Six years ago today, Amy Winehouse’s Back To Black album was officially released in the US on 13 March 2007 by Universal Republic Records.
This video is Amy performing Back To Black at Joe’s Pub which is where Amy made her American debut performance on January 16, 2007.
Back To Black Album Awards
After the album’s release, it entered the Billboard Hot 100 album chart at #7, making Amy Winehouse the highest debuting British female artist in the history of the US albums chart.
The previous British female to achieve this honour was Lily Allen, who a few weeks earlier had entered the American album chart at #20 with her debut album Alright.
Back To Black went onto become the biggest-selling album of 2007 worldwide, selling over 5.5 million copies. Back To Black also sold 1.85 million copies, including 265,000 sales of a deluxe version of the LP, in Amy’s native UK, which made it Britain’s best-selling album of 2007.
Back To Black was announced as the UK’s second best-selling album of the 21st century by the Official Charts Company, having sold 3.5 million copies in the UK alone.
As of 2012, the album has sold over twenty million copies worldwide.
At the 50th Annual Grammy Awards in 2008, Amy’s Back To Black album received six nominations and five Grammy wins for Best New Artist, Best Pop Vocal Album, Record Of The Year (Rehab), Song Of The Year (Rehab) and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance (Rehab)
Besides five Grammy Awards the album was also awarded an Echo Music Award for Album Of The Year in 2009, 2 Ivor Novello Awards for Best contemporary Song (Rehab) in 2007 and Best song Musically and Lyrically (Love Is A Losing Game) in 2008.
British music magazine Mojo awarded Amy a Mojo Award for Song Of The Year (Rehab) in 2007 and in 2007 Amy won the Artist’s Choice Award at the MTV Europe Music Awards. Back to Black also won Amy a Popjustice Music Prize for Best British Pop Single Of The Year for (Rehab) in 2007 and a Q Award in 2007 for Best Album.
The title track of the album Back To Black was the first song singer-songwriter and record producer Mark Ronson co-wrote with Amy. Mark was quoted in an interview as saying:
“I’ll never forget the first day I met Amy – because it changed everything for me. It was in New York, March 2006, in the studio I used to have on Mercer Street. She told me she presumed I was some old guy with a beard – like Rick Rubin. I just thought, let’s talk about music, see what she likes.
She said she liked to go out to bars and clubs and play snooker with her boyfriend and listen to The Shangri-Las. So she played me some of those records, which turned into a crash course in girl group productions.
She was staying at the Soho Grand around the corner and I told her that I had nothing to play her right now but if she let me work on something overnight she could come back tomorrow.
So I came up with this little piano riff, which became the verse chords to ‘Black in Black.’ Behind it I just put a kick drum and a tambourine and tons of reverb.
She came back the next day and she was really into it, ended up staying for two weeks and we fleshed out five or six songs. It started with her and her nylon-string guitar and she would play me the song and I would write the chords down. Then she would leave for the night and I would go nuts with the arrangements.”
Amy has been credited as being an influence in the rise in popularity of female musicians and revitalising British music.
Back to Black became the world’s seventh biggest-selling album for 2008.
You can watch Amy Winehouse Making Her Back To Black Video here.
Also you can watch the Auction Of The Back To Black Disaya Dress Amy wore on the cover of her award winning album.
Is Back To Black in your album collection?