Music fans hoping to hear the late Amy Winehouse and rap veteran Nas on the same track will finally get their wish on her upcoming posthumous release, Lioness: Hidden Treasures.
According to reports, the LP will land in retail outlets around early December.
An album of material recorded by Amy Winehouse before she died, including new tracks as well as reworked versions of songs made popular by her and other artists, will be released on Dec. 5, an announcement on her Web site said Monday. The album, called “Lioness: Hidden Treasures,” will be released by Island Records, which released her two previous albums, “Frank” and “Back to Black.” (New York Times)
Some of the project’s music reportedly dates back nearly an entire decade.
“Lioness: Hidden Treasures” consists of a dozen tracks spanning some of the five-time Grammy-winning singer’s earliest recording sessions in 2002 through her final studio session earlier this year with Tony Bennett, when the singers dueted on the pop classic “Body and Soul.” It will also feature “Between the Cheats,” a new song she recorded in 2008 with Salaam Remi for possible inclusion on what would have been her third album. During the same sessions she recorded a duet with rapper Nas, “Like Smoke,” that will be on the new collection. The tracks on “Hidden Treasures” are produced by Remi and the producer of her “Back to Black” breakthrough album and hit single “Rehab,” Mark Ronson. (Los Angeles Times)
Earlier this month, Nas confirmed he was the subject of Winehouse’s “Me & Mr. Jones” 2007 record.
Nas confirms to XXL that Amy Winehouse’s classic song is about him… Rumor has it that Winehouse once had a crush on Nas, but interpretations on the song vary. “Mr. Destiny, 9 and 14,” Winehouse sings, referencing Nas’s daughter, Destiny, and the September 14 birth date she shared with the rapper. “Nobody stands between me and my man/’Cause it’s me and Mr. Jones.” Nas recalled to XXL about hearing about the Salaam Remi-produced song prior to its release. “I don’t really remember if Salaam, who was really close to her, who introduced us, if he told me about it or not,” Nas told XXL. “I don’t remember right now. But, I heard a lot about it before I even heard the song.” (XXL Mag)
A few days ago, Winehouse’s July 2011 cause of death was finally explained.
Amy Winehouse died as the unintended consequence of drinking too much alcohol, a British coroner ruled Wednesday. Coroner Suzanne Greenaway gave a verdict of “death by misadventure,” saying the singer died of accidental alcohol poisoning. “The unintended consequence of such potentially fatal levels (of alcohol) was her sudden and unexpected death,” Greenaway said. (Billboard)
Lioness: Hidden Treasures is slated to drop Monday, December 5th.
Amy Winehouse released two albums. Frank and Back to Black in 2003 and 2007, respectively.
Check out Amy Winehouse’s “Me & Mr. Jones” below: