Whitney Houston Career CSPC Results
So, after checking all figures, how many overall album sales equivalent each Whitney Houston album achieved? Well, at this point we barely need to do the addition of all figures defined all over this article!
In the following table, all categories display figures that way, e.g. in equivalent album sales. For example, Whitney singles released in digital format sold the equivalent of 510,000 albums – 5,100,000 downloads with a 10 to 1 weighting.
I’m sure all eyes directly went to The Bodyguard Total CSPC cell. We write and read this kind of articles with excitement very precisely to discover those results. You must consider the total to be 52,573,000 overall, once factoring in other sales from singles which aren’t performed by Whitney Houston. Below is the Top 5 albums out of all previously posted articles:
1 1977 Fleetwood Mac – Rumours – 60,508,000
2 1971 Led Zeppelin – Led Zeppelin IV – 56,573,000
3 1978 Soundtrack – Grease – 51,899,000
4 1991 Nirvana – Nevermind – 51,570,000
5 1986 Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet – 49,377,000
Thus, The Bodyguard shots directly to #3 position on this ranking. This may be slightly disappointing considering it leads both physical studio album sales plus physical singles sales, but it generated nowhere near as many compilation sales as Rumours or Led Zeppelin IV. Still, 52,4 million equivalent albums sold by a single LP is absolutely extraordinary – to put things into perspective, that’s the same tally as Shakira complete discography.
Such a beast surely takes out a bit of light from Whitney Houston other albums, but they are incredible on their own still. At 28,8 million and 26,9 million, her first two records are true sales monsters too. My Love Is Your Love is also rather impressive with more than 15 million overall sales. Subsequent records came nowhere near to such totals, but that doesn’t diminish the feats she managed previously.
In total, Whitney Houston sold a huge 151,1 million equivalent albums. Of course, this is less than Madonna at 244,1 million or Celine Dion at 192,1 million, but one needs to consider Whitney Houston issued way less albums than them. In terms of discography size, it would be more fair to compare her with Britney Spears at 97 million or Rihanna at 65,3 million, which shows her outstanding success level.
Following pages list the most successful songs of the artist as well as the full listing of all CSPC results compiled so far to better gauge the place of Whitney Houston in the history of the music industry.
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Sources: IFPI, Spotify, Chartmasters.org.