Dear GOD let this be true. Amy Winehouse could be back with a new album as early as January! Up until now, there have been conflicting reports about Winehouse’s progress on the album, with Mark Ronson recently stating that the two have yet to lay down any tracks. WELL…the UK’s Mirror is reporting that Winehouse has enough material for “three separate albums.” EEEEEE! She has a lot to live up to, especially after how successful 2006’s Grammy-winning Back To Black was. Winehouse also has a lot to prove, given how tumultuous the past 4 years have been for her – both personally AND with relation to her health. The Mirror’s source goes on to say that the, as yet unnamed album, will hit stores as early as January.
“It has been a long time coming – and she’s been writing songs for what seems an eternity – but finally Amy is satisfied and believes she has an album worthy of a four-year wait. She’s held meetings with the record label, Universal, and they are putting everything into promotion. A lot of the material covers her romance with Blake Fielder Civil and their acrimonious split, plus, of course, her battle with the booze and drugs. It is very raw and very personal – it promises to be another classic. She is now narrowing down the material and hopes it’ll be on shelves by the new year.”
YIKES. Not happy subject matter, but the DARKNESS is part of what made Back To Black so raw and riveting. The darker the better! She’s an talented songwriter so I’m sure her experiences over the past four years, both bad AND good, will translate into some pretty powerful and impactful music. It sounds like Amy’s new beau, Reg Traviss is playing a pretty big part in her changed life which is great. As if news of a new album isn’t enough, we have a potentially-hot-sounding Mark Ronson/Amy Winehouse collaboration coming out, hopefully BEFORE the end of the year. As part of a Quincy Jones-curated compilation album, Ronson & Winehouse recorded a cover of Lesley Gore’s 60s classic “It’s My Party.” I’m salivating. So happy about all of this news. Here’s to a new Amy Winehouse in 2011!