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Tragic star Winehouse rules charts

Tragic star Winehouse rules charts

Amy Winehouse's Grammy award-winning album Back To Black has soared to the top of the charts in the wake of her death.

As tributes poured in to the troubled star, who was found dead in her Camden home last Saturday, fans flocked to buy her records sending five hits into the top 40 - a record for the late soul and jazz star.

And while Back To Black became this week's best-selling album - holding off Adele's 21 - her debut effort Frank came in at number 5 and the box set Frank/Back to Black entered at number 10.

The success came as the 27-year-old's devastated family waited for the results of toxicology tests to establish the cause of her death.

Relatives believe her decision to stop drinking - following protracted battles with drugs and alcohol - may have been a contributing factor.

HMV's Gennaro Castaldo said: "It's no real surprise that Back To Black has gone back to the top of the album charts. We saw such a surge in demand for Amy's albums soon after her death was announced that we pretty much sold out and had to re-order more copies.

"Obviously quite a few people have been downloading the album but many more seem to have wanted it on CD, perhaps by way of feeling a more tangible connection with Amy and her music - which is something we tend to see when any great artist sadly dies."

Back To Black was previously the Official Albums Chart number one in 2006. Frank has achieved its best ever placing, having previously peaked at number 13 in 2005.

In the singles charts, Back To Black rose to number 8 from last week's 81, having previously reached number 25 in 2006. Tears Dry On Their Own came in at 27, Rehab at 29, Love Is A Losing Game at 33 and You Know I'm No Good at 37.

Elsewhere in the charts, JLS claimed their fifth number one single with She Makes Me Wanna featuring US recording artist Dev, just two years after their first top-selling track.

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