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Amy Winehouse iTunes sales skyrocket as fans mourn

Sales of Amy Winehouse’s music skyrocketed after news of her death on Saturday. Flowers and tributes are seen outside the home of Amy Winehouse in London July 25, 2011. (LUKE MACGREGOR/REUTERS)

Fans paid tribute to singer Amy Winehouse this weekend by snapping up her music, multiplying sales more than 37 times, according to the Official Charts Company, Britain’s organization for music charts.

Apple and Amazon both put up special promotions showcasing Winehouse’s music within hours of her death. As of time of writing, Winehouse’s album ‘Back to Black’ — which won six Emmys — was at the top of the iTunes album charts, knocking Adele’s ‘21’ out of the top spot. Winehouse’s 2007 album Frank (released in 2003 in Britain) was third.

A posthumous album is expected, MSNBC reported, as Winehouse was recording regularly just before her death.

Winehouse will be featured on American legend Tony Bennett’s next album, “Duets II,” singing with Bennett on the the Johnny Greene song, “Body and Soul,” Spinner reported.

Bennett released a statement after news of Winehouse’s death broke, saying that singer was “an extraordinary musician with a rare intuition as a vocalist and I am truly devastated that her exceptional talent has come to such an early end.”

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.



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