Amy Winehouse Album – A new album of recordings by the late soul singer Amy Winehouse will be released in December, according to Island Records. The company said that Lioness: Hidden Treasures will contain 12 songs, which are previously unreleased tracks, alternative versions of existing hits and brand new songs.
The label said the artist’s longtime musical partners Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi had spent time since her death listening to recordings of the singer, who many said never sang or played a song the same way twice.
The album, which would be her third after “Frank” and “Back to Black”, will be released on Dec. 5. Ronson and Remi compiled the tracks in collaboration with the late singer’s family, management and the label. The singer’s final studio recording, a cover of Body and Soul sung with Tony Bennett, will be included in the album.
The single was released on September 14, 2011, to commemorate what would have been her 28th birthday.
The singer’s father, Mitch Winehouse, said he had never before heard another one of the tracks, “Halftime,” and described the song as “just incredibly beautiful.”
“If the family had felt that this album wasn’t up to the standard of ‘Frank’ and ‘Back To Black’ we would never have agreed to release it and we believe it will stand as a fitting tribute to Amy’s musical legacy,” he said in the Island Records statement. A donation of 1 pound ($1.60) from the sale of each album in the U.K. will go to a foundation to assist disadvantaged children and young adults set up in the artist’s name following her death.