Sunday, July 31, 2011

Posthumous Amy Winehouse Album Rumored And Expected

From "The Sad Business of Amy Winehouse" by Zack O'Malley Greenburg,
Despite Winehouse's well-documented personal struggles, industry insiders say she was no fool when it came to her business. In 2009 she even started her own label, Lioness Records, which grew to hold a roster of three performers - including Winehouse's 13-year-old goddaughter, Dionne Bromfield, who has since released two albums.

"[Winehouse] had a relatively practical sense about managing her business," says Lori Landew, an entertainment attorney at Fox Rothschild in Philadelphia. "There was a general sense that even with her apparent issues and trouble, she was very smart and very capable in certain areas of her life … other areas, not so much."
As for Winehouse's legacy, there are reports that a posthumous album is already in the works. It seems demand for such an offering would be high, as Back To Black shot up to the top of Britain's iTunes charts immediately after her death.

Given these strong sales and heavy radio play, along with the fact that Winehouse likely hadn't yet received an advance for her new album, it's probable she'll earn in excess of seven figures this year from beyond the grave.

It's hard to tell how much she left behind, or who's slated to inherit it. But there's no doubt that death can do wonders for a musician's earnings prospects - just look at Michael Jackson, whose estate has taken in $400 million in the two years since his passing.

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