Amy Winehouse tops UK albums chart after death

Sun Jul 31, 2011 2:10pm EDT
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By Olesya Dmitracova

LONDON (Reuters) - "Back to Black" by Amy Winehouse shot back to the top of the British albums chart Sunday, a week after the troubled singer died at the age of 27.

Winehouse, famous for her distinctive soul songs and beehive hairdo, struggled with drinking and drug problems throughout much of her career. The cause of her death has not yet been determined as officials await results of toxicology tests.

Sales of the singer's recordings, released by the Universal Music label, rocketed following news that she had been found dead at her London home on July 23. That propelled her album "Back to Black" up from last week's 59th position, the Official Charts Company said.

The album was released in 2006, reaching the number one spot in Britain at the time and winning five Grammy awards, pop music's equivalent of the Oscars.

It also produced a string of memorable tunes, including "You Know I'm No Good," "Love Is a Losing Game" and "Rehab," which contained the line: "They tried to make me go to rehab. I said 'no, no, no'."

The renewed popularity of the album pushed "21" by queen of the charts Adele to the second place.

Winehouse earned two more spots in the top 10 of best-selling albums. Her debut release "Frank" came in fifth, proving more successful after her death than in her lifetime as the album had previously peaked at number 13.

The box set incorporating "Frank" and "Back to Black" reached the 10th position.   Continued...