New Amy Winehouse Songs Rejected by Her Record Label

    Music sales may be dwindling, but record labels are still able to exert some power over the artists that record for them. First, the Klaxons were

    asked to go back

    and re-record the follow-up to their

    Myths of the Near Future

    album, with their label claiming they had strayed too far from their pop roots. Now, Amy Winehouse is faced with the same dilemma, with her label reportedly rejecting material for her follow-up to

    Back to Black


    Winehouse has been in the Caribbean, where she has been demoing new songs in an attempt to put her alleged drug use and marital problems behind her. A “source” has spoken to UK tabloid the Daily Mirror, saying: “Amy was very productive during her stay in St Lucia. She wrote a hell of a lot of songs, but the majority of them just aren’t hitting the mark.”

    The decision to let Winehouse travel to the Caribbean to work on her music seems distinctly ill advised, and brings back memories of Happy Mondays’ crack-addled trip to Barbados to record their third album,

    Yes Please!

    . “She seems to have ditched her trademark vintage soul sound and is now heavily influenced by reggae," said the source. “Her bosses don’t think it’s a wise move to change her style so sharply and have told her that.” Perhaps Winehouse is simply following the lead of Serge Gainsbourg, who famously recorded two reggae albums (including a reggae-fied version of the French national anthem) in Jamaica in the late ’70s. [

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