Amy Winehouse’s unfinished third album, which she was working sporadically on for the last two years, could reportedly receive a posthumous release.
Within hours of Winehouse’s death, her 2006 album Back To Black had topped the iTunes chart and fans flocked to buy her most famous single, Rehab.
Sources said that the songs were at demo stage but there was “a lot of material” available, reports the Telegraph.
Winehouse’s parents, Mitch and Janis, will have the final say on its release and it is expected to outsell Back To Black’s five million copies.
Industry experts described Winehouse as a true talent and said there would be huge demand for a posthumous album.
Phil Alexander, editor-in-chief of Mojo magazine, said: “It is inevitable that her death will elevate her reputation and that there will be a third record released.”
Adam Liversage of the British Phonographic Industry said: “You might argue that Amy Winehouse was already in the pantheon of greats. Her songs have become standards.
“Already there has been a lot of anticipation for a new album and if it was released posthumously that will only increase the interest in her,” he added.
During the rocky recording process for the album, Amy spent time in the studio with Back to Black producer Salaam Remi, but there are conflicting reports as to whether or not she actually recorded anything with “Rehab” hitmaker Mark Ronson. Back in March 2009, there were reports that Amy had recorded a bunch of demos while on an extended stay in St Lucia, but her label Island Records rejected them for being “too reggae”. And last July, Amy told reporters that her album would be out by January, and that it would be “very much the same” as Back to Black, describing the songs as “jukebox”.
Sales are also huge in the UK, causing Back to Black to re-enter the official UK albums chart this week at No. 59, with only a few hours sales between her death and the official counting of the chart. If the sales sustain, Amy could easily have the No. 1 album in the UK again by the time next week rolls around.