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Amy Winehouse and Tony Bennett's 'Body and Soul' duet: Hear a preview here

Weeks after Amy Winehouse’s death, most talk focused on her addictions and sad demise.

It’s nice to be reminded of how great a singer she was, and fans can hear a sneak peek of that on her pairing with Tony Bennett for his Duets II (out Sept. 20). the U.K. songtress teamed up with the legend for “Body And Soul,” recorded this past March.

On the soulful jazz tune, Winehouse’s voice soars high and strong. It’s how she should be remembered. Give it a listen here:


Lady Gaga co-hosts 'The View,' talks Amy Winehouse, Clarence Clemons, and her own history of drug use

Lady Gaga took a little time to enjoy The View today, serving as a guest co-host on the estrogen-fueled chat-show.

This may make her the first person to weigh in on “hot topics” who also has merchandise for sale at, you know, Hot Topic. Needless to say, the potential deal to raise the debt ceiling wasn’t on the conversation docket, but pop’s reigning queen did bring her own Gagafied version of The View’s trademark Bill Geddie-demanded note cards, color coordinated to match her black-and-white houndstooth—“I don’t have a love life because I spent all night making these cards,” she said.

Though she left before interviews with Danielle Steel and Dana Delany to prepare for her show-capping performance of “Yoü and I”—and who didn’t want to hear Gaga weigh in on the new season of Body of Proof?—she did give her thoughts on Amy Winehouse’s death, her own history of drug abuse, and her relationship with her late, great “Edge of Glory” collaborator, Clarence Clemons.

Check out her thoughts after the break: READ FULL STORY

Amy Winehouse was not going to adopt a 10-year-old child, says rep

As is common whenever a celebrity of her magnitude passes away, there has been a steady cavalcade of rumors floating around about Amy Winehouse.

Over the weekend, news started surfacing that Winehouse was in the process of adopting a 10-year-old girl from the island of St. Lucia (where Winehouse had spent quite a bit of time) when she died. A British newspaper spoke to the girl and her grandmother, both of whom said the plan was in motion and that both of the girl’s parents had signed off on the idea. There was even a photo of Winehouse and the girl that floated around online.

But according to Winehouse’s rep, there’s no truth to the story (celebrity site Gossip Cop first reported the rep’s denial of the story on Sunday). While Winehouse did meet the girl in St. Lucia, there were no plans for adoption. READ FULL STORY

Amy Winehouse: Family believes singer may have died from alcohol withdrawal

The family of Amy Winehouse believes the star may have died as a result of alcohol withdrawal, according to People. The British singer, whose body was found on Saturday at her home in London, reportedly ignored doctors’ advice to gradually cut down her alcohol intake and, over the last three weeks her life, stopped drinking entirely.

An unnamed friend of the Winehouse family has told British tabloid the Sun the family believes this decision may have ultimately induced a seizure. “Abstinence gave her body such a fright they thought it was eventually the cause of her death,” said the source. People has confirmed that this is the family’s belief.

According to police officials in London, the autopsy performed on the singer Amy Winehouse returned inconclusive results. It could take up to four weeks for the results of further toxicology tests to be known.

Amy Winehouse's family and friends gather to mourn at singer's funeral

Family and friends mourned the loss of British soul singer Amy Winehouse this morning in London, England.

The Associated Press reports that Winehouse’s parents and brother attended the Jewish funeral. In addition to family, attendees included Mark Ronson (who handled production on Winehouse’s Grammy-winning breakthrough Back to Black) and friend Kelly Osborne, who wore her hair in a beehive as a tribute to Winehouse’s signature style.

“Goodnight, my angel, sleep tight. Mummy and Daddy love you ever so much,” said father Mitch Winehouse to his daughter, who passed away on Saturday of as-yet-undetermined causes at the age of 27.

The service concluded with a rendition of Carole King’s “So Far Away,” which was one of Winehouse’s favorite songs. Winehouse was then moved to Golders Green Crematorium, where she was cremated.

Winehouse’s father Mitch released a statement about the last time he spoke to his daughter, which you can read in full after the jump.


Amy Winehouse album sales surge following her death

Since Amy Winehouse died on Saturday, fans have been honoring the British singer by playing her Grammy-winning neo-soul watershed Back to Black, giving the album a posthumous spike in sales.

Within hours of her death, Black climbed all the way to No. 1 on the iTunes charts in the U.S. and the U.K., and stayed there until Monday. (Today, on the U.S. side, Eric Church tops the chart, with Winehouse holding the No. 2 spot.)

Billboard also predicted that, due to sales from over the weekend, Black will re-enter the top 20 on its Billboard 200 albums chart—which comes out on Wednesday and reflects the sales tracking week that ended on Sunday night—with as many as 20,000 – 25,000 copies sold in the U.S. That’s a big jump from the week before Winehouse passed, when Black moved just a little over 1,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Though Black was a major breakthrough for Winehouse, peaking at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 in March of 2008, just after the singer performed on the Grammys via satellite from London and walked home with five statues, Winehouse never released another album.

Several reports noted that she’d been working on a follow-up, recording in the Bahamas and London, and London’s Daily Telegraph reported Monday that her unfinished third album could be released posthumously. While it is believed that Winehouse only recorded demos, sources told the newspaper that there was plenty of material available for another album.

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Adele pays tribute to Amy Winehouse: 'I don't think she ever realised just how brilliant she was'

Adele has paid tribute to Amy Winehouse, who was found dead at her home over the weekend.

In a statement on her website, Adele—who, like Winehouse, attended London’s BRIT performing arts school—says that the singer “paved the way for artists like me and made people excited about British music again.” The “Rolling In the Deep” star also says she doesn’t think Winehouse “ever realised just how brilliant she was.”  The statement is headlined “AMY FLIES IN PARADISE X.” Read it here in full: READ FULL STORY

Amy Winehouse update: Autopsy results deemed inconclusive

According to police officials in London, the autopsy performed on late singer Amy Winehouse (who passed away Saturday at the age of 27) returned inconclusive results, and no cause of death has yet been established.

They are now awaiting the results of toxicology tests, the results of which should be back in two to four weeks. Since police have determined there was no foul play involved in Winehouse’s death, her body was released to her family shortly after the conclusion of the autopsy. Her parents are reportedly planning on a private family memorial for her as soon as possible, perhaps as early as tomorrow.

Fans continue to gather at the makeshift memorial set up for Winehouse across the street from the home where the Grammy-winning singer lived. Her father, Mitch Winehouse, addressed the crowd and thanked them for their outpouring of support. “Amy was about one thing and that was love,” he told the group. “Her whole life was devoted to her family and her friends and to you guys as well. I can’t tell you what this means to us. It really is making this a lot easier for us.”

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Russell Brand on his friend Amy Winehouse: 'She was a f--ing genius'

Amy Winehouse’s passing has inspired a number of famous friends and admirers to voice their sadness over her untimely death over the weekend. Among those (including some from collaborators Mark Ronson, Tony Bennett and the Dap Kings), the most indelible tribute has come from an unlikely but fitting source: Actor and comedian Russell Brand.

In a long blog post titled “For Amy” that appeared on the Get Him to the Greek star’s official site, Brand (who has famously grappled with substance abuse himself over the course of his life) wrote of how universal the arc of addiction is: “When you love someone who suffers from the disease of addiction you await the phone call. There will be a phone call. The sincere hope is that the call will be from the addict themselves, telling you they’ve had enough, that they’re ready to stop, ready to try something new. Of course though, you fear the other call, the sad nocturnal chime from a friend or relative telling you it’s too late, she’s gone.”

Of his friend Winehouse, he worte: “She wasn’t just some hapless wannabe, yet another pissed up nit who was never gonna make it, nor was she even a ten-a-penny-chanteuse enjoying her fifteen minutes,” he wrote. “She was a f—ing genius.”

Brand first saw the young Winehouse perform at a Paul Weller concert, an experience he recalled vividly.”From her oddly dainty presence that voice, a voice that seemed not to come from her but from somewhere beyond even Billie and Ella, from the font of all greatness,” he recalled. “A voice that was filled with such power and pain that it was at once entirely human yet laced with the divine. My ears, my mouth, my heart and mind all instantly opened. Winehouse. Winehouse? Winehouse!”

According to Brand, who has been sober for eight years and who still attends AA meetings, Winehouse’s death should serve as a wake-up call to how people treat addicts. “Whether this tragedy was preventable or not is now irrelevant. It is not preventable today,” he wrote. “We have lost a beautiful and talented woman to this disease. … We need to review the way society treats addicts, not as criminals but as sick people in need of care.”

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Photo Gallery: Amy Winehouse’s tumultuous life

Amy Winehouse's last stage appearance: Watch

Three days before she died, Amy Winehouse made a surprise appearance with her goddaughter Dionne Bromfield at the iTunes Festival in London on July 20. Winehouse didn’t duet on Bromfield’s cover of the Shirelles’ “Mama Said,” but she danced and encouraged the crowd to join in on the fun. Watch a fan-captured clip below.  READ FULL STORY

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