France Album Sales: Whitney Houston

Just Whitney (2002) Era

After registering unbelievable sales from the mid-80s to 2000, several divas bombed big time in following years. Mariah Carey did so with Glitter in 2001, Madonna with American Life in 2003, same year as Celine Dion album One Heart. Whitney Houston was no exception as her blockbuster years ended in 2002 with the huge flop that was Just Whitney.

The lead single Whatchulookinat peaked at an awful #65 position and next three singles failed to chart. The album debuted at an incredibly low #25 spot and went down and down until falling off the Top 150 some 15 weeks later. As a trademark of its flop, the album went Gold representing more than 100,000 copies shipped within’ two weeks, despite selling a mere 55,000 units during its chart life, meaning results have been well under initial expectations.

In 2003 fall, Christmas effort One Wish, The Holiday Album was released. As those albums aren’t much popular in French culture and giving the current bad period for the artist, it unsurprisingly failed to chart.

Considering the artist personal issues, her label decided to release one more compilation in 2007, The Ultimate Collection. It peaked at #5 in the Compilation chart and sold 40,000 copies.

Top 3 Most Streamed Tracks on Spotify
  1. Try It On My Own – 754,000
  2. One Of Those Days – 531,000
  3. You Light Up My Life – 450,000

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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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