Could Amy Winehouse’s Third Album Get a Posthumous Release?
The late Amy Winehouse hadn't released an album since her second effort, 2006's 'Back to Black,' which landed in 2007 in the US, and her attempt at working on a third album was often marred or derailed by her personal and addiction struggles. The press was often more interested in her battles with the bottle and other substances, which did overshadow the fact that the singer still worked.
At the time of her death, the soulful singer had been working on new material for the follow up to her Grammy-winning breakthrough, and her death on Saturday has sparked plenty of online chatter about the possibility of a posthumous release and the undetermined fate of the music that Winehouse was making.
Winehouse was still working with producer Mark Ronson (yes, the brother of Lindsay Lohan's ex Samantha Ronson), who was the co-architect of her 'Back to Black' success and was also said to be infusing her trademark throwback, blues-soul-jazz-jukebox sound with a more reggae influence. Long standing rumors that her label wasn't feeling her latest batch of tunes had been swirling, as well. At one point, a 2011 release was being bandied about, but nothing ever materialized or came to fruition.
No one is sure what level of completion the album is at or if there is even enough material available to be cobbled together for an entire album. If there are even full songs existing beyond demo form is another matter of debate. No one really knows, since so much conflicting information has been released in the press.
Here's what we do know, though. Sources said in May that an album was done, then Winehouse entered rehab for a brief stint before heading out on a European tour that was quickly scrapped as she was in no shape to travel and perform.
Winehouse's goddaughter Dionne Bromfield said she heard the album telling Digital Spy that "I have heard it, and it's very good! I hear she's touring a few places in Europe soon, too, but I don't know where. Obviously I'm saying no more!" Winehouse joined Bromfield on stage for her final public performance just days prior to her passing.
Exactly what will happen with the songs that Winehouse was working on and the songs the Bromfield heard is anyone's guess. They may remain shelved forever or the label may decide to pay tribute to Winehouse and release what is finished. It's simply a matter of conjecture at this point and is likely to be sussed out in the coming months.
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