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Amy WinehouseAmy Winehouse had planned to form a supergroup to record a jazz album before she died.

The Back to Black singer was hoping to team with drummer Questlove of The Roots and saxophone player Soweto Kinch to make the record, according to producer Salaam Remi.

"There were a bunch of other names bouncing around," Remi added, speaking at a playback of Amy's posthumous Lioness: Hidden Treasures collection. He knew of Amy's plans as "she had written down everything she wanted to do."

He also talked about how the singer and songwriter was a perfectionist when it came to her songs and - as they were mostly drawn from her life experiences - was meticulous in crafting them: "She was taking her time with it, and at the end of the day all of her songs are somewhat autobiographical. So she had to live through something, then get out of it and look back at it, to be able to write about it."

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Even Esperanza Spalding was surprised when her name was called at the Grammys as the “Best New Artist” award winner.

Many fans believed the trophy would go to Justin Bieber, but some have become much more vicious in expressing their surprise than others.

Following Spalding’s Grammy upset, upset Justin Bieber followers directed their tweets at Esperanza.

“@ESPESPALDING @THEGRAMMYS Congrats u ppl! U just crushed a 16yr old boys dreams...hope ur proud of urselves! -_- #JustinDeservedIt”

“So, @EspeSpalding just won with less than 10,000 followers on twitter. LOL. Sorry, I must have accidently turned my t.v to Punk'd. #Grammys”

Other commenters got to the point much more quickly. One posts simply reads “@EspeSpalding hate u.”

Hear Bieber’s reaction to all the Twitter melodrama in the video from E! above.

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Gallery: Bieber Fever Infects Twitter in Post-Grammy Reactions


Jerry Garcia-A biopic about Jerry Garcia’s early years before the Grateful Dead is in the works. Topper Lilien adapted the screenplay based on Robert Greenfield’s book Dark Star.

-Color Me Badd’s Bryan Abrams was arrested last week in Hawaii after allegedly getting physical with his wife during an argument. The singer, who was booked on suspicion of harassment, was later released on his own recognizance.

-Jazz singer Al Jarreau has been moved out of intensive care after receiving treatment to correct a heart arrhythmia. His tour, which was temporarily halted last week, should resume next Tuesday in Germany.

-It looks like Darius Rucker is sticking with the country music scene. The former Hootie & the Blowfish singer plans to release his next solo album, Charleston, SC 1966, on October 12.

Gallery: Mix Tape: Biopic for Jerry Garcia, New Country Album for Darius Rucker


Jay-Z-A surprise Jay-Z performance outside David Letterman’s studio will not happen on Monday. A permit was not granted for the concert by New York City officials.

-A future reunion for Jay-Z’s wife (Beyonce) and the other Destiny’s Child ladies will also not happen. Ex-manager Matthew Knowles squashed all rumors about a performance or an album.

-According to one person “A Day in the Life” was worth $1.2 million. That’s how much handwritten lyrics to the John Lennon-penned song were sold for this week.

-Please don’t let me be misunderstood. Mary J. Blige will be playing Nina Simone in a movie about the singer’s life. Shooting on Nina will start this fall.

-Sophie B. Hawkins (remember her?) is donating all proceeds from her song “The Land, the Sea and the Sky” to help clean-up efforts in the Gulf area. The song is available on iTunes.

Gallery: Mix Tape: NYC Says No to Jay-Z, Blige Says Yes to Nina Simone


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