Amy Winehouse's Death: Singer Predicted to Top U.K. Music Charts Next Week as Sales Skyrocket

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Sales of her albums have increased by 37 times between Friday and Saturday, when news of her death broke, while track sales were up by 23 times, according to the Official Charts Co.

Amy Winehouse's albums are expected to top the U.K. music charts next week, according to published reports citing data from the Official Charts Co.

Since news of her death broke early Saturday, sales of her records have skyrocketed. Her second album, Back to Black, re-entered the charts for the first time since its 2006 release in the U.K., hitting No. 59 in the few hours between reports of her death and the sales being tallied, the U.K.'s Press Association reported.

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In addition, two singles from the disc -- "Back to Black" and "Rehab" -- also re-entered the singles chart, coming in at Nos. 81 and 181 on Saturday, respectively.

The Official Charts Co. said that overall, sales of Winehouse's albums increased 37 times between Friday and Saturday, while track sales were up by 23 times.

News of her death came too late to affect the top 40 chart of downloads and disc sales released by the Official Charts Co. on Sunday, but the firm said she is likely to top the list next week.

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"While Amy has already had an impact on the Official Charts, we would expect an even bigger impact to roll through over the coming days," Official Charts Co. director Martin Talbot said.  "Such a demonstration of her popularity is the best tribute the British public can pay to this extraordinary British talent."

As THR previously reported, Back to Black jumped to the top of iTunes album chart on Saturday afternoon in the U.S., while her video for "Rehab" also entered the top 10.

The album also shot to the top of the iTunes U.K. chart as well.

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The sales spike is similar to that Michael Jackson's works saw after his June 2009 death. Jackson's estate is believed to have brought in more than $310 million from album sales and spinoffs since the singer died, according to Reuters.

Upon its release, Back to Black topped the charts in more than 15 counties, making the top 10 in a dozen others. In the U.S., the album peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, earning double-platinum status.

The album also earned Winehouse five Grammys at the 2008 ceremony.

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Winehouse, 27, was found dead in her north London home Saturday after a long and widely reported battle with alcohol and drugs.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman told the BBC that the cause of death was as yet unexplained.