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.
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