Amy Winehouse's 'Lioness: Hidden Treasures' and 11 Albums That Got Big Posthumous Sales Boosts
The late singer’s Dec. 6 release continues a long trend of raking in the dollars after death.
When Amy Winehouse died of alcohol poisoning July 23, she left behind five Grammys and scores of tabloid headlines -- but little new music. While she had written an album’s worth of ideas since her 2006 breakthrough, Back to Black, almost nothing had been recorded.
On Dec. 6, Universal Republic released a posthumous album from the singer. Lioness: Hidden Treasures was made available last week in her native Britain via Island Records, topping the U.K. charts with 140,000 copies sold.
A collection of covers and unreleased original tracks, producers Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson, Winehouse's frequent collaborators, compiled and completed the 12 songs, some of which existed as nothing more than a single vocal take.
"My heart is sad but bursting with pride," Mitch Winehouse wrote on Twitter.
Many artists experience their biggest sales after death. An example from the last decade: Ray Charles, whose 2004 album, Genius Loves Company, was released two months after he died, topped the charts and has since sold 3.2 million copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
In addition to Charles, Winehouse is in the company of artists including Janis Joplin, Michael Jackson, Johnny Cash and Aaliyah. For a look at some of the highest earning posthumous releases, click through THR’s photo gallery.