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Tragic Amy Winehouse death makes first impact on Official Charts


The sad death of Amy Winehouse makes its first impact on the Official Charts today -in a week in which female artists continue to dominate this year's Official Albums Chart.

The Official Charts Company reports today that tragic Winehouse, who died on Saturday aged 27, makes an impact on the Official Albums and Singles Charts. 

With fewer than seven hours sales being counted after Winehouse's death was confirmed, her Back To Black album returns to the Official Albums Chart at 59 and 163 (in standard and deluxe editions respectively). In turn, Winehouse's Back To Black and Rehab singles also re-enter the Official Singles Chart at 81 and 181 respectively.

While the chart arrivals are relatively low this week, they are sure to rise over the coming week. Sales of Winehouse's albums increased by 37 times between Friday and Saturday, with track sales up by 23 times.

Official Charts managing director Martin Talbot said, "For the world and British music to lose such a talent and icon yesterday is truly tragic. And already the popularity of Amy's music with the British public is being demonstrated, with sales of her albums rocketing by 37 times over the past 24 hours -according to Official Charts Company data."

"While Amy has already had an impact on the Official Charts -seven hours is just 4% of the seven-day sales period monitored for the Official Charts- we would expect an even bigger impact to roll through over the coming days. Such a demonstration of her popularity is the best tribute the British public can pay to this extraordinary British talent."

The resurgence for Winehouse comes as female artists maintain their grip on the Official Albums Chart. Adele continues to lead the way, claiming her eighteenth (non-consecutive) week at the top of the chart with 21, while her debut album 19 holds at number three.

In 2011 to date, albums by female artists have spent a total of 6 months at number one. Just fifteen weeks ago, Adele with 21 and 19, Katy B with On A Mission, Rihanna with Loud and Jessie J with Who You Are accounted for the first all-female Top 5 this year.

That feat is repeated this week, with Adele supported by Beyoncé holding at number two with 4, while jazz singer Caro Emerald scores her best yet Official Charts placing with Deleted Scenes From The Cutting Room Floor climbing from last week’s six to this week’s number four. Lady Gaga is at number five with Born This Way. 

There is just one new entry in this week’s Official Albums Chart Top 10, with electro hip-hop duo LMFAO's second album Sorry For Party Rocking straight in at number eight.

In the Official Singles Chart, boy band The Wanted’s Glad You Came holds the number one spot for a second consecutive week as the Top 5 entries remain unchanged from last week. There are no new entries in this week's Official Singles Chart Top 10.


Notes to Editors

1.   Chart information quoted from this release must be credited to The Official Charts Company

2.  The Official Charts Company (OCC) is a joint venture between record labels’ body the BPI and ERA, the Entertainment Retailers Association. The OCC is responsible for the commissioning, marketing, distribution and management of the UK’s industry standard music and video charts and is endorsed by the BVA (British Video Association).

3. The Official Charts Company compiles its charts from sales information gathered across all key distribution (or entertainment) channels including all major high street retail chains, independent stores, supermarkets, mail order internet retailers and digital music service providers. This market research sample equates to 99% of the total UK Singles market; 98% of the total UK Albums market and 90% of the total UK DVD market.


For further information contact:

Amy Howard, Official Charts Company.

T: 01480 860 530  M. 07768 891 264

E: amy@theofficialcharts.com

W:  www.theofficialcharts.com


Martin Talbot, Official Charts Company

T: 07802 277528

E: Martin@theofficialcharts.com


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