July 15, 2010 / 11:01 PM / 10 years ago

Amy Winehouse eyes new album in early 2011

British singer Amy Winehouse arrives at Westminster Magistrates Court in central London July 24, 2009. REUTERS/Toby Melville

NEW YORK (Billboard) - After years of keeping her fans waiting, Amy Winehouse has promised that she’ll release a new album by January of next year.

“The album will be six months at the most,” Winehouse told Metro UK, which caught up with the singer this week at the London premiere of the film “Psychosis.”

“It’s going to be very much the same as my second album, where there’s a lot of jukebox stuff and songs that are ... just jukebox, really.

“I just can’t wait to have new songs on stage, really,” Winehouse added.

Just last week, however, Winehouse collaborator Mark Ronson suggested that the wait for a new Winehouse album was still going on indefinitely. “Amy hasn’t begun working on her next record yet,” he said at a gig in London, during which Winehouse took the stage for a surprise performance of their song “Valerie.” “When she’s got ten songs we’ll go down to the studio together.”

The new album would be Winehouse’s first since 2006’s “Back to Black,” which sold 2.2 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan, and won five Grammy Awards, including album of the year. Winehouse has been on a turbulent hiatus ever since, due to struggles with addiction and subsequent health problems that have made her a regular subject of tabloid gossip.

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