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Amy Winehouse Receives BRIT Billion Award

With one UK billion streams to her credit, Amy Winehouse has posthumously received a BRIT Billion Award.

Given the renewed interest in the music iconic singer/songwriter following the ‘Back to Black’ bio pic, the late musician’s parents, Mitch and Janis, accepted the BPI-presented Award.

About the accolade, Amy’s parents stated “We of course wish that Amy was here today accepting this award in person, but it’s amazing that she is still winning awards for her incredible talent and achievements. It’s wonderful that her music is being discovered by new audiences of young people who love it just as much as her contemporaries. We are so proud of Amy. Thank you.”

With 150 million+ streams 2006’s ‘Back to Black’ is Amy’s most-streamed British song that was certified 2x Platinum after it peaked at #8 in the Official Singles Chart. The artist’s next biggest releases included ‘Valerie’, Winehouse and Mark Ronson’s cover of The Zutons’ single with 135 million+ streams, ‘Tears Dry on Their Own’, ‘Rehab’, ‘You Know I’m No Good’, and ‘Love Is a Losing Game’ have 50 million+ streams each.

Consisting of previously unavailable songs, covers and demos chosen by Mark Ronson, Salaam Remi and Winehouse’s family, In December 2011, ‘Lioness: Hidden Treasures’ (that included a version of the Jazz standard ‘Body and Soul’ with Tony Bennett) was released.

Amy’s former bandmate Dale Davis stated that he doesn’t believe there’s “enough material” for another posthumous full length release, and is doubtful that there are any additional hidden gems. In an interview with BANG Showbiz, Davis, (who worked as a musical consultant on the Winehouse biopic ‘Back to Black,’) stated: “I don’t think there’s necessarily enough material. It’s quite a big thing to release something in connection with Amy because you’ve got so many people involved. There’s not that much out there, I know people said ‘we’re not going to release anymore’. “I’ll leave that to the record companies and the estate.”

At the age of 27 the one-of-a-kind singer died in 2011 from alcohol poisoning after released two studio LPs: 2003’s ‘Frank’ and 2006’s ‘Back to Black’.

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Author: Saul Goode

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