Friday 24 November 2017

Amy Winehouse's third album demos destroyed by Universal music boss

Troubled soul: Amy Winehouse is the subject of a compelling new documentary
Troubled soul: Amy Winehouse is the subject of a compelling new documentary
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

One posthumous Amy Winehouse album has already been released but there will not be a second.

Universal UK boss David Joseph has revealed he destroyed early demos intended for her follow-up to Back to Black for 'moral' reasons.

“It was a moral thing,” he told Billboard. “Taking a stem or a vocal is not something that would ever happen on my watch. It now can’t happen on anyone else’s.”

The first and only posthumous Winehouse album, Lioness: Hidden Treasures, was released in 2011, shortly after she died and received lukewarm reviews.

Joseph spoke to Billboard ahead of the release of Amy, the documentary Amy, directed by Asif Kapadia.

It follows the life and death of the Back To Black singer, who was found dead on July 23 2011 at the age of 27 from alcohol poisoning at her home in Camden, North London.

The film features contributions and interviews with her ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil, her musical friends Mark Ronson, Mos Def, Tyler James and her childhood friends, as well as her parents Mitch and Janis Winehouse.

Mitch has since distanced himself from the movie, after he saw the film prior to its Cannes premiere.

David Joseph is an executive producer on Amy.

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