NEW YORK, Sept. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- "Body and Soul" is the final recording made by Winehouse before her passing on July 23rd of this year, and is released today to mark what would have been the singer's 28th birthday. The single and video of "Body and Soul" has also been released today on the iTunes Store to benefit The Amy Winehouse Foundation. The Winehouse family announced earlier this morning that they are creating a charitable body, The Amy Winehouse Foundation, to benefit young people around the world. The Foundation will raise money to support projects and charities that need help for specific causes. Tony and Amy’s record labels, Sony Music Entertainment and Universal Music Group, as well as iTunes, will donate net proceeds from sales of the single and video to the foundation.
At the age of 85, Tony Bennett is back on MTV, the network that was largely responsible for introducing him to a whole new generation of fans when they aired his "Steppin' Out" video in 1993 on "MTV's Buzz Bin." Today, Bennett's video with Amy Winehouse of "Body And Soul," dominates MTV, VH1 and MTV U with a 6am ET premiere followed by hourly airings through 9 am ET. MTV will air an encore prime-time premiere at 7:30 pm ET tonight.
"Body and Soul" is one of 17 tracks included on Bennett's DUETS II CD, coming out Tuesday, September 20. Heralding in the iPod generation to his fanbase, in the same way decades ago Tony was embraced by the MTV Generation, the DUETS II project is one of the most highly anticipated CDs for the fall. DUETS II features a roster of celebrated artists--including Lady Gaga, Michael Buble, John Mayer, Aretha Franklin, Alejandro Sanz and Carrie Underwood--who joined Tony live in the studio to perform from his catalog of hits.
Bennett will be appearing on the finale of "America's Got Talent" tonight, performing with Queen Latifah on their duet of "Who Can I Turn To" from DUETS II. Bennett performs at a sold out show at the Metropolitan Opera this Sunday night and will be joined on stage by Elton John, Alejandro Sanz and Aretha Franklin. Appearances next week for the CD's launch include the Today Show, The View and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
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