CSPC: Whitney Houston Popularity Analysis

Full Length related records Sales – Summary

Here is the most underestimated indicator of an album’s success – the amount of compilation sales of all kinds it generated. Due to the dependency of the original studio album sales on those releases, they are a key piece of the jigsaw.

The massive strength of The Bodyguard is confirmed as on top of its incredible sales on all formats – pure album sales, physical singles, download singles, streaming – it also generated sales of 6,7 million compilation albums and videos. Whitney’s first two albums are rather strong as well.

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Hey, MDJ. Do you think is possible to update Whitney’s numbers after the release of “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” (the movie)?


HI MDJ, can you tell us how many physical singles has whitney houston sold in USA?


What about Waiting To Exhale?


Mariah was never a huge touring act, even at her commercial peak, she only did like 13 shows total. Whitney Houston was a touring machine, doing over 400 shows between 1985 – 1999, but she toured before ticket prices spiked thru the roof, during the 00’s and 10’s. She didn’t overcharge people to come see her during her peak in the Bodyguard years too. Madonna’s touring numbers were good in the 80’s & 90’s, but she didn’t start bringing in huge numbers until the 2000’s, when artists started charging hundreds – thousands of dollars for 2 hour shows. Celine benefited… Read more »


What’s interesting is that even in the 80s and 90s Madonna far outgrossed both Whitney and Tina if you compare how many concerts they did.

Tina for example did hundreds of shows on her tours, but Madonnas tours were far more successful if you compare how much they grossed with the number of shows they did.

Tina Turner Break Every Rule tour made 60 million out of 218 shows.

Madonnas Who’s That Girl made 25 million out of 38 shows.


Well, yes. Because Madonna overcharged people back then. She always did.


Or maybe other females couldn’t afford to charge as high prices as Madonna?

That shows a lot about Madonnas star power if anything.


Yes, Barbra Streisand charges even more than her. But its still greedy imo. Adele is starting to do it now. Horrible.


Ridiculous. She can charge higher ticket prices because there is demands for her. Whiteney & Tina couldn’t charge as high because if they did, tickets wouldn’t sold out.


Actually it’s not about the demand though, prices of tickets depends on Artist want to charge their fans, because even Tina Turner who break the most attended female concert of all time, Madonna still charges higher than her ever since before, this also applies with the likes of other artists like Celine who’s also had a concert in the Philippines which had lasted two days sold out, far less expensive than Madonna’s one day concert.


Actually Whitney’s bodyguard tour was charging over 100 per ticket in 1993 at her arena dates Madonna was not charging that much. But Whitney was a giver she never took more then she needed unlike Madonna and the rest of the girls. This is why she don’t have many writing credits. She could have stolen some like the other girls but she was really a giver and not a TAKER!


Yeah but Whitney out sold her Whitney’s first 2 albums were at 32 million in sales in 1990. She was then called the Queen of pop and retained that title until she passed! Then Madonna started to claim it. Let’s not forget Madonna said Whitney gave her nightmares about the billboard charts! Whitney was a supernova this chart system can’t rally grasp how big she was that’s why she has a HUGE movie career that Madonna never could do!

Ultimate Master

Can you please correct in Page 34 at the article, the seventh album doesn’t have question mark(?) in it’s name, which looks like (Just Whitney?) instead of the correct one (Just Whitney)

Ultimate Master

To those creators of this site, especially MJD, we need an update for Whitney’s article since it’s already longer than we expected.


Hello MJD , what are your estimations of Whitney’s albums sales in Argentina , Mexico and Brasil besides The Bodyguard? for the markets that are N/A i read that you use some formula were there’s no certification/known sales.

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