Beyonce and Andre 3000 to cover Winehouse classic for The Great Gatsby
Beyonce Knowles has signed to record for the soundtrack of the upcoming May’s “The Great Gatsby.” She and Andre 3000 will take on the task of covering the late Amy Winehouse’s 2007 single “Back to Black.” The track written by Winehouse and Mark Ronson has been internationally acclaimed on the charts and has gone platinum in Greece, Italy and Switzerland.
Producing and curating the soundtrack is none other than Knowles’s husband Jay-Z. Jay-Z has also been set to track some of his own music for the Gatsby album as well. In 2006, Jay-Z worked in collaboration with WInehouse on “Rehab.”
- Winehouse (left) is seen at a past Jay-Z performance alongside Beyonce (right) and Jack White (center).
Winehouse passed away in July 2011 leaving behind much of what she wanted to do with her music career. Her latest album “Lioness: Hidden Treasures” was released that summer. However, producer Salaam Remi announced that Winehouse preferred to withhold that new material and instead swing full force into her latest project: a supergroup with ?uestlove and saxophonist Soweta Kinch. Although this was never brought to life, ?uestlove appears on Winehouse’s Lioness track “Half Time.” Other artists have covered “Back to Black” in their live sets such as Ronnie Spector of The Ronettes in addition to Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine.
Listeners can expect to hear Beyonce & Andre 3000’s rendition when “The Great Gatsby” appears at the Cannes Film Festival on May 15. Below is a video of Winehouse performing the track live backed by her Zalons with her renowned powerhouse soul voice untouched by pitch correction- and might I add no matter how inebriated she was, none of her live performances had ever been lip-synced. Sorry Bey.