Dua Lipa Covers Amy Winehouse For Late Singer’s Birthday

 

Today, on what would’ve been the 34th birthday of Amy Winehouse, it’s totally okay for your tears to not dry on their own. The phenomenal talent who tragically passed away at only 27-years old became an icon to a generation of fans during her life and influenced a new wave of artists with her jazzy, soulful voice.

To commemorate her birthday, “New Rules” singer Dua Lipa teamed with Gallant to peform a gorgeous cover of her hit track “Tears Dry On Their Own.” While we know nobody will ever live up to Winehouse’s otherworldly voice, Lip and Gallant’s version of the track stands on its own thanks to a slowed-town tempo and the duo’s incredible vocals. We never knew that Gallant’s thunderous voice would mix so smoothly with Lipa’s raspy style until now, but we’re here for it.

The collaboration is part of Gallant’s series, “In The Room.” On previous episodes, he’s featured John Legend, Adra Day, and Sufjan Stevens but it’s this episode that truly transcends and pays a worthy tribute to the massive talent that Amy Winehouse left behind.

 

Amy Winehouse’s Childhood Remembered in London Exhibit

Photo: Karen Blue via Flickr

Legendary singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse’s life was cut tragically short, though her legacy lives on in the hearts and ears of fans around the world – and now, her past will further be cemented in history with the creation of a new exhibit opening at the Camden Jewish Museum.

The exhibition will document Winehouse’s early life, with photos of her at Shabbat dinners as a child, displays of her early possessions and treasures, and background on her family history. It will expand on the previously held “Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait,” which, as one might expect, more closely examined the artists relatives.

An art trail featuring artists including Captain Kris, Mr Cenz, Philth, and Amara Por Dios will accompany the exhibit, with street art pieces inspired by Amy. The final piece in the trail is by Pegasus and titled “Love is a Losing Game.”

“Aside from being an immensely talented, iconic and inspirational singer, Amy was also a Jewish girl from North London,” explained Abigail Morris, the Jewish Museum London’s director. “It is fitting that the Jewish Museum in her beloved Camden Town should be the place to tell her story.”

The exhibit will be on display starting March 16 at the Jewish Museum, with the art trail running March 15 to June 4.

Early Unreleased Amy Winehouse Images to be Published in Crowdfunded Photography Book

Photo via Kickstarter

“The first time I met Amy Winehouse was the day I shot her album cover Frank,” explains photographer Charles Moriarty, reminiscing how the two captured her debut LP’s artwork on Princeton Street after picking up white wine together in London. After years of coping with the Black to Black singer’s death in 2011, 34-year-old Moriarty’s ready to share unreleased photos from that distant, special day.

With the help of a Kickstarter, Moriarty’s raised sufficient funds to publish Before FRANK, a photography book which will feature between 50 to 60 never-before-seen images from when he captured Winehouse, then 19, in London and New York. With one week remaining in its fundraising lifespan, Before FRANK has already exceeded its original $21,249 goal.

Before FRANK will include an exclusive forward from Oscar-winning AMY director Asif Kapadia, and will be designed by Dutch designer Sybren Kuiper, who famously designed Viviane Sassens’ Flamboya. 

“I think the majority of people globally are only familiar with her second album, and the person she was toward the end of her life,” Moriarty told the Daily News. “I want to change that. I’d like people to have a fuller picture, to see the girl I knew.”

Amy Winehouse Statue Unveiled in Camden

Yesterday, a life-size statue of late singer Amy Winehouse was unveiled in Camden, London. Erected in her neighborhood, on what would have been her 31st birthday, the bronze statue commemorates the brilliant performer who died of alcohol poisoning tragically at the age of 27. As a remembrance to Winehouse’s signature look, the monument features her signature beehive and red rose and  star of David necklace.

Her parents were there for the ceremony, with her father Mitch Winehouse saying:

It’s a day of incredibly mixed emotions. They don’t put statues up for people who are with us anymore so it reinforces the fact that physically she’s gone but spiritually she’ll never leave us. I feel sad, very, very sad. We shouldn’t be here but we are, this is the reality and we’ve just got to make the most of it. So this statue is part of making the most of it. Getting people to come here, spend some time with Amy and put a flower in her hair and remember her in a very positive way. That for me is wonderful.

Sculptor and artist, Scott Eaton designed the figure after he met with Amy’s father. See more images HERE.

Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back to Black’ Dress to Sell Big at Auction

On November 29 at La Galleria in London, the chiffon dress that the late Amy Winehouse wore on the UK and Europe version of her 2006 Back to Black album cover will go up for auction. According to the Telegraph, "An estimate of £10,000 [$15,945] to £20,000 [$31,890] has been placed on the strapless, spot-print design by Central Saint Martins graduate Disaya Sorakraikitikul." All proceeds will benefit the Amy Winehouse Foundation.

After being placed on the map by Winehouse (thanks to stylist Louise Winwood who suggested the dress), Sorakraikitikul went on to launch her eponymous collection in 2007. The designer was trained under Galliano and has designed for Basso & Brooke.

Amy Winehouse’s Dad Gets Candid In Exclusive Interview

Tonight, The Amy Winehouse Foundation Inspiration Awards and Gala will be held at The Waldorf Astoria. Tony Bennett, Nas, Salaam Remi, and Elhadj "Moe" Kane will be honored. Jennifer Hudson, Wyclef Jean, and others will perform. It’s red carpet. It’s black tie. Celebrities abound.

Here’s what the Amy Winehouse Foundation is all about:
“The mission of the Amy Winehouse Foundation-US is supporting and empowering children and young adults in need through music therapy and music education and works to prevent the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people. Special honorees will receive an Amy Winehouse Foundation Inspiration Award for their work in helping to inspire greatness in others.

The Amy Winehouse Foundation was formally established in the UK in 2011 by Amy’s family in honor of her memory and her passion for helping children in need. To date, the UK Foundation has allocated over £500,000 to various organizations.”

The Amy Winehouse Inspiration Awards and Gala will be the first of what Mitch Winehouse and Janis Winehouse Collins – Amy’s father and mother – plan to be an annual event raising awareness and resources for the Amy Winehouse Foundation in the US. All money raised in the US, including from this event, will go to US programs.

I caught up with Mitch Winehouse yesterday and asked him about the event and Amy. 

What’s going on and why is it going on?
It’s hopefully going to be the first of the annual Amy Winehouse Inspiration Award galas. We’re honoring Tony Bennett, Nas, and a couple of other people, and we have Jennifer Hudson performing.

How did you get from a time of grief and wrapping your mind around it, to the point where you’re devoting your time doing good?
That’s a good question, and I’m really not quite sure. When I think back to 18 months ago, it was a very bad time for me and my family, but we spoke about it, and we decided to turn this very bad thing into something good. It’s been very difficult, but we’ve managed to do it.

What were the last several years of Amy’s life like?
Amy was clean for two years and 10 months. The last six weeks of her life – the last five weeks and five days – were spent without drinking. In the last two days, she drank quite a lot, but she had been moving toward abstinence and never made it. The last two years of Amy’s life was far from being a hopeless situation. We were in a very, very good place, and Amy told me she was moving toward abstinence.

Quite frankly, had she died in 2007, 2008, I would have put my hands up and said “fair enough” because she was very ill, and there was a sense of helplessness then. But she proved that she could deal with her drug addiction, and we felt she was moving in the same way with the alcohol as well, but it just wasn’t.

How about her achievements, the fact that people are still talking about her and will forever? What is her legacy?
Her musical legacy really takes care of itself. She’s a six-time Grammy winner. The five times she won in 2008, I believe was a record, the first time a female artist had won five Grammys in one go. She was a fantastic achiever, a great person, and we’re very, very proud of her. But we feel her musical legacy will really look after itself. What we want to do now is highlight the work that she was doing; she was very philanthropic when she was alive, she was very charitable, and we need to carry on her charity with this foundation. She created the foundation herself, so we’re just carrying on the work she was doing.

What is the one thing that people don’t know about her that you wish the whole world knew? 
The way she was with people. When Back to Black had just come out, we went for a stroll through London, and we popped into shops she frequented, where everyone knew her. But she too knew everything about these people, asking “How’s your mum? Your sister? Did she have the baby?” She was fully engaged with other people. There are a lot of young ladies in her position who wouldn’t be like that. That’s what I want people to understand and realize about her. She didn’t really get that she was a superstar, which was wonderful. She was a normal kid with an astronomical talent. 

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Would You Wear Amy Winehouse’s Last Collection for Fred Perry?

Today, British fashion label Fred Perry unveiled the final range of their collaboration with the late Amy Winehouse. As expected, the SS12 collection offers a heavy dose of Americana, and is filled with ’50s-inspired tops, bottoms, dresses, and accessories. In addition to pieces embroidered with the brand’s signature laurel wreath (Winehouse was a major fan of their silk knit shirts in this style), the line also features a jukebox-themed print with a cartoon version of the singer.

Prices range from £30 ($47) to £195 ($305), and all royalties will be donated to the Amy Winehouse Foundation. Fred Perry will also be making a seasonal donation to the charity. The collection comes just a few days after the release of Winehouse’s posthumous collaboration album, Lioness: Hidden Treasures, which dropped last Friday.

Beyoncé and Andre 3000 Cover Amy Winehouse for ‘Gatsby’ Soundtrack

After weeks of new stuff from The xx, Florence + The Machine and the lingering memories of the first trailer with the weird Filter version of "Happy Together" still fresh, over the weekend, Mark Ronson premiered one of the most built-up songs from the soundtrack of one of the most aggressively hyped films of the year. Jay-Z produced the already-exploding soundtrack for Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming (less than two weeks!) adaptation of The Great Gatsby, and his partner-in-crime Beyoncé features on a cover of Amy Winehouse’s anthem of heartbreak, "Back to Black" with Andre 3000. 

Mark Ronson, who produced the original "Back to Black," premiered the new track on East Village Radio mixshow over the weekend, and you can listen to a (heavily tagged) full version below. Hollywood Holt of Chicago’s Treated Crew produced the track, marked by a squishy synth line that may leave some fans longing for the original—and no version of this song could touch Winehouse’s, despite the all-star team—but Beyoncé, as always, still comes away sounding fantastic. 

No Doubt & Fred Perry Design Ska-Inspired Threads

Although Gwen Stefani has taken some time off from her L.A.M.B. clothing line to work on No Doubt’s big comeback, that doesn’t mean that she can’t spread her sartorial seed elsewhere. Today WWD reports that her and her band have teamed up with British fashion brand Fred Perry to create a limited-edition capsule collection inspired by their "ska and reggae roots" and "Fred Perry’s relationship with subculture." 

 
The Telegraph has a sneak peek of the capsule, which features a slim-fit shirt for both men and women ($95), a tartan V-neck sweater ($170) and a pretty sweat bomber jacket ($250). The collection is scheduled to hit US stores in January and will also be sold online. Who collab’d with Fred Perry best: No Doubt or the late Amy Winehouse?
 
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