It's hard to believe that it's been almost four years since [artist id="1742872"]Amy Winehouse[/artist] released her Grammy-winning breakthrough album, Back to Black. But after almost two years spent in a wilderness of drugs, divorce, serious health issues, multiple court cases and nonstop personal drama, Winehouse told London's Metro newspaper that she's ready to put the spotlight back on her music with a new album she hopes to have out by January.
At the premiere of the film "Psychosis," directed by new boyfriend Reg Traviss, Winehouse, 26, told Metro, "The album will be six months at the most," noting that the sound will be similar to the retro soul on Black. "It's going to be very much the same as my second album, where there's a lot of jukebox stuff and the songs that are ... just jukebox, really."
Though she didn't explain what she meant by "jukebox," Winehouse has reportedly recorded some tracks on the island of St. Lucia with producer Salaam Remi, who collaborated with her on Black.
Winehouse also explained her blunder-filled performance with Mark Ronson last week at London's 100 Club, in which she appeared to forget the lyrics to the song "Valerie," from Ronson's Version covers album. She told Metro that a musical mix-up caused the confusion during the gig. "Mark and I recorded two versions of 'Valerie,' " she said. "We released the one that came out like the Supremes, but I play the other version with my band. When I got there, I completely forgot it was his version we were singing, so I was probably a bit out of sync. It was really fun to be onstage with him, though."
After the gig last week, Ronson said he plans to reteam with Winehouse on the new album, but was waiting until she had at least 10 songs together before hitting the studio with her. In the meantime, they have recorded one song together for an upcoming tribute to music legend Quincy Jones.
While her live show has often been iffy at best in the past, Winehouse said she's excited to have a wider repertoire to choose from when she starts touring for the new album. "I just can't wait to have some new songs onstage, really."
Winehouse's spokesperson confirmed to MTV News that the singer is working on new material but said no official release date has been set.
Though visa issues appear to be currently holding her up, Winehouse is also reportedly planning to record songs for a supergroup album with the Roots' drummer, ?uestlove, and Remi. While the group doesn't have a name yet, ?uest said he plans to sit down and talk with Winehouse soon about laying down some tracks.
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