so untimely and unfortunate

stuff: – “…She spent most days at home writing, a friend told People magazine. Amy had been working on her eagerly anticipated third album, a follow up to 2006’s Back to Black, recently. It was due to be released earlier this year, but that never transpired. It’s understood Amy had told her record company she wanted to work on some of the lyrics as she felt they were too concerned with her ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil. Meanwhile, Cee Lo Green has spoken of his sadness following the star’s passing. Despite rumours earlier this year claiming Amy and Cee Lo had recorded a track together, Cee Lo has revealed they never made it to the studio but they had been keen to collaborate. “We were discussing working together. We have a mutual friend, [producer] Salaam Remi. “There was a rumour that we had already recorded together. It wasn’t true and I don’t know where that came from. But we did grow fond of each other and thought we could work together,” he told E! Online. “I could listen to her and she registered to me as the real thing … It’s so untimely and unfortunate. What a loss. Music has lost a daughter…” (Winehouse ‘spent last days writing’)

Reuters: – “…Winehouse’s breakthrough “Back to Black” album, released in America in 2007, sold 37,000 copies for the sales period — virtually all of that between Saturday morning, when her death was announced, and Sunday night, when the SoundScan sales week closed…Her numbers could be as big or bigger on next week’s chart, which will reflect a full week’s worth of posthumous interest in the tragic star. Her far lesser known debut album, “Frank” — which was only issued in America after “Back to Black” became a smash — also reentered the chart, at No. 57, after selling 7,600 copies over the weekend. According to Nielsen SoundScan, more than 95 percent of Winehouse’s album sales were digital downloads, which is not surprising, given how most music retailers shy away from carrying catalog nowadays and might have had one CD, at most, in stock…” (Music Charts: Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back to Black’ Back in Billboard’s Top 10)

Amy Jade Winehouse (14 September 1983 – 23 July 2011) was an English singer-songwriter known for her powerful deep contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres including R&B, soul and jazz. Winehouse’s 2003 debut album, Frank, was critically successful in the UK and was nominated for the Mercury Prize. Her 2006 follow-up album, Back to Black, led to six Grammy Award nominations and five wins, tying the then record for the most wins by a female artist in a single night, and made Winehouse the first British female to win five Grammys, including three of the “Big Four”: Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year. On 14 February 2007, she won a BRIT Award for Best British Female Artist; she had also been nominated for Best British Album. She won the Ivor Novello Award three times, one in 2004 for Best Contemporary Song (musically and lyrically) for “Stronger Than Me”, one in 2007 for Best Contemporary Song for “Rehab”, and one in 2008 for Best Song Musically and Lyrically for “Love Is a Losing Game”, among other distinctions. The album was the third biggest seller of the 2000s in the United Kingdom. Winehouse is credited as an influence in the rise in popularity of female musicians and soul music, and also for revitalising British music. Winehouse’s distinctive style made her a muse for fashion designers such as Karl Lagerfeld. Winehouse’s problems with drug and alcohol abuse, violence, and her self-destructive behaviours were regular tabloid news from 2007 until her death. She and her former husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, were plagued by legal troubles that left him serving prison time. In 2008, Winehouse faced a series of health complications that threatened both her career and her life. Winehouse died at the age of 27 on 23 July 2011, at her home in London; police have said that the cause of her death is “as yet unexplained”. Winehouse’s family and friends attended her funeral on 26 July 2011. She was later cremated at Golders Green Crematorium (Wikipedia).

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