Amy Winehouse Effect: Why Justin Bieber And Adele Are Still Brought To Tears

Amy Winehouse created music that touched many souls before she died of alcohol poisoning in 2011, when she was only 27-years-old. Now, Sam Smith, who has recorded Amy Winehouse covers in the past, is doing a new cover of the song “Tears Dry on Their Own.” The track will be on the re-release of Smith’s first album, “In the Lonely Hour (Drowning Shadows Edition).”

Smith told Entertainment Weekly that doing this Amy Winehouse cover felt totally right for him.

“That lyric – love is a losing game – is possibly one of the most relatable lyrics that I’ve ever heard.”

In other Amy Winehouse news, Noomi Rapace is currently in talks that might see her play the part of Amy Winehouse in a new biopic that will be directed by Kristen Sheriden. Sheridan told Variety that Amy wrote music that was incredibly personal.

“Amy’s music is felt so deeply by the audience because it was deeply personal. Her vulnerability was her strength. She was called many things — a diva, a lost soul preyed upon by tabloids, a tortured genius; our aim is an innovative, emotional and life-affirming approach as we go through the looking glass into her life and art.”

Rapace is known for her roles in Prometheus, the Swedish version of The Girl With Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest.

There has already been an incredible documentary created about Amy Winehouse, her life and death, called simply Amy. Directed by Asif Kapadia, Amy is full of archival footage of the late singer/songwriter’s life and career.

The documentary is so moving that Daily Mail reports that when Justin Bieber was asked when was the last time he cried, he admitted the documentary brought him to tears.

“Probably watching the Amy Winehouse documentary on the way here. That got me. You know the ending and that whole movie was just depressing, but man, was she talented. Her voice was incredible.”

However, the affect Amy Winehouse had on people doesn’t end there. Adele was recently interviewed by Rolling Stone about her private life, and she talked about the fact that she doesn’t hate being famous; she’s afraid of it, referring to watching Amy Winehouse go downhill before her death.

“People think I hate being famous. And I don’t. I’m really frightened of it. I think it’s really toxic, and I think it’s really easy to be dragged into it. Watching Amy deteriorate is one of the reasons I’m a bit frightened. We were all very entertained by her being a mess. I was f**king sad about it, but if someone showed me a picture of her looking bad, I’d look at it. If we hadn’t looked, then they’d have stopped taking her picture. That level of attention is really frightening, especially if you don’t live around all that showbiz stuff.”

Even Victoria Justice, a star from I Know What You Did Last Summer and Nickelodeon’s Zoey 101, has been inspired by Amy Winehouse. Justice dressed up like Amy to pay homage to the late singer when she went to the No Vacancy nightclub on Saturday night.

Amy Winehouse was definitely more than simply a highly skilled songwriter and singer. She brought a level of passion to her music that left people in awe of her in the wake of her death. Even though Amy has been gone for four years, her music will remain alive and keep inspiring people for years to come.

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