Amy Winehouse's 'Back to Black' becomes best-selling of 21st century in the U.K.


She may be gone, but Amy Winehouse’s music is thriving.

Britain’s Official Charts Company announced that the late singer’s Grammy-sweeping sophomore set, Back to Black, has just become the best-selling album of the 21st century in the U.K., beating out James Blunt’s 2004 album Back to Bedlam’s 3.25 million albums sold with her 3.26 million.

Dido’s 2001 effort No Angel rests at third with 3.07 million purchased.

Black is currently No. 3 on the UK top 100 albums chart. It’s been on the list for 167 weeks total.

Posthumous sales, of course, are nothing new; similar surges happened when Michael Jackson passed in 2009, and earlier with the likes of Aaliyah, Biggie, Jeff Buckley, and others.

Have you bought Winehouse’s Black or her debut, Frank, since her passing? Let us know.

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  • Faris


  • Nathan

    Can’t believe James Blunt had the best selling album up to this point, I thought the Brits had good taste in music?

  • Nathan

    Hey, maybe if somebody killed Blunt, he’d be back on top, just a thought :)

  • Brian Wallace

    Best-selling what? Isn’t the headline missing something?


  • PN

    I’m planning on getting it when the tributes to Amy cool down. Right now, her 2 albums are selling like crazy in a lot of places.

  • Crystal

    I already own her two albums. Way before she died. I was a huge fan of hers.

    • Krystal

      Me too- Even the b sides

  • Leonidas De Wilde

    Amy Winehouse was truly a musical gift to world, it is only heart breaking to lose her unexpectedly. I will forever love Amy and her music for the legacy she has left behind! R.I.P. Amy!

  • jfms777

    And when the duet with Tony Bennett is released, that will intensify interest in her. And it should. She is great.

  • paul

    I bought Frank after she passed, but B2B b4

  • Irwin

    Too bad it took her death to turn me on to her! ‘Back to Black’ is great, especially ‘You Know I’m no Good’. I’ll pick up ‘Frank’ soon and also her final songs coming out in a month. It just pisses me off how all that judgemental crap in the media skews the true worth of this brilliant and sensitive person. I guess it’s the price of fame.

  • idviceroy

    Yes, I purchased the albums. Death (unfortunately) is always good for business in the music industry.

  • Mizzbee35

    I only recently discovered Amy’s music after she passed away. I said to myself what is all the hype about? Now I know why, she was truly brillant, a true talent and very relatable. I havent been able to stop listening to both albums since I purchased them, first B2B, now Frank I’m hooked!

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