RIAA: Whitney Houston Makes History As ‘I Will Always Love You’ Certified Diamond Nearly 30 Years After Its Release

Published: Wednesday 12th Jan 2022 by Rashad

As one of the best-selling artists in the history of recorded music, Whitney Houston was no stranger to seeing her wall lined with plaques from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) in her lifetime.

The first Black artist to have 3 Diamond albums to her credit (as we reported here), Houston’s timeless catalog is filled with gargantuan hits – many of which are still collecting accolades nearly 10 years after her untimely death.

Case in point?  ‘I Will Always Love You,’ Houston’s 1992 remake of the classic 1970’s Dolly Parton hit.

On January 12, one-month shy of the 10th anniversary of Whitney’s passing, the RIAA took to press to announce the enduring ‘Bodyguard’ number – which already stood in record books as the best-selling single by a female artist – had met is qualifications for Diamond status. This means it’s sold the equivalence of 10 million copies in the United States alone.

With the feat comes three historic achievements.

  • The year of its 30th anniversary, ‘I Will Always Love You’ becomes the oldest Diamond-certified song by a solo act.  The only song older to have been certified as high is Queen’s 1975 classic, ‘Bohemian Rhapsody.’
  • The tune is the first female song from a soundtrack to be certified as high.  Pharrell Williams‘Happy’ (‘Despicable Me 2’), Wiz Khalifa‘s ‘See You Again’ (‘Fast & Furious 7’), and Post Malone‘s ‘Sunflower’ (‘Spider-man: Into the Spiderverse’) are the only other Diamond-certified soundtrack singles.
  • Houston becomes the fifth Black female act to own a Diamond single (following Rihanna, Cardi B, Nicki Minaj, and Mariah Carey).

Overall, Whitney’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ is only the 70th song in history to be awarded Diamond status.

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  1. Uggh January 12, 2022

    Lol what took her so long? It’s almost 30 years to achieve a diamond certification. Havana took only 3 years.

    • King z January 12, 2022

      Stay off drugs! Camila couldn’t even decipherably read the lyrics to I will always love you, speak less actually sing them

      Don’t ever compare them!

      • Peter January 13, 2022

        You deserve it!! Such a pity you are not with us to celebrate😢

    • gatoraide January 12, 2022

      are you actually seriously comparing whitney HOUSTON to that a** looking t*****????? girl i gagged!

  2. Lmfao_Hoe January 12, 2022

    Wait hold up are they counting streams or physical units? Because this timeless gem definitely should’ve been diamond least decade ago, but nevertheless the album itself did the talking and achieve its feat.

  3. Shayla Queen™ 👑 January 12, 2022

    Took TEN TIMES longer than Camila! What a FLOP, hunnie!

    • CaPickles CaMayo January 12, 2022

      Ok Hellen Keller. Only a deaf, blind, and mute dimwit would ever call the Whitney E. Houston a flop.

      • gatoraide January 12, 2022

        right. and in favor of that weird looking troll girl who made like one song that you can barely understand?? boo boo……..no

      • Adelefan January 12, 2022

        Whitney got a diamond single b4 Madonna, Michael, Prince n Elvis so if she’s a flop what u say about the other legends. Back in the days people bought ALBUMS not singles. Nowadays people but single and not Albums.

    • Arvanda January 12, 2022

      She’s a one hit wonder. No comparison your crazy.

  4. Theelusive1 January 12, 2022

    We all know Mariah Carey’s one sweet day and we belong together have sold MORE. And have more weeks at number 1;

    • gatoraide January 12, 2022

      ummm huh?? (and i’m a lamb…)

  5. Arvanda January 12, 2022

    Regardless if it happened 30yrs later CONGRATULATIONS WHITNEY! The album sold double of diamond status and now for the single to reach diamond status is HUGE ! No other female artist have three diamond albums and a diamond single. Go play in traffic with your negative comments

  6. Gregg January 12, 2022

    Ok I see that people are stupid! IWALY is the biggest selling song by a female artist of all time. Diamond status only counts sales in the UnIted States and has to be at or exceed 10 mil so Camilla or that Mariah girl hasn’t beaten Whitney

  7. marilyn monh-O-E ® 👠(#1 DIVA) January 12, 2022

    Camila is the first Latin female to achieve diamond certification💅🏾 Crackney will never even she bleached her ashy skin

    • Monica Stan January 12, 2022

      It’s confirmed you a dumb stupid brain dead ass trannie. All those STDs got you delirious trick💀💀💀

      • marilyn monh-O-E ® 👠(#1 DIVA) January 12, 2022

        You mad coz Monica never had a diamond single nor album. Oops! Truth hurts 💅🏾 Keep dreaming sweetie. One more sleep until Diva whip your ugly t w a r t a s s 🖕🏿🖕🏿🖕🏿

  8. Adelefan January 12, 2022

    The bodyguard soundtrack sold 20m copies that’s double diamond in the USA. So for her to get a diamond single after 20M people Already bought the album is a huge accomplishment

  9. Andrew January 12, 2022

    Whitney always finds a way to stay on top. More importantly, it’s her spirit that’s the gift that keeps on giving.

  10. True Tea January 13, 2022

    Diamond albums, a single & the STANDARD Vocalist in POP Music.

  11. Peter January 13, 2022

    You deserve it!! Such a pity you are not with us to celebrate😢

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