Tragic Amy Winehouse’s much-awaited third album is not complete, and won’t be released in the near future, according to her producer Salaam Remi.
Following the star’s death at the weekend, speculation has grown about the material she recorded for her highly-anticipated follow-up to 2006′s Back to Black, which was slated to be released last year.
The singer’s unheard work was said to be enough to fill three albums, but Remi, a long-time producer and pal of Winehouse, insists it was nowhere near completion at the time of her passing, and is adamant rumors of an impending release are false.
He tells New York radio station Power 105.1 FM, “We were working on it; it’s not a complete album. We had a lot of things going, there are recordings, but first things first, I think. We’re trying to focus on what’s at hand and what her family wants to do. So those reports (of a release) are false.
“To put it all in a nutshell, Amy loved to sing, to write… that ability never left her. She was very good at channeling her emotions into lyrics, and then being able to sing them. She was in a place to go forward and make it happen… The way that Amy and I always created was she would write and we would toss ideas around.
“Amy had strong opinions on everything… She was very opinionated about what she liked. At the end, she was a real person. She had a huge heart.”