green Day paid homage to tAmy Winehouse with a special tribute song performed at their concert in Costa Mesa last week.
The band posted the lyrics to the new song ‘Amy’ on their official website Greenday.com aand, while they didn’t explicitly say that the song has been written about the late singer, given some of the lyrics include lines that read “Dirty records from another time”, “27 gone without a trace” and “Did you tattoo a lucky charm”, it’s safe to assume the track has been written in Winehouse’s honour.
Nero claim their first Official Singles number one as the indie/dubstep ‘Promises’, flies straight to the top of the new chart. Featured in the BBC’s influential Sound Of 2011 poll, the duo scored their first Official Charts hit this January with ‘Me & You’ debuting at number 15.
In the Official Albums Chart, Amy Winehouse holds firm at number one for a third week with ‘Back To Black’ while her debut ‘Frank’ slips one place to this week’s number four.
Meanwhile Jay-Z and Kanye West score this week’s highest new albums’ entry with their collaboration ‘Watch The Throne’ straight in at number three
Rumours are surfacing that Lady Gaga may play Amy Winehouse in a movie biopic. The eccentric singer is said to be considering the role of the late singer.
A British tabloid is quoted as saying
“Lady Gaga worshiped Amy and would love nothing more than to transform herself into her idol on the big screen. She’d be spot on performing Amy’s songs and has got the right look and bolshy attitude…Gaga’s management team had been discussing possible film ventures before Amy’s untimely death. But there’s only ever been one role she wants and that’s to play Amy.”
Amy Winehouse’s personal possessions were stolen from her home it has been revealed.
The star’s father Mitch Winehouse believes someone has unlawfully taken unreleased music, lyric books and letters belonging to the singer.
Other items Amy’s management can’t find include one of her favourite guitars and song lyrics penned for her third album.
A source revealed:
Mitch is livid. The family, record label and management are months away from deciding what to do with any unreleased music. For that to be taken out of their hands is horrible. Mitch is willing to give whoever has stolen the items a chance to do the right thing and put them back so it doesn’t have to get messy.’
In related news the late singer. will be covering the August 2011 Tribute Issue of Billboard Magazine Brasil (above)
Singer Dionne Bromfield opened up to BBC Radio 1 and Scott Mills about the death of her godmother Amy Winehouse. Dionne was recently seen giving an emotional tribute to Amy by singing ‘Love is a Losing Game’ at last weekend’s Big Chill festival.
It’s not often that the good guy makes it, so we’re pleased as punch that in little under a year, WRETCH 32 has gone from underground respect to mainstream love thanks to hit singles, Traktor and Unorthodox with Example.With another brilliant song, Don’t Go due for release and album, Black And White in the bag, Rajveer Kathwadia meets the north London spitter to talk shop.
Wretch on the past year…
It’s been crazy. I couldn’t possibly expect that this was gonna happen. It’s really hard to describe. Everything changes so fast, and everything happens so fast that you honestly don’t get time to take it in, so it’s been strange and taken some getting used to, to be honest with you. It’s a good feeling when I listen back to the old material, because at that stage I just wanted to get to here. So obviously the material now is me wanting to get to there [points into the distance].
Wretch on making hits…
I feel there’s different ways you can go about things. I could have tried to have done another Traktor after Traktor, but for me that was more of a risk than taking more of a risk on another sound! So with us being like that, we thought, ‘cool. Let’s make every single completely different,’ and then you’ll never know what’s next. I think that’s a good thing. It’s pretty brave because some people like you for what you first came out with, but obviously Traktor isn’t what I first came out with, that’s what I came out with first in the public eye. If I’m honest, I always thought, being a rapper’s rapper and all that, I didn’t think for me it was ever gonna be about top 10s or top 20s. I never ever thought that. I’ll even say it now, I’m not the hit-man. I dunno what’s happening.
Wretch on bringing through new talent…
I think that’s very important. It would have been easy to try and reach out to someone and say, ‘hey John Legend, come and do the chorus.’ But I think when you go with the talent over the name, then I think people realise you’re in it to make the best song you can make and I think it’s more honest and really natural. I feel that Josh Kumra’s a great vocalist and I think he’s gonna have a good career. I want people to hear him. I don’t have any connection with him label-wise or anything, he’s just sick, the chorus is fire and the voice is undeniable. Why should he not be on a song cos it’s just the first public thing he’s done? He’s talented enough. I think talent over names every time.
Wretch on his new album, Black And White…
I’ve got a story and a journey that you might have heard about. Some people might have visually seen it on YouTube, some people might have followed me from the beginning. But I think me calling it that is me putting everything in black and white, this is what it is right here, have a listen, this is me; Wretch 32. And it kind of takes you on a journey of my life, it explains who I am, how I feel about things. You’d understand me as an artist and as a person.
Wretch on his first headline tour…
This tour isn’t profitable at all, I can tell you that. We ain’t making one penny off of this. All I want is for people to go home afterwards and think, ‘you know what? That was some mad show!’ I don’t even know what we can afford to do cos me and my manager have only really spoken about a few bits and bobs, but I really wanna go in. I think it’s so important. I wouldn’t have dreamed about having a tour last year, and coming into the game I always used to think, ‘if I was Dizzee [Rascal] or Kano, then I would do this…’ but now you are there… so do it then. I am one of those guys where I practice what I preach. I would never say it out loud, but in my head I’d be like, ‘Ahhh maybe he should have done that?’ I’m gonna do everything I think anyone should have done and anything I should have done.
Wretch on Chipmunk…
The thing with Chip that I always love is that I met the kid when he was 13/14, he lived around the corner from me and this was around the time I’d released my first mixtape and everything was shaping up nice. The only thing I ever got from this kid is that he wants to be the best in the world and I admired that so much cos he phoned me out of the blue and asked if we could do a track. So I asked my little sister, ‘Do you know a kid called Chipmunk?’ and she said, ‘Yeah he goes to my school, they love him in the school.’ So I went to the studio and I could see the hunger in his eyes. For me it’s good to remain around people that are mad hungry, because it’s easy to get complacent, cos that’s how you fall off and that’s how you fall down. And this guy won’t allow himself to fall off and fall down – he’s hungry. I’m hungry as hell. I wanna be the best too, so that means you have to cover every angle. Me and him, it’s just that thing where we wanna go in and represent the country and be the best. Even last night I got in at 6am cos I was just at his house, writing.
Wretch on Amy Winehouse…
It’s tragic man. It’s so tragic and it’s so sad. She’s got a phenomenal voice; she’s had an incredible struggle and you can hear it in her voice. It’s mad, it’s just one of those things where you wish things could be different, you just wish she could continue making music cos as an artist when you have a connection with another artist that you like, you never wanna hear that news. We all feel like we know her as a person, like she’s our next door neighbour, but she isn’t; we just know her voice, we know a bit about her story and a bit about her struggle, She was very young as well, so it’s real sad.
Wretch on his top two tips for the future…
There’s a girl called Kay Young that I’m really in love with musically. And I also think Emeli Sandé. She’s coming out on the same day as me, but I actually think she’s a phenomenal artist, I’ve heard some of her stuff and I think musically she’s my other half. I tell her that all the time. I wanted to get her on the album, but it was difficult at the time, but we’ll do stuff and when we do it’ll be mad.
The single, Don’t Go is out 14 August and the album, Black And White is out 21 August.
Amy Winehouse’s classic album, “Back To Black” has topped the UK charts eight days after she was tragically found dead in her North London home. The album which spawned 5 Grammys and worldwide multi-platinum sales, shot to Number 1 in nearly every iTunes chart in the aftermath of her death.
This Sunday’s position marks the fourth time the album has hit Number 1 in the UK.
In the wake of Amy Winehouse’s death last weekend, rumours have emerged that the late star was in the midst of adopting a 10 year old St. Lucian girl called Dannika Augustine. Amy met Dannika and her family on the island during her stay there a couple of years ago.
Dannika is quoted as saying: “Amy was already my mother. I would call her mum and she would call me her daughter. She took care of me and we had fun together. I loved her and she loved me. She was the most amazing person and I was looking forward to living with her here or in London. I cannot believe she is gone. This is the worst thing that ever happened to me.”
Amy Winehouse’s dad Mitch greeted the hoards of fans outside the late star’s house in Camden earlier today. He joined his ex-wife, as the pair started the sad task of clearing out Amy’s belongings. Mitch later gave some lucky fans some t-shirts.
Long term Amy Winehouse producer, SaLaAm Remi has taken to his tumblr page to post up a previously unheard track from the late singer. The cut titled, “Roun Midnite” showcases Amy’s vocals at their best.
Amy Winehouse’s father Mitch read out an emotional eulogy at his daughter’s funeral earlier today. To a church full of close friends and family, spokesperson Chris Goodman said that Mitch wanted to celebrate her life:
“Mitch was funny, he told some great stories from her childhood. It was a celebration. He stressed many times that she had been more content than she had been in years. Mitch paid tribute to a lot of people from Amy’s life…Mitch’s last words to Amy in his eulogy were “Goodnight my angel. Sleep tight. Mummy and Daddy love you ever so much.”"
The service included prayers in both English and in Hebrew and after Mitch’s eulogy, a rendition of Carole King’s ‘So Far Away’ was played which was apparantly Amy’s favourite song.
Attendees at the funeral included brother Alex, boyfriend Reg Traviss, God daughter Dionne Bromfield, Kelly Osbourne, Mark Ronson, Nick Grimshaw, Remi Nicole and Amy’s band members.
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