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VIDEO: Manager, record label at war over 'mad' tour

Rob Sharp

Published 26/07/2011 | 05:00

A row has broken out between Amy Winehouse's management and her record label in the wake of the 27-year-old singer's death at the weekend.

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The singer's management has angrily rejected criticism from her label over the decision to send the troubled singer on a European tour days before she was found dead from a drug overdose.

Darcus Beese, co-president of Island Records, her label, is understood to have said it was "mad" to sign up Winehouse for the 12-date tour that was aborted after she gave a shambolic performance in Belgrade.

He is believed to have recommended that she part company with Metropolis, the live music promotion company which began looking after her in 2006.

Raye Cosbert, the singer's manager, is angry about the allegations and is compiling a dossier of all the personal support and counselling assistance Metropolis provided for the singer.

Cosbert became Winehouse's manager after she split from Spice Girl svengali Simon Fuller's 19 Entertainment company. Cosbert was regarded within the music industry as a stabilising influence on the singer, and worked closely with her family to persuade her to get help.

Winehouse's death will provide a sales bonanza for a variety of companies. Amazon and iTunes' promotions of her music have driven Back To Black to the top of the charts, while Universal, which owns Island, is expected to find unreleased tracks, live songs and "duets" for a posthumous "third album".

Irish Independent

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