Amy Winehouse Lioness: Hidden Treasures was one of the most anticipated albums of this year’s end, four months after the death of the soul diva.
Within 24 hours after its release in Europe on Monday, the album sold over 70,000 copies in England. The disc contains six covers and six originals.
Amy’s dad Mitch took to Twitter to share his happiness at the news: ”Just been told, Amy at Number One. My heart is sad but bursting with pride.”
However, he did admit that listening to the album for the first time proved difficult.
”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,” he said.
”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 pleasantly surprised.”
The singer was found dead at her London home on July 23, 2011.
Part of the proceeds of this posthumous album will go to the Amy Winehouse foundation, aimed at young people suffering from various addictions.