June 17, 2008 |
PERHAPS OVERCOME by rumors that she was losing the gig singing the James Bond theme to Leona Lewis, Amy Winehouse fainted yesterday at her north London home. Amy lost consciousness (surely not the first time), but an assistant caught her before she hit the ground, which is why it's always good to have an assistant. "She quickly recovered and her father, Mitch, took her to hospital as a precaution," her spokesman Chris Goodman said in a statement. Winehouse had spent the afternoon signing autographs for Canadian fans who were standing outside her house.
July 29, 2011
SHE HAD a God-given talent. That's trite, and it's overused, but it fits. Amy Winehouse had a glorious voice. Now it will be heard only in replay, captured in musical amber. Because, as everyone now knows, drug addict Winehouse is dead. We'll never be sure if it was intentional since she didn't leave a note. But with her history, you can probably chalk it up to recklessness, at the very least. Winehouse must have known that continuing to dine on heroin, pills and whatever other controlled substances she could get her hands on would end up badly.
November 18, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Amy Winehouse had written all the songs that were to appear on her third album. She even picked out song titles. But music producer Salaam Remi said the soul singer, who died over the summer, was not rushing to release that new material, instead planning to drop a jazz album first with a "supergroup" including ?uestlove of The Roots. "She had written down everything she wanted to do," Remi said this week. Only two of the tracks Winehouse wrote were recorded and appear on her compilation album, "Lioness: Hidden Treasures," out Dec. 5. Winehouse died from accidental alcohol poisoning at age 27. Her body was found at her London home July 23. Remi, who worked on the singer's two albums, "Frank" and "Back to Black," produced most of the upcoming CD, saying Winehouse was a perfectionist when it came to composing music.
February 11, 2008 |
Amy Winehouse and Kanye West were big winners at the 50th annual Grammy awards at the Staples Center in Los Angeles last night, while jazz pianist Herbie Hancock pulled an upset, winning best album for his Joni Mitchell tribute, River: The Joni Letters . "I'd like to thank the academy for courageously breaking the mold," Hancock, 67, said, in accepting the first album of the year award for a jazz disc since Getz/Gilberto , featuring "The...
July 26, 2011 |
It takes focus right now to actually hear Amy Winehouse's voice amid all the chatter, to appreciate the breath and hum that created Back to Black , her devastating second, and final, album. After all, the lurid, sad craziness of her addiction, to which she apparently succumbed over the weekend at her home in London, was her story line - as was failure - and her honesty and openness in tackling the subjects, coupled with her charisma and vocal swagger, was her allure. Had she sung about her family trying to make her go to a barbecue instead of rehab, or had she titled her breakout album Back to Pink , well, you wouldn't be reading this right now. Her story was her trouble.
February 10, 2008 |
One 50th anniversary Grammy telecast will not be the salvation of a collapsing music industry, but at least the show will go on. Thanks to an interim agreement with the Writers Guild of America, the Grammys will be telecast from the Staples Center in Los Angeles at 8 tonight. So expect a barrage of bon mots from such presenters as Miley Cyrus, George Lopez and Ludacris. With album sales dropping a further 9.5 percent last year, according to Nielsen Soundscan, the industry could ill afford to allow "music's biggest night" to slip away.
July 27, 2011 |
FOLLOWING THE JEWISH tradition of a quick funeral, Amy Winehouse was laid to rest yesterday in London. The singer's father, mother and brother and close friends, along with band members and celebrities - producer Mark Ronson; "Fashion Police" personality Kelly Osbourne, her hair piled beehive-high in tribute to Amy's trademark style - were among several hundred mourners at Edgwarebury Cemetery in north London. The service was led by a rabbi and included prayers in English and Hebrew and reminiscences from Winehouse's father, Mitch Winehouse . The cab driver and jazz singer, who helped foster his daughter's love of music, ended his eulogy with the words "Goodnight, my angel, sleep tight.
December 14, 2007 |
More than a decade after her first recordings, 51-year-old soul queen Sharon Jones is enjoying a long-overdue moment in the sun. The Augusta, Ga., native and avowed James Brown disciple celebrated the October release of her new album, 100 Days, 100 Nights, with her own live at the Apollo gig, jammed with Booker T. & the MG's, and backed up Lou Reed's live replication of his legendary album, Berlin. Still to come is a role in Denzel Washington's The Great Debaters, as a 1930s juke-joint singer belting out Bessie Smith songs.
July 19, 2015 |
Trainwreck Amy Schumer stars in (and wrote) this deft Judd Apatow-directed comedy, about a commitment- phobic magazine writer who unexpectedly tumbles for a sports-medicine doc (Bill Hader) she's been assigned to profile. A showcase for Schumer's cutting brand of comedy, the film smoothly switches tracks from raunchy copulatory one-liners to compulsory rom-com schmaltz to emotionally raw business about commitment, family, self-image, and self-destructiveness. The stellar supporting cast includes Brie Larson, Tilda Swinton, Colin Quinn, and, yes, NBA superstar LeBron James, who practically steals the movie.