Monday, October 31, 2011

Gossip » New Amy Winehouse Album to Be Released

A posthumous album from Amy Winehouse will soon be released.

Island Records' Lioness: Hidden Treasures, featuring 12 tracks of previously unreleased and rare recordings from the late chanteuse, is coming December 5.

At an emotional family gathering last week, the singer's dad, Mitch Winehouse, wept as he listened to the music, some of which he had never heard before.

New Amy Winehouse Album to Be Released 
Amy Winehouse

"It wasn't until I sat down with the rest of the family and listened to this album that I fully appreciated the breadth of Amy's talent," says Mitch Winehouse.

"From jazz standards to hip-hop songs, it really took my breath away," her grieving dad said in a statement. "I never realized what a true genius she was."

Coming from her biggest fan, that's saying something.

Winehouse never released another album after her 2006 smash Back to Black, but recorded plenty of unreleased material from which her label might choose.

The new album apparently includes one track written while she was on drugs, according to the Sun, as well as a song about a cheating Blake Fielder-Civil.

Also mmong the offerings on the album: a brand new song, "Between the Cheats," a slower tempo version of her hit "Valerie" and "A Song For You."

The latter is a cover of the Leon Russell song also performed by Winehouse's musical idol, Donny Hathaway, so you know that's going to be good.

Produced by friends Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi over the last few weeks, the album will be Winehouse's third in all. She died this July at age 27.

A donation from the sale of each album will also go to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, established after her death to help those battling addiction.