CSPC: Whitney Houston Popularity Analysis

Whitney Houston Career CSPC Results

Whitney 1963-2012

  • So, after checking all the figures, how much album sales equivalent has each overall Whitney Houston album achieved? Well, at this point we hardly need to add up all the figures defined in this article!

    In the following table, all categories display figures that way, e.g. in equivalent album sales. For example, Whitney singles released in digital format sold the equivalent of 765,000 albums – 5,100,000 downloads with a 10 to 1 weighting.

  • I’m sure all eyes directly went to The Bodyguard Total CSPC cell. We write and read these kind of articles with excitement precisely to discover those results. You must consider the total to be 53,350,000 overall, once factoring in other sales from singles which aren’t performed by Whitney Houston. Below is the Top 5 albums out of all previously posted articles:

1 1977 Soundtrack / Bee Gees – Saturday Night Fever – 66,705,000
2 1977 Fleetwood MacRumours – 60,508,000
3 1971 Led ZeppelinLed Zeppelin IV – 56,573,000
4 1978 SoundtrackGrease – 51,899,000
5 1991 NirvanaNevermind – 51,570,000

Thus, The Bodyguard shoots directly to the #4 position on this ranking. This may be slightly disappointing considering it leads physical studio album sales, but it generated nowhere near as many compilation sales as Saturday Night Fever, Rumours or Led Zeppelin IV. Still, 53,35 million equivalent albums sold by a single LP is absolutely extraordinary – to put things into perspective, that’s the same tally as Shakira’s complete discography.

Such a beast surely takes some light away from Whitney’s remaining albums, but they are incredible on their own nonetheless. At 28,4 million and 26,3 million respectively, her first two records are true sales monsters as well. My Love Is Your Love is also rather impressive with 14,6 million overall sales. Subsequent records came nowhere near to such totals, but that doesn’t diminish the feats she managed previously.

  • In total, Whitney Houston sold a huge 151,7 million equivalent albums. Of course, this is less than Madonna at 241,1 million, Celine Dion at 193,4 million and Mariah Carey at 167,15 million, but one needs to consider Whitney Houston issued much fewer albums than they did. In terms of discography size, it would be more fair to compare her with Britney Spears at 99,8 million or Rihanna at 75,8 million, which shows her outstanding success level.

    The following page lists her most successful songs. Do not forget to check our amazing cross-artists lists posted inside the CSPC: Data Collector which includes the full listing of all CSPC results compiled so far to better gauge her position in the history of the music industry.

    As usual, feel free to comment and / or ask a question!

    Sources: IFPI, Spotify, Chartmasters.org.

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can you give a break up of IWALY 33M EAS?

Ultimate Master

MJD, If Waiting To Exhale Soundtrack wasn’t included in Whitney’s Albums, can you still have study on it at least?

Kanye best

You mean to tell me she didn’t sell anything in africa. When she had 3 successful concerts in africa??


Where is it stated she sold nothing in Africa exactly? 😉

Kanye best

Well where are her sales for africa then?


They’re just now shown in the breakdown but they are taken into account. Africa + Middle Eastern sales should be around 1.6m


The ‘Whitney’ album has finally gone diamond! The first African American artist to ever have 3 diamond albums in the US

Stephon Jackson

This needs to be updated. I know for a fact she has sales in Africa!!

Love Whitney

Please update Whitney’s discography. We wait for so long


Her appeal in Europe surprises me. 40 million albums sold there is very impressive. Even during her most R&B era “My Love Is Your Love,” that album sold an impressive 4 million copies in Europe.

Her latest hit “Higher Love” did best in Europe and was a true hit for her. Europeans have stayed loyal to Whitney no matter what.

Stephon Jackson

This needs to be updated. I know for a fact she has sales in Africa.

john ling

Higher love sold more than 2 million in 2019.. it is still in UK chart on it’s 47th week. Her Ultimate album is in the top 40 again in UK after what 7- 8 yrs in the chart? it is gonna be 6x platinum in us soon, Whitney’s second album will be diamond in US soon, I read somewhere only less than 50k needed to be certified 10x platinum . and her first album is almost 14x olatinum if that happens, whitney will have 3 diamond albums. This is from world music 1994 award whitney was the biggest selling female… Read more »

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