Report: Whitney Houston Sells 1 Million Singles, Albums Over Past Week

Published: Wednesday 15th Feb 2012 by Rashad

As previously reported, items from late singer Whitney Houston‘s catalog have logged a 10,000% increase in sales since the singer’s untimely passing last Saturday.  In such, Billboard reports that the singer’s ‘Greatest Hits’ package lands on this week’s #6 spot.

However, fans should be mindful that such information is representative of only one day of official sales reports.  News has now surfaced the singer has moved a whopping 1 million units of singles and albums in less than a week.

Details inside:

According to industry insiders, the full effect of Houston’s posthumous sales will be realized next week as she reports now indicate she has moved over 1 million units (of singles and albums combined) since her death (and the week is not over yet).

MTV reports:

A number of other Houston albums also moved back up the charts, including her 1986 debut Whitney Houston, which jumped to #72,, the soundtrack to “The Bodyguard” (#80) and her final studio album, I Look to You (#118). The magazine reported that more Houston albums were purchased in the last week — over 101,000 — than had been sold in all of 2011 and 2012 to date.

In all, there were 887,000 downloads over the past week. The biggest gainer was, of course, her signature song, “I Will Always Love You,” which moved 195,000 units.


‘Saving All My Love For You’, ‘Greatest Love Of All’, ‘I Have Nothing’, and ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ are four other Whitney classics that saw considerable gains in sales since February 11th.  Full chart impact expected next week.

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  1. Bey Fan… February 15, 2012

    Such a beautiful woman and a great talent…..

    I must have purchased about 20 songs off Itunes my self…..

    RIP Whitney

  2. Theman February 15, 2012

    It’s sad the circumstances. But she it is bittersweet.

  3. Tru Voice February 15, 2012

    We love you girl. STILL a Legend.

  4. Shame February 15, 2012


  5. Yasmin February 15, 2012

    Same happened to Michael Jackson. He sold almost 40 million albums since his death; his estate and Sony Music has confirmed he has sold 1 Billion records which which is understandable from 750 million (DVD’s, digital sales, etc. spiked in sales). RIP Whitney, greatest voice in Pop music. Her place in musical Royalty will solidify beautifully. It IS bittersweet.

  6. Lax February 15, 2012

    Whitney i have been so sadden since you passed, it seems like
    you was my famous relative that i love so dearly. I AM BOTH SAD & MAD
    Because i wanted you to fight harder but i know that this too shall pass.
    I have been on the Grape Tripping and going JUST A LITTLE BIT CRAZY
    I Know that we all grive differently and i just went and renewed my Health
    club aka gym. membershif and it’s fablous and have got everything any one would want even a smoothly and sandwich shop you name it they have it and i am getting
    ready to get this ass and tight as Rihanna’s ass is.
    Whitney Rihanna was given a Beautiful Picture of you for one of her early birthday
    persents she will always remember what you said to her long ago and she love you so whitney always has and always will just like the world loved you.

  7. Boopi February 15, 2012

    I appreciate the fact that people are buying Whitney’s albums, but at the same time I just can’t understand what is it about people passing away that makes everyone want to go out and but their albums? Whitney has been in the music business for almost 30 years! Why now, that she is not with us anymore, makes people suddenly become interested in her music?

    It’s like passing away is the ultimate promotional tool. Forgive me for the snide remark, but I am just trying to make a point. I seen the same thing with Michael. Hardly anyone was buying Michael’s albums in the US after Dangerous, but when he died, his sales went through the roof! I always said that Invincible was one of his best albums (as far as the r&b songs in my opinion).

    I’m so glad that I was aware enough to buy the albums of people like Whitney and Michael while they were still here, and I was able to appreciate their talents. I miss the days when it was ok to like more than one artist at a time. Not like now when delusion obsessed fans cling to one artist and “stan”. Glad Im not one of those.

  8. MadBrax February 15, 2012

    @shame the reason she is worth more to her label dead than alive is because Whitney didn’t write nor produce any of her own music, she just sang their songs. in reality it’s how it works, they get all the royalties not her estate.
    the only way ol girl was able to get a comeback was to die. such a shame, especially for her daughter

  9. Lax February 15, 2012

    *smoothie & sandwich shop , the works…..

  10. Lax February 15, 2012

    @BOOPI,,,Cosigns you & as quiet as its kept Nancy Grace
    Says she is going to turn every rock over to see if any one helped Whitney to
    slide down in that tub. They should not have left her along, period, they saw what state of mind she was in in the first place. Man i keep saying that okay i am through listing to it and for some reason i keep wanting to hear everything they are saying about her even if they are repeating the same thing and it’s funny but i was the same way with Michael it just touches you. These artist become like a family member that you only see in the news in concert and things like that you some how become attached to them in a strange sort of way. Amy, alliyah all of them who has passed on man this is a time in out lives that is really eye opening for real you all.

  11. Lax February 15, 2012

    If the “Dream” made 15 Million off “Umbrella” i wonder how much is going to
    be made off that ” I Always Love You”.

  12. Onyx February 15, 2012

    A Truly Legend, a truly Diva, a truly Singer R.I.P. Whitney Houston.

  13. JOSE February 15, 2012

    BOOP I gt ur point but um “HIStory” was released in ’95 went to #1 in the US and several other countries including the UK and Canada and became the best selling multiple disc album by a solo artist , and Invincible went #1 in the US with 363,000 copies and went #1 in 10 other countries, selling 10 million worldwide eventually he didn’t need death for any of that to happen

  14. aishaaguilerakeys February 15, 2012

    I bought Whitney before and after she died. Her music brings back cherished memories.

  15. Me February 15, 2012

    Dolly Parton will be making major bucks!! I guess thats what happens when you get other people to write your music and not do it yourself!

    One Moment In Time is another classic also that is doing well 🙂

  16. nippyfan February 15, 2012

    i would take it all back just to have her back.

    Whitney’s estate will make money. She had a high royalty rate so she will probably get at least $2.50 per cd sold

    and even though she didn’t write most of her music, she will still get about $.10 per digital single.

    She co-wrote ‘queen of the night’ of the The Bodyguard so she will make royalties from that cd besides her cd rate

    she cowrote 3 songs of ‘I Look to You’ so she’ll get songwriter’s royalty for that as well.

    So don’t believe those stories that she won’t make money because she didn’t write. Most singers don’t write and they make money. She was a superstar so her royalty rate is high. Her estate will make money but still go out and support Sparkle.

    I heard she was awesome init.

  17. Man-TAK-eee February 15, 2012

    It’s too bad.. if she hits a million a week it will be the 2nd time in her career. She was the first artist EVER to sell 1 mil albums in one week – The BodyGuard. In fact, she did it in the 2nd week of release which is amazing!! The ones who did it in the itunes era did it in first week not 2nd. She did it back in early-mid 90’s which was a much harder sell than in the downloading era of today. Her mom and dad were smart business people and were whitney’s mgr’s back in the day. They set her up right on music contracts and s***. After her debut album, whitney also had exec. producer credit on all her remaining albums which garners more royalties than just a singer’s credit.

    Sad that she was off the wagon and inebriated from alcohol abuse during her last days. Both a new CNN video by Don Lemon and LA Times article sites credible sources that whitney lost her sobriety and was ordering drinks and drinking from the Hotel bar and at the Hotel pool. She was erratic, nuts, loudly complaining that the bartenders were diluting her drinks, smh. She was even drinking on saturday morning of pre-grammy party at same Hotel. No doubt alcohol and sedatives caused shock to her system and she died. What a way to go… sigh, waste of talent that could be…

  18. lola February 16, 2012

    I just find it disgusting that now all of a sudden, people want to buy her music. It’s disrespectful, in my eyes, for a whole bunch of people to become fans of a music artist and buy his/her old singles and albums just because he/she died! WTF is with that? Michael, Amy, now Whitney? That makes no damn sense! Everyone who wants to buy the albums and singles should already have them and if they didn’t, should have bought them again waaaay before she died!

  19. JohnVidal February 16, 2012

    Amazing Whitney houston! RIP a true diva and legend!!

    Hey how ya doing? I´ve been sooo sad for 3 days. A little better now. I know these people are not our family, but when you have their voices and work in your life everyday since you were a child, it´s like knowing them. It´s the first time I lose one of my few true idols

  20. Jerri Holt February 16, 2012

    One thing we all should know? Death is a debt we all have to pay, some early some later, but in “GODS” time. This world is temporary, and never lasting. I was shocked and still in shock!! But Only “GOD” Knew her pain.. Because she had nothing to prove to anyone, but herself. Love thou self first. Never worry about the holier than thou people. Death is a debt they also will pay like you and I will too.

    Having a good and from the heart policy is “ONE IN A MILLION YOU” Love you Ms.Whitney Houston. “GOD LOVED YOU BEST” BKlYN NY Jerri Holt

  21. Always love you, Whitney (RIP) February 16, 2012

    I was born in the early 90’s so I never purchased whitney’s music because she was before my time and which I was still focused on current music like britney spears and all that by the time I was 8 However my grandmother own a lot of whitney records and was a fan so I was obviously listening to whitney CD’s in my grandmother’s car. Her mariah carey and celine dion. I LOVED these divas. But THANK GOD for youtube. Discovered some songs that I hadn’t heard before she died and was obsessed with her vocal tone and vibrance. That woman can sing her heart out. Sad about her passing but the music is still in me!

  22. MrSoulshock44 February 16, 2012

    i already owned ALL her albums before she died, but i have decided to buy them again

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