Amy Winehouse”s Hidden Treasures tops album chart more than four months after her death
She tragically died at the age of 27 earlier this year but Amy Winehouse”s music is well and truly living on.
The singer”s posthumous album Lioness: Hidden Treasures has hit the top of the UK album charts more than four months after her death.
The collection, which includes a mixture of original tracks as well as some covers she”d recorded before her death in July, was released on Monday.
Posthumous record: Amy Winehouse has topped the album chart with Lioness: Hidden Treasures more than four months after her death
And the album has already shot straight to the top of the chart.
After hearing the news Amy”s dad Mitch took to his Twitter page to share his pride at its success.
He wrote: “Just been told, Amy at Number One. My heart is sad but bursting with pride.”
Tragic: Amy died at the age of 27 in July but her music is still popular with fans
But despite being proud of his late daughter”s sales he admits listening to the album for the first time was a struggle.
“It was a very difficult time for us. It was very emotional. But we had to sit through it and after the first couple of songs we sort of calmed down a little bit,” Mitch said.
AMY WINEHOUSE – Lioness: Hidden Treasures
Her live shows could be shambolic, but Amy was in her element in the studio.
This contains six covers and six originals.
Her genius is evident on Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow. Of the originals, the best are Between The Cheats, a doo-wop lament, and soul ballad Halftime.
“Our son was there as well and we all had to be in agreement that the album was of the same quality or better,in fact, than Frank and Back To Black, and we were more than pleasantlysurprised.”
Her dad has helped to set up the Amy Winehouse foundation following the death of his daughter, who passed away from alcohol poisoning.
The organisation aims to “support charitable activities in both the UK and abroad that provide help, support or care for young people, especially those who are in need by reason of ill health, disability, ﬁnancial disadvantage or addiction”.
Some of the proceeds of the album are going towards the foundation and Mitch took to Twitter to reveal the album had raised 140,000 for the cause in its first day of release on its own.
He wrote, “140,000 sold = 140,000 to (the) foundation in one day. Well done baby.”
Winehouse”s family decided to put the disc out, which was produced by the star”s longtime collaborator Salaam Remi.
Success: Amy”s Hidden Treasures was compiled by her producer pals Salaam Remi and Mark Ronson
The producer, who also enlisted her friend Mark Ronson to compile the 12 songs, is adamant his pal would have been pleased with her third album.
He tells CNN, “I still hear her voice. I still look at different situations and imagine what she would say and what her comment would be and whatever it was … Amy is a total comedian.
“(She would have approved of the album). Definitely, at the end of the day who she trusted with it was myselfand everyone involved. We wouldn’t have done it if we thought that it was something she would have a problem with at all.”
Earlier this year Amy”s previous album Back to Black became the biggest-selling album of the century, but Adele overtook her record with her latest album 21 earlier this week.
The album has garnered 3.4 million sales, while Amy”s second record has sold 3.3 million.