AMY WINEHOUSE LAID TO REST
Friends and family gathered in London on Tuesday morning to pay tribute to Amy Winehouse at a private funeral at the Edgwarebury Cemetery in London. Winehouse was found dead in her apartment on Saturday at the age of 27. According to the Associated Press, friends such as Kelly Osbourne and Amy’s Back to Black producer Mark Ronson were in attendance at the funeral, which was expected to be followed by cremation and a family gathering at a local synagogue. Osbourne, one of Winehouse’s close friends, wore her hair in a tall beehive as an homage to her pal’s signature look. Winehouse’s autopsy results were inconclusive, and police said results of toxicology test will take two to four weeks.
MTV will pay tribute to the late singer by airing a special concert she performed at MTV Studios in New York City back in 2007. See it on MTV tonight at 6:30 PM Eastern.
Amy’s father Mitch Winehouse released this statement following her funeral on Tuesday: “Amy was the greatest daughter, family member and friend you could ever have. I will talk a lot about her fantastic recovery. Recently Amy found love with [boyfriend] Reg [Traviss]. He helped her with her problems, and Amy was looking forward to their future together. She was the happiest she has been for years. We all remember that great night at the 100 Club on Oxford Street, her voice was good, her wit and timing were perfect.”
AMY WINEHOUSE’S UNRELEASED MUSIC
Before her untimely death, Amy Winehouse had been working on music for quite some time. The singer had recording sessions in England, as well as her temporary island retreat of St. Lucia. No release date was ever set for the untitled album and her U-S publicist told MTV News on Sunday that “there is no information on any new music at this time.” In July of 2010, Winehouse stated that her new album would be out in January 2011. Her last album, Back To Black, was released back in 2006. The effort won her five GRAMMY Awards including Best Pop Vocal Album, Song and Record of the Year for “Rehab” and Best New Artist.
Amy Winehouse stated back in July 2010 that her new music would be ready by the new year: “The album will be six months at the most. It’s going to be very much the same as my second album, where there’s a lot of jukebox stuff and the songs that are … just jukebox, really.”
MTV TO HONOR WINEHOUSE
In the wake of Amy Winehouse’s tragic death, MTV will pay special tribute to the fallen star and the millions who mourn her. Today (7/27) at 6:30 PM Eastern, MTV will air an April 2007 episode of 45th at Night, during which the singer gives and intimate performance and insight into her life as an emerging artist. This rare television performance includes renditions of some of her biggest hits including the 2006 song “Rehab” as well as collaborations with artist like Mos Def. Don’t miss this opportunity to pay respects to the late great Amy Winehouse.
JAY-Z BLOGS ABOUT AMY WINEHOUSE
The sudden passing of Amy Winehouse has impacted numerous hip hop artists including Jay-Z. To honor the late singer’s memory, the rap mogul recently wrote on his official blog, “My favorite song by this amazing talent” and he provided a link to Amy’s hit tune, “Tears Dry On Their Own.” Check it out now:
DIRECT LINK: http://lifeandtimes.com/rest-in-peace-amy
SALAAM REMI REMEMBERS AMY WINEHOUSE
Salaam Remi is best known for working with artists like Nas, The Fugees, Jennifer Hudson and Jazmine Sullivan, but the producer also worked with Amy Winehouse on her 2006 album Back To Black, and he logged studio time with the late singer recently. Kim Kane from Power 105.1 in New York City spoke to Remi about the sessions. He told her that they had spent time in the studio but were not nearly done, explaining, “We were working on it…. It’s not a complete album, no. We had a lot of things going, there are recordings.” He added that Winehouse liked a lot of different artists like Nas, Mary J. Blige, D’Angelo and Patti Labelle. Remi added that he really thought Amy would bounce back saying, “Amy loved to sing, to write, to be wit full, that ability never left her.” Remi was thanked by Winehouse after she accepted her GRAMMY for Record of the Year at the 2008 ceremony.
QUOTE: Salaam Remi added: “Amy had such ability, enormous potential — from the first day we met…that’s what’s driven me to this day. She was an enormous talent, a wonderful human being and she’s gone.”
MELANIE FIONA PAYS TRIBUTE TO AMY WINEHOUSE
Melanie Fiona recently paid tribute to the late Amy Winehouse by posting a video online of herself covering the singer’s song, “Wake Up Alone,” The Canadian native tweeted, “Earlier on this year, I made this video and never posted it. Today, it’s all I can do to express my gratitude to one of my favorite artists. May your music live on to inspire others, as it has inspired me. R.I.P. AMY WINEHOUSE. xo.” Look for it online now.
MICHAEL JACKSON TRIBUTE CONCERT!
Michael Jackson’s family has announced a tribute concert to the late King of Pop that is slated to take place on October 8th in Cardiff, Wales. The four-hour show at the 75-thousand seat Millennium Stadium will be broadcast via satellite on Pay-Per-View and into movie theaters with a cast of big-name performers, who have not been revealed. At a press conference on Monday revealing the details of the Michael Forever show, Jackson family matriarch Katherine was joined by sons Tito, Jackie and Marlon and daughter LaToya; siblings Jermaine, Randy, Janet and estranged husband Joe were not in attendance. The show is set to feature artists Jackson admired and will celebrate the 40th anniversary of his solo career.
LADY GAGA SHOOTS VIDEO IN NEBRASKA
Lady Gaga recently shot the video for “You & I” in Springfield, Nebraska. The singer spoke to an Omaha radio station saying there is nothing hotter than standing in a Nebraskan corn field and she enjoyed her time in the state, meeting her fans, who waited outside for hours just to catch a glimpse of Gaga. “You & I” was produced by Robert “Mutt” Lang and features Queen’s Brian May on guitar.
LADY GAGA TO PERFORM ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE
Lady Gaga will perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live tomorrow (7/28) night. Gaga will chat with Jimmy before taking the outdoor stage for a live performance in Hollywood. She will celebrate the occasion by making the late-night debut of her new single, “You and I.” Cowboys & Aliens star Harrison Ford will also appear on the show Thursday night at Midnight Eastern on ABC.
BRITNEY FLATTERED BY VMA NODS
Britney Spears is no stranger to the MTV Video Music Awards. The singer has so far been nominated 28 times, won four awards and has given us some of the most iconic VMA performances of all time, including 2000’s “Oops! … I Did It Again,” her dance with a snake for “I’m a Slave 4 U” and, of course, her infamous “Like a Virgin” kiss with Madonna. This year, Spears looks to add to her list of VMA accomplishments with two nods, one for Best Pop Video and one for Best Choreography for her hit Ke$ha-penned song “Till the World Ends.” MTV News recently caught up with Spears, who said she is “completely flattered” by the nominations. See if Britney wins another Moon Man when the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards air live from Los Angeles on August 28th at 9 PM Eastern.
RIHANNA DROPS NEW SINGLE
Rihanna has released her new single, “Cheers (Drink to That).” The song is on her platinum album Loud and Rap-Up.com is reporting that Ri Ri will repackage the album sometime this fall.
“Cheers (Drink to That)” samples Avril Lavigne’s “I’m With You.”
HAILEY REINHART SIGNS WITH INTERSCOPE
American Idol’s Hailey Reinhart has signed a deal with Interscope Records. The 21-year-old from Wheeling, Illinois finished third on Season 10 of American Idol, behind Lauren Alaina and Idol-winner Scotty McCreery. Reinhart received support after being booted from the show from notable musicians and celebrities like Lady Gaga, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, Adam Lambert, Tom Hanks and more. Haley is currently on the road with the American Idol Live! tour, which rolls through the summer before concluding on September 10th in Rochester, New York.
SELENA GOMEZ TO PERFORM AT TEEN CHOICE AWARDS
Selena Gomez and The Scene will perform at the Teen Choice Awards next month. The show will be hosted by Big Bang Theory’s Kaley Cuoco and features appearances by Justin Bieber, Cameron Diaz, Kim Kardashian, Ed Helms, Shaun White, Tom Felton and many more. The Teen Choice Awards air live on Sunday August 7th on FOX at 8 PM Eastern.
BEYONCE TO APPEAR ON THE VIEW & FALLON
Beyonce is scheduled to perform her hit single “Best Thing I Never Had” and “1+1” on ABC’s The View tomorrow (7/28) at 11 AM Eastern. If that’s not enough, she’ll also showcase her vocal talents later the same night on NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The songs are her newest singles from her latest album, 4, which is out now.
NICKI MINAJ BECOMES THE FACE OF MAC
Nicki Minaj recently announced that she’s the newest spokeswoman for MAC. The “Super Bass” rapper is helping the cosmetics giant promote VIVA GLAM lip products and support the AIDS Fund initiative. Alongside Ricky Martin, the fem-cee will appear in numerous campaign ads, which will benefit the fight against HIV and AIDS. Nicki tweeted, “Can’t wait for my barbz & ken barbz to wear this new shade of lipstick! Wait til u see it! Sickening!!!!”
T-PAIN SUES AUTO-TUNE MAKER
The king of auto-tune is now in a legal battle with the very company that provided him with his famous modulated voice. T-Pain severed ties with audio effects company, Anteras, to start marketing his own line of audio effects. Unfortunately, the singer was forced to file a lawsuit and claims that the Anteras continued to use his name to sell their products.
DETAILS ON KELLY ROWLAND’S NEW ACTING GIG
According to SingersRoom.com, Kelly Rowland will star in the upcoming series adaptation of Stephen King’s Bag of Bones. The singer will star alongside Pierce Brosnan and Annabeth Gish for the two-part mini-series, which begins film next month in Nova Scotia. The project will premiere on A&E later this year.
WIZ KHALIFA’S ROLLING PAPERS GOES GOLD
Wiz Khalifa can add another plaque to his collection as news has just broken that his major label debut, Rolling Papers, has officially reached gold status. The rapper’s project, which includes platinum singles “Black and Yellow” and “Roll Up,” managed to sell over 500-thousand copies since its March 29th release date. He recently tweeted that he’s “thankful for every positive person in [his] life.”
ELECTRIC DAISY CARNIVAL EXPERIENCE TO PREMIERE IN HOLLYWOOD
The renowned annual electronic music festival, Electric Daisy Carnival, is hitting theaters this summer with Electric Daisy Carnival Experience, featuring performances from David Guetta and Swedish House Mafia among many others. The film premieres today (7/27) in Hollywood, California and hits 520 select theaters nationwide on August 4th for one night only.
NEW GOODIE MOB ALBUM COMING SOON!
Cee Lo Green recently tweeted that Goodie Mob has reunited and are working on a new project titled, We Sell Drugs Too. Details are sparse but the disc is expected to be completed and released this fall.