When Amy Winehouse passed away last summer, there was a bit of a question as to whether there was enough material left behind to create a posthumous album. Well, you’ve now got your answer. Lioness: Hidden Treasures will be released on December 5th, and will contain 12 tracks of unreleased material in the form of “new” original songs, demos and alternate versions of previously unreleased songs. According to Universal, Amy’s label, the album is “a collection of songs that were a fitting testament to Amy the artist and, as importantly, Amy their friend.” In other words, there is MONEY TO BE MADE!! And as much as I hate cash grabs made by record labels to capitalize on deceased artists, I’ll probably pick this one up myself.
Speaking of deceased artists, the soundtrack for Michael Jackson’s “Immortal” (as presented by Cirque du Soleil) is being released on November 21st. The “Immortal Megamix” premiered earlier today, and is a pretty cool mashup of MJ’s most popular hits. Granted, a similar megamix was released back in ’95 as a promotional piece when HIStory was released. I used to have a disc with that megamix on it. I miss it.
Another highly anticipated November/December release is The Black Keys’ El Camino, the follow-up to their Grammy winning, near-platinum breakthrough album Brothers. The first single from the album is entitled “Lonely Boy”, and it finds Patrick and Dan again collaborating with Danger Mouse, who produced last year’s smash “Tighten Up”. The Keys premiered the song on their website with a silly video featuring some random office dude lip-synching and dancing to the song. We tossed the song around amongst the staff last week, and to a man, we all dig it, even if I was the only person who noticed it’s similarity to Tom Petty’s “Runnin’ Down a Dream”. Am I retarded? Or do you hear it too?