GLOBAL – Each week in our Buy Five section we bring you the very best of music, games, ebooks apps and music videos available to download on your Nokia smartphone. This week we feature Amy Winehouse, who has hit the top of the charts with a 12-track album – and it’s hard not to be moved by it.
Lioness: Hidden Treasures is both a reminder of what a great singer she was and the fact that she is no longer with us.
But most important of all, the album is a fitting tribute to Amy – and it will raise money for the Amy Winehouse Foundation.
When the album hit No1 this week, four months after her death at the age of 27, her father Mitch tweeted: “Just been told, Amy at Number One. My heart is sad but bursting with pride.”
Producers Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson were driven to ensure that some unreleased songs they’d worked on with her wouldn’t just get left on a hard drive somewhere. They talk touchingly about what the album means to them in a video released this week.
Released on Monday, the album includes original tracks and covers, including Girl From Ipanema, that she’d recorded before her death in July.
Mitch said this week he and his family found it hard to listen to the album.
“It was a very difficult time for us,” he said. “It was very emotional. But we had to sit through it and after the first couple of songs we sort of calmed down a little bit.”
Over £140,000 was raised for the Amy Winehouse Foundation on the first day of release. A pound from every sale goes to the charity which her dad launched on the singer’s birthday, September 14, following her death from alcohol poisoning. That day he made a moving tribute to his girl, which you can see on this video.
The Amy Winehouse Foundation has been set up 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.