The undeniable talent of Amy Winehouse has been proved once again after a posthumous album of her unreleased tracks has topped the UK album chart.
Lioness: Hidden Treasures, which has been compiled by producers and long-time partners of the late singer Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson, entered the charts at number one yesterday (December 11th).
Figures from the Official Charts Company show that Winehouse has achieved her best weekly sales of her career, five months after her death.
“It’s such amazing news that Amy’s album has gone to number one, and just goes to show what she still means to people,” said Amy’s mother Janis. “I’m so proud of my daughter and so happy that she is still touching people. She’s forever in my heart.”
Sales of the album will go towards the Amy Winehouse Foundation and features 12 tracks of previously un-released material. They include Amy’s final studio recording, Body & Soul, which was performed with Tony Bennett in March this year, and alternative versions of some of her best-known songs.
Since Amy’s death, her father Mitch has worked to raise money for the Foundation. The polka dot dress worn by the singer on the cover of her seminal album Back to Black was sold at auction recently for £43,200, with proceeds donated to the charity by its designer Disaya.
The singer’s success comes in a week where record sales have reached an impressive figure for 2011. The top four albums in the chart all sold more than 100,000 copies last week owing to the pre-Christmas rush.
Michael Buble’s Christmas is at number two in the chart, sollowed by Rebecca Ferguson’s Heaven.
Olly Murs’ In Case You Didn’t Know and Rihanna’s Talk That Talk complete the top five.
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