Amy Winehouse roars to the top posthumously

Amy Winehouse's 'Lioness' Tops U.K. Charts; 2011's Highest Music Sales Week

Amy Winehouse posthumously achieved the biggest weekly sale of her U.K. chart career last week with "Lioness: Hidden Treasures" (Universal Island), as Official Charts Company data showed total album sales reaching a weekly high for 2011 of 4.8 million. Winehouse debuted on the album chart at No. 1 yesterday (Dec. 11) with 194,000 units. After two weeks in runner-up spot on the singles survey, Olly Murs moved to the top with "Dance With Me Tonight" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment).

Winehouse's set made its winning start as the top four titles on the album chart all recorded six-figure sales, according to the OCC. "It's such amazing news that Amy's album has gone to No. 1, and just goes to show what she still means to people," said her mother Janis. £1 from the sale of each album is being donated to the Amy Winehouse Foundation.

As the "Lioness" track "Our Day Will Come" entered the singles chart at No. 29, the album hit the top to keep Michael Bublé's former No. 1 "Christmas" (Reprise/Warner Music) in second spot with 189,000 sales. Former "X Factor" contestant Rebecca Ferguson's "Heaven" (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment) opened at No. 3 on 128,000 units. Her single "Nothing's Real But Love" reached No. 10 two weeks ago. Murs' "In Case You Didn't Know" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment), which was No. 1 last week, fell to No. 4 but with a healthy 113,000 weekly sale. "Now! That's What I Call Music 80" (EMI TV/Universal Music TV) started a third week atop the compilations chart.

Extracted from Paul Sexton of Billboard magazine


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