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This Happened — July 23: Farewell Amy Winehouse

On this day in 2011, Amy Winehouse was found dead in her home in the Camden neighborhood of London. The cause of her death was determined to be accidental alcohol poisoning.

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 How old was Amy Winehouse when she died?

Amy Winehouse was 27 years old at the time of her death, which led to her being included in the infamous "27 Club" of musicians who died at the age of 27.

What problems did Amy Winehouse deal with in her life?

Amy Winehouse struggled with substance abuse issues, particularly alcohol and drug addiction. Her struggles with addiction were widely publicized and impacted her health, relationships, and career. Winehouse had tumultuous relationships, including a highly publicized and volatile marriage to Blake Fielder-Civil.

How did Amy Winehouse's death impact the music industry?

Amy Winehouse's death was a major loss for the music industry. It sparked discussions about the pressures of fame, mental health struggles, and substance abuse issues within the industry.

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Influencer Union? The Next Labor Rights Battle May Be For Social Media Creators

With the end of the Hollywood writers and actors strikes, the creator economy is the next frontier for organized labor.

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Hollywood writers and actors recently proved that they could go toe-to-toe with powerful media conglomerates. After going on strike in the summer of 2023, they secured better pay, more transparency from streaming services and safeguards from having their work exploited or replaced by artificial intelligence.

But the future of entertainment extends well beyond Hollywood. Social media creators – otherwise known as influencers, YouTubers, TikTokers, vloggers and live streamers – entertain and inform a vast portion of the planet.

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For the past decade, we’ve mapped the contours and dimensions of the global social media entertainment industry. Unlike their Hollywood counterparts, these creators struggle to be seen as entertainers worthy of basic labor protections.

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