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.
No official cause of death has been determined from theÂ Amy Winehouse autopsy, which was conducted in London on Monday. The coroner will now have to wait two to four weeks for toxicology results to come back. Meanwhile, new details have been brought to light about the British singer’s final hours.
Amy Winehouse died in her bed at her London home in Cambden Square, according representative Chris Goodman. Goodman said on Monday that a bodyguard had been hired to keep watch over Winehouse and he was the one who found her body. Coroner’s officer Sharon Duff said the the “scene was investigated by police and determined non-suspicious.”
“She was in her bedroom after saying she wanted to sleep, and when he went to wake her he found she wasn’t breathing,” Goodman told MTV News. “He called the emergency services straight away. He was very shocked. At this stage no one knows how she died. She died alone in bed.”
After making an official identification of the singer’s body, Winehouse’s parents stopped by her flat in Cambden, where a shrine to Winehouse continues to grow. Among the candles and flowers, fans also left boxes of cigarettes and bottles of liquor.
Amy Winehouse’s father told a crowd of fans and media that his daughter “was about one thing, and that was love.” Mitch Winehouse said Winehouse’s “whole life was devoted to her family, friends, and to you guys as well. We’re devastated and I’m speechless, but thanks for coming.”
According to her family, Amy Winehouse had received a clean bill of a health from a doctor on Friday. Winehouse battled severe drug and alcohol addictions much of her life. She had allegedly sought treatment for these addictions as recently as last month.
File this under “you have to be effin’ kidding.” Rumors have it that Amy Winehouse, druggie extraordinaire and wearer of filthy rags, is in negotiations to design her own fashion line. What in the hell are the people at Fred Perry thinking? UK’s The Sun reports Amy was overheard in talks with execs for the clothiers during her holiday in St. Lucia. Amy’s even done some sketches! You KNOW those look like stick figures with their heads on fire.
Save some dough if you want to look like Wino, and do some good at the same time! Give a local homeless person 5 bucks for some of their clothes, bum some REALLY used ballet slippers from the nearest dance school, and roll around in some old razor blades. Snatch a squirrel’s nest out of the bushes, tie it to your head, then knock out a few teeth. Voila! No need to thank me. We’re in a NASTY recession.
Amy Winehouse was supposed to show up to court of Friday to answer charges of assaulting a fan. (She punched the girl in the nose.) The Crackie of Camden was too messed up to know it. It takes a degree in advanced math to keep track of the idiotic things Amy’s done in public…including spitting on Prince William’s potential sister-in-law at the same party. So goeth life in Amyland.
The judge was none too pleased by Amy’s absence in court, and warned her she better show up next time! Amy was probably unconscious in an alley during this lecture. When she did come to, she was riding in a cab to rehab! Or, as enabler-papa Mitch calls it: “treatment for a chest infection.”
Amy yukked it up and rolled around in the back of the cab until…crap. Look at her expression up there. She ain’t laughing any more. Punked!
Amy NEEDS to be locked UP in rehab for about 5 years. Unfortunately, this will probably be another 5 hour stay. Snarkista HOPES she is wrong about this. If Amy does stay a bit longer, maybe they could bring in a dentist to bleach those yellow chompers of hers! You know, before they ALL fall out. Just a thought.