France Album Sales: Whitney Houston

I Look To You (2009) Era

Some seven years after her last album and more than a decade since her last hit, Whitney Houston came back in 2009 once she managed to exclude some personal problems from her life.

Although it ultimately lacked legs, the set debuted strong at #3, astonishingly enough the highest debut of her career. With no supporting single, the album went down fast, dropping out after selling 55,000 copies.

In February 11, 2012 the tragic passing of 48 years old diva was all over the news. Five albums reentered charts, The Greatest Hits (#5 and #27), The Bodyguard (#22), The Ultimate Collection (#52), The Essential (#56) and Love, Whitney (#184). Interestingly, apart from The Bodyguard, none of her studio albums reappeared inside the ranking. 2007 release The Ultimate Collection ended up as the flagship of her catalog as it added at least six weeks charted per week since 2012.

Top 3 Most Streamed Tracks on Spotify
  1. I Look To You – 7,081,000
  2. Million Dollar Bill – 6,342,000
  3. I Didn’t Know My Own Strenght – 2,927,000

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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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