After a long wait Amy Winehouse has released a new track exclusively on the Internet, and her fans couldn’t be happier. The British singer-songwriter has teamed up with Quincy Jones to record a cover version of Lesley Gore’s 1963 hit “It’s My Party (And I’ll Cry If I Want To)”. The song appears on a tribute album for the music producer, titled Q: Soul Bossa Nostra.
If anything, this song proves that Amy Winehouse still has a soul for music in her. However we can only wonder if she will make a comeback and release another album, since as a person Winehouse has proven to be unpredictable.
The singer-songwriter has had several brushes with the law, all of which were publicized in tabloids in the UK and the U.S. An out-of-control Amy Winehouse had fans worried with her behavior in the same years she endured musical success. She openly struggled with drugs and alcohol, and her public antics became increasingly erratic and bizarre. Her marriage to Blake Fielder-Civil, whom she met in 2003, seemed dependent on self-destructive behavior as well as drugs. Winehouse often appeared in public looking scarily thin with markings on her arms. During a 2007 interview with Spin magazine, People revealed that the British singer took a piece of broken glass and cut the words “I love Blake” on her stomach. She openly acknowledged her tendency to self-harm, calling the glass cuts obtained during the Spin interview “chicken scratch”. In August of this same year, just one day after scoring three MTV Video Music Award nods, the singer was rushed to a Hospital in London. She later admitted it was due to a drug overdose, adding, “I really thought I was on the way out”. (People)
Such a lifestyle is a waste for anyone, and especially for Winehouse, who was able to enter the U.S. music market and dominate it with one song. After this she kept the American audience captivated, even though she wasn’t releasing more music. She became a fixture in all of the gossip magazines as a result of her personal life, which was quickly spiraling out of control.
Amy Winehouse earned international recognition for her music when she released her second album in 2006. Back to Black was the product of Winehouse’s collaboration with producer Mark Ronson. On the album was the song “Rehab”, a distinctive tune which catapulted Winehouse into the limelight in the U.S. Amy’s second album secured a #7 spot on the Billboard 200, charting higher than any other American debut by a British female recording artist before it. Time magazine named “Rehab” as number one out of the 10 Best Songs of 2007. Back to Black became the UK’s best-selling album of the year.
At the 2008 Grammys Amy Winehouse would take home awards in five categories, including Record of the Year and Song of the Year. Back to Black won Album of the Year at the MTV Europe Music Awards.
Amy Winehouse’s first album, Frank, went platinum after being released in October of 2003. She was just 20 years old at the time.
In late 2007 Frank was released in the United States.