Winehouse clocks up 1.7m posthumous sales

 

Amy Winehouse is still proving to be one of the most popular British recording artists of modern time, with fans buying more than 1.7 million copies of her recordings in the year since her death.

The singer was found dead from alcohol poisoning in her north London home on July 23 last year at the age of 27.

But her voice has continued to be heard, with 1.2 million copies of her three albums being sold in Britain along with 500,000 of her singles in the past year, according to the Official Charts Company.

Her two studio albums - 2003's Frank and 2006's Back To Black - both saw a noticeable jump following her death, with her debut, Frank, peaking at number three in the charts in August last year.

Back To Black rocketed back to the top of the Official Albums Chart a week after she died, on July 31, having previously held the number one spot for three non-consecutive weeks in early 2007.

Due to massive sales in the month after her death, the album became the biggest selling album of the 21st century, although this title has since been taken by Adele's 21.

And a musical hat-trick was scored when her third album, posthumous release Lioness: Hidden Treasures reached number one upon its release in December, selling 194,000 copies in its first week.

While Valerie is the biggest selling single of her career by a clear stretch, with both the Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson versions having sold a combined total of 767,000 to date, the most in-demand track since her death has proven to be the title track of her second album, Back To Black.

The album remains Winehouse's biggest-seller with close to 3.5 million UK sales in total, and remained at number 77 in the Official Albums Chart last week.

Official Charts Company managing director Martin Talbot said: "Many of us will remember where we were when we heard the terrible news about Amy a year ago.

"And the fact that music fans have, since then, bought her music in such large numbers demonstrates just how highly she was regarded by the great British public."

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