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Amy Winehouse New Album 'Lioness: Hidden Treasures' Set for Release

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By Justin Sarachik, Christian Post Reporter
October 31, 2011|2:23 pm

Island Records will be releasing an a posthumous album of Amy Winehouse featuring never before heard unreleased and rare tracks by the singer who died in July at 27 years-old.

The collection will be called Lioness: Hidden Treasures and will feature 12 new tracks.

"It wasn't until I sat down with the rest of the family and listened to this album that I fully appreciated the breadth of Amy's talent. From jazz standards to hip-hop songs, it really took my breath away," said Winehouse's father, Mitch. "I never realized what a true genius she was."

Some of the highlights of the album are "Between the Cheats," a slower version of her hit "Valerie," and "A Song for You," a Leon Russell cover that she recorded in 2009.

Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi spent the last few weeks producing the album making it Winehouse's third release.

All sales of the album will go to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, an organization founded after the singer died battling her addiction.

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The singer, 27, was found dead in her home in Camden by her live-in guard Andrew Morris on Jul. 23. Three bottles of vodka were found at her home.

St Pancras coroner Suzanne Greenway said the death was the result of drinking too much alcohol, which was over five times the drink-drive limit.

She said the “unintended consequence” of Winehouse drinking so much alcohol was her “sudden and unexpected death.” She had 416mg of alcohol per 100ml of blood. The drink-drive limit in Britain is 80mg.

"She had consumed sufficient alcohol at 416mg per decilitre (of blood) and the unintended consequence of such potentially fatal levels was her sudden and unexpected death," said Greenway.

The singer’s family issued a statement upon the verdict of the inquest saying: “It is some relief to finally find out what happened to Amy."

“We understand there was alcohol in her system when she passed away – it is likely a build-up of alcohol in her system over a number of days.

“The court heard that Amy was battling hard to conquer her problems with alcohol and it is a source of great pain to us that she could not win in time.

“She had started drinking again that week after a period of abstinence.

“It underlines how important our work with the Amy Winehouse Foundation is to us, to help as many young people and children as we can in her name.

“It means a lot to us and, from the overwhelming messages of support we have had since Amy died, we know she meant a great deal to people all over the world.

“We want to thank everyone for that and for their continuing enthusiasm for the foundation.”

 

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