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Universal Music Boss Destroyed Amy Winehouse Demos

Just days ago, the internet was captivated by a grainy clip of the late Amy Winehouse showing off her powerful pipes at the tender age of 14. And there's more archival footage where that came from in Amy, a new documentary that charts the soul singer's rise and fall. Just don't expect the movie to be followed by a slew of posthumous audio releases. David Joseph, Universal Music UK's chairman and CEO — also credited as an executive producer on Amy — has made it clear that Winehouse's demos will never see the light of day. Why? Because he destroyed them. Joseph did, at least, have a good reason for taking such drastic action. The executive told Billboard, "It was a moral thing. Taking a stem" — a partial mix — "or a vocal is not ­something that would ever happen on my watch. It now can’t happen on anyone else’s.”

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