In the past few months, Amy Winehouse’s name has become the center of conversation once again. With Amy—the documentary about her life–opening in theaters soon, the talk has varied from controversy to excitement. But now the Winehouse news cycle has turned its focus back to her music.
After Amy’s death, many fans were eager to know if there would be any official releases of previously unheard music. Though the posthumous compilation album Lioness: Hidden Treasures was released less than six months after Amy’s death, some fans are still thirsty for more.
Those eager fans may be sad to hear that David Joseph, chairman and CEO of Universal Music U.K. destroyed the recorded demos from what would of been Amy Winehouse’s third album. According to an in-depth piece about Amy’s legacy by Billboard, Amy was on track to complete the album just before her passing. “She probably finished the writing process a few weeks before she passed,” said producer Salaam Remi. “As far as I could see, we had 14 songs. Whatever needed to happen, it was right there.”
Initially, this news seems devastating, but a deeper look may shed a little light on just how complicated this situation truly is. Music fans have seen for years just how tricky and ugly things can get after a musician dies. With her demos destroyed, it puts an end to future battles over Amy’s music before they can even begin. “It was a moral thing,” says Joseph. “Taking a stem or a vocal is not something that would ever happen on my watch. It now can’t happen on anyone else’s.”
Read the full Billboard article here.