Amy Winehouse Toxicology: Family Says No Illegal Drugs Were Found
Amy Winehouse Toxicology: Family Says No Illegal Drugs Were Found

While this week's charts only track the first 36 hours of sales after news broke on Saturday afternoon of Amy Winehouse's death, fans clearly rushed to retail sites as the news spread.

Through the end of SoundScan's tracking period, which ended Sunday night, U.S. fans downloaded approximately 35,000 copies of Winehouse's Grammy-winning "Back To Black" album, nearly 8,000 copies of her debut LP "Frank," and about 5,000 copies of the digital-only B-sides collections from both "Frank" and "Back To Black," according to Nielsen SoundScan. Moreover, about 1,000 Winehouse albums in the CD format were sold, according to sources.

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Last week's combined album scans of about 49,000 units is up from the prior week ending July 17, when Winehouse's album catalog scanned about 1,400 units - up 3,400%. (Even in the week before her death drove up sales demand, most album sales were in the digital format, as they were in the subsequent week after her death.)

Meanwhile, moving over to track sales, during the weekend, her fans downloaded 33,000 copies of the "Rehab" track; 15,000 downloads of "Back To Black," 18,000 copies of "You Know I'm No Good;" and 10,000 copies of "Valerie" (a Mark Ronson song on which Winehouse vocals are featured), according to Nielsen SoundScan and sources who are familiar with the sales numbers at digital accounts. In total, Winehouse tracks scanned about 111,000 copies last week, up from nearly 5,000 in the prior week ending July 17 -- a 2120% gain.

Moving past last week's official SoundScan survey period, on Monday, sources say fans downloaded 8,000 copies of "Back to Black;" 2,000 copies of "Frank," and about 1,500 copies of the B-sides albums. While for tracks, fans downloaded another 13,000 copies of "Rehab; "6,000 copies of "Back To Black," 6,000 copies of "You Know I'm No Good;" 3,000 of "Valerie," and 2,000 copies of "Tears Dry on Their Own."

That means that in the three days since her death, about her fans had snapped up about 69,000 copies of her albums; and about 141,000 song downloads.

Billboard estimates that in the current week, fans will download about 65,000 albums and 250,000 songs.
Moreover, sources say that brick and mortar retail accounts have ordered about 60,000 CD copies of her albums so far this week, with Universal Music Group Distribution scrambling to fulfill those orders. Shipments should begin hitting accounts on Friday and continue through Saturday and Monday, sources say. All new orders are expected to be filled by next Tuesday (Aug. 2), sources add.

To date, Amy Winehouse albums have scanned about 2.65 million units in the U.S., with "Back To Black," accounting for the bulk of those sales with 2.3 million units. Winehouse songs have scanned3.38 million units in the U.S. with "Rehab" leading the way at 1.4 million units.

For the sake of comparison, when Michael Jackson died on June 25, 2009, his solo album sales in the United States skyrocketed from 10,000 copies in the week before his death to 422,000 in the week ended June 28, according to Nielsen SoundScan - a 3,200% gain. During the same period, U.S. track downloads surged from about 48,000 copies to 2.6 million. The week of his death, the best-selling track was "Thriller" at 167,000 copies, while the top-selling album was "Number Ones" at 108,000. But since Jackson died on a Thursday, those sales numbers were accomplished in four days, as compared to the less than two days that were left in the SoundScan week when news broke of Winehouse's death. Jackson sales were strong through the remainder of the year, with the artist's album catalog scanning about 8.2 million units in 2009 and tracks about 12.3 million units.

After the May 16, 2010 death of Ronnie James Dio, the singer's solo album sales went from about 2,000 units a week to about 9,000 in the subsequent week. For the year, his album sales rose from 115,000 in 2009 to about 147,000 in 2010, while his track sales went from 150,000 to about 180,000 units, respectively in those two years. His track downloads went from 7,000 units in the week before his death to 32,000 units in the week after; and back down to about 8,000 units in the second week after his death.