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Tracklisting For Our Beautiful Songbird Posthomous Album

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THIS INFORMATION HAS BEEN TAKEN FROM THE OFFICIAL AMY WINEHOUSE WEBSITE xxx

Today it’s been announced that on the 5th December, “Lioness: Hidden Treasures“, the third album from Amy Winehouse, without question one of the most talented, original, and best loved artists to emerge in popular music for decades, will be released through Island Records.

Following her tragic passing in July, some of the producers and musicians who worked closely with Amy Winehouse, among them Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi, spent time listening over the many recordings that Amy had made, before, during, and after the release of “Frank” and “Back To Black”. It was said by all who worked with Amy that she never sang or played a song the same way twice. It quickly became apparent to Salaam and Mark that they had a collection of songs that deserved to be heard, a collection of songs that were a fitting testament to Amy the artist and, as importantly, Amy their friend.

The 12 track collection features previously unreleased tracks, alternate versions of existing classics as well as a couple of brand new Amy compositions, and has been compiled by long-time musical partners Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson in close association with Amy’s family, management and record label Island Records. “Lioness : Hidden Treasures” proves a fitting tribute to the artist, the talent and the woman and serves as a reminder of Amy’s extraordinary powers as a songwriter, a singer and an interpreter of classics.

The full tracklisting is as follows:

“Our Day Will Come (Reggae Version)” – reggae re-working of classic 60’s doo wop song produced by Salaam Remi. Recorded May 2002.

“Between The Cheats” – new Amy composition recorded in London in May 2008 for potential inclusion on album three produced by Salaam Remi.

“Tears Dry” – originally written by Amy as a ballad, this is the original version she recorded in November 2005 in Miami with Salaam. The later uptempo version appears on “Back To Black”.

“Wake Up Alone” – the first song recorded for the “Back To Black” sessions. This is the one-take demo recorded in March 2006 by Paul O’Duffy.

“Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” – Amy’s beautiful reading of the Carole King written Shirelles classic. Produced by Mark Ronson and featuring the Dap Kings with string arrangements by Chris Elliott who did all the strings for Mark’s tracks on “Back To Black”. Recorded in September 2004.

“Valerie” – one of Amy’s jukebox favourites. This is the original slower tempo version of the Mark Ronson produced post “Back To Black” single. Recorded in December 2006.

“Like Smoke” featuring NAS – Amy and Nas became really good friends after Amy name checked the New York rapper on “Back To Black’s” “Me & Mr Jones”. “Like Smoke” is finally Amy doing a song with one of her favourite artists. Produced by Salaam Remi. Recorded in May 2008.

“The Girl From Ipanema” – the first song the 18 year old Amy sang when she first went to Miami to record with Salaam. Salaam remarked that “the way she re-interpreted this bossa nova classic made me realise that I was dealing with a very special talent. Her approach to the song was so young and fresh, it really inspired the rest of our sessions.” Recorded in May 2002.

“Halftime” – Amy had talked to Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson of the Roots about working together. “Halftime” is a song that Amy and Salaam had worked on since the Frank sessions. The result is beautiful. Recorded in August 2002.

“Best Friends” – “Frank” era live set opener produced by Salaam Remi. Probably the first song that early Amy fans would have heard live. Recorded in February 2003.

“Body & Soul” with Tony Bennett – cover of 30’s jazz standard with hero Tony Bennett. Recorded at Abbey Road Studios London in March 2011 and produced by Phil Ramone. Amy’s final studio recording.

“A Song For You” – heartbreaking and emotional version of the Leon Russell classic made famous by Donny Hathaway. Hathaway was Amy’s all-time favourite artist and the song was recorded in one take, just Amy and her guitar, at her home in London during the spring of 2009 as she battled her demons. Produced by Salaam Remi.

Check out “Like Smoke” below xxx

Gone BUT NEVER forgotten my Virgo Older Sister xx

Happy Birthday Beautiful Song Bird (WORLDWIDE EXCLUSIVE) “Amy Died From Excess Detox” Watch Tony Bennett & Amy Winehouse “Body And Soul”

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Today is Amy Winehouse’s Birthday #VirgoRockChick

This is the conclusion that has been reached at this moment in time in regards to Amy’s unfortunate departure.

Shout outs to The Guardian on this:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/sep/12/amy-winehouse-detox-mitch-winehouse

Amy’s father Mitch Winehouse has blamed her death on her efforts to quit drinking. In an interview to air on Monday, Mitch Winehouse said he believes his daughter died after suffering a seizure brought on by alcohol withdrawal. “Everything Amy did, she did to excess,” he told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “She drank to excess and did detox to excess.”

Almost two months after she was found in her north London home, the cause of Amy’s death has still not been identified. While a toxicology report showed there were no illegal substances in the singer’s system, Mitch told CNN there were traces of Librium, a prescription drug used to fight anxiety and alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Some alcohol was also found in her bloodstream.

This was part of a pattern Mitch said he had seen before. Although he insists his daughter quit hard drugs in December 2008, alcohol was still a problem. “The periods of abstinence were becoming longer, and the periods of drinking were becoming shorter,” he said. “It was heading in the right direction.” Withdrawal caused seizures, Mitch said, and he believes one of these seizures killed her on 23 July. “There was nobody there to rescue her.”

CNN also spoke to Amy’s mother, Janis Winehouse, her stepmother, her aunt, and Reg Traviss, the singer’s boyfriend. Two days before Amy died, Traviss said, they spent a quiet evening watching DVDs. They were planning a holiday in St Lucia in September. “She was a really clever girl,” he said. “She knew what she was doing.” Traviss said he wanted to talk to her more about her drinking problem but feared he would be seen as “nagging”.

A full inquest into the singer’s death will begin next month.

May she eternally RIP.

**Shocking News** Amy Winehouse Found Dead At Age 27-: Latest Update

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Our thoughts and prayers are with her Family and Friends at this time.

Taken from BBC News

Amy Jade Winehouse was born on 14 September 1983 (A Virgo 80′s Baby) in the well-to-do area of Southgate, north London.

Her taxi driver father, Mitchell, was a jazz enthusiast and often sang songs to his daughter as she grew up.

She trained at the Susi Earnshaw Theatre School from the age of eight and, by the time she was 10, had formed a rap group with one of her best friends.

Winehouse later attended the prestigious Sylvia Young Theatre School.

She began writing music at the age of 14 and a former boyfriend sent a tape of her singing with a jazz band to an A&R man.

Scotland Yard said it is waiting for the results of toxicology tests after an autopsy failed to establish a formal cause of death.

An inquest has been opened but no cause of death given.

Coroner’s officer Sharon Duff described the circumstances around Amy’s death as “non-suspicious”.

The coroner has adjourned the inquest until October 26.

Music producer Mark Ronson and TV star Kelly Osbourne were among the famous faces at the 45-minute service, held at Edgwarebury Cemetery in Edgware.

Osbourne and others were seen wearing their hair in Winehouse’s trademark beehive style.

Friends and family have now gone to a cremation and family gathering at a synagogue in Golders Green.

Winehouse’s father Mitch read a eulogy at the service that ended with the words: “Goodnight, my angel, sleep tight. Mummy and Daddy love you ever so much.”

According to a family spokesman, Mr Winehouse “told some great stories from childhood about how headstrong she was”.

“He stressed so many times she was happier now than she had ever been and he spoke about her boyfriend and paid tribute to a lot of people in her life.”

The service, which was led by Rabbi Frank Hellner and included prayers in English and Hebrew, ended with a rendition of the Carole King song So Far Away.

Osbourne and others wore their hair in Winehouse’s trademark beehive style Photographers and reporters lined the road as guests arrived for the service, which began at about 1230.

Between 300 and 400 people attended, according to family friend Alfie Ezekiel, 55, from Essex.

Mr Ezekiel said the service had been “joyful” and “very moving” and had “celebrated” the 27-year-old singer’s life.

Fans have travelled to the crematorium in Golders Green, also in north London, to pay their respects.

Hayley, 27, from Watford told the BBC: “She was the same age as me. It’s just a waste, but she left us with some great music.”

Her friend Jay, 20, also from Watford, added: “She had style, she was so individual.

“It’s so sad she had her life in front of her. She was different to other celebrities.”

‘Beautiful song bird’

Tributes continue to be paid to the award-winning singer, whose body was found on Saturday at her home in Camden, north London.

Winehouse’s god-daughter Dionne Bromfield, who was signed to the singer’s record label, said she “felt like a part of my soul has departed with the beautiful song bird Amy”.

Mitch Winehouse (centre) read a eulogy at the 45-minute service Winehouse joined the 15-year-old on stage last week during a gig at the Roundhouse in Camden and encouraged the audience to buy Bromfield’s album.

Singer George Michael wrote on Twitter that the late star “the most soulful vocalist this country has ever seen”.

In a posting on her website, Adele said Winehouse had “paved the way for artists like me and made people excited about British music again”.

An inquest into Winehouse’s death was opened and adjourned until 26 October at London’s St Pancras Coroner’s Court on Monday.

During the two-minute hearing, an official read out the name, birth date and address of Winehouse, described as “a divorced lady living at Camden Square NW1″.

“She was a singer-songwriter at the time of her death and was identified by her family here at St Pancras this morning,” said coroner’s officer Sharon Duff.

The scene of Winehouse’s death, she said, “was investigated by police and determined non-suspicious.”

A post-mortem examination also took place on Monday. No cause of death has yet been given.

Results of further toxicology tests could take up to four weeks.

The singer won widespread acclaim with her 2003 debut album Frank, which saw her nominated for the Mercury prize.

But it was 2006′s Back to Black which brought her worldwide stardom, winning five Grammy Awards.