RIAA: ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ Becomes Whitney Houston’s Second Highest-Certified Single Ever

Published: Friday 21st Jan 2022 by Rashad

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.

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  1. 1988 January 22, 2022

    Congratulations Queen!!! 💕 👑

  2. True Tea January 22, 2022

    🎤 I wanna sleep with everybody. 🎤

    – Shayla

    • Monica Stan January 22, 2022

      Drag it!

    • marilyn monh-O-E ® 👠(#1 DIVA) January 22, 2022

      True tea: forget your W e e d coffee? I wanna sip with some crackheads💅🏾

      • True Tea January 22, 2022

        Sorry hun, we’re in a pandemic & STD’s is still a thing.

  3. Zion January 22, 2022

    My love is your love single is certified platinum only, the album is 4x platinum.

    • True Tea January 22, 2022

      Well the article said single NOT album.

  4. marilyn monh-O-E ® 👠(#1 DIVA) January 22, 2022

    Timeless bop💅🏾 It’s sad they don’t make this kind of songs anymore today

  5. Fancy BISH (Back To The Future 🤣) 👊🏽💎💋 January 22, 2022

    She could have bought so much crack if she was still alive, oh well!

  6. Rolf January 22, 2022

    until now….that song is definitely leaved a mark in the music history…young and old were always singing that tune in karaoke…me personally…I Wanna Dance with Somebody is one of her best songs ever…she’s # 1 of the best and the greatest singers of all time

  7. Wedson Nyirenda January 23, 2022

    Greatest of all times. When this single was realised I bought one for my fiance who became my wife. Ooh dear she used to play this song everyday being the fan of Whitney. And I loved and still love Whitney. Great Icon we lost. Always ask myself what if she is still alive what could we be listening to now.

    • Phyllis Williams January 23, 2022

      I will always love Whitney Houston. She taught us how to love through her music. She lived as long as she was supposed to. I still love her….I will listen to her heart forever.

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