RIAA: Whitney Houston Becomes First Black Artist To Have 3 Diamond Albums

Published: Wednesday 28th Oct 2020 by Rashad

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.

Details inside:


“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.

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  1. K October 28, 2020

    Congratulations Ms. Houston I just wish you was here to see it.

  2. #WAP October 28, 2020

    Queen! Every album of hers slays. Even the last album, I look to you. “Nothin but love” is one of my weekly bops. I miss nippy! But her legacy lives on!

  3. MessyBoots October 28, 2020

    She will never be forgotten by any generation. Whitney is up there w/ Elvis and The Beatles in terms of cultural impact. Even in death she is still one of the most relevant artists in music today. RIP Whitney 👸🏾🙏🏾

  4. eric October 28, 2020


  5. Pat October 28, 2020

    Congrats! Surprised mjs certs haven’t been long updated

    • Danny Bey October 28, 2020

      Cuz his estate is utter trash. But when he does, it’s over for these heaux.

      Mom (WH) and Dad (MJ) will forever be the two greatest artists of all time.

      • Misty Knight October 28, 2020

        What’s the difference between Michael Jackson and acne? Acne doesn’t come on your face until you’re 13.

        When Michael Jackson was about to tour when he died, so his management had to cancel his first two dates: Timmy, 7 and Billy, 9.

        Calling Whitney a “heaux” results in these jokes.

      • Danny Bey October 28, 2020

        No one was calling Whitney a heaux you dumb a$$. I stan Whitney fukking Houston ret@rd. Reread what I said. Idiot a$$ b****. Ask your mother about the brothers and sisters you lost bc your dead beat dad left em all
        On her face

  6. Fancy BISH October 28, 2020

    My dead Grandmother had two of Crackney Houston vinyls, she used to dance with her uncle who used to touch her up on the dance floor.

    • The One October 29, 2020

      Wow. Shame on you.

      • Fancy BISH October 29, 2020

        It’s a true story.

  7. wehate…bbll n whyy..the party October 28, 2020

    Whitney houston is the first black person to have 3 diamond albums

  8. wehate…bbll n whyy..the party October 28, 2020

    so it was not mariah cocainecarey its whitney the voice houston and yall kpy kissing the other b**** ass before whitney was killed and yall know beyonce isnt on there either like riaa said

    • Fancy BISH October 28, 2020

      Crackney was NOT killed you fool.

  9. Lover of music October 29, 2020

    Mariah is behind her with 2 diamond albums. Congrats Whitney. Wish she was here to see such such an accomplishment

  10. REPENT October 29, 2020

    This is a lie. MJ is black and has 3 album that suprassed diamond status

  11. J November 1, 2020

    They should release the album with “Moment of Truth” as an additional song.

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