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Louise McQuade

Ten years since ‘Back to Black’

‘Back to Black’ by the late Amy Winehouse was released ten years ago last week.        Photo: Razvan Iosif / Shutterstock.com

‘Back to Black’ by the late Amy Winehouse was released ten years ago last week. Photo: Razvan Iosif / Shutterstock.com

Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back To Black’ was released ten years ago last week.

The fact an album this honest, fearless and unique became a huge hit opened the door for so many artists who were a little bit different. Lana Del Rey, Sam Smith, Lady Gaga, Emeli Sandé and Florence Welch have all hailed Amy as an influence.

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Amy Winehouse’s legacy doesn’t begin and end with ‘Back To Black’, but it’s the album that made her a global superstar and the moment that captures her incredible songwriting gifts at its peak.

Last week Island Records announced a new Amy Winehouse covers contest to commemorate the ten-year anniversary of the iconic Back to Black.

Fans can download the original instrumentals for ‘Back to Black,’ ‘Rehab,’ ‘Tears Dry on Their Own,’ and ‘Just Friends’ and then upload their renditions for a chance to record the cover professionally.

The winner will have their song premiered on Island Records’ YouTube channel.

For any local talents considering entering see this video from Salaam Remi explaining the contest.

Island Records and Vevo will donate all the funds from the Back to Black covers campaign to the Amy Winehouse Foundation, the charity created in Winehouse’s memory to help young people who are facing issues with homelessness, addiction, mental health, and more.

RADIOHEAD ANNOUNCE IRISH RETURN

Radiohead have announced their return to Dublin with a date at 3 Arena, on June 20, 2017.        Photo: Northfoto / Shutterstock.com

Radiohead have announced their return to Dublin with a date at 3 Arena, on June 20, 2017. Photo: Northfoto / Shutterstock.com

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Radiohead will play a number of headline shows and festival dates in Ireland, Britain and Europe in 2017 and last week announced their return to Dublin with a date at 3 Arena, on June 20th 2017.

Earlier this month, the band confirmed they will headline next years Glastonbury festival, topping the bill on the Pyramid Stage on Friday, June 23.

The date coincides with the 20th anniversary of the release of their ground-breaking album ‘OK Computer’.

The band’s ninth studio album, A Moon Shaped Pool, their first in five years, was released in May to critical acclaim.

Tickets priced €61.45 went on sale on Friday.

GIG NEWS

Biffy for Belfast on  November 27

Biffy for Belfast on November 27

• Biffy Clyro play the SSE arena in Belfast on November 27. Tickets are still available for Biffy Clyros headline date this month at the SSE Arena and last week New York rockers ‘Brand New’ were announced as support.

• English pop group, Take That, are bringing their ‘Wonderland Live’ tour to Dublin next year. But apparently one show was not enough! After an increase in demand for tickets, a second date at 3Arena has been added. The band will now play May 15-16 with support from All Saints.

• Robbie Williams last week announced that he will be performing at Aviva Stadium on June 17 next year. Tickets will be available on November 11 from 10am via RobbieWilliams.com.

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