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Amy Winehouse Dead At 27

Amy Winehouse
Amy Winehouse

A Quote from a  press release from London’s Metropolitan Police 

 “Police were called by London Ambulance Service to an address in Camden Square NW1 shortly before 16.05 hours today, Saturday 23 July, following reports of a woman found deceased. On arrival officers found the body of a 27-year-old female who was pronounced dead at the scene. Inquiries continue into the circumstances of death. At this early stage it is being treated as unexplained.”

That 27 year old, was UK’s Grammy Award winnging R&B/Pop singer/song writer, Amy Winehouse. Winehouse came to fame when her 2006  second album, Back To Bkack recieverd massive worldwide success, However as she would continue to recieve more and more critical, and commercial success, it became apparent that Winehouse’s personal demons would soon begin to eclipse any of her artistic contributions.

Along with a variety of legal problems, it was evident that she would be plagued by a long list of health problem throughout her career until the end of her life. In 2008  Amy’s father, Mitch Winehouse stated in various interviews that her physical condition had been affected, due to her smoking forms of crack cocaaine. The singer’s father also reported that doctors have warned Winehouse that, if she continued smoking crack cocaine, she would have to wear an oxygen mask and would eventually die. Norman H. Edelman of the American Lung Association explained that if she stopped smoking, her lung functions would decline at the rate of a normal person, but continued smoking would lead to a more rapid decline in lung function.

News of Amy’s addictions would  obviously made her musical success bittersweet. Island Records first released Amy’s second album, Back To Black on October 4, 2006. Island’s parent company, Universal Music Group later released Back To Black in the United States and internationally on its sister company, Universal Republic Records Group in 2007. The album would go on to sell over 20 million worldwide, but this was ironically thanks to the success of the album’s first single, “Rehab”, a song abou her family expressing their wishes of her need to “go to rehab.” The album would also have 5 additional hit singles that charted on charts for various geres of music around the world. Two of these single included, “You Know I’m No Good” and “Tears Dry On Their Own”,  which charted respectfully in the United States Hip Hop remixes of Amy’s songs “Rehab” and “You Know I’m No Good” were also eventually released, since Amy recieved airplay on many R&B/Hip Hop & Urban/Adult Contemporary/Soul Radio playlists. “Rehab’s” remix featured a verse from Rap superstar/mogul, Jay-Z and “You Know I’m No Good”‘s remix included rhymes from Wu -Tang Clan member, Ghostface Killah. 

The sueccess of Back To Black earned Amy a number of Grammy Awards in 2008. These included Record of the Year and Song of the Year for her hit single “Rehab”; while the album received nominations for Album of the Year and Best Pop Vocal Album, winning the latter. Winehouse herself also won the Grammy for Best New Artist. The album’s producer  Mark Ronson earned the 2008 Grammy Award for “Producer of the Year, Non-Classical”. Ronson would go on to produce massive hits for other artists like Adele, Danielmerriweather, and Wale.

At this point the actual cause of Amy’s death is still under investigation. Clizbeats.com will bring you more details as they become available. Her US record Label, Universal Republic Records Group released the following statement.

‘We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of such a gifted musician, artist and performer.

Our prayers go out to Amy’s family, friends and fans at this difficult time.’

 

    Amy Winehouse

“Rehab”

From Back To Black

Island Reords/Universal Republic Records Group

  

Amy Winehouse Featuring Jay-Z

“Rehab” (Remix) (Explicit)

Universal Republic Records Group

Amy Winehouse

“You Know I’m No Good”

From Back To Black

Island Records/Universal Republic Records Group

Amy Winehouse Featuring Ghostface Killah

“You Know I’m No Good” (Remix)

From Back To Black (USA Version)

Universal Republic Records Group

Amy Winehouse

“Tears Dry On My Own” (Explicit)

From Back To Black

Island Recoreds/Universal Republic Records Group