Amy Winehouse's 'Lioness' Tops U.K. Charts; 2011's Highest Music Sales Week

9:40 AM PST 12/12/2011 by Paul Sexton

The album sold 194,000 copies in its first week on the market, bumping Michael Buble’s “Christmas" to the No. 2 spot.

Amy Winehouse posthumously achieved the biggest weekly sale of her U.K. chart career last week with Lioness: Hidden Treasures (Universal Island), as Official Charts Company data showed total album sales reaching a weekly high for 2011 of 4.8 million. Winehouse debuted on the album chart at No. 1 yesterday (Dec. 11) with 194,000 units. After two weeks in runner-up spot on the singles survey, Olly Murs moved to the top with "Dance With Me Tonight" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment).

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Winehouse's set made its winning start as the top four titles on the album chart all recorded six-figure sales, according to the OCC. "It's such amazing news that Amy's album has gone to No. 1, and just goes to show what she still means to people," said her mother Janis. £1 from the sale of each album is being donated to the Amy Winehouse Foundation.

As the Lioness track "Our Day Will Come" entered the singles chart at No. 29, the album hit the top to keep Michael Bublé's former No. 1 Christmas (Reprise/Warner Music) in second spot with 189,000 sales. Former X Factor contestant Rebecca Ferguson's Heaven (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment) opened at No. 3 on 128,000 units. Her single "Nothing's Real But Love" reached No. 10 two weeks ago. Murs' In Case You Didn't Know (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment), which was No. 1 last week, fell to No. 4 but with a healthy 113,000 weekly sale. Now! That's What I Call Music 80 (EMI TV/Universal Music TV) started a third week atop the compilations chart.

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"Dance With Me Tonight," which sold a modest 46,000 units last week, is Murs' third U.K. No. 1 single, following last year's "Please Don't Go" and "Heart Skips A Beat," featuring Rizzle Kicks, in September. Last week's bestseller, "Wishing On A Star" (Syco Music/Sony Music Entertainment) by the 2011 "X Factor" finalists, fell to No. 2, as "Dedication To My Ex (Miss That)" (Interscope/Universal) by Lloyd featuring Andre 3000 and Lil Wayne entered at No. 3.

There was also a No. 6 entry for "5 O'Clock" (RCA/Sony Music Entertainment) by T-Pain featuring Wiz Khalifa and Lily Allen, while Coldplay's "Paradise" (Parlophone/EMI) enjoyed a 12-7 rebound. Sway's "Still Speedin'" (3 Beat/All Around The World/Universal) debuted at No. 19, but most of the other significant chart action was among festive tracks. Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) raced 27-12 and "Fairytale of New York" (Warner Bros./Warner Music) by the Pogues featuring Kirsty MacColl 23-15.

Justin Bieber's Mistletoe (Def Jam/Universal) entered the top 75 at No. 23 and there were also top 40 re-entries for Christmas perennials by Wham!  with "Last Christmas" ((RCA/Sony Music Entertainment), up 55-26, Wizzard's "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday" (EMI), 58-28, Slade's "Merry Xmas Everybody" (UMTV/Universal), 63-33 and Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas" (Mercury/Universal), 62-34.

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