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Music world mourns Amy Winehouse The music industry is mourning the death of Amy Winehouse. The 27-year-old was found dead at her London flat on Saturday, sparking an outpouring of grief from fans, friends and colleagues.
In recent years, Winehouse had struggled with a very public drink and drugs problem, but the weekend was more focused on the lost potential of an unquestioned talent.
“We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of such a gifted musician, artist, performer and friend,” a spokesman for her label Universal said.
Mark Ronson, who had produced some of her career highlights, said he had lost a “musical soulmate.”
And broadcaster Paul Gambaccini noted that the industry would lose “20 years of good record” from an artist of “great musical knowledge and taste”.
The industry will remember the highly promising former Brit School student whose distinctive voice came to public attention with her 2003 debut Frank.
But the global breakthrough came with Back To Black, which made her a big name in the US, where she won five Grammys.
Iconic hits, particularly Rehab, brought her fame and an estimated £10m fortune but it came with a heavy price tag. ■ SEE MUSICWEEK.COM FOR MORE
FIVE YEARS AFTER TOTP, MUSIC MAKES RENEWED DEMANDS FOR TV TIME
Industry exhorts TV to revive prime-time pop programme
TELEVISION ■ BY ROBERT ASHTON
UK MUSIC INDUSTRY leaders are still in active discussions with the BBC about the return of a prime-time television music show, five years to the week after the closure of Top Of The Pops.
The show finished on July 30, 2006, after a 42-year run but both UK Music CEO Feargal Sharkey and
BPI chairman Tony Wadsworth told Music Week that the fight for a share of the terrestrial television peak goes on.
Discussions have taken place with top BBC TV and radio executives and commercial channel controllers about a TOTP-style programme outside the TV talent-show format.
“There is a big gap on primetime TV for a weekly pop show,” said Wadsworth, while Sharkey said the BBC should look at the success of Doctor Who as proof of the potential for reviving muchloved brands.
The exact format of such a show is still open to question and there seems to be little appetite for simply revisiting TOTP in its old form.
A BBC spokesman said: “We are constantly in discussion with the music industry but there are currently no plans to bring back Top Of The Pops.”
Music Week will this week look at fresh ideas for a mainstream show. If you have ideas, email director of content Michael Gubbins at email@example.com. firstname.lastname@example.org
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PJ HARVEY IN THE FRAME
EMI Music’s PJ Harvey is the artist set to profit most from her Barclaycard Mercury Prize nomination, with her shortlisted album Let England Shake reentered the charts at number 54 (see charts analysis, page 28).
Harvey’s eighth studio album is the bookies’ favourite, with William Hill placing odds of 2/1 for the singer-songwriter to win. Should she prove successful, she will be the first artist in the award’s 20year history to win twice – following 2001’s Stories From The City, Stories From The Sea.
However, Harvey is not the only nominee to experience a sales boost following the Mercurys announcement last Tuesday. The self-titled debuts from Anna Calvi and James Blake both entered the charts for the first time, the former at 146 and the latter at 185, while Domino’s King Creosote and Jon Hopkins also made an appearance with their collaboration Diamond Mine appearing at 181. Elbow also benefited from an increase in exposure as Build A Rocket Boys! climbed back up from 34 to 21. ■ SEE PAGES 8 AND 9 FOR MORE
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