Winehouse Album Is UK's Bestseller of the Century

Tony Bennett to lead MTV Winehouse tribute

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 26, 2011 2:54 AM CDT

(Newser) – A surge in sales following her death has made Amy Winehouse's Back to Black Britain's biggest-selling record of the 21st century, knocking crooner James Blunt into second place. The 2006 album, which shot back to the top of her charts after the singer's death last month, has sold more than 3.25 million copies and, despite this being the age of illegal downloading, is the 12th best-selling British album of all time.

Tony Bennett, who sang "Body And Soul" with Winehouse for his Duets II album, will lead a tribute to her at this weekend's MTV Video Music Awards, the Telegraph reports. "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," said the 85-year-old singer.

Winehouse and Bennett's duet will be released as a single to help fund the charitable foundation established by her family.   (PRNewsFoto/RPM/Columbia Records)
In this July 24, 2009 file photo, Amy Winehouse leaves Westminster magistrates court in London.   (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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