Sale of the century: Amy's album Back to Black is tops
Published 25/08/2011 | 12:42
AMY Winehouse's 'Back to Black' album has become the UK's biggest selling album of the 21st century.
The sales boost following her death last month has edged her second album ahead of the previous record held by James Blunt.
Winehouse's 2006 release has now sold 3.26m copies, according to figures compiled by the Official Chart Company.
Blunt's album 'Back To Bedlam', released in 2005, has sold a total of 3.24m until now.
Dido's 'No Angel', released in 2001, is the third best-selling album, with sales of 3.07m.
The leap came as it was announced today that music legend Tony Bennett would lead a tribute to Winehouse at an international MTV awards event this weekend.
Bennett, who recorded with the singer earlier this year for a track on his next album, will introduce a special section of the MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs) in Los Angeles on Sunday night.
It will include footage of him recording with Winehouse at Abbey Road Studios in March as they sang Body And Soul for his Duets II album. It proved to be her last session.
Winehouse died at her flat in Camden, north London on July 23.
Bennett said: "It was a thrill to record with Amy Winehouse and when you listen to the recording of Body And Soul, it is a testament to her artistic genius and her brilliance as one of the most honest musicians I have ever known."
Winehouse's father, Mitch, said: "Our family is honoured that the VMAs are giving Amy this wonderful tribute."
He said his daughter's performance of hit single Rehab at a previous MTV awards event had contributed to her global success.
Winehouse - whose hits included Valerie and Back To Black - had a high profile battle with drink and drugs. But toxicology results showed there were "no illegal substances" in her body at the time of her death, her family said yesterday.
The family statement said: "Toxicology results returned to the Winehouse family by authorities have confirmed that there were no illegal substances in Amy's system at the time of her death."
Body And Soul is to be released by record company Columbia to support a charity being established by Winehouse's family.
Other performers at the MTV VMAs include Price Tag singer Jessie J, together with Adele, Lady Gaga, and Bruno Mars.
Meanwhile, Mitch Winehouse, who launched his own music career last year, has landed a show at the Royal Albert Hall in London in October.
He will be the support act for headliner Matt Goss.