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Amy Winehouse album is biggest seller of 2007

Amy Winehouse, Back To Black

Story by Jack Foley

AMY Winehouse’s second album Back To Black is set to be the biggest-selling album of 2007, despite being released originally towards the end of 2006 (October).

The singer’s soul-tinged sophomore offering has now recorded sales of more than 1.5m copies in the UK, achieving five platinum sales awards in spite of Amy’s ongoing personal turmoil.

Her closest competition came from X Factor winner Leona Lewis’s Spirit and Mika’s Life in Cartoon Motion, which are currently second and third with a little over a week left to go.

Commenting on the figures, Matt Phillips, spokesman for record labels body the BPI, said that Back To Black remained in pole position even though the final week could see Leona closing the gap.

Lewis has sold 1.27 million copies of her album in just five weeks to become the fastest-selling debut in UK history and the fastest female million-seller in the UK.

Spirit became the second album to sell a million copies in 2007 after Back To Black and her single, Bleeding Love is also the best selling single of 2007 so far, after spending seven weeks at number one in the charts.

It managed to beat another long-staying No.1 in the form of Rihanna’s summer hit Umbrella.