As the 10th anniversary of her untimely death approaches, Whitney Houston is still making headlines for the ongoing celebration of her timeless catalog via digital sales and spins on streaming outlets.
Just last week, the late Pop icon made history when she became the first female act in history to be awarded 4 Diamond plaques from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) – one for a single (‘I Will Always Love You’) and three for albums (‘Whitney Houston,’ ‘The Bodyguard,’ and ‘Whitney’).
Now, the latter’s lead single – 1987’s ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)’ – may be well on its way to joining that exclusive list if its continued sales and streaming performance are to judge by.
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On Friday (January 21), the RIAA took to press to reveal ‘Dance’ had danced past its threshold for 6x Platinum status – meaning it’s sold the equivalence of 6 million units in the United States alone.
With the update, the tune not only follows the Diamond-certified ‘I Will Always Love You’ as her second single to pass the 5 million records sold benchmark, but it extends her reign as one of the most successful female acts of all time (with over 200 million records sold globally).
A fan favorite of Houston’s discography, ‘Dance’ – at the height of its popularity – became her record-setting fourth (of seven) consecutive #1 hit. At the 30th Annual Grammy Awards, the tune nabbed the diva a GRAMMY for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance.