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Amy Winehouse Toxicology Report Shows No Illegal Drugs

Today, Amy Winehouse’s family revealed the results of her toxicology report.  According to coroners, there were no illegal drugs in her system, but there was alcohol in her bloodstream.  No word yet on whether it played a role in her death or not.

Family spokesperson Chris Goodman:

“Toxicology results returned to the Winehouse family by authorities have confirmed that there were no illegal substances in Amy’s system at the time of her death. Results indicate that alcohol was present, but it cannot be determined as yet if it played a role in her death.  The family would like to thank the police and coroner for their continuing thorough investigations and for keeping them informed throughout the process. They await the outcome of the inquest in October.”


Amy Winehouse Fashion Line Coming This Fall

The late and very talented singer Amy Winehouse will have a fashion line coming out this fall. To assist in Winehouse’s memory and legacy, designer Fred Perry has plans on finishing the line. In a statement Perry says:

“After much consideration and with the blessing of Amy’s family, we have decided to release the AW11 Amy Winehouse for Fred Perry Collection. Amy was passionate and dedicated to the collaboration, and her signature style is clearly stamped across each piece. Amy’s royalties and fees from both collections will be donated to the soon-to-be-established Amy Winehouse Foundation. Fred Perry will also make a seasonal donation to the Foundation.”

Amy most definitely had her own signature style. If you saw high hair and cat eyes, you could most likely guess it was Amy. Before her passing the singer had the following to say about the collection:

“Yeah, yeah, it was not hard at all, not hard at all, because, like … I knew exactly what I wanted,” she said of helping to design the collection. “And I love Fred Perry so much. I was honored that they would even, like, ‘Do you want to come and do a line?’ Me? Like, me?”

I’m happy for the line to come and aid in the Amy Winehouse Foundation.


Amy Winehouse Covers Vibe

The late, great Amy Winehouse covers Vibe’s “Juice Issue” dropping August 16.  The other cover features Kelly Rowland (click here to take a peek).  In the issue, Amy’s frequent collaborator and close friend Salaam Remi recalls his last days with the British singer:

I’m in London now. I’m out here because [Amy and I] were supposed to go to a wedding today. And before I could get to her yesterday she passed. We were going to the wedding of Nick Symansky, who is the person who really found her. He found her when he was a scout at 19. And he was the manager before they got the Universal deal.

They went ahead with the wedding. All I could do was sit there and imagine how many jokes she would have been cracking with me. We were in the middle of working on the album. She finished writing the record. We just hadn’t recorded.

For the last couple of weeks we were video chatting regularly. I was just talking to Nas. Both her and Nas were born on September 14, so we were going to Barbados with all of them for her birthday. She really doesn’t look forward to her birthday, you know what I’m saying?

Still so sad.  Rest in peace.


Amy Winehouse’s Music Sales Skyrocket

Since the tragic, untimely death of one of music’s greatest talents, Amy Winehouse’s record sales have seen a skyrocket in numbers sold. Since the singer’s death this past Saturday and according to Nielsen SoundScan, Amy’s hit album Back To Black has shot to the #9 position on the Billboard 200 this week selling 37,000 copies. While just last week only 1,000 copies were sold.

Sales on Frank, Amy’s debut, have also seen a rise in numbers. Reaching #57 and selling 8,000 in sales which were most accounted for digital purchases. Back To Black and Frank have overall sold 95 percent in digital sales.

In the same fashion that Michael Jackson’s music sold whooping numbers after his passing, it looks as though the same will be sad for Amy Winehouse. Sales figures are expected to go even higher come next week.


Mitch Winehouse: ‘Knowing She (Amy) Passed Away Happy. It Makes Us All Feel Better’

Today, Amy Winehouse was laid to rest in London during a funeral attended by family and close friends including Mark Ronson and Kelly Osbourne.  Her father, Mitch Winehouse (cab driver turned lounge singer), released a heartfelt statement, calling his daughter “the greatest” and noting her desire to quit drinking. Read the full statement below:

“Amy was the greatest daughter, family member and friend you could ever have,” said Mitch Winehouse in a letter released on Tuesday afternoon (July 26). “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.  

She told me that she had ‘thoroughly, thoroughly enjoyed herself,’ ” Mitch Winehouse added about the 100 Club show. “The last time she called me, she had found a box of old family photos and called me to go over to look. We spoke three times a day at least, she was very excited.

The doctors said it was impossible but she really did it. She was trying hard to deal with her drinking and had just completed three weeks of abstinence,” he said. “She said, ‘Dad I’ve had enough, I can’t stand the look on your and the family’s faces anymore.

That night [Friday], she was in her room, playing drums and singing,” he said, confirming stories that Winehouse had been up late on Friday night bashing away on her kit. “As it was late, her security guard said to keep it quiet and she did. He heard her walking around for a while and when he went to check on her in the morning he thought she was asleep. He went back a few hours later, that was when he realized she was not breathing and called for help.  But knowing she wasn’t depressed, knowing she passed away, knowing she passed away happy, it makes us all feel better.”


Kelly Rowland Goes Shirtless for Vibe

The men will definitely want to be Kelly Rowland’s motivation after seeing her on the cover of Vibe’s “Juice Issue.”  Kelly looks gorg with her now signature long locks and hands strategically placed across her chest.

Interview highlights:

VIBE: The last album didn’t do well in the States. It did better overseas, particularly in Europe. Do you feel more appreciated in Europe? 
Kelly Rowland: No, not really. People still compare me to B over there. I said in an interview recently, ‘You know, if you guys would be a little bit more intelligent and ask me about myself we’ll have a much better interview.’ You can’t want a story from me and keep asking me about the past.

When you walked away from that last meeting with Mathew, did you feel an “exhale” moment? 
I did, but I also felt like, ‘Oh my God, what have I done?!’ I stayed in the house for two days. I was sad. It was like a funeral. I had to deaden that situation in order to start fresh. That’s a very long time to have the same manager and the same label.

What about your personal relationship with Mathew Knowles. Do you still talk to him? 
Mathew sent me flowers for my birthday!

But do you talk to him?
It’s… I respect him above anything.

Speaking of this road we’re going on… Let’s talk about the song “Motivation.” I have to admit, the song went completely over my head. I thought you were talking about working out. 
[Laughs] No, honey.

When you heard the song, did you think, This may be too racy for my image? 
Not at all. Every woman knows what that feels like—hopefully. But everyone doesn’t expect Kelly to sing about it. This is true. But I just loved the song so much. And yes, I can relate to it. I came into my sexuality while I was recording this album. I can walk into a sex shop now and not worry about what people would say if they saw me in there.

You really do that? Go to sex shops?
Yeah! With friends on the low. I go at the right time. Nighttime. 1 a.m. The really good ones are open that late.

LOL @ the interviewer thinking “Motivation” was about exercise.  Come on now!!!  You can read the full interview when it hits stands August 16.  The second cover will be an Amy Winehouse tribute.

Are you buying Here I Am today?


Amy Winehouse Tributes: Adele & Melanie Fiona (Video)

Celebrities continue to unveil their own Amy Winehouse tributes since the famed singer was found dead in her apartment this weekend (7/23).  There is no doubt that Amy paved the way for Adele, who has a tight grip on the Billboard charts with her record breaking album 21.  Today, the “Rolling in the Deep” singer wrote a blog post dedicated to Ms. Winehouse.  Read below:

“Not many people have it in them to do something they love, simply because they love it. “With no fuss and no compromise. But she knew what she was capable of and didn’t even need to try. If she wanted to do something she would and if she didn’t she’d say f— off. It came easy to her and that’s why we all loved her so much. We believed every word she wrote, and it would sink in deep when she sang them. Amy paved the way for artists like me and made people excited about British music again whilst being fearlessly hilarious and blasé about the whole thing.

I don’t think she ever realised just how brilliant she was and how important she is, but that just makes her even more charming. Although I’m incredibly sad about Amy passing I’m also reminded of how immensely proud of her I am as well. And grateful to be inspired by her. Amy flies in paradise xx.”

Canadian songbird Melanie Fiona also paid tribute to one of her favorite artists through song, posting a video she made some time ago:

“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.”

The song Fiona sings is “Wake Up Alone” from Winehouse’s Back to Black.  Girl can sang! Watch below:

In related news:  Coroners today came to inconclusive results on Amy’s autopsy.  All that’s known is that she was found lying in bed by her bodyguard and that there were no drugs present in the room.  We’ll keep you updated as more info is unveiled.

Russell Brand Pens ‘To Amy’

Amy Winehouse was known for two things: her music and her addiction to drugs and alcohol.  Fellow Brit Russell Brand not only understood her pain; he was a good friend.  In a lengthy post called “To Amy” on his website, he recalls the first time he met her, her musical genius and addiction:

“I’ve known Amy Winehouse for years.  When I first met her around Camden she was just some twit in a pink satin jacket shuffling round bars with mutual friends, most of whom were in cool Indie bands or peripheral Camden figures Withnail-ing their way through life on impotent charisma. I chatted to her anyway though, she was after all, a girl, and she was sweet and peculiar but most of all vulnerable.

I was myself at that time barely out of rehab and was thirstily seeking less complicated women so I barely reflected on the now glaringly obvious fact that Winehouse and I shared an affliction, the disease of addiction. All addicts, regardless of the substance or their social status share a consistent and obvious symptom; they’re not quite present when you talk to them. They communicate to you through a barely discernible but un-ignorable veil.

Brand was pleased when she became “massively famous,” he wrote, but, funny enough, he still hadn’t seen her sing, so he didn’t quite get what the so-called “jazz singer” had to offer  just yet. It was only by chance, in fact, that he first saw her perform at the Roundhouse.

“From her oddly dainty presence that voice, a voice that seemed not to come from her but from somewhere beyond even Billie and Ella, from the font of all greatness. A voice that was filled with such power and pain that it was at once entirely human yet laced with the divine. My ears, my mouth, my heart and mind all instantly opened. Winehouse. Winehouse? Winehouse! That twerp, all eyeliner and lager…the lips that I’d only seen clenching a fishwife fag and dribbling curses now a portal for this holy sound. So now I knew. She wasn’t just some hapless wannabe, yet another pissed up nit who was never gonna make it, nor was she even a ten-a-penny-chanteuse enjoying her fifteen minutes. She was a f–king genius.

Amy increasingly became defined by her addiction.  Our media though is more interested in tragedy than talent, so the ink began to defect from praising her gift to chronicling her downfall. The destructive personal relationships, the blood soaked ballet slippers, the aborted shows, that youtube madness with the baby mice. In the public perception this ephemeral tittle-tattle replaced her timeless talent.  This and her manner in our occasional meetings brought home to me the severity of her condition.

Addiction is a serious disease; it will end with jail, mental institutions or death…Now Amy Winehouse is dead, like many others whose unnecessary deaths have been retrospectively romanticised, at 27 years old. Whether this tragedy was preventable or not is now irrelevant. It is not preventable today. We have lost a beautiful and talented woman to this disease. Not all addicts have Amy’s incredible talent. Or Kurt’s or Jimi’s or Janis’s, some people just get the affliction.

Not all of us know someone with the incredible talent that Amy had, but we all know drunks and junkies and they all need help and the help is out there. All they have to do is pick up the phone and make the call. Or not. Either way, there will be a phone call.”
Rest in Peace.


divaTunes: ’27’ (Amy Winehouse Dedication) M.I.A.

The entire music community is still reeling over the loss of Amy Winehouse this past Saturday (7/23), but some are expressing their grief through song.  Fellow Brit M.I.A. has released “27,” an unreleased demo in honor of the late Winehouse:

“i recorded this song B4 vickileekx and never put it out. its a unfinished demo. R.I.P A.M.Y.”

Listen and read the lyrics below:

said your all mouth and no brains 
all rock stars go to heaven 
you said you’ll be dead at 27 
when we drunk in a English tavern 
the owner poured you the Bourbon 
and you drunk your self so rotten 
he got so rich he bought a Bentley 
and moved himself to Devon

you started dirty dancing 
and you bar tended a dozen 
i took you to the clinic 
to get you clean but you couldn’t 
said in 2 days ur 27 and and ur destiny was comin 
and ur papa passed so sudden 
and left you with lil somin

you blew that money on a mountain of drugs 
and staged your self a bedin 
a month later when i popped in 
your still high but the winter set in 
i bought you a coffee and a muffin 
and you quoted me some Lenin 
i wished i was that clever 
but thats what kept me coming 
your friendship did mean somin 
but you left me for nothin 
when i left, you befriended a rope 
and i found you both were hanging.



Video: Rest in Peace Amy Winehouse

Music lost a true talent today.  Blued eyed soul singer Amy Winehouse was found dead in her flat in Northern London’s Camden Square.  She was just 27 years old.

“Police were called by London Ambulance Service to an address in Camden Square NW1 shortly before 16.05hrs today, Saturday 23 July, following reports of a woman found deceased,” read a press release from the Metropolitan Police. “On arrival officers found the body of a 27-year-old female who was pronounced dead at the scene. Enquiries continue into the circumstances of the death. At this early stage it is being treated as unexplained.”

Although Amy has publicly battled drug and alcohol addiction for years, she will be remembered for making soul music loved by critics and fans alike.  She burst onto the scene in 2003 with her debut album Frank and solidified her superstardom in 2006 with Back to Black.  The latter album earned her six Grammy nominations, five of which she won in 2008. She joins the infamous “27 Club”; other artists who have died at the age of 27 include The Doors front man Jim Morrison, legendary guitarist Jimmy Hendrix, Janis Jopin and Nirvana singer Kirt Cobain.

Amy’s mom Janis had this to say about her daughter back in 2008: ‘I’ve known for a long time that my daughter has problems. But seeing it on screen rammed it home. I realise my daughter could be dead within the year. We’re watching her kill herself, slowly. I’ve already come to terms with her dead. I’ve steeled myself to ask her what ground she wants to be buried in, which cemetery. Because the drugs will get her if she stays on this road.” <<<sad.

Just two days before her death, Amy appeared at the Itunes Music Festival in London to support her goddaughter Dionne Bromfield, who’s signed to Winehouse’s Lioness Records.  Bromfield performed “Mama Said” while Amy danced along and mouthed the lyrics beside her.  Watch a happier Amy with Dionne and her 2008 Grammy performance below:

Twitter is of course flooded with celebrity condolences:

• “Super sad to hear about the news. RIP. never take life for granted,” tweeted rocker Pete Wentz

• “I’m not sure how anyone with a soul can make jokes about the passing of one of the most talented artists this generation will see,” tweeted DJ to the stars Samantha Ronson, whose brother Mark Ronson produced Amy’s Back to Black album

• “Truly sad news about Amy Winehouse. My heart goes out to her family. May her troubled soul find peace,” added Demi Moore on her Twitter feed

• “Addiction is chronic, progressive, and fatal is untreated. It cannot be cured, but it can be arrested one day at a time. Recovery isn’t for those who want it, or even those who need. It’s for those who work it,” chimed in Ashley Judd without citing Winehouse by name

• “Just heard about Amy winehouse. How horribly sad. Just so sad,” lamented Real Housewives of New York City star Jill Zarin

• “Please tell me Amy Winehouse didn’t die. Is this some sick joke?” wondered pop star Nicki Minaj

• “Wow! I just heard about Amy Winehouse passing away! Wow! So sad 😦 what an amazing talent,” remembered Khloé Kardashian Odom

• “Such desperately sad news re Amy Winehouse. Supreme natural talent, terrible self-destructive addictive personality,” tweeted CNN talk show host and former British tabloid editor Piers Morgan

• “RIP Amy Winehouse…..heart breaks for her family. May she find the peace she was looking for. Xoxo,” opined Real Housewives of Orange County’s Tamra Barney

•”Amy Winehouse dead?! Crazy… RIP,” tweeted former Malcolm in the Middle star Frankie Muniz

Ameriie: Terrible news that Amy Winehouse has passed today…so tragic…God bless her & her family.

LeToya Luckett: So sad 2 hear the news about Amy Winehouse. I was sooo in love with her voice. R.I.P

Missy Elliott: My Condolences go out to Amy Winehouse family and My Prayers to those Families who lost loved ones in Norway…

Katy Perry: RIP Amy Winehouse. May she finally find peace.

Trina: Wow….. So sad #dearAmy

Adrienne Bailon: #NowPlaying “Love… Is a losing game…” R.I.P. Amy Winehouse.

Kreayshawn: Man I was just in London having a heart to heart with a friend of Amy on how we really wanna see her come back with her new project! .. I said she was a TIMELESS artist and a real artist because of her struggle. I’m so upset I love her! RIP Amy Winehouse

Melody Thornton: The 1 time I met Amy, she was so nice. I was all over her like a crazed fan and she couldn’t not have been cooler about it. I’m angry, sad, shocked! Amy Winehouse… Such a talented human, why is she gone at 27 yrs old. I’m so mad. Idk what to do but cry. R.I.P.

Keri Hilson: Amy Winehouse…so tragic. I loved her. She inspired me! I kept hoping she’d find a happier place than her self destructive state…damn.

JoJo: My heart breaks. RIP Ms. Winehouse. You are an inspiration always and forever. May you finally be in peace. Honestly, Back to Black is one of my favorite albums. The lyrics?! The musicianship?! The raw, honest vocal delivery?! A STUNNING work.

Jay Sean: just heard the shocking news of Amy winehouse’s death. Absolutely tragic. Such a talented artist. So sad. #RIPamywinehouse

Bruno Mars: Kanye said it best ‘If you admire somebody, you should go ‘head and tell em’ People never get the flowerswhile they can still smell em’

Rick Ross: Wanted to collab w/ Amy Winehouse…r.i.p…smoking 1 in your memoryyy!!

Rihanna: Dear God have mercy!!! I am SICK about this right now! I am genuinely heartbroken about this. #DearAmy U made a MAJAH impression on this industry and throughout the world, in such a short space of time…too short! #ICONSneverDIE

Timothy Bloom: All she needed was Love. Death loved her enough to embrace her. Rest in Peace Ms. Winehouse.

Usher: I’m so sad to hear the horrible news of Amy Winehouse’s death. I’m so happy I knew you Amy…Rest Well. Gone Too Soon…we’ll miss you!!


Skylar Grey: RIP Amy… You were an extraordinary talent, gone before your time.

Rye Rye: RIP to Amy Winehouse….dope dope.artist… She was original! got her wings now so she even more Special…We Loveeeeee You!

Monica: I appreciate artist with true talent that aren’t afraid to be an individual, Amy Winehouse was that. U nor your music will be forgotten.


Foxy Brown: Just got a call my girl Amy Winehouse died today Im literally sick. I knew her pain all too well. Bonafide Star. Amy baby, sleep wit angels*

Diggy Simmons: RIP to the talented Amy Winehouse, mycondolences and love goes out to @dionneofficial and her family.

Estelle: Beyond hurt right now.

Diplo: Dammit!! amy winehouse was a legend. I feel bad today.. She had a voice like no one else in our generation . Goodbye amy

Angela Simmons: Prayers go out to Amy Winehouse family. #RIP

Dawn Richard: RIP Amy Winehouse .. I am in shock. So young

Kid Sister: rip amy winehouse. so so sad. thoughts andprayers for her poor family.

Big Boi: Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix and now Amy Winehouse. All died aged 27. RIP to you all. #amywinehouse

Cool & Dre: Sending a prayer out to the family of Amy Winehouse. Tragic day for them and sad day for music, we lost another 1 too soon. God bless.

Ester Dean: Its crazy how nobody cared about Amy W when she was alive they talked abt her & enjoyed watchin her suffer #butnowucare #bullshit #RipAmyW

Kim Kardashian: I just heard the news that Amy Winehouse passed away. What a true talent. I pray she’s in a better place & at peace.

Eve: my condolences to Amy Winehouse’s family and friends 😦 RIP so sad

Shontelle: Sigh… I guess I’ve just lost my new label mate. R.I.P. Amy Winehouse. It shouldn’t have ended this way… God bless her soul

Jermaine Dupri: Singer Amy Winehouse found dead at her home in London,DAMN!!! RIP

Melanie Fiona: I’m so terribly saddened by the death of Amy Winehouse. One of music’s finest and my favourites. Tragic. Smh. #RipAmyWinehouse

Wynter Gordon: Thats heart breaking to hear of Amy whinehouse . Her art emulated her life and it was clear she was hurting . Rest in peace Amy.

Nicki Minaj: Please tell me Amy Winehouse didn’t die. Is this some sick joke?

Shanell: WTF!!!!!Nooooooo

Q-Tip: RIP. AMY WINEHOUSE. What a loss!!! So young…. Damn!! The last time I spoke 2 amy I told her let her light shine more.

Sean Kingston: Wow this cant be true… Amy Winehouse is Dead???…. i was a huge fan i loved that lady man SMH life is wayy to short R.I.P wow man im out

Jessie J: The way tears are streaming down my face. Such a loss. #ripamy

Lupe Fiasco: R.I.P. Amy Winehouse : (

Bun B: Think I speak for most when I say we were just waiting for Amy Winehouse to get on track and be the great talent she was born to be. #RIPAMY

Diddy: RIP Amy Winehouse

Jazmine Sullivan: i’m really upset. i feel like i was way to close to reaching out and maybe helping a lil bit. regretful i didn’t push harder…

Tiffany Evans: R.I.P Amy Winehouse.

Lloyd: I watched her run through what were apparent local favorites although I’d never heard of her nor them. I concluded at that point that this girl was… NOTHING short of amazing. She had horns, she had the voice of a sista, and she had a rock star attitude. Like F*ck em, ima do me. Secretly, I had a crush on her. Rebellious, vulnerable, and could sing. Perfect mix. I’m so mad she’s gone.

Cassie: “I’m a young woman and I’m going to write about what I know.” -Amy Winehouse Rest In Peace to such a talented young woman

Nas: R.I.P Sis. Why u couldn’t chill???? why the F*ck U Leave? Love U Sis!


Video: Amy Winehouse Butchers ‘Comeback’ Performance; Goes on Hiatus

In another attempt to make a comeback, Amy Winehouse fails once again.  During a concert in Belgrade, Amy was visibly drunk and struggling to get through songs.  She had to lean on her background singer to get her through most of her vocals as she wandered the stage, talking to her musicians and sitting on equipment.  It is widely reported that the crowd boo’d the entire time….obviously.

Since that performance, her rep has announced that today’s show in Istanbul and Wednesday’s show in Athens have been canceled because “she cannot perform to the best of her ability” and feels “this is the right thing to do.”

Last month, UK tabloids reported that Amy visited doctors who told her that her longtime addition to alcohol will soon lead to death if she doesn’t get her act together.

SMDH.  Watch the foolery below:


Video: Amy Winehouse Butchers 'Comeback' Performance; Goes on Hiatus

In another attempt to make a comeback, Amy Winehouse fails once again.  During a concert in Belgrade, Amy was visibly drunk and struggling to get through songs.  She had to lean on her background singer to get her through most of her vocals as she wandered the stage, talking to her musicians and sitting on equipment.  It is widely reported that the crowd boo’d the entire time….obviously.

Since that performance, her rep has announced that today’s show in Istanbul and Wednesday’s show in Athens have been canceled because “she cannot perform to the best of her ability” and feels “this is the right thing to do.”

Last month, UK tabloids reported that Amy visited doctors who told her that her longtime addition to alcohol will soon lead to death if she doesn’t get her act together.

SMDH.  Watch the foolery below:


Amy Winehouse In Rehab….Again

Well, this is just getting old.

It’s always the genius musicians who have the most issues.  Amy Winehouse, who’s been out of the spotlight for some time, will be heading back to rehab once again.  Rumor is that Thursday night, Amy downed an entire bottle of vodka and puked it up in a London hair salon.  We don’t know whether that’s true or not, her reps say this is simply just another step in the 27-year old singer’s battle with alcohol addiction.

Get it together, woman!! Instead of saying “no, no, no” to rehab, you should’ve said “yes, yes, yes”….a long time ago.