Labels have released unheard sounds from late artists before – Michael Jackson and Aaliyah to name a few. But the efforts of Universal Music U.K. CEO, David Joseph, are keeping anymore of Grammy-award-winning Amy Winehouse’s soulful melodies from reaching listeners, Billboard reports.
Joseph, who’s also the executive producer of the Amy documentary, told Billboard that it was all his doing. He said, “It was a moral thing. 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.”
After the “Rehab” singer’s death in 2011, fans held onto tracks from Frank (2003) and Back to Black (2006). Plus, Island Records released the late singer’s music on an album called Lioness: Hidden Treasures. This album collected songs meant to appear, or that appeared, on her previous two albums. Her videos on Youtube neared 200 million views in the last 10 months alone.
Yet before her death, Winehouse had her own plans for a third album with producers Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson, and songs already written or in the process of. The upcoming documentary will feature new interviews and clips, but not any demos she made for her unfinished project. No material will ever be created consisting of these tracks – that no longer exist.
Winehouse will forever be the keeper of her envisioned album.