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Amy clocks up 1.7m posthumous sales
Amy Winehouse is still proving to be one of the most popular British recording artists of modern time, with fans buying more than 1.7 million copies of her recordings in the year since her death.
The singer was found dead from alcohol poisoning in her north London home on July 23 last year at the age of 27.
But her voice has continued to be heard, with 1.2 million copies of her three albums being sold in Britain along with 500,000 of her singles in the past year, according to the Official Charts Company.
Her two studio albums - 2003's Frank and 2006's Back To Black - both saw a noticeable jump following her death, with her debut, Frank, peaking at number three in the charts in August last year. Back To Black rocketed back to the top of the Official Albums Chart a week after she died, on July 31, having previously held the number one spot for three non-consecutive weeks in early 2007.
Due to massive sales in the month after her death, the album became the biggest selling album of the 21st century, although this title has since been taken by Adele's 21. And a musical hat-trick was scored when her third album, posthumous release Lioness: Hidden Treasures reached number one upon its release in December, selling 194,000 copies in its first week.
While Valerie is the biggest selling single of her career by a clear stretch, with both the Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson versions having sold a combined total of 767,000 to date, the most in-demand track since her death has proven to be the title track of her second album, Back To Black.
The album remains Winehouse's biggest-seller with close to 3.5 million UK sales in total, and remained at number 77 in the Official Albums Chart last week.
Meanwhile, Amy Winehouse's father has lent his support to an initiative which will see up to £100 million invested in helping people struggling with issues such as addiction, homelessness, reoffending, substance misuse and mental health problems. The funding from Big Lottery Fund (Big) will go towards bringing together different services to help those with multiple needs.
The charity said there are an estimated 60,000 adults in England with multiple problems, many of whom would benefit from one single service to prevent them rotating around various welfare and justice systems which can deepen the problems in their lives. The project will focus on 15 areas of the country where organisations tackling such issues will be invited to create partnerships in each area.
Supporting the initiative, Mitch Winehouse, who alongside family members established The Amy Winehouse Foundation last September, said: "Since losing my daughter Amy, I have been dedicated to supporting charities that help young people in need - in particular those struggling with an addiction or health issue. So I am extremely pleased to hear that the Big Lottery Fund is investing this money to bring organisations together to offer people of all ages more tailored support to deal with all the different needs that they may have."