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Monday, 22 August 2011

Pop - LIVE! - Amy Winehouse (A Tribute)

Its been a few weeks since the sad passing of pop star Amy Winehouse. At SCP we wanted to remember the extremely talented singer for her work, not her troubles over the past few years. So we bring you the best live performances from the talented soul singer/songwriter! 
The singer burst onto the music scene with her debut album Frank back in 2003 which alluded to the nature and tone of the album itself. The album was produced by Salaam Remi and was majorly influenced by jazz and apart from two covers, every track written by Amy herself. The debut single Stonger Than Me, won her the Ivor Novello (Songwriting) Award for Best Contemporary Song. Then releasing a further three song from the album, which got Amy shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize and proceeded to tour the festival circuit including Glastonbury, V Festival and Montreal International Jazz Festival. 

POP FACT: Her famous beehive was as high as 6 inches
However it wasn’t until the release of Back To Black her sophomore album, did Winehouse achieve international success. Amy continued to work with Remi on her next record, however this time collaborating with Mark Ronson, which spawned the self autobiographical track Rehab, that talks about Winehouse's refusal to enter a rehabilitation clinic. It peaked at number 7 in UK charts and number 9 on the Billboard charts. From there a star was born!

POP FACT: Winehouse was booted out of Westminster, London's Sylvia Young Theatre School for getting her nose pierced and "general slackeritude”
Amy’s second album Back To Black was the best selling album in the UK in 2007, selling over 1.85million copies within a year. The album continued to produce a number of singles including title track Back To Black which is perhaps, along with Rehab, is her most recognisable track.
POP FACT: Winehouse won 3 Grammy Awards for  best new album of the year, Song of the year and Record of the year.
A re-release of her album saw a collaboration with Mark Ronson and produced a cover of The Zutons, Valarie with the single peaking at Number 2 on the UK Singles Chart, spending 19 consecutive weeks inside the Top 20.
 Though only releasing two albums, the singer received 23 awards from 60 nominations throughout her short years in the charts. Her talent will be remembered and her work will live on. We leave you with a live performance of Valerie, which is a SCP fav. R.I.P Amy! 

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