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Amy Winehouse Shines On After Death

Greg Asciutto |
November 16, 2011 | 10:56 p.m. PST

Staff Reporter

The late Amy Winehouse (Creative Commons)
The late Amy Winehouse (Creative Commons)
Nearly four months after her untimely death, British singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse is still making waves. 

Winehouse's posthumous third album, "Lioness: Hidden Treasures," is scheduled for a December 6th release. According to USA Today, "Lioness" compiles unreleased songs from throughout the singer's career, two of which feature an 18-year-old Winehouse covering The Girl From Ipanema and Our Day Will Come

Longtime producer Salaam Remi stated that the singer finished writing a third album, but only two of those tracks, Between the Cheats and Like Smoke, a collaboration with rapper Nas, will appear on "Lioness."

Winehouse was in no rush to finish the album, according to Remi; prior to its release, she was planning a jazz record with Roots drummer ?uestlove and other musical heavyweights.

"She was taking her time with it," Remi shared with the Associated Press, "and at the end of the day all of her songs are somewhat autobiographical, so she had to live through something, to get out of it and then look back at it to be able to write about it."

On Sunday, the Amy Winehouse Foundation made its first donation to Hopes and Dreams Children's Charity. The organization, which is spearheaded by Amy's father Mitch, aims to "support charitable activities in both the UK and abroad that provide help, support or care for young people, especially those who are in need by reason of ill health, disability, financial disadvantage or addiction." 

Per Mitch Winehouse's Twitter page, the Foundation plans to donate £10,000 to "Chestnut Tree Kids Hospice" on December 3rd. 

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