Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back to Black’ Reaches a Billion Views on YouTube 16 Years After Release!
- Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black has a billion views on YouTube.
- The iconic song was written by Winehouse and Mark Ronson.
- The song depicted Amy’s troubled on-and-off relationship with her ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil.
‘Back to Black’ by Amy Winehouse reaches a new milestone
Amy Winehouse‘s legacy continues to live on!
More than a decade after the singer’s untimely passing, her 2007 hit music video Back to Black crossed a billion views on YouTube, making her part of a certain impressive group of elites to achieve the feat.
The black-and-white video, directed by Phil Griffin, shows Winehouse attending a funeral procession for a dead romance. She stands among a group of mourners at the burial place, where an imagery gravestone reads, “R.I.P. the Heart of Amy Winehouse.”
However, that imagery was removed after her tragic death in 2011 from alcohol poisoning. She was only 27.
Back to Black was written by Mark Ronson and Amy herself. It showed her troubled relationship with her ex-husband Blake Fielder-Civil, who briefly dumped her for an ex just two years before their 2007 reconciliation and wedding. The couple later divorced in 2009.
In the song, Amy sings that she is missing the relationship, no matter how tough it has been. She sings in the chorus,
“We only said goodbye with words / I died a hundred times / You go back to her / And I go back to black,”
Back to Black was a part of the album of the same name which Winehouse released in 2007. It initially parked at No. 25 on the UK Singles Chart that year and reached at No. 8 after her death.
Since then, the song has become one of her most recognizable hits and received many notable cover versions, including one by Beyonce and Andre 3000 for the 2013 film The Great Gatsby.
Mark treated fans with some raw audio from his collaboration with Winehouse
Last year, Mark talked about his experience of co-writing and producing the song with the late musician. He even shared previously unheard raw vocal notes from the legendary neo-soul singer on TikTok.
The 46-year-old songwriter said in the clip, showing a grand piano where he worked with Amy,
“Hi, I’m Mark Ronson. For those of you who might not know me, I wrote the song ‘Back to Black’ with Amy Winehouse some 15 years ago at this exact piano right here,”
“Amy came to my studio right here. We met for the first time, and I instantly loved her,”
“She played me all this great ’60s music, and she left, and I got very inspired, and I came up with this piano right here.”
The Uptown Funk musician added,
“Next day she came in and wrote these incredible lyrics, which she scribbled in the back room. And for the first time ever maybe, here are the very first vocals that she did,”
The music video earned over 4.7 million views and nearly a million likes on the platform. In yet another video, Mark responded to a fan’s comment that read, ”This made me tear up to hear her raw takes. Thank you for sharing,” by sharing more audio clips from his Back to Black sessions with Winehouse.