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Amy Winehouse lands 1.7 million sales since death

Late singer Amy Winehouse has achieved sales figures of 1.7 million in her native Britain since her death a year ago.

The star's albums rocketed up the chart following her death on 23 July 2011, with Back to Black hitting the top spot a week after her passing.


Now chart bosses have marked a year since her death on Monday (23Jul12) by revealing Winehouse's fans bought 1.2 million copies of her three albums, as well as 500,000 of her singles, in the past year.


Official Charts Company managing director Martin Talbot says, "Many of us will remember where we were when we heard the terrible news about Amy a year ago.


"And the fact that music fans have, since then, bought her music in such large numbers demonstrates just how highly she was regarded by the great British public."


The singer was found dead at her home in London after suffering alcohol poisoning, and her father Mitch thanked fans for their well wishes as the one year anniversary of her passing arrived.


In a post on his Twitter.com page, he writes, "Thank you all for your wonderful messages. We miss Amy so much but her/our work will continue. Long live Amy."