New Music: Beyoncé & André 3000 – ‘Back to Black’

Beyoncé and André 3000

Beyoncé and André 3000 go “Back to Black” with their highly-anticipated cover of Amy Winehouse’s 2006 classic. Mark Ronson, who co-wrote the original for the late soulstress, debuted the full song on his East Village Radio show on Friday night. The OutKast recluse delivers a haunting verse, while Bey seductively coos over the dark production.

“I’m flattered and honored. I know Amy would be too,” said Ronson of the duo’s cover.

The song can be found on The Great Gatsby soundtrack, available May 7. The star-studded lineup also includes Jay-Z, Fergie, Q-Tip, Lana Del Rey, Emeli Sandé, will.i.am, and more.

What do you think of their remake? Listen below.

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86 Comments

  1. Melrose

    1) Bey’s vocals are so creamy & sultry. Wish she did the song by herself.

    2) The transition from Andre’s part to Bey’s is awkward and overly long. His part is unnecessary.

    3) The dark, grungy beat is really nice and haunting.

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    MADAME PEPSI Reply:

    @Melrose, Pretty much !

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    Pereezy YMCMB.MMG Reply:

    @Melrose, Queen Bey Did what she always does!! But Andre F*cked up the song, His verse is tottaly unecessary

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    David Reply:

    @Melrose, This shit is TERRIBLE

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    deelee Reply:

    @David, its for a MOVIE…. it fits the MOVIE vibe. they arent trying to compete with amy. its a movie soundtrack song. not for radio.

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    Bout Dat life Reply:

    @deelee, exactly !!! I wish people would understand this

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  2. Donny

    You can’t go wrong with beyonce’s voice. So smooth n seductive. S/o to andre

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  3. Champass

    3 Stacks.

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  4. Your Mad!

    I love it…. although I love Andre. I would have liked Bey on it by herself. I do love they didn’t try to copy – they made it their own.

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  5. e2285211

    How to destroy a classic: worst cover ever!

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    deelee Reply:

    @e2285211, it fits the movie.

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    e2285211 Reply:

    @deelee, I didn’t see the movie, but their cover is just awful. Lyrics are the same, but I can’t hear pain nor emotions in their voices.

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    Ewan Reply:

    @e2285211, The movie isn’t out yet. And if you think this is the “worst cover ever,” I can direct you towards some God awful YouTube covers.

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    e2285211 Reply:

    @Ewan, Oh, ok, mine was just an hyperbole :)

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    deelee Reply:

    @Ewan, i mean ive seen trailers, listened to other songs on the soundtrack and READ THE BOOK it fits the movie trust.

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    Rihanna's Iconic Forehead Reply:

    @e2285211, I Agree The Song Is A Mess If Beyonce Did As A Solo Maybe I’ll Reconsider But They Should Have Gone With Amy’s Voice

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  6. Brit

    Dope .. Beyonce sounds so gooood.

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  7. Grace

    I am a huge Amy Winehouse fan. Not really big on Beyonce, but I really like her vocals here. It’s good that she made it her own instead of simply playing “Copy Cat” like some other artists would. Nice rendition.

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  8. Robert L

    Vomit

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    Nathan Reply:

    @Robert L, Yes, you are, but your mother opted not to have an abortion. Be grateful :)

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    MADAME PEPSI Reply:

    @Nathan, LMAO !!!

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    Robert L Reply:

    @Nathan, haha. your comment made me laugh because I find you attacking me personally quiet sad.

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    audee Reply:

    @Robert L, dude I’m vomiting wit u, we need a fly swatter for the beyhive they’re starting to get vicious

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    Robert L Reply:

    @audee, LOL that made me laugh. someone at least understands me. i just don’t like this rendition and for some reason people get defensive and insult others. I simply dont like it.

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  9. kingzz

    This is utter trash as I expected.

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    Mohamed Reply:

    @kingzz, Your life is utter trash.

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    deelee Reply:

    @Mohamed, HAHAHA

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    Gyary Reply:

    @Mohamed, Oh snap!

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    Fa Reply:

    @kingzz, disgusting noise!

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  10. Frankie

    Very steamy vocals from Queen Bey, but Andre ruined it! I love the guy, but he really wasn’t needed here. Ugh.

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  11. Marii

    Beyoncé did Amy justice. André, could’ve been off the cover but I love how he changed it up to make the song feel as though the lyrics could match any genre of music.

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  12. Huh!

    Rather just have 3 STACKS on the joint ALONE!

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  13. Raj

    You people are fucking batshit crazy. Amy Winehouse wasn’t a damn God. Her music ain’t untouchable. Just because y’all don’t like the way it sounds you’re quick to discredit another artist. Crab ass fuck niggas.

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  14. Mrunhateable

    I like beyonces part but that’s it. The original was a classic and will never be topped. Amy bared her raw soul in that song and it can’t be matched

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  15. Chillout

    Beyonce said “Im going to give y’all heifers everything but a full single off of my album & your ass is gonna deal” LMAO I love it. What can I say she’s a growwwwnnn woman!!!

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  16. Gaz

    Love it, great interpretation of Amy’s song. Bey slayed it. It would’ve been good if it was just Bey singing, but still awesome

    RIP Amy Winehouse XX It won’t be the same without her

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  17. Jess

    Some of you fools need to read The Great Gatsby. People who have both read and comprehended the novel understand why Beyonce’s take on this track is perfect for the film.

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  18. OVODRAKE

    both of them did a good job stfu and enjoy the music. i doubt any of you losers can do this

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  19. Kate

    Fck u beyonce amy is better than you more talanted then you

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    CIAO Reply:

    @Kate, I agree.

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    XO till we overdose... Reply:

    @Kate, you’re allowed to have that opinion but saying ‘fck u’ when she didn’t even do anything to you just makes you sound immature. if you don’t have to listen to her music if you don’t like it. it’s not like you’re not allowed to listen to the original back to black just because beyonce covered it. grow up.

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  20. Cameron

    Andre made a clear mistake of singing this song in the completely wrong key…If you’re going to take it down in pitch, make sure you stay on pitch and it fits with the key…Beyonce sounds amazing as usual…She should have done this by herself…

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  21. Fact

    I wonder how her voice sounded when she played private concerts for Middle East dictators? She was certainly paid enough blood money and people in these regions go without food, water, or safe streets so B could pocket a few million in a night

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  22. MADAME PEPSI

    I LOVED IT ! minus the André part :7

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  23. dionna

    is this not the same beat and tempo that Dominic Lord did as the cover of the same song?

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  24. HOVorJefe

    HORRIBLE.

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  25. baksoul

    @HOVorJefe, ur taste is horrible!

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  26. CIAO

    This is the damn pits! They both should be ashame of themselves to ruin a beautiful classic. Beyonce sounds stupid as well as Andre. I lost so much respect for both of them. Amy must be turning in her grave.

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    Utep Reply:

    @CIAO, She’s probably still too busy fucking up from beyond the grave to notice or care. GTFOHWTBS.

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  27. TrinaFan

    I a tally like this version. I do like that they mad it their own but nothing tops the original. Amy was so raw and u can tell it was something she wrote herself from the heart (not to discredit Bey & Andre.)

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  28. Random Person

    Beyonce sounds very sensual and sexy.. Andre sounds tone-deaf a bit lol

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  31. Chris

    R.I.P Amy so sorry that your work is being ruined by clowns like this.

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  32. Piers-Knightly

    lets be honest the reason that beyonce fans like this is just because it is beyonce…. if anyone else did this song they would rip it to piece’s. I understand being a fan of an artist but everything they ever do doesnt have to be ‘amazing’ or ‘epic’ this track is just messy and could be so much better if thought out and not trying to be different.. oh and also this is just my opinion which for some reason on this site people cant have because the stans have no clear vision of what it is to have different taste..

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    chutzpah Reply:

    @Piers-Knightly, preach!

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    Pierre Reply:

    @Piers-Knightly, I’m a fan of both and I think Beyonce did a beautiful job. Amy’s work, while remarkable, is by no means sacred. I listen to covers with open ears unlike a lot of these haters.

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  33. OhWORD?

    This rendition fell flat on both sides Beyonce and Andre 3000! They didn’t do the song justice and therefore ruin a beautiful classic! Beyonce’s vocals were smooth but Amy’s vocals are distinctive!

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  34. Steve

    It wasn’t a bad cover, but I prefer Amy’s version more. It’s more authentic to me. Maybe I would’ve liked it better had it just been Bey on it, although I’m a big 3 Stacks fan.

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  35. LeonCreates

    They ruined a classic im sorry.

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  36. C

    @Fact, Beyonce actually donated all that money she received from that performance (which she didn’t have to do)…so get your facts together before you try to bash someone…oh & FYI Usher & Mariah Carey performed for him as well.

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    Fact Reply:

    @C, let be real clear. She only donated the money when it was made public. Again she got caught doing something awful.

    If your defense is others did it to that doesn’t work when there is a systematic raping of women in their country. It also doesnt work for nazi’s. It is disgusting and the fact you bring up the fact she wrote a check after the fact is not only meaningless but reflects poorly on your own judgement

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  37. King B

    She did that!! #slayyeeeddd she should’ve done the whole song by herself!

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  38. Peyton

    Where the bloody hell were all of these Amy Winehouse stans when the girl was alive? A lot of these comments are from people who couldn’t even name 5 of the chick’s songs but refuse to let the day go by without slamming Beyonce.

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    joe_somo Reply:

    @Peyton, I kind of agree with you, but this cover is not a good look, they should have left that one alone.

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    delusional Reply:

    @Peyton, What? People’s musical taste can be more than just Beyonce and Rihanna you know. Gtfoh. Some Beyonce fans seem to think that if you don’t praise her then you hate her. lol. Just because this blog never post on Amy don’t mean these people aren’t fans lol.

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  39. @AveOneTheRocks

    On repeat.

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  42. dontcoveramy

    am I the only one who thinks that this is inappropriate? This remake is shit. Its terrible compared to the original.

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  43. ldragon

    Totally ruined a classic Amy song. Amy would be disappointed not flattered. F u Beyonce, you are fake in and out.

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  44. Jay-Me

    I think Beyoncé sounds great. Really like the new twist she brought to it. I’m not really comparing it to the original. I’m not an Amy fan.

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  46. georgia23

    I think for the purpose the song was done (The Great Gatsby Soundtrack) this was a successful remake. REMAKE. Not cover. I think it was very smart of them to reimagine the song for the purpose of the movie. Although, I haven’t seen the film yet, I can absolutely tell that this song fits the overall mood of the film. It’s glossy and clean in production values, really dark and eerily moody in Andre’s vocal but very heavy and sensual from Beyonce’s vocal delivery. For that reason I like it. For my casual listening pleasure, not at all. Don’t hate it, don’t love it. It just is what it is.

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    Bout Dat life Reply:

    @georgia23, AGREED! Just from watching the trailer I can tell it fits perfect for the movie which is the reason they remade it they could have jus used the original but guess what it wouldn’t have fit movie ppl don’t get that

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  47. Kenyon Green

    3000 U can’t sing :(

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  48. Javis

    If dat b**** say eastvillage radio 1 mo time ugg. but weird song but beys voice i can deal w

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  51. Jay

    LOVE IT!!! Beyonce is the best part of this song!!! They both are great!!! I’m excited about seeing this movie!! And I really can’t wait for B’s new single to drop!!!!! :)

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  52. Devon

    Not good. Should have never been touched.

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  53. occupygroundbeef

    @Peyton, What? You know there’s more to music than beyonce or rihanna? Why can’t these people listen to Amy and beyonce. Because this is a beyonce post and the reviews are unfavorable so they must hate her. Rapup never post on Amy so how could they have commented if there were no post? #StanLogic

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  54. Jay

    Was Andre really necessary on the track? Ew. Don’t like this version at all.

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  55. DKW

    The song is cool. It’s different. Bey sounds really good. Andre 3000 was passing. I can appreciate it. My only wish is that it was longer. It’s like as soon you really start feeling it, it’s over.

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  56. OneroDoups

    @deelee, I agree, but still. Just because the record is meant to feature on an OST doesn’t mean it has to suck! If u wanna pay tribute to a late soulstress – which this crap is actually supposed to be – @ least do it right! U need to show some respect for classics!! This is just TERRIBLE !! F*ck me!! My ears are just bleeding!! Don’t get me wrong, the beat clearly outshines both of them, which is just sad.

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