Amy Winehouse Takes Over U.K. Charts Amid Grief
In a powerful tribute by her legions of fans, Amy Winehouse dominated the new U.K. sales charts in the wake of her death July 23. Her sophomore album "Back To Black" (Universal Island) returned to the summit, as she placed two other titles in the top ten and five tracks in the singles top 40. Meanwhile, pop band JLS scored their fifth U.K. No. 1 single with "She Makes Me Wanna" (Epic/Sony Music Entertainment), featuring American artist Dev.
"Back To Black" raced 59-1 on the new Official Charts Company survey, having first topped the chart for two weeks in January 2007 and another that March. Her first album, 2003's "Frank," reappeared in the new data at a new peak of No. 5, having previously reached No. 13 in February 2004. Island's doublepack of the two original albums packaged together also hit the top ten, at No. 10.
Singles-wise, Winehouse's highest reappearance was at No. 8 with "Back To Black," followed by No. 27 with "Tears Dry On Their Own," No. 29 with "Rehab," No. 33 with "Love Is A Losing Game"and No. 37 with "You Know I'm No Good." She placed three further titles in the top 75, with her solo version of "Valerie" at No. 41, the Mark Ronson recording of it on which she was featured vocalist at No. 45, and her cover of "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow" at No. 62.
On the album chart, Adele's "21" (XL Recordings) was thus nudged down to No. 2, its predecessor "19" 3-4, and Beyoncé's "4" (Columbia/Sony Music Entertainment) 2-3. Notable climbers included Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" (Virgin/EMI), 19-11, and "Last Night On Earth" (Mercury/Universal) by Noah and the Whale, 25-18.
Swedish-Japanese electronic band Little Dragon, who recorded and toured with Gorillaz last year, debuted at No. 22 with "Ritual Union" (Peace Frog) and classical vocalist Laura Wright at No. 25 with her debut set for Decca/Universal, "The Last Rose." The new No. 1 on the compilation chart is "Now! That's What I Call Music 79" (EMI/Virgin/UMTV).
"You Make Me Wanna" is the latest in a sequence of singles chart-toppers for English pop quartet JLS that started in June 2009 with "Beat Again" and continued with "Everybody In Love" that October, "Love You More" last July and "The Club Is Alive" last November. The Wanted's "Glad You Came" (Geffen/Universal), the U.K.'s No. 1 single for the last two weeks, fell to No. 2, and the next five titles on the chart also fell one place each.
Perry's "Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)" climbed 10-9 and Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" (Cash Money/Universal Island) 12-10. "Little Bad Girl" (Positiva/Virgin/EMI) by David Guetta featuring Taio Cruz and Ludacris improved 19-13 and Alexandra Stan's former No. 3 hit "Mr. Saxobeat" (3 Beat/All Around The World/Universal) back up 17-14. London rapper-singer Maverick Sabre's "Let Me Go" (Mercury/Universal) gave him a debut hit at No. 16.