26. July 2011
Software giant Microsoft has apologized to the fans and family of the late singing star Amy Winehouse for using her death to earn money with their promotional scheme after her death.
On its Twitter account Monday, Microsoft apologized for its action saying they had no intention to take advantage on the death of the 27-year-old singer. “Apologies to everyone if our earlier Amy Winehouse ‘download’ tweet seemed purely commercially motivated,” Microsoft said.
“Far from the case, we assure you,” Microsoft added. It can be recalled that Microsoft became a target of online ire over the weekend after the same Twitter account posted an update inviting people to remember Winehouse by buying digital versions of her “Back to Black” album at social.zune.net.
The Zune website is Microsoft’s shop on the Internet for downloading music, films and other entertainment content to computers, smartphones, and Xbox 360 videogame consoles. Replies on Twitter criticized the Microsoft message as “crass” and “vile.”
The fans of the late singer said Microsoft is insensitive and capricious by taking advantage of their idol’s death to earn. Winehouse was found dead at her house on Saturday and the police are not treating it as suspicious. The cause of death remains unknown.
Winehouse is an English singer-songwriter known for her powerful contralto vocals and her eclectic mix of musical genres including R&B, soul and jazz. Winehouse’s 2003 debut album, Frank, was critically successful in the UK and was nominated for the Mercury Prize.
Her 2006 follow-up album, Back to Black, led to six Grammy Award nominations and five wins, tying the then record for the most wins by a female artist in a single night, and made Winehouse the first British female to win five Grammys,including three of the “Big Four”: Best New Artist, Record of the Year and Song of the Year.On 14 February 2007, she won a BRIT Award for Best British Female Artist; she had also been nominated for Best British Album.
She won the Ivor Novello Award three times, one in 2004 for Best Contemporary Song (musically and lyrically) for “Stronger Than Me”, one in 2007 for Best Contemporary Song for “Rehab”, and one in 2008 for Best Song Musically and Lyrically for “Love Is a Losing Game”, among other distinctions. The album was the third biggest seller of the 2000s in the United Kingdom.
Winehouse was credited as an influence in the rise in popularity of female musicians and soul music, and also for revitalising British music. Winehouse’s distinctive style made her a muse for fashion designers such as Karl Lagerfeld.
Winehouse’s problems with drug and alcohol abuse, violence, and her self-destructive behaviours were regular tabloid news from 2007 until her death. She and her former husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, were plagued by legal troubles that left him serving prison time.In 2008, Winehouse faced a series of health complications that threatened both her career and her life.