The tragic death of Amy Winehouse is hard on the heart but, in a bitter-sweet way, good for business.
Fans are flocking to buy her second album, Back to Black, released in 2006, pushing it back onto the charts nearly five years after it was released. The Back to Black album, Winehouse’s first album released in the United States, is at No. 59 on the U.K.’s Official Charts Company on Sunday.
Her singles “Back to Black” is at No. 81 and “Rehab” is at No. 181 on the Official Charts Company’s singles list.
Winehouse’s albums have increased a whopping 37-fold between the 24-hour period between Friday and Saturday, according to Official Charts Company Director Martin Talbot, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.
“While Amy has already had an impact on the Official Charts, we would expect an even bigger impact to roll through over the coming days,” said Talbot. “Such a demonstration of her popularity is the best tribute the British public can pay to this extraordinary British talent.”
The talented 27-year-old British singer-songwriter was found dead in her apartment in Camden, England, on Saturday by her bodyguard. She was pronounced dead when the ambulance crew and police arrived.
An autopsy was expected on Sunday but has been pushed to next week, according to the BBC.
Although the official cause of Winehouse’s death is still unknown, friends say that she had been binge drinking and taking ecstasy pills in the days prior to her sudden death. Winehouse had battled drug and alcohol addictions for years and has entered into rehab several times, with the latest being in May.
In a statement, her family said: “Our family has been left bereft by the loss of Amy, a wonderful daughter, sister, niece.
“She leaves a gaping hole in our lives. We are coming together to remember her and we would appreciate some privacy and space at this terrible time.”
Best friend and fellow musician Kelly Osbourne, who had helped Winehouse check into a drug treatment facility in 2008, tweeted: “I can’t even breath right now I’m crying so hard I just lost 1 of my best friends. I love you forever Amy and will never forget the real you!”
Meanwhile, legendary singer Tony Bennett, who recorded the song “Body and Soul” with her, paid a touching tribute.
“When we recorded together, she gave a soulful and extraordinary performance,” he said to US Weekly. “I was honored to have the opportunity to sing with her.
“It had been my sincere hope that she would be able to overcome the issues she was battling and I send my deepest sympathy to her father Mitchell, her entire family and all of those who loved her,” Bennett said.
Winehouse’s much-acclaimed “Back to Black” album is described as having a jazzy retro-soul sound and featured the hit single “Rehab,” which garnered her three out of her five Grammy awards in 2007. “Rehab” was named by Time magazine as the Best Song of 2007 and by Rolling Stone as the eighth-best song of the 2000s.
Winehouse is considered one of the most important musicians on the pop scene this millennium and she swept the 2007 Grammy Awards, taking home five out of the six Grammys she was nominated for.
Winehouse’s early death puts her in the company of “27 Club” members, made up of undeniably talented musicians whose drug and alcohol addictions led to their untimely death at age 27. “27 Club” members include Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, The Rolling Stones’ Brian Jones, The Doors’ Jim Morrison, Jimi Hendrix, and Janis Joplin.