Whitney Houston‘s legacy endures in ways few can boast.
The Pop icon – already one of the best-selling artists in the history of recorded music – has seen that positioning extended thanks to ongoing sales of some of her biggest hits.
Now, the diva’s estate can added a new Plaque to the singer’s already crowded collection of accolades.
“The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and Legacy Recordings announced Wednesday that Houston’s 1987 sophomore album, “Whitney,” has reached diamond status, which is equivalent to selling 10 million albums.
Her self-titled 1985 debut album and 1992′s “The Bodyguard” soundtrack were already diamond successes, selling 13 million and 18 million units, respectively.”
With the update, the ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’-led album – also famous for its Hot 100-topping singles ‘Didn’t We Almost Have It All,’ ‘So Emotional,’ and ‘Where Do Broken Hearts Go’ – has danced past the 20 million sold worldwide threshold.
Although Houston is the first African American to boast 3 Diamond albums to her credit, the ultra-rare feat is shared by a few other acts overall: Garth Brooks has 9 while the list of legendary acts with three or more Diamond albums to their credit includes The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Shania Twain and The Eagles.
For Houston fans, the win comes just a week before the songstress will finally be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.