Beyonce to cover Amy Winehouse track in controversial move

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Earlier this month, Jay-Z officially announced that he would be producing the soundtrack for the upcoming film, The Great Gatsby. Quite what Jay Z has to do with the lily white world of nihilistic privilege set in the world of pre war America is anyone’s guess, but if Hollywood can convince itself that pretty boy Leonardo di Caprio is the man to play fearsomely ugly, cross dressing power broker and all round sinister force of nature, J Edgar Hoover, then anything is possible.

Apart from the likes of Prince and Lady Gaga having songs on the soundtrack, it has just been announced that Beyonce and Andre 3000 from OutKast are set to do a cover of the Amy Winehouse song Back to Black. Now this came as a little bit of a bolt out of the blue and Amy Winehouse fans are already less than impressed. It is being viewed as a pretty cheap , insulting move. With Winehouse so recently deceased and with her iconic songs still so raw and so recognisable, it does seem to be a pretty tasteless idea. And anyway – surely the melancholy and sense of another age in the original would have been a better bet for the Roaring Twenties film.

Mitch Winehouse, Amy’s father instantly took to Twitter to dissociate himself from the news, to make it clear that he had no part in striking a lucrative deal to remake the classic and to suggest that Beyonce cough up her earnings to the Amy Winehouse Foundation.

He wrote: “First I have heard about Beyonce and Back to Black. Sounds like some of you don’t like the idea.”

Later he added: “Let me repeat. This is the first I have heard of Beyonce doing Amys song.”

He went on to say He wrote: “I don’t know this but what if Beyonce gave £100,000 to foundation. Do you know how many kids that would help? Just putting it out there.”

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