Your Beautiful'. 

"It's a really good feeling," Emile said, reports the BBC. "It feels great, a bit scary, because you never know, you might not win anything. It feels great to have this acknowledgement and recognition. And to come back here after winning the Critics' Choice and to be nominated is really, really cool."

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Amy Winehouse's Death Case Reopened Amidst Doubts Over Coroner's Initial Ruling


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The probe of Amy Winehouse's death has been reopened following the resignation of Suzanne Greenaway and subsequent questions as to her the validity of her legal credentials, CNN reports.

Greenway, the coronoer who ruled the singer died of alcohol poisoning, was appointed by her husband, London Coroner Andrew Reid. However, it was discovered that she had not been a registered lawyer in the United Kingdom for the requisite five years, which has lead Winehouse's case to be re-visited. The pathologist's tests revealed that Winehouse's blood-alcohol level was 416 milligrams per 100 milliliters of blood. The level considered lethal is 350 milligrams per 100 milliliters of blood, and the legal limit to drive in Britain is 80 milligrams of alcohol. A new coroner's inquest into Winehouse's death will begin on January 8, London's Camden Council announced Monday.

Found dead after a very public battle with drugs and alcohol in her north London home on July 23, 2011, Winehouse's death hit The U.K hard. The Grammy award-winning artist's success came with her 2007 album "Back to Black." She dominated the 2008 Grammys, winning five awards that night. Her niche style, candid nature and undoubtable talent made her one of Britain's most loved talents. Her first album, "Frank," debuted in 2003, when she was just 19.

Coroner Resigns: New Hearing Set For Amy Winehouse Death Inquest


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The Amy Winehouse death inquest will be reheard, after the coroner involved in the case has quit, BBC News have reported. An inquiry was launched into Dr Andrew Scott Reid’s decision to appoint his wife, Suzanne Greenaway as the assistant deputy coroner, back in July 2009 and Reid has been accused of not fully checking her qualifications.

Greenaway conducted 12 inquests in Camden during her time as deputy assistant coroner. One of those was that of Amy Winehouse, which she declared as a verdict of “death by misadventure,” in October 2011. In November last year, Ms Greenaway resigned, on the basis that she had not served 5 years as a lawyer in the UK, as is required for the post. She qualified in Australia in 1999 and was a member of the Supreme Court there but had not worked as a lawyer in the UK for the required amount of time. It is currently unknown whether or not the other 11 cases over which she presided will also be re-heard. Dr Reid stepped down from judicial office on December 7, 2012. His resignation came before the Office For Judicial Complaints had finalised their disciplinary procedure.

A new hearing has now been scheduled for January 8, 2013, at St Pancras Coroner’s Court.

Bruno Mars Reveals Amy Winehouse As Surprise Influence On Unorthodox Jukebox


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Bruno Mars has revealed a slightly surprising influence on his new album Unorthodox Jukebox – the late British blues singer Amy Winehouse! We reviewed the multi-million selling 27 year-old’s second album and, though we found ourselves impressed with it, we must admit we’d be hard-pushed to pinpoint the Winehouse influence stylistically.

However, talking to The Associated Press, Mars said "I felt like everything I've been saying, everything I wanted to do, she did it. It was one of those things like, 'Damn it! Damn it!' It was perfect.” He went on to enthuse "You couldn't put it in a box 'cause it could be played on rock stations, it could be played on rhythmic stations, it could be played on pop radio, and I've always wanted to make music like that – that could be spread out, and can't be pigeon-held to one thing. And they did it. Her and Mark Ronson."

Mars once again re-enlisted the help of his song writing pals The Smeezingtons for Unorthodox Jukebox but also has Mark Ronson on too – who of course was instrumental in Winehouse’s fame. Talking of the additional collaborations on the album – several producers are involved – Mars enthused “That's when the fun comes in. Now, it's time to have some fun. Let's put the dream band together... I love their take on pop music... It was a big ole science project.” Unorthodox Jukebox is out now and, a challenge from The Game notwithstanding, should find itself on top of the US Billboard 200 this weekend.

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Bruno Mars New Album Is "a Big Ole Science Project"


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Like many artists that eventually plough their way out of the woodwork, Bruno Mars began his career as a writer for other singers. His work crops up in the portfolios of Flo Rider, Alexandra Burke, Sean Kingston, Travie McCoy, Adam Levine and Brandy. He even co-wrote Cee Lo Green's 'Forget You'. However, he always set his sights very high and revealed in an interview recently that he aspired to the musical heights of Amy Winehouse- which, it appears, is why he's now teaming up with Mark Ronson, the producer that pushed Amy into super-stardom.

"It was perfect," he said, of Amy's Back to Black album. "You couldn't put it in a box 'cause it could be played [anywhere]... And they did it. Her and Mark Ronson." Having grown up listening to a wide variety of music, all of it has rubbed off but in a kind of mis-matched way, he's an endearing if not brilliant patchwork quilt. His latest album 'Unorthodox Dukebox' is also a great patchwork, as Mars has brought together some of the business' best producers including Diplo, The Smeezingtons (who did his entire first album), Jeff Bhasker, Paul Epworth, and Emile Haynie. He described these collaborations to the Associated Press as "a big ole science project."

The album has got fairl good reviews so far but he's already joking about a future 'comeback', saying "You know my sister sings, my brother plays drums in my band. My whole family is a bunch of musicians. So, when the right time comes, you'll see it on some kind of reunion tour, CBS special, 'Behind the Music: Bruno's Family,' trying to revive my career." 

Amy Winehouse Play Hits The Rocks As Father Refuses Permission To Content


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The Amy Winehouse play, which was a Danish production, and due to hit Danish theatres in January, has been cancelled after the late singer's father blocked its use of her music and photos, The Associated Press reports.

"We acted in good faith when we gave them the permission for the performance. We believed that the format -- a theater play -- was OK," Koda spokesman Nicolaj Hylten-Cavallius said. "We were told by her father and the lawyers around him that we can forget all about the rights for the music, the photos, branding and everything." Winehouse spokesman Chris Goodman said on Monday that the family had never granted the theater company permission to use the singer's materials. The play, simply entitled 'Amy' was penned in a collaborative effort by Danish playwrights and was to have opened on Jan. 30 in a 220-seat theater in central Copenhagen. It was based on interviews, concerts, Winehouse's letters and newspaper articles.

Koda said that Winehouse's father, Mitch Winehouse, objected to the use of any of her music, photos or belongings but gave no reason why, Hylten-Cavallus said.

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"I Loved Amy Winehouse" - Pete Doherty Reveals Love Affair With The Late Singer


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Pete Doherty has revealed, in an intimate interview with the Daily Mail, that he once had an affair with Amy Winehouse and claims that he is still in love with the singer, who died last year, at the age of 27.

Both Amy and Pete (the former frontman of The Libertines) have had their musical talents overshadowed by their enduring struggles with addiction and substance abuse. Winehouse’s struggle though, ended tragically with her early death.

Sat in his favourite Parisian bistro, Wagon Bleu, Doherty reveals “yes, it’s true. Amy and I were lovers. I loved her then and, well, I still do today.” He added “but towards the end, as only lovers can, she became quite mean and cruel to me. She didn’t suffer fools... and believe me, she had a mean right hook.” During the interview, he is reminded of comments that he made about Amy three years ago, when he said “I’m kind of in awe of her because I do believe she is an incredible talent who has come out of nowhere. And like a lot of the greats she is irreplaceable so .  .  . we don’t want to lose her.” His response to hearing those words once more, was to say “Wow, I said that, did I? Well we did lose her. There but for the grace of God go I, is what I say.”

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Stars Pay Tribute To Amy Winehouse And Raise Cash For The Homeless


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After her tragic death in 2011, Amy Winehouse's name hasn't been easily forgotten, cropping up in the news at least every week. She has sold almost two million records since her death and the Amy Winehouse Foundation continues to do good work in her name. Tonight, family, friends and stars alike are all turning up in a special tribute evening and fundraiser for the Amy Winehouse Foundation Ball, hosted by Mark Ronson.

Amy's father, Mitch Winehouse said: "We're just really carrying on the work she was starting. She was particularly concerned with homeless people as well." According to GigWise, the charity which was set up after the singer's death last year, had raised £230,000 in its first 12 months. 

Jamie Cullum, Tyler James, and of course Mark Ronson will all be performing at the Dorchester this evening, and among the other star studded guests in attendance are her god-daughter Dionne Bromfield, Patsy Kensit, Paloma Faith, Mica Paris and X Factor stars Ella Henderson and James Arthur. The latter guests mingled with one another, reports the Daily Mail, despite the potential for a bitter rivalry after Henderson was sent home in favour of Arthur. 

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Amy Winehouse's Wedding Dress Stolen From London Home


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A wedding dress beloning to the late singer Amy Winehouse has been stolen from her former home in London, where it was being kept in storage.

The deceased singer wore the dress when she tied the knot with former lover Blake Civil-Fielder in 2007, and so far Metropolitan Police have said they are yet to receive a formal allegation about the thefts. Another dress once belonging to the singer, which she wore on an episode of Later...With Jool Holland, is also said to have gone missing.

Winehouse passed away of alcohol poisoning in July 2009, and since then all her possessions at her Camden home have been kept in storage there before being moved on to be sold or given elsewhere. A number of her dresses have already been sold at auction to raise money for the charity set up by her father in her name and so far the dress Amy wore on the cover of her album Back To Black sold for £40,000 last year whilst another was sold for £30,000. The wedding dress was said to have the potential to raise £100,000, all of which would have been given to the foundaion.

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Amy Winehouse To Return To The Stage In A Fictionalised Account Of Her Life


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The notorious, glorious and late Amy Winehouse will be remembered and celebrated once again as her life is adapted into play-form that will open on the stage in Copenhagen in January 2013. The play will be called 'Amy'.

According to the Danish Royal Theatre, in Denmark's capital, the intention of the play is to illustrate the "enormous pressure a sensationalist public put on a young superstar when her problems began." Indeed, Amy went from zero to hero in a matter of months, with her second album Back to Black which featured songs that have become contemporary classics; Rehab, Back to Black and Love is a Losing Game. The play has been written in Danish by 'The Red Room' (Det Roede Rum, in the native Danish), which is a group of 11 writers and is, according to the Telegraph, based upon interviews, speeches, newspaper articles, letters, concerts and Amy's songs, and will focus on her relationships with drugs, alcohol and Blake Fielder-Civil. If the show is a success it will undoubtedly be translated and toured around Europe and further afield. 

Amy died in tragic circumstances in 2011 but is still loved and revered by fans all over the world. She has also had singles released posthumously. With a voice like no other, the task of playing Amy and singing her songs will be mammoth, but Dane Johanne Louise Schmidt will certainly give it her best shot. 

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Zen Of Bennett - The Most Active Man In Showbiz Tony Bennett Talks Lady Gaga


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Even at the ripe old age of 86, Tony Bennett is still more active than most mid-twenty-year-olds. He has one of the longest musical careers that is still alive and kicking, and has still yet more planned. Tomorrow sees the release of a detailed documentary about his life, created by his son Dan Bennett, called 'Zen of Bennett'.

The film includes a portion dedicated Bennett's relationship with Amy Winehouse, with whom he recorded her last duet before she died. The film will coincide with the release of his third album of duets, entitled 'Viva Duets'. This latest album is a collection of duets with the world's best Latino artists. In an interview with TIME he spoke about the recording process, saying "We [went] where they live, so each record took a couple of days of getting to know them, meeting their managers and their friends, and they became great relationships." He said, "They're really tremendous artists, each one of them."

He seemed even more excited, however, about another upcoming project with Lady GaGa. "Lady Gaga called me from Australia and she said, "I want to do a jazz album with you."" The impressive octogenarian revealed, "So we're going to doing it with Marion Evans, the great orchestrator. We're going to have a big swinging album." He sang high praise for the quirky singer, "I call her the Musical Picasso. She's so creative and she changes every two minutes" he said. Later, he revealed that there was nothing in his entire back catalogue (which is incredibly extensive) that he regrets, hopefully Gaga wont put an end that immense 60 year streak and will prove to be another triumph with another of pop's biggest character's.

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Amy Winehouse’s Headstone Features Mark Ronson And ‘The Voice’ Star


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Amy Winehouse’s headstone has finally been unveiled in Edgware, North London, and features the names of the singer’s closest family and friends. The Camden-based star’s collaborator Mark Ronson is mentioned, as is her soul singing goddaughter Dionne Bromfield.

The stone – inscribed with pink writing – carries a prominent tribute to Amy’s late grandmother Cynthia Levy, with the singer’s name featuring below. It reads, “Forever in the hearts of their devoted family”. The headstone also features a host of other colleagues and friends who were close to the singer, including manager Raye Cosbert, backing singers Zalon Thompson and Ade Omotayo and Dale Davis, her long-time bass player. Reg Traviss – her boyfriend at the time of her death – is mentioned, as is her best friend Tyler James, who most recently featured on the BBC singing contest The Voice. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Winehouse’s ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil is conspicuous by his absence on the headstone.

The unveiling of the headstone comes as a new box-set ‘Amy Winehouse at the BBC’ was announced. Set to hit shelves on November 12, the package includes a total of four discs, three of which are compilations of live performances.


Amy Winehouse “Fake” According To British Indie Musician Geoff Barrows


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For a man associated with the cool, glacial music of British band Portishead, the group's co-founder Geoff Barrows can sure be head strong when he wants to be. The 39 year-old musician was promoting his side-project Beak's new album to Electronic Beats when he decided to launch a scathing attack on the late singer Amy Winehouse, accusing her of being "fake" in her singing style.

"I think Whiney Sh*tehouse - Amy Winehouse -, by the end of it, had become just a comic character of herself and how she sang" Barrows fumed to the blog. "I saw her with an electric guitar in a little pub in Bristol and people were going "that's amazing" but it wasn't all that. Then she had the big drug problem and all the tabloids got involved and she would start being Minnie Ripperton or whatever it was." He finished his tirade by saying "It seemed fake, but because there was a massive drug problem you couldn't say it was fake, but her actual voice was fake. She had a real life with a fake voice."

Barrows however was more complimentary about Adele, commenting that "I think Adele sings in her own voice, I think it's her trying to be a big voice and that's her." Barrow has since been forced to defend his comments on Twitter, claiming that he was "misquoted", though insisted that he still wasn't a fan.


Portishead’s Geoff Barrow Forced To Explain Amy Winehouse ‘Fake’ Comments


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Amy Winehouse fans have been showing their allegiance to the late singer, following remarks made by the Portishead producer Geoff Barrow. Barrow made the comments about Amy’s voice, during an interview with his band Beak for Electronic Beats magazine. The producer was asked about his opinion on female vocalists in the music industry and branded Amy’s voice as “fake.”

Referring to Winehouse as “Whiney Shitehouse,” Barrow said “Amy Winehouse –by the end of it, had become just a comic character of herself and how she sang. I saw her with an electric guitar in a little pub in Bristol and people were going ‘that’s amazing’ but it wasn’t all that. Then she had the big drug problem and all the tabloids got involved and she would start being Minnie Ripperton or whatever it was. It seemed fake, but because there was a massive drug problem you couldn’t say it was fake, but her actual voice was fake. She had a real life with a fake voice.” It was a fleeting moment in the interview but it’s caused a stir in the media.

On Geoff Barrow’s Twitter, he has responded to Amy Winehouse fans who have criticized him for his comments. He’s defended his comments, though he admits that his words were “pretty misquoted.” Late yesterday (September 20, 2012), Barrow posted a message to say “I'm sure she was a lovely caring talented person - I didn't know her. Very sad that she passed away - but i never dug her vibe.”


Amy Winehouse, Lioness: Hidden Treasures Album Review


The untimely tragic death of Amy Winehouse in July at the age of just twenty-seven remains one of 2011's biggest news stories, and no doubt will continue to be a major talking point long after Auld Lang Syne brings this year to a close. A uniquely gifted talent amidst an industry of pre-processed bland mediocrity, her 2006 sophomore record 'Back To Black' having deservedly attained classic status long before this summer's poignant events.

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Video - Amy Winehouse Was "truly Talented" Says Comedian D.L Hughley


Amy Winehouse, the British singer found dead at her home in London on Saturday (23rd July 2011), is described as "truly talented" by the comedian D. L Hughley. Speaking outside Mastro's Steakhouse in Los Angeles, Hughley was quizzed on why drugs can often "take people out".

Responding to the questions, the comedian explained, "If we all knew what would take us out.we'd probably do less of it", adding, "I was reading an article this morning and her [Amy Winehouse's] mother was saying she just didn't think she would be around this long.and that's unfortunate.she was a truly talented young lady"

Video - Amy Winehouse's Parents Arrive At Singer's House Following Her Tragic Death


Amy Winehouse's parents Mitch and Janis arrive back at their daughter's north London home following her tragic death on Saturday (23rd July 2011). Mr and Mrs Winehouse spent time reading tribute messages that fans had left outside the singer's home.

Mitch later addressed the crowds of mourners in Camden Square, thanking them for their support, saying, "It really is making this a lot easier for us. Amy was about one thing - and that was love. Her whole life was devoted to her family and friends, and to you guys as well"

Amy Winehouse Monday 17th March 2008 leaves her home this afternoon to see husband Blake at Pentonville prison. Amy appears to have new scratches on her arm and it was reported that the marks on her face are due to her suffering with the skin condition Impetigo. London, England

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Amy Winehouse - Saturday 16th August 2008 at V Festival Chelmsford, England

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Amy Winehouse Thursday 14th August 2008 Amy Winehouse looking very tired and showing a cut on her right arm, arrives at Dingwalls in Camden for The Hawley Arms fundraiser London, England

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Amy Winehouse - Sunday 13th July 2008 at T In The Park Perth and Kinross, Scotland

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Amy Winehouse Saturday 12th July 2008 Amy Winehouse leaving her house to travel to Dublin to perform tonight London, England

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Amy Winehouse Friday 4th July 2008 leaves her house accompanied by a minder and heads to the Jewish shopping area of London, Golders Green. London, England

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Amy Winehouse and Nelson Mandela Friday 27th June 2008 appearing at the '46664' concert honouring Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday at Hyde Park London, England

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Amy Winehouse Monday 30th June 2008 leaves her Camden home to go for a walk with an inhaler in her hand. She produces an ace of hearts playing card which she asks the photographers to get published for her incarcerated husband London, England

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Amy Winehouse Sunday 8th June 2008 Mitch Winehouse takes daughter Amy Winehouse to the Guanabana restaurant in Camden London, England

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Amy Winehouse Friday 30th May 2008 opens her door wearing a Jewish Star of David necklace, ahead of her performance this weekend at the 'Rock in Rio' festival in Portugal London, England

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Amy Winehouse and Pete Doherty Sunday 18th May 2008 Amy Winehouse arrives at Millwall football club to watch Pete Doherty play in the Soccer Six charity game London, England

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Amy Winehouse Tuesday 13th May 2008 spotted with a mystery man visiting a clinic near her home in North London. London, England

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Amy Winehouse Tuesday 6th May 2008 Takes time out from the studio to have a walk around, when she spots some photographers spying on her from the next door neighbour's house. Henley, England

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Amy Winehouse Friday 25th April 2008 Amy Winehouse goes on another late night bender in Camden visiting the same pub, 'The Good Mixer' as the night before. She stocked up on disposable lighters at her local newsagent and was guided home by friends pulling bizarre facial expressions, and sniggered uncontrollably. London, England

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Sadie Frost and Amy Winehouse Friday 25th April 2008 Sadie Frost arrives at the home of Amy Winehouse with a group of friends at 2am, looking rather worse for wear. London, England

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Amy Winehouse Wednesday 23rd April 2008 returns home after a night out with friends, but the star finds herself locked out of her house. She then gets into a dispute with a taxi driver over her cab fare London, England

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Amy Winehouse Wednesday 23rd April 2008 Amy Winehouse arrives back at her house at 4am rather worse for wear, having spent the evening staggering around various venues in Camden. Amy had locked herself out, so with the help of a friend, they broke into her house via the garage, with her friend slipping underneath! London, England

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Horrendous cigarette burn and Amy Winehouse Monday 21st April 2008 on Amy Winehouse as she leaves home to go to Pentonville prison to visit her incarcerated husband Blake London, England

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Amy Winehouse Thursday 6th March 2008 Amy Winehouse leaving her home at just before 2am, and heads to Bungalow8 nightclub. On the floor behind her, is a huge empty box of her favourite Haribo sweets! London, England

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Amy Winehouse, You Know I'm No Good, Single Review


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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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