Friends plan to release new songs from the late artist
On Monday, Island Records announced it will release a posthumous collection of songs from Amy Winehouse, reports CBSNews.com. The Album, called “Lioness: Hidden Treasures”, will be a mix of previously unheard tracks and remixes of popular tunes. Amy’s father Mitch Winehouse called a previously unreleased track, “Halftime”, “just incredibly beautiful.”
A duet of “Body and Soul” with Tony Bennett will also be included, as the last song Winehouse ever recorded. These 12 tracks will make up Winehouse’s third album, following “Frank” and the Grammy-winning “Back to Black”.
The album was fashioned together by Winehouse’s established musical partners Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi, in addition to input from the Winehouse family, management, and the record label.
As part of the statement Island records made, Mitch Winehouse explained, “If the family had felt that this album wasn’t up to the standard of ‘Frank’ and ‘Back To Black’ we would never have agreed to release it and we believe it will stand as a fitting tribute to Amy’s musical legacy.”
Winehouse had publicly struggled with addiction to drugs and alcohol for years, and when she died in her London home on July 23rd at the age of 27, many suspected her death was related to a drug overdose. However, a British coroner recently ruled her death the result of accidental alcohol poisoning.
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