The latest posthumous release from Amy Winehouse titled ‘Lioness – Hidden Treasures’ has topped the UK album charts. The album features 12 original tracks from Winehouse and covers which have been complied by long-time musical partners Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson. Winehouse and Ronson collaborated on The Zutons cover of ‘Valerie’ which reached Number 2 in the UK Singles Chart not so long ago.
Amy Winehouse Foundation
The proceeds from Lioness will be put towards the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which was set up in memory of the late singer in order to provide support for young people who are in need help due to ill health, disability, financial disadvantage and addiction. The first single ‘Our Day Will Come’ from the latest album, reached number 29 in the singles charts.
Winehouse was found dead at her Camden, London apartment on the 23rd July 2011, as a result of drinking too much alcohol. Speculations appeared soon after her death that she took a drug overdose. The post-mortem results found that the singer had 416mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood in her system, even for her this was too much and proved to be fatal.
Producer Mark Ronson, who co-produced Winehouse’s breakthrough album ‘Black to Black’ commented on ‘Lioness’ saying that the album was an insight into the songs that Amy loved. Ronson, initially refused to work on the tribute album but went on to say that he was unsure of whether the tribute album needed was his influence, and for him it was too soon to listen to her voice over whilst working on the album.
When the producer heard vocals she had put down for ‘Will You Still Love me Tomorrow’ it changed his mind, he wanted to be part of it and he wanted one more chance to be a part of something with Winehouse.
Amy was known for her deep contralto vocals, her debut album ‘Frank’ was nominated for the Mercury Prize, her follow up album ‘Black To Black’ led to six Grammy nominations, five of which she won. Her latest album ‘Lioness – Hidden Treasures’ was released five years after her last release, those years seeing her highest highs and lowest lows. The album booklet includes a message from her parents, along with an in-depth track by track description from Mark Ronson.
Winehouse’s death was a huge loss to both her parents, fans and the British music scene, and no doubt she will never be forgotten.