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Amy Winehouse to be featured in new documentary

British soul singer Amy Winehouse, who died of alcohol poisoning in 2011, will be the subject of a new, as-yet-untitled documentary from director Asif Kapadia. Winehouse is best remembered for 2006’s Back to Black, which was certified double platinum in the United States and made her an international star. (It is still very, very good.)

The doc is set up with producer James Gay-Rees through Playmaker Films. Gay-Rees and Kapadia previously teamed on the documentary Senna, which Kapadia also directed.

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Mitch Winehouse isn't thrilled about Beyonce singing his daughter's song

Amy Winehouse’s dad isn’t mad that Beyoncé covered “Back to Black” — along with Andre 3000 — for the soundtrack of Baz Luhrmann’s Great Gatsby. He does, however, seem not quite on board with the idea, much like some of the fallen singer’s fans:

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Second coroner confirms cause of Amy Winehouse's accidental death

Amy Winehouse died from accidental alcohol poisoning when she resumed drinking after a period of abstinence, a second coroner’s inquest confirmed Tuesday.

Coroner Shirley Radcliffe ruled that the 27-year-old soul singer “died as a result of alcohol toxicity” and recorded a verdict of death by misadventure. She said there were no suspicious circumstances.

She said Winehouse “voluntarily consumed alcohol — a deliberate act that took an unexpected turn and led to her death.”

Tuesday’s verdict was identical to that produced by a first inquest in 2011. But the result of that hearing was annulled after the original coroner was found to lack the proper qualifications for the job. READ FULL STORY

New inquest ordered into Amy Winehouse's death

Officials in London say the inquest into the death of soul singer Amy Winehouse was overseen by a coroner who lacked the proper qualifications and will be re-heard next month.

Camden Council says a new hearing will take place on Jan. 8.

Winehouse was found dead in her London home in July 2011 at age 27. An inquest in October 2011 found the “Back to Black” singer had died of accidental alcohol poisoning.

Assistant deputy coroner Suzanne Greenaway, who oversaw the inquest, resigned the next month after her qualifications were questioned. She had been appointed by her husband, Andrew Reid, the coroner for inner north London.

Reid was suspended, and resigned earlier this month.

Winehouse family spokesman Chris Goodman said Monday that family had not requested a new hearing.

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Amy Winehouse wedding dress stolen from singer's home

Amy Winehouse’s charity says two of the late singer’s dresses — including her wedding dress — are missing and believed stolen from her former London home.

The Amy Winehouse Foundation said Thursday the dress Winehouse wore for her 2006 Miami wedding to Blake Fielder-Civil and a newsprint cocktail dress she wore during a British TV appearance are both missing. The presumed theft was discovered during an inventory.

The wedding dress was to have been auctioned off for the charity, established to help young people overcome addiction.

The singer’s father, Mitch Winehouse, told the Evening Standard it was “sickening that someone would steal something in the knowledge of its sentimental value.”

Winehouse, the Grammy-winning Back to Black singer, died from alcohol poisoning on July 23, 2011, at the age of 27.

'The Zen of Bennett': Tony Bennett discusses career, Amy Winehouse -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Tony Bennett might be the most active 86-year-old you know.

The iconic singer has enjoyed an enviable career spanning 60 years (and counting), and lately he’s become renowned for his many duets and collaborative endeavors. And now Bennett’s set to release an introspective documentary that’ll shed light on his many artistic ambitions.

Conceived and produced by his son Danny Bennett, The Zen of Bennett tales a closer look into Tony’s life as he turned 85, as well as his continued presence in show business via the countless number of contemporary artists he’s worked with in recent years. The movie will hit screens in New York tomorrow and other select theaters Nov. 2, but you can enjoy an exclusive sneak peek right now exclusively below. Then read on to find out about Bennett’s wish-list duets, his unique chemistry with Lady Gaga, and the tragedy of Amy Winehouse.

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In honor of her death one year ago, listen to our Amy Winehouse playlist

It’s hard to believe it, but it’s only been a year since the talented and troubled British singer Amy Winehouse passed away at the age of 27.

The mark she left on the musical landscape is considerable (she helped usher the United Kingdom’s ongoing explosion of soul and R&B singers, and everyone from Patti Smith to Green Day have dedicated songs to her), and her absence has been felt more deeply thanks to string of posthumously released material, including a Grammy-winning duet with Tony Bennett and a collab or two with Nas.

There are many ways to remember Winehouse’s life. One great way is by donating to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which provides “help, support or care for young people, especially those who are in need by reason of ill health, disability, financial disadvantage or addiction.”

Of course, another way to honor the singer is to listen to her music. She was only able to put out two albums (2003′ Frank and 2006′s platinum breakout Back in Black) in her lifetime, but she still supplied us with more than enough great songs. Combined with cuts from last year’s Lioness collection and a cameo on this year’s Nas album Life is Good, our playlist of Amy Winehouse favorites is worth a spin of three today.

Give it a listen with the Spotify player below:

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Nas and Amy Winehouse's 'Cherry Wine': Hear it here!

One of the finest moments on Amy Winehouse’s posthumous compilation Lioness: Hidden Treasures was “Like Smoke,” her tag-team with rapper Nas. Now Winehouse returns the favor, as “Cherry Wine,” the pair’s collaboration from Nas’ forthcoming album Life Is Good, just made its way online.

The track was produced by Salaam Remi, who has twiddled the knobs for both stars in the past (he helmed “Made You Look” for Nas and “Tears Dry on Their Own” for Winehouse). It’s another swanky groove bomb that finds Nas tapping into an extra-spry flow he hasn’t commanded in years.

The highlight, however, is Winehouse’s contribution, which is so lovely, powerful, and mysterious that it only drives home just how much the music world lost when Winehouse passed away last year.

Give the song a listen below. The quality isn’t great, but the power of both voices comes through despite the hitches.  READ FULL STORY

Madonna laments the loss of Whitney Houston, Amy Winehouse: 'How did it happen?'

Madonna opened up to UK’s The Sun recently about her “shocking sense of disbelief” following the sudden passings of Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston.

“It had not been a secret,” she said, “the struggles Amy had been through — both brilliant, brilliant artists and obviously both huge losses,” she said. “But when these things happen, I’m always shocked by the first thing you say, ‘It’s such a loss,’ which doesn’t quite cover it. Then you reflect and you think, ‘How did it happen? How did the people around them allow it to happen?’”

Winehouse and Madonna never really went toe-to-toe on the charts, but the Material Girl watched her star rise around the same time Houston was laying the groundwork for her own superstardom.

“I remember looking at her singing and hearing people talk about her, and just thinking, ‘Oh my God. She’s such a beautiful woman and my God, what an incredible voice. I wish I could sing like that.’ I just remember being extremely envious of her and also touched by her innocence,” she said. “I was struck by that — how well she started and where she ended up, and the tragedy of it.”

What do you think about Madonna’s comments? Are you surprised that she envied Houston?

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Adele and Ed Sheeran win at U.K. music's Brit Awards

Soulful songstress Adele capped a momentous year of Grammy Awards triumph and medical woes with a double win at the U.K.’s Brit music awards Tuesday, taking prizes for album of the year and best British female solo artist before making an obscene gesture after the show’s host cut her acceptance speech short.

Teen-friendly English troubadour Ed Sheeran won two trophies, including British male solo artist, at an energetic ceremony in London. READ FULL STORY

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