Amy Winehouse’s ‘Back To Black’ becomes UK’s biggest-selling album of the 21st century
Late singer’s second LP shifts 3.26 million units and overtakes James Blunt's 'Back To Bedlam'
The second studio LP from Winehouse, which was originally released in 2006, has shifted an extra 175,000 units since the singer was found dead in her London flat earlier this year (July 23). According to Billboard, it has now sold 3.26 million copies and overtaken the previous top seller, James Blunt's 2005 album 'Back To Bedlam', which has registered sales of 3.25 million.
The album's sales figures have been boosted by the Official Chart Company's decision to combine sales figures for both the original and deluxe editions of 'Back To Black'. Prior to the singer's death, the two versions were regarded as separate titles.
Eight days after Winehouse passed away, 'Back To Black' returned to the top of the albums chart and remained there until August 21, when it was knocked off the Number One spot by Nero's debut LP 'Welcome Reality'. The singer's 2003 debut 'Frank' also re-entered the Top 10 and went on to achieve its highest-ever chart placing of Number Three on August 7.
Earlier this week (August 23), a report into Amy Winehouse’s death formally ruled out any suggestion that the singer may have died of a drug overdose after a toxicology report found "no illegal substances in her system".
A full inquest into Winehouse's death is still ongoing, and will be concluded in October.