I used to make YouTube clips like this for my artists when I worked for Universal. It was the bane of my life as I had to do Photoshop to make the image, then use panels on YouTube to hyperlink track names. Anyway that’s not very interesting.
What IS interesting is this new sampler for the new Great Gatsby soundtrack. By now we all know it features Beyonce doing Wino with Andre 3000, there’s Florence (hear the track in full at the bottom for proper amazingness) and Fergie too (who actually sounds really good). Plus Emeli Sande takes on Crazy In Love and fails…to be fair, it’s not much of a surprise, who else COULD do that song? And there’s new material from The XX and my favourite, Sia. This all only compounds my idea that The Great Gatsby will be this generation’s Romeo + Juliet.
Have a listen below and let me know which track YOU are most excited about.
Mary J Blige. Does she need an introduction? One of RnB’s biggest survivors. She has been through a drug addiction, an abusive relationship, been written off by her label - and yet here she is back with the best selling RnB album of 2012 and a starring role in the Rock of Ages movie. Just don’t mention KFC…
Is it painful listening to your old albums? It’s hard listening to the My Life album. It always make me want to cry. I could not believe I was being treated so badly, that I was treating myself so badly and that I was allowing myself to be treated so badly. I did a lot of drugs. I did a lot of things - not just weed - but beyond that. At that point I was hooked. Was it easier to write back then? I would say it was equal really, because wherever you are, if you’re just honest, it will come out easily. So it’s easy in heaven, easy in hell. But I remember Aaliyah died on 25th August, then right after the World Trade Centre blew up. I was like ‘OK, am I next?’ That’s where I was at. I had an ulcer from drinking and I knew spiritually I couldn’t go on like that. I blame it all on not being ready for the Music Industry. If you get all this fame before you’re ready, you can start getting ‘high on your own supply’ and begun to believe the hype. Artist Development should be a major part of every label. Too many people are ending up like Amy Winehouse, no one is preparing them for this.
So it’s been one year today since Amy Winehouse died. I remember where I was when I found out. I was living in Archway and my brother had come to stay. We had just come back from being in town and it was on the news, I started crying and crying. I think I made my brother feel a little awkward and he didn’t really know what to do except hug me.
I saw Amy Winehouse perform a couple of times. The first was around Frank when I was living at home. I went with a girl I worked with and it was pretty obvious Amy was troubled back then. Her eyes kept rolling back and she hobbled around the stage a bit. But she sounded good.
The other time was at Astoria for G-A-Y. She came on and sang one or two tracks then went off, kept us waiting and never came back.
My other favourite memory of her was on Nevermind the Buzzcocks. I’m not really sure I should find it funny in hindsight as she is clearly unravelling but there we go.
Hmmm….releasing artists’ material posthumously normally seems crass but if there’s more of Amy like this, I will take it all. OKTHNXBI