A Valentine's Day card written by Amy Winehouse to her former husband is set to go up for auction later this month (Dec13). The late singer was married to Blake Fielder-Civil from 2007 until 2009, and a loving card she once wrote to him is expected to fetch up to $3,000 (£2,000) when it goes under the hammer at Bonham's auction house in London on 18 December (13).
Original handwritten lyrics to Winehouse's track Love is a Losing Game will also be included in the sale.
A spokesman for Bonham's tells Britain's Daily Star newspaper, "These things were acquired by a friend of Amy and Blake's who would sometimes hang out with the pair."
Fans of TV show Glee have been asked to select the songs their favourite characters will sing on the upcoming 100th episode. Glee creator Ryan Murphy has posted 30 songs performed on the series over the past five seasons on the show's Facebook.com page and viewers now have a week to pick the 10 tunes they'd like to hear again.
As part of the Glee 100th Gleeks Choice: You Vote. We Remix Promotion, the show's music masterminds will revamp the 10 songs chosen by fans.
The choices include songs originally recorded by Lady Gaga, Florence + the Machine, Journey, Cee-Lo Green, Fleetwood Mac, Britney Spears, Katy Perry and the late Amy Winehouse.
Stars including pop singer Pixie Lott and supermodel Jerry Hall turned out to support a fundraiser in honour of Amy Winehouse in London on Wednesday night (20Nov13). The late singer's parents, Mitch and Janis Winehouse, hosted the Amy Winehouse Foundation's third annual benefit, which raises funds for the charitable organisation set up in the star's memory following her death in July, 2011.
The Winehouse family was joined by celebrities including Lott, Hall, actress Barbara Windsor and JLS star Oritse Williams, who all had kind words to say about the tragic Back To Black hitmaker.
Williams said, "Amy was one of my biggest musical inspirations. I studied her albums when I was a kid so I had to be here."
Hall added, "She was so talented. What a loss," while Lott said, "I love anyone who's got a soulful, amazing voice and she definitely had that. My favourite song was Love is a Losing Game because of the amount of soul that's in it."
Annual British charity gig series the Little Noise Sessions has been cancelled. The London concerts have been held since 2006 to raise money for the charity Mencap, which helps people with learning disabilities, and the shows have previously featured performances from acts including Amy Winehouse, Noel Gallagher, Adele and Coldplay.
However, organisers have now confirmed the 2013 concerts, which were due to take place next month (Dec13), will not go ahead.
A statement reads, "Due to unforeseen circumstances, this year's Little Noise Sessions has been cancelled and we're taking a year out. Thank you for all your love and support. Please bear with us and we'll be back soon."
Singer Lily Allen retired her outspoken pop star persona after the grief of a miscarriage forced her to change her views on life. The Smile hitmaker sparked controversy in the early years of her career by picking fights with stars including Sir Elton John, Katy Perry, Amy Winehouse and Kylie Minogue.
This month (Nov13), she is launching a musical comeback after taking a three-year hiatus to start a family with her husband Sam Cooper, and she has revealed her baby tragedy in 2010, when her son was stillborn at six months, made her reassess her attitude.
Allen tells The Observer Magazine, "Before... this, before what happened to Sam and I happened, I was quite vocal. I complained about a lot of things. I feel incredibly lucky that I was able to grieve with someone I loved. There are women who have to deal with this on their own, so even though it was tragic, I knew where I was in the world and the people who were important to me and what mattered, and what didn't. The thing I took away from this was that I couldn't believe I'd ever complained about anything ever before in my life."
However, Allen also warns her critics she is considering a repeat of her previous outspoken antics now she is back in the spotlight: "I'm finally ready to complain again now."
Allen now has two children, daughters Ethel, who turns two this month (Nov13), and 10-month-old Marnie.
Electronic music stars Chase & Status have denied accusations the free school for musicians they are setting up in their native U.K. is an academy of fame. The dance duo is preparing to launch the East London Arts & Music (ELAM) school, where youngsters aged 16 to 19 can train in music technology, business and performance alongside regular subjects such as maths and English.
They have now spoken out to address accusations they are creating an X Factor-style institution to tutor kids on a fast-track to stardom, insisting the claims are unfair.
Musician Will Kennard tells NME magazine, "There's a misconception that we're trying to promote a sort of Fame Academy, but ELAM isn't about how to be a pop star. Even being incredible on a mixing desk is not enough to get you a career in music - you need the professional expertise too."
ELAM is being backed by the prestigious Brit School, which counts Amy Winehouse and Adele among its former students.
British singer-songwriter Juliette Ashby paid a moving tribute to her best friend Amy Winehouse during a gig at London's Jazz Cafe on Thursday night (19Sep13). Just days after what would have been the Rehab singer's 30th birthday, Ashby dedicated two of her songs, Not Trying (To Get Over You) and Waiting, to the girl she met at school, aged four, and with whom she shared her childhood, teenage and early adult years.
Ashby, who was launching her EP Take It Over at the fabled Camden venue told the crowd, "I just want to take a moment because it's appropriate, to dedicate these next two songs to my best friend. She passed away two years ago. It was her birthday and it was a horrible, sad day for me.
"We have amazing memories here at the Jazz Cafe, sitting upstairs with my girls - and she's up there now with us too tonight, and it feels amazing."
Winehouse and Ashby were inseparable as kids, forming the rap duo Sweet 'n' Sour, and sharing their first experiences in the recording studio together, aged 10. They lived together as Amy's career took off, following the release of her album Frank in 2003, but when her best friend's drug problems took hold and her behaviour spiralled out of control, Ashby decided the only way she could help her pal was to give her tough love and step away.
Rarely speaking publicly about her late soul sister, Ashby tells WENN the circumstances surrounding her friend's addictions and untimely death are often too painful to talk about about.
She says, "I've loved Amy since we were four. We grew up together, but when she did the stuff she did I told her I would not tolerate her behaviour.
"It changed the amazing person that she is, which is my best friend. And she knew that. But she knew I would always be there for her and that's why she came to me when she wanted a sense of normality back in her life or when things got really bad and she really needed help. She felt safe knowing that I wouldn't take any s**t from her during those dark times.
"Her 30th birthday, which should have been a joyous occasion, was really miserable for me without her here. I love and miss her more than I can ever put into words."
Amy Winehouse's parents have launched a month-long programme of events to mark what would have been the late star's 30th birthday. The Back To Black hitmaker died of alcohol poisoning in 2011 at the age of 27, three years before her 30th birthday, which she would have celebrated on Saturday (14Sep13).
The singer's parents have put together a number of events together with the charity set up in her name, the Amy Winehouse Foundation, to mark the poignant occasion, including an exhibition of paintings and photographs of the star at the Proud Gallery in Camden, north London, which opened to the public this week (ends15Sep13).
A number of other events will be taking place at venues around Camden, where Winehouse lived before her death, to raise money for the organisation. Several local pubs which Winehouse frequented are hosting charity nights throughout September (13), while a number of restaurants are offering up dishes inspired by the star to boost funds for the foundation.
Winehouse's friends and family also reportedly attended a special event in London on Friday night (13Sep13).
Chris Walter/WireImageFollowing the opinion-dividing news that Susan Boyle is to record a posthumous duet with Elvis Presley for her upcoming Christmas album, here's a look at five of the best collaborations between the living and the dead.
Lauryn Hill & Bob Marley – "Turn Your Lights Down Low"One of her last great musical contributions before her wasteful descent into tax-evading reclusiveness, the former Fugees star joined forces with the late father of her then-partner Rohan Marley for a typically chilled 1999 retooling of Exodus album track, "Turn Your Lights Down Low."
Aaliyah feat. Drake – "Enough Said"Ignore the loathsome Chris Brown’s attempt to overshadow his rival's tribute to Aaliyah, long time Baby Girl obsessive Drake's hazy electro-R&B offering was a far more respectful use of the tragic star's goosebump-inducing vocals.
2Pac feat. Elton John – "Ghetto Gospel"Famous for releasing more material following his 1996 murder than before it, Tupac's back catalogue is littered with duets from beyond the grave. But continuing producer Eminem's unlikely affiliation with Elton John, it was this 2005 hook-up with the Rocket Man that proved to be one of his most emotive.
Nas feat. Amy Winehouse – "Cherry Wine"Nas admitted he was initially reluctant about the idea of using the troubled soul diva's vocals on new material after she became the latest member of the dreaded 27 Club in 2011. But he needn't have worried as this tasteful jazz-tinged standout from Life Is Good is up there with the best of Back To Black.
Natalie Cole & Nat King Cole – "Unforgettable"Having previously refused to cover any of her late father's classic big band standards, Natalie Cole finally relented in 1991 with an entire album dedicated to the 'King,' the highlight of which was this touching Grammy-winning virtual duet.
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Daft Punk's latest album Random Access Memories has swiftly become the best-selling vinyl album in the history of Amazon.com. The online retailer launched in 1999 and bosses published its all-time top 20 chart of vinyl sales on Friday (13Sep13), revealing the French duo's 2013 album tops the rundown less than four months after its release.
It has outsold favourites including Adele's 21, which is in second place, and Back to Black by Amy Winehouse in third.
The top five is rounded out by David Bowie's 2013 comeback album The Next Day, and The Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd.