The death of Amy Winehouse may not have been shocking, but it affected her many fans and the music business nonetheless. With her posthumous album just released, her star is on the rise again.
Amy Winehouse was an English singer-songwriter who was known for her deep, soulful voice. She had an eclectic mix of musical genres, including R&B, soul, and jazz. She first became very widely known in Britain when she released her first album, “Frank.” With the release of her second album, “Back to Black,” she then became very popular in the U.S. Winehouse was the first British female to win five Grammy awards. She is seen as an influence in the increasing popularity of female musicians and soul music in general.
Amy Winehouse was found dead in her London home on July 23, 2011. Alcohol poising was determined to be the cause of death. After her death, “Back to Black” became the UK’s best-selling album of 2011. Unfortunately, Amy Winehouse had an abrupt end to a promising career.
However, Winehouse’s talent is revived with the recent release of “Lioness: Hidden Treasures.” According to her management, “The decision to release any new material would have to be taken jointly by Winehouse’s parents, her management and her label…it was too early to consider a release date.” However, fans seem to be very pleased with the release of the CD. It is considered “a chronicle of her musical development.”
According to fans, “Lioness: Hidden Treasures” is an album that makes you thankful you have the chance to relive Winehouse’s greatness. Some consider it “a collection of unfinished business.” The commercialization of Winehouse’s life may have upset some of her fans. However, at the same time, they are happy to hear her voice one more time.
Winehouse’s music is transcendent through any genre and really should be appreciated. She has assisted in revitalizing a dying genre of music. She has brought jazz music to the front line of today’s younger generation.
Amy Winehouse is not the only artist to increase music sales after their death. Michael Jackson, Frank Sinatra, and Eva Cassidy all experienced similar sales after their passing. Paul Stokes, associate editor of the music magazine “Q,” stated that posthumous record releases are risky, but they could very well offer new insight into the talent of a late artist. Stokes says, “It’s unlikely you’ll ever know what the artist in question thought of it and whether they are happy for the public to hear it as they’re not finished.” Nonetheless, “Lioness: Hidden Treasures” continues to top the charts.