Producer Defends Gatsby ‘Back To Black’ Cover From Amy Winehouse’s Dad

As we’ve reported before, the late Amy Winehouse’s father is not thrilled with the new cover of his daughter’s 2007 hit “Back to Black” by Andre 3000 and Beyoncé. But Mark Ronson, the original track’s co-writer and producer, feels “flattered and honored” by the cover.

Andre 3000 and Beyoncé’s cover of “Back to Black” was featured in the latest trailer forThe Great Gatsby, earning pretty decent reviews online from everyone except Mitch Winehouse, the father of the late Amy Winehouse.

In comments to the Daily Mail, Winehouse slammed the new cover, smearing Beyoncé’s contribution as pointless, and adding that he never gave his consent to have the track recorded.

“I don’t think she brings anything to it,” he reportedly said of Bey. “I wasn’t asked for my permission if they could record it.”

Of course, he did ultimately agree after they paid him off. “They have got to pay for the privilege, which is what they are doing. I can’t tell you how much it is but it’s a lot of money.”

But over the weekend, Winehouse finally heard the whole track and decided that no, it wasn’t Bey who was the problem on the “Back to Black” cover. It was Andre 3000.

Enter soft-spoken Mark Ronson, the original song’s co-writer and producer.

He praised the new version of the song and debuted it on his EastVillageRadio show on Friday night. “It’s a wonderful sort of take on our song,” Ronson said. “I’m flattered and honored. I know Amy would be too.”

The Andre 3000 and Beyoncé cover of Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” was recorded for the soundtrack to the upcoming film, The Great Gatsby. The album comes out on May 7, but you can listen to the full track below. Let us know what you think!

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