Ever since Amy Winehouse’s tragic death last weekend, sales for the late British songstress have grown tenfold. In the 36 hours following Winehouse’s death, digital sales spiked over 2,000% percent. According to a SoundScan survey, 37,000 copies of Winehouse’s Grammy Award winning album Back To Black and 111,000 individual tracks have been downloaded this past weekend alone.


It’s undeniable Winehouse’s death caused an incredible sales spike. However, there’s been considerable criticism for some Fortune 500 companies attempting to cash in on Winehouse’s death. The most notable attempt being a Microsoft tweet encouraging people to “remember” Amy Winehouse by purchasing Back To Black on the Zune marketplace. After being continually attacked by angry fans, Microsoft apologized and slunk off into a corner to pout.


Amy Winehouse’s people say there are at least a dozen unreleased recordings. However, at time of writing there is no decision regarding any posthumous album. Until then, remember Amy (for free) with this stellar Spotify playlist.

In other news…

  • Wall Street Investors liked Pandora when the music-streaming service first went public, then Spotify debuted in America and Wall Street wasn’t so sure about Pandora anymore. Basically, Pandora wants you to not worry: everything will be OK and passive-listening will triumph in the end.

  • The Motion Picture Association won its High Court battle against piracy website, Newzbin 2. The huge Newzbin 2 linked to thousands of illegally downloaded TV shows and movies and had 700,000 members.

  • Sony Corporation lost 199 million dollars in this quarter alone. Sony blames this on the earthquakes in Japan, amongst other things, including the massive PlayStation hack. At this point, Sony is pinning all its hopes on digital album sales.

  • After the main stage of the Ottawa Blues Festival collapsed earlier this month, Cheap Trick issued a press release condemning the accident. The classic rock band wants “bands, crews and fans protected” and is “pressing for a full accounting of what happened and is dedicated to ensuring that proper safety measures are taken at future concerts”—meaning this will probably end in a lawsuit.


  • Industry Wrap is a weekly CMJ column covering industry-related music news. Send tips to Kate Shapiro at kshapiro@cmj.com.