The sudden death of British singer Amy Winehouse at age 27 has sparked a skyrocketing increase in sales of her music. Winehouse, who has battled drug and alcohol addiction for years, was found dead in her London home on Sunday.
More Amy Winehouse albums have reportedly been sold in the past week than sold in the first six months of the year, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Over 50,000 copies have been were sold in the week after the singer’s untimely death.
Amy Winehouse’s breakthrough album, Back to Black, climbed into the #9 position on the Billboard 200 albums chart this week with 37,0000 copies sold, the bulk of them as digital downloads.
This was the highest weekly sales for Back to Black since March of 2008, two weeks after the Grammy Awards, at which Winehouse took home five wins.
Winehouse’s debut album, Frank, also saw an increase in sales. Over 7,600 copies of it were sold, 7000 of them as digital downloads. The British singer’s signature song, “Rehab,” scored 34,000 digital downloads for the week, which ended on Sunday. Next week’s report will likely see an even higher total.
The official cause of death for Amy Winehouse has still not been determined. An autopsy on the singer’s body revealed nothing conclusive. Coroner officials are now waiting for toxicology tests to come back, which may take from 2 to 4 weeks.