France Album Sales: Whitney Houston

The Greatest Hits (2000) Era

Increasing her profile with each of her first four albums from a French point a view, Whitney Houston was incredibly popular and appreciated by 2000 especially after My Love Is Your Love immaculate era. Thus, her 2000 The Greatest Hits compilation did wonders.

In May, she set debuted at #1 and stayed there for three weeks in the Compilation chart. For 16 weeks it remained Top 10. The #16 long running hit Could I Have This Kiss Forever, a duet with Enrique Iglesias, took off several months later just in time for Christmas. At that point, the compilation re-entered and went #10.

In 2000 Compilation Year End Chart, the album ended at an impressive #2 position, only topped by The Beatles massive 1 album. By the end of 2001, The Greatest Hits was close to 500,000 units. In November of that year, Love, Whitney, a second compilation specifically dedicated to love songs was issued. It went to #8 in February due to the low market overall and had a very short chart life, selling only 40,000 units.

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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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