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Amy Winehouse album due in 2010

Island co-president Darcus Beese said. "I've heard a couple of song demos that absolutely floored me. Hopefully we'll have her album next year." He said the singer had been writing and recording "in fits and starts".

Winehouse's last album Back To Black, which has sold 10 million copies and won five Grammy Awards, came out three years ago. She was writing and recording with producer Salaam Remi, who worked on Back To Black, while living on the Caribbean island of St Lucia earlier this year.

Last October, Remi said the pair had "about four songs done". The following month, Lucian Grange, chief executive of Island's parent company Universal Music Group, said her new material was sounding "sensational".

Winehouse is making a return to TV screens on Saturday, singing backing vocals for her goddaughter Dionne Bromfield on BBC One's Strictly Come Dancing. Bromfield is the first signing to Winehouse's new record label Lioness, which is an imprint of Island. The 13-year-old's debut album is released on Monday.