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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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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.