December 6th, 2011
05:00 PM ET
The producer for late singer Amy Winehouse says her new album, which dropped today, should be viewed as "a continuation and expansion" of the singer's song book.
"It’s not her next album that she was writing, that she actually wrote, and didn’t get a chance to record, so only a couple of songs from that but they’re just more songs of the same quality of her previous two albums," producer Salaam Remi told CNN.
"Lioness: Hidden Treasures" includes covers and some different renditions of a few Winehouse hits. Remi first started working with the singer in 2002 when she was then 18 years old. Dealing with her death has been hard, he said.
"I still hear her voice," Remi said. "I still look at different situations and imagine what she would say and what her comment would be and whatever it was ... Amy is a total comedian."
The producer also said he believes the late singer, who died of alcohol poisoning in July, would have approved of the new project.
"Definitely, at the end of the day who she trusted with it was myself and everyone involved," he said. "We wouldn’t have done it if we thought that it was something she would have a problem with at all."
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