Since the devastating news of Grammy Award-winning singer, Amy Winehouse's untimely death, record sales of her album, "Back To Black," have soared, leaving her record company, Universal Music, scrambling to uncover as many unreleased recordings, live or in the studio, as they can possibly find.
"After Michael Jackson died, his CD went to number one again," a music insider tells me. "And he continued to set the charts on fire with a stash of unreleased music that went on to earn his estate and music company millions. The same will happen with Amy."
But Winehouse and Jackson are not the only artists to have had label execs hoping to piece together posthumous material. Just one month after John Lennon was murdered in 1980, "Woman" was released. And back in 1967, Otis Redding's "Dock of the Bay" was released following his death. Tupac's label has also released numerous albums in the decade since he was gunned down.
"The difference between Amy and Michael is that Michael was always recording and writing," an insider tells me. "Michael has a vault of unreleased material and was always experimenting with new sounds. Amy, on the other hand, didn't produce anywhere near the volume that he did. At the moment all they believe they have is a few new songs and several songs that didn't make it onto her debut CD."
But there is at least one forthcoming track that the sultry-voiced beehive enthusiast put her stamp on. The legendary Tony Bennett, 84, was the last person to work with Amy -- they recorded "Body and Soul" for Bennett's upcoming "Duets II" album at Abbey Road Studios in March. Bennett called Winehouse "an artist of immense proportions." In life and death, Winehouse was nothing short of "immense."