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1.7 million copies of Amy Winehouse records sold posthumously

The magic of Amy Winehouse’s voice refuses to die away even after one year of her death

music Updated: Jul 24, 2012 18:51 IST


The magic of Amy Winehouse’s voice refuses to die away even after one year of her death.

The singer 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, posthumously.

She 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 skip following her death, with her debut album, Frank, peaking at number three in the charts in August last year.

Back To Black jumped 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.

She even managed to secure a musical hat-trick when her third album, posthumous release Lioness: Hidden Treasures reached number one upon its release in December, selling 194,000 copies in its very first week.

While Valerie is the biggest selling single of her career, 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 been the title track of her second album, Back To Black.

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

“Many of us will remember where we were when we heard the terrible news about Amy a year ago,” the Mirror quoted Official Charts Company managing director Martin Talbot, as saying.

“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,” he added.

First Published: Jul 24, 2012 14:21 IST

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