Amy Winehouse sales spike in U.S. after her death
Thousands of Amy Winehouse fans went to "Rehab" in the United States for a fresh listen to the songstress...
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Thousands of Amy Winehouse fans went to "Rehab" in the United
States for a fresh listen to the songstress who died late last week, according
to figures released on Tuesday.
Record sales tracker Nielsen SoundScan said
fans of the soul singer snapped up 50,000 copies of her CDs in the week ended
July 24, compared to 44,000 units that were purchased in all other weeks of
Her 2006 smash hit album, "Back to
Black," which includes the song "Rehab," accounted for 37,000 of
those units sold in the United States, which was the highest weekly total since
March 2008. Winehouse's debut album, 2003's "Frank," chalked up 7,600
unit sales, Nielsen SoundScan said.
Of the totals, more than 95 percent were
"Rehab," in which the singer with
the beehive hairdo belted out the famous lyrics, "They tried to make me go
to rehab. I said 'no, no no'," was the most downloaded single with 34,000
digital sales in the United
Fans purchased a total 111,000 Winehouse
digital tracks via downloads, an increase of 2,000 percent over the previous
week, Nielsen SoundScan said.
Winehouse died at her London home on July 24,
at age 27, so it's likely the sales figures will spike even higher for the week
ending Saturday, July 31, because fans were just learning of her death on the
final day of the weekly tally.
Throughout much of her career, the singer
struggled with drinking and drug problems, but on Tuesday, her father said she
had been exercising every day and doing yoga recently.
An autopsy has been performed, but an
official cause of death has not been determined as officials await results of
sales spike mirrors results in Britain
where 24 hours after Winehouse's death, "Back in Black" occupied the
top spot on iTunes album download chart.