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Amy Winehouse's demos for her unfinished, third album have been destroyed

By Karen Butler   |   July 3, 2015 at 5:03 PM
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LOS ANGELES, July 3 (UPI) -- David Joseph, the chairman/chief executive officer of Universal Music UK, says recordings intended for the late Amy Winehouse's unfinished, third album, have been destroyed.

"She probably finished the writing ­process a few weeks before she passed," producer Salaam Remi recently told Billboard magazine. "As far as I could see, we had 14 songs. Whatever needed to happen, it was right there."

"It was a moral thing," Joseph said of the decision to destoy those recordings. "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."

The British soul singer died of alcohol poisoning in 2011 after years of substance abuse. She was 27.

Amy, a documentary about her brief, tragic life, is now in theaters.

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Marisa Tomei joins 'Empire' for Season 2

By Karen Butler   |   July 3, 2015 at 4:26 PM
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LOS ANGELES, July 3 (UPI) -- Fox has announced Oscar-winning actress Marisa Tomei is joining the ensemble of Empire for Season 2.

"Welcome to Empire, Marisa Tomei!!" read Friday's message on the hit show's Facebook page.

The post included a link to a Deadline report that described Tomei's Mimi Whiteman character as a "Forbes list billionairess... a lover of hip hop music, social trends, high-end fashion and beautiful women."

Starring Taraji P. Henson and Terrence Howard, the drama series follows a family that has built its fortune in the music industry.

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