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 News Pop / Rock 24/10/2007

America: You've Met Amy Winehouse, Now H-E-E-RE'S Frank

NEW YORK, NY. (Top40 Charts/ Universal Republic Records) - Being two-timed never felt so good. Due to U.S. music fans' roaring welcome of British sensation Amy Winehouse's platinum-plus U.S. debut effort, Back To Black, Universal Republic Records announces today the nationwide release of her widely heralded UK debut, Frank, scheduled to hit record stores and the digital domain on November 20, 2007.

Released in England in 2003, Frank was hailed by British pop critics as a stunning introduction to Winehouse's soulful and starkly original sound, with leading UK newspaper The Guardian citing her as 'a colossal vocal talent.' American music audiences who were introduced to Winehouse via the bluesy and brazen Back To Black will appreciate Frank's gliding jazz and R&B leanings. Produced by hip-hop helmsman Salaam Remi (who also produced five tracks on Back To Black), the disc was nominated for two BRIT awards, as well as a Mercury Music Prize.

The colorful Winehouse is surrounding the American release of her Frank CD with a burst of activity. She will be making her much anticipated return to the U.S. with a coveted slot on NBC's Saturday Night Live (SNL), airing on November 10. In addition to SNL, she will perform at the 2007 mtvU Woodie Awards in New York City on November 8 (scheduled to air on MTV's 24-hour college network on November 15) with Winehouse listed among a handful of breakthrough nominees for "Woodie Of The Year.'

The singer will be offering home entertainment fans a unique glimpse of her unvarnished live show with the release of a special live DVD this fall, I Told You I Was Trouble, which will hit stores on November 13. The multi-award winning Winehouse is captured at her provocative in-concert best on the deluxe DVD offering, serving up an emotive 60 minute live concert performance at London's century old Shepherd's Bush Empire. Rare bonus material is also included, featuring a 50-minute film chronicling the star's incredible rise as one of music's most authentic new singer/songwriters. Other special highlights: Never-before-seen early performances and a rollicking interview with Amy's dear ol' dad.

This unique live DVD set should satisfy U.S. music fans' desire to see Winehouse perform songs from both Back To Black and Frank until she hits U.S. stages in January to start her 2008 US Tour.

Universally touted as the most acclaimed UK singer in years, Amy's Back To Black CD has remained a fixture of the Billboard Top Albums charts since its release 7 months ago. Reaching the No 1 plateau in England at the beginning of the year, the mesmerizing artist also possessed the hottest single on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart most of the summer, with her sizzling single 'Rehab' scorching its way up the Top Ten, and nailing the No 1 spot on the Billboard R&B singles chart.
Back To Black has sold more than 3 million albums worldwide, making it one of the most successful debuts of the year. One of the most honored artists of 2007, among Amy's many awards are the coveted Brit Award for Best British Female Solo Artist, a Best Jazz Crossover album honor at the Ronnie Scott's Jazz Awards, an Ivor Novello Award (she won her first in 2003), and most recently a MOBO Award (Music Of Black Origin), winning as best UK Female Artist.

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