December 11, 2011 17:46
Amy Winehouse's 'Lioness: Hidden Treasures' goes straight to top of UK album chart
Olly Murs' 'Dance With Me Tonight' tops the singles chart
Speaking about the Number One success, Amy’s mother Janis said:"It’s such amazing news that Amy’s album has gone to number one, and just goes to show what she still means to people."
It’s especially good for the foundation and knowing that every sale will go to help a deserving cause makes the news all the more special. I’m so proud of my daughter and so happy that she is still touching people. She's forever in my heart.
'Lioness: Hidden Treasures' was compiled by long-time collaborators Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson in close association with Amy’s family, management and record label Island Records.
The Official Charts Company, who compile the charts, report 'Lioness: Hidden Treasures' sold 194,000 copies since Monday, the fourth-highest first-week sales figure this year behind Lady Gaga's 'Born This Way' (215,000), Coldplay's 'Mylo Xyloto' (208,343) and Adele's '21' (208,090).
Official Charts Company managing director Martin Talbot said: "For Amy's posthumous album to soar to the top of the Official Albums Chart in what is such a competitive time of year is an impressive achievement and a fitting tribute. It shows just what she meant to British music fans. "
Gennaro Castaldo of retailers HMV added: "We fully expected 'Lioness: Hidden Treasures' to go straight in at Number One, but to do so achieving such a level of sales is truly remarkable."
In the single chart, Olly Murs also went straight in at Number One, with 'Dance With Me Tonight', adding the top-selling track to the Number One album he earned last week.