"Back to Black"
Released May 6, 2013
Recorded 2013
Length 3:21
Label Interscope
Producer Hollywood Holt
 "Back to Black" is a song by Amy Winehouse from her 2007 album Back to Black, covered by American musicians Beyoncé and André 3000 for the 2013 film adaptation of The Great Gatsby. It was written by Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson, while produced by Hollywood Holt.


On April 2, 2013, Amy Winehouse's father used his Twitter profile to reveal that Beyoncé had not informed him of her plans to cover "Back to Black" and that he wanted income from the song to go to his Amy Winehouse Foundation. He wrote, "I don't know this but what if Beyonce gave £100,000 to foundation. Do you know how many kids that would help? Just putting it out there."[1] He later added, "Let me repeat. This is the first I have heard of Beyonce doing Amys song."[2] Kia Makarechi of The Huffington Post noted that Beyoncé did not use the song as a personal record and thus it was "slightly curious" for Winehouse to request for her to pay out.[2] Winehouse later used his Twitter account to write "I like Beyoncé's cover and have no probs."[3] However, upon hearing the full-length track, he wrote on his Twitter profile, "I just heard the Andre part of Back to Black. Terrible. He should have let Beyonce do it all."[4]

Musical contentEdit

"Back to Black" was the last song which was added to the album after Jay-Z's suggestion to Luhrmann to include it after his demand of a darker moment on the album. It is a slower version than the original with chopped-and-screwed elements, a dark and haunting sound and instrumentally complete by a guitar, moody synth and electro bleeps.


  1. "Amy Winehouse's father calls for Beyonce to hand over cash for Back to Black cover". Metro. London, United Kingdom: Associated Newspapers (April 3, 2013). Retrieved on April 5, 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Makarechi, Kia. "Mitch Winehouse on Beyonce's 'Back to Black' Cover: 'First I Have Heard' Of It". The Huffington Post. Retrieved on April 5, 2013.
  3. Harrison, Lily (22 April 2013). "NEWS/Amy Winehouse's Father Talks Alleged Song Diss: "I Like Beyoncé's Cover" of "Back to Black". E! Online. E!. Retrieved on 23 April 2013.
  4. "Mitch Winehouse: 'Andre 3000's part in the cover of 'Back To Black' is terrible'". NME. IPC Media (April 28, 2013). Retrieved on April 28, 2013.