“Thirteen” going on “30 Something”: Growing up according to pop music

Next to sex and death, there’s no more compelling subject for songwriters than the thing that happens in between those two endpoints on the cycle of life. Aging—and all the excitement, confusion, and existential dread that accompanies it—has long captivated the songwriter, whose work within a ruthlessly youth-focused…

From Train to Star Wars electronica, this is 2016’s least essential music

While The A.V. Club spends much of December praising the year’s best works, it’s also a time to reflect on the ones that left us scratching our heads. This isn’t necessarily the worst music of the year, but these albums left lingering questions about why they exist and who they are for. Dive in, friend: This is the…

The Amy Winehouse Foundation wants your covers of Back To Black

The Amy Winehouse Foundation and Island Records have announced a new contest, inviting fans of the late singer-songwriter to submit covers of tracks from Winehouse’s massively successful album, Back To Black. The winner of the competition—as judged by Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi, who produced the 2006 hit—will get to…

Amy Winehouse’s dad is just going to make his own movie

A few months ago, we reported that Amy Winehouse’s father, Mitch, was upset over how he and his family were portrayed in director Asif Kapadia’s Amy documentary. He disagreed with the film’s depiction of him as “not being there to help Amy” when she needed help, suggesting that the family inadvertently factored into…

Amy Winehouse’s label destroyed the demos for her unfinished third album

In a sharp contrast to the way Michael Jackson’s record label has treated every single scrap of unreleased music he made before he died, Amy Winehouse’s label—Universal Music U.K.—has destroyed all of the unfinished demos she was working on for her third album when she died. According to Billboard, Winehouse had…

The first full trailer for the Amy Winehouse documentary goes back to black

We recently reported that Amy Winehouse’s family was less than thrilled with the new documentary about her, despite some incredibly strong reviews. It seems the family didn’t care for how Asif Kapadia’s film portrayed them as people who may not have always done right by their famous relative—which, given that…

The Amy Winehouse documentary trailer is as devastating as you might expect

If you want a good cry today, Altitude Film has you covered. The studio has released the first official teaser trailer for Amy, a documentary about the British pop singer Amy Winehouse, who died of alcohol poisoning at the age of 27 on July 23, 2007. The documentary—directed by BAFTA award-winner Asif Kapadia (Senna)…