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Beyoncé’s ‘Back To Black’ Cover Draws Criticism From Winehouse Family

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Beyoncé and André 3000 go “Back to Black” on their Amy Winehouse cover for the upcoming Great Gatsby soundtrack, but Amy’s father, Mitch Winehouse, wants them to go back to the drawing board.

The cover is an almost unrecognizable reworking of the late songstress’ 2007 single, with an experimental, chopped-and-screwed backbeat against the duo’s vocals. Hear it for yourself below.

The first full clip of the song hit the web over the weekend to mixed reviews from fans, but none as outspoken as Mitch himself. He was quick to express his disappointment in the stripped-down track, which debuted on producer Mark Ronson‘s East Village Radio show Friday (April 26). Winehouse took to Twitter Saturday (April 27), to share his thoughts, specifically criticizing the OutKast rapper’s intro.

He was apparently none too pleased in Beyoncé’s part, either, reportedly telling the Daily Mail that he doesn’t think “she brings anything to it.”

Mitch made sure to let the British paper know that the “privilege” to use the song in this capacity will come with a price. “I wasn’t asked for my permission if they could record it. I can’t tell you how much it is but it’s a lot of money.”

Meanwhile, Ronson, who co-wrote and produced the original track with Amy, is praising Bey and 3000’s interpretation of the song.

“It’s a wonderful sort of take on our song,” Ronson, who produced and co-wrote the track, said on his radio show, according to Rolling Stone. “I’m flattered and honoured. I know Amy would be too.”

The track officially drops May 7, alongside contributions from Fergie, Gotye, Jack White and more on the Jay-Z-produced Gatsby soundtrack. Check out a sampler of all 12 of the album’s songs below.

 The Great Gatsby, directed by Baz Luhrmann, hits theaters May 10 and stars Leonardo DiCaprio.

 - Nee-Sa Lossing, Radio.com

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