by (@JordanRuntagh)

Amy Winehouse’s Birthday Celebrated With The Release Of Her Final Song

In honor of what should have been Amy Winehouse’s twenty-eighth birthday, the singer’s final recording is being released today, leading to a sudden shortage of Kleenex around the globe. The track responsible for the mass crying sesh is ‘Body And Soul’, the much anticipated duet with legendary crooner Tony Bennett for his upcoming Duets II album. “Recording with Amy was just so beautiful,” he told told MTV News. “I knew after singing with her what a true artistic genius she was because she performed with total and complete honesty. That is a very rare quality.”

The behind-the-scenes clip of the recording session, taken a few short months before her death, show a side of the soulstress that we’re not used to seeing. This isn’t the achingly thin, strung out, destructive and incoherent Amy of tabloid lore. Instead she looks healthy, happy, and giddy to be recording with a star like Bennett, whom she slyly asks if she can call “Tone.”  The fact that she looks (and sounds!) better than ever makes the clip all the more heartbreaking. But it also reminds us that though her body gave our far too soon, the girl had enough soul to last a dozen lifetimes. Proceeds from the song will go towards the Amy Winehouse Foundation, established by the late singer’s family. According to a press release, the organization seeks “to support charities and organizations undertaking charitable activities in both the United Kingdom and abroad who help, support, or care for young people.”

by (@hallekiefer)

This Video Of Jared Leto Dressed As Kurt Cobain Makes Us Uncomfortable

Considering how the anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death affected people even seventeen years after the sing’s death, it’s not surprising that fans want to pay homage to his musical legacy. That being said, Jared Leto’s Kurt Cobain tribute leaves us feeling more than a little weirded out. “This made me recall a short piece of film I shot when I heard they were making a film celebrating his life,” Jared wrote about realizing yesterday marked the date of the Nirvana frontman’s passing. “I made it to explore the character and explore creative possibilities. I never sent it to the studio or to anyone but thought I’d share it now…” Maybe if Jared had released his take on “Pennyroyal Tea” on Cobain’s birthday or the release date of Bleach, it wouldn’t seem so ghoulish. As it is, Leto comes off like an Elvis impersonator with smaller sideburns.

“He gave us all permission to create no matter what our skill set and reminded me that dreams are possible. Thanks for that,” Jared explained. Maybe it’s because Leto and Cobain look (and sound) so much alike, but mostly the video seems in poor taste. How can we put this? We loved Selena; that doesn’t mean we’re going to dress up in a sequins bustier and do the washing mashing on the anniversary of her death. That would be hella gauche.