France Album Sales: Whitney Houston

My Love Is Your Love (1998) Era

The most amazing thing on Whitney Houston career results in France is the way she often did well in spite of registering sub-par debuts. We can look at it both ways. From one side, she failed to conquer a real fan base in the country. From the other side, she managed to recapture from scratch a new public with each album.

My Love Is Your Love debuted at #14 and although it was #6 the following week, it was still disappointing for a proper studio album. Of course the debut looks great considering The Preacher’s Wife flop but this movie was so much overlooked in France that most people though My love Is Your Love was The Bodyguard follow up album. The lead single was the #5 hit duet When You Believe with Mariah Carey. Failing to conclude into a big debut, at least this success kept the album inside the Top 20 during the Christmas season, selling 145,000 units in 1998.

Heartbreak Hotel was a solid hit in March 1999 too, going to #7 and sending the album from #49 to #18 within’ a month. By July, the album was up to 38 consecutive weeks inside the Top 75, a notable result but still limited to only one week inside the Top 10.

The title track was then released as the third single. It goes on to show how much misleading chart peaks may be. The song peaked at #10, lower than the previous two singles. My Love Is Your Love was much more convincing still as it rocketed the album 62-47-42-29-28-15-7-3-4-3-2-2. This was definitely the era of divas as this set was blocked by Au Coeur Du Stade live album by Celine Dion. My Love Is Your Love longplay retained a Top 25 placing until January 2000. It closed 1999 as a 2xPlatinum album representing 600,000 units shifted. With 2000 sales, the album reached 670,000 copies.

Top 3 Most Streamed Tracks on Spotify
  1. My Love Is Your Love– 18,226,000
  2. When You Believe feat. Mariah Carey– 13,698,000
  3. It’s Not Right But It’s Okay – 7,116,000

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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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