France Album Sales: Whitney Houston

Whitney (1987) Era

Back with her Whitney album in 1987, Whitney Houston confirmed her new status of global superstar with huge lead single I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me). The track was #1 in all major occidental markets – US, UK, Canada, Australia, Italy, Germany, Spain, Sweden, South Africa, Netherlands. All but France where the track failed to go higher than #15. It just go on to illustrate how tough to penetrate this market has always been. The album still responded rather well yet as it peaked at #6 one month after its #17 debut.

By the end of the summer the album went Gold, representing 100,000 units, before leaving charts in October. If both Didn’t We Almost Have It All and Where Do Broken Hearts Go topped US charts, they failed the Top 50 in France. The album wasn’t dead yet as the fourth US #1 single, So Emotional, took over in France in April 1988. Peaking at #21, it was enough to send Whitney back on Top 30 Album Chart for 18 weeks, with a top position that year of #14. Steady sales for so many months after the initial release led the album to 2xGold award, 200,000 units, in 1988 and Platinum, 300,000 units, after the end of the promotional campaign in late 1989.

In the meantime, 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics song One Moment In Time peaked at #8 in France, providing the artist her first Top 10 hit here, benefitting of its absence from Whitney Houston studio albums.

Top 3 Most Streamed Tracks on Spotify
  1. I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) – 60,709,000
  2. Where Do Broken Hearts Go – 6,468,000
  3. So Emotional – 4,395,000

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Hi MJD. The international sales for waiting to exhale and the preachers wife are shockingly low because her label, Arista supported those albums and she did promote in international markets plus they come straight after the monster success of the bodyguard. I think Tommy Mottola had bigger hits for his divas Celine and Mariah like “Because you loved me” and “One Sweet Day” and Clive just wasn’t getting it right. What do you think went wrong gor those soundtracks?

Jeremy McKay

You have to do a CSPC for Whitney!

Anthony Blanchard

Hello Jeremy
You are right! I think that it will be done in early 2017, 5 years after she passed away.


Her overall number is very solid, similar to Mariah Carey. Surprised to see “I’m your baby tonight” comfortably outselling her 80s studio albums.

John Will

Dear MJD, thank you for your post, I have learned a lot from your posts in UKMIX and Fan of Music , I can’t wait to see you post articles about”France Album Sales: Barbra Streisand” and “France Album Sales: Celine Dion”

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