*Nas will take the stage at a special concert commemorating the 30th birthday of the late Amy Winehouse, her father Mitch Winehouse has revealed.
The rapper – who teamed with the late singer on his track “Cherry Wine,” will perform at the event to be held next September at The Roundhouse in Camden, north London, to raise money for The Amy Winehouse Foundation.
Mitch says Nas will be joined on the bill by a host of other big name artists and he is hoping that a statue of his daughter Amy will be ready to be unveiled at the venue on the same evening.
Speaking at the Spirit of London Awards at The O2 in London on Monday night (10.12.12), he told BANG Showbiz: ”From the start of next year we’re building up to Amy’s birthday on Sept. 14. We’re going to be holding a concert at The Roundhouse and we’re working on the line-up of performers now. Nas is definitely going to be performing because he wants to do as much as he can for the Foundation. It’s going to be a fantastic night, and will be a great tribute to her. And if it’s ready we’re going to be unveiling Amy’s statue.”
Mitch insists 2013 will be a busy year for the Foundation as in March the organization will be hosting the Amy Winehouse Inspiration Awards and Gala at which Tony Bennett, Nas ad Salaam Remi will be honored for their music and for helping to “inspire greatness in others.”
“Jennifer Hudson is going to be performing, Nas is going to be performing, it’s going to be great,” said Mitch.
The smoothed-out track, from Nas’ forthcoming album “Life Is Good,” was produced by Salaam Remi, who has put in work for both stars in the past. (He produced “Made You Look” for Nas and “Tears Dry on Their Own” for Winehouse).
Listen to “Cherry Wine” below.
The pair previously teamed for the single “Like Smoke,” which appeared on Winehouse’s posthumous compilation CD “Lioness: Hidden Treasures.”
*Cee Lo Green says he was planning to record with Amy Winehouse shortly before she died, after being introduced by producer Salaam Remi, reports E! News.
The singer/rapper had been in talks to record with the troubled artist shortly before her sudden unexplained death on Saturday, after being introduced by producer Salaam Remi, who had produced tracks on her two albums “Frank” and “Back to Black” and was working on new material with her when she died.
Cee Lo told the E! News Network’s Marc Malkin: “We were discussing working together. We have a mutual friend, Salaam Remi.
“There was a rumor that we had already recorded together. It wasn’t true and I don’t know where that came from. But we did grow find of each other and thought we could work together.”
Cee Lo said he felt able to connect with the honesty Amy conveyed in her music.
“I could listen to her and she registered to me as the real thing,” he said. “It’s so untimely and unfortunate. What a loss. Music has lost a daughter.”
Amy was cremated on Tuesday (July 26) in a private Jewish ceremony in London attended by her family, including parents Mitch and Janis, brother Alex, boyfriend Reg Traviss, and a host of close friends such as producer Mark Ronson – who worked with her on Back to Black – and Kelly Osbourne.
*Eve is getting ready to debut her fourth album, “Lip Lock.” Eve has been through a lot lately with changing labels and other delays, but finally she is going to get her music to her fans.
“I been saying my album was coming and it was, but I left Interscope and now, I’m on EMI so the album is definitely coming at the top of the year,” the Philly native told Ms. Drama TV. “It’s called ‘Lip Lock,’ it’ll be out at the top of the year in March. I don’t have a date yet.”
In the album, fans can expect beats by Salaam Remi, Akon, and producer Swizz Beatz. She also hinted that there may be some Ruff Ryder material.
“You don’t get out of Ruff Ryders,” she joked with TheBoomBox.com. “Obviously, that’s my fam, and I haven’t wrapped up the album yet, but you’ll hear stuff from somebody.”
“Lip Lock” has been holding out since 2007 and is now ready to break loose.