Tony Bennett Taps Amy Winehouse for 'Duets II,' Due in September
Tony Bennett will sing alongside a laundry list of pop stars -- including the reclusive Amy Winehouse -- on "Tony Bennett: Duets II," the follow-up to his 2006 release "Duets: An American Classic." Winehouse, Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood and Michael Buble will all contribute to the album, which will be released Sept. 20, according to USA Today.
In a video interview with Bennett and Buble, the latter praised the singing legend for netting a wide range of collaborators for "Duets II," which will also feature Josh Groban, Faith Hill, Norah Jones, Willie Nelson, k.d. lang and Andrea Bocelli. "You're talking about some adult contemporary acts, you're talking about some real pop acts, but... the correlation between all of us is that we idolize [Bennett]. He's an icon, and he's still doing what he does better than anybody else," says Buble.
For Winehouse, who has released scant material since her 2006 breakout "Back to Black," the duet will be her first recorded appearance since her cover of Lesley Gore's "It's My Party" for Quincy Jones' compilation "Q: Soul Bossa Nostra" last year. The British singer performed "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," a song from the 1934 film "Moulin Rouge" that has been covered most famously by Bennett, at one of her Brazil tour dates last January.
Bennett's "Duets: An American Classic" featured collaborations with Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, Bono and Celine Dion and has sold 1.7 million copies since its 2006 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.