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 results table, all categories display figures in equivalent album sales. If different, pure sales are listed between parentheses.

*Pure sales figures updated on 05/04/17.
'Av.' stands for Average, 'LD' for Last Day.

As a reminder:

  • Studio Album: sales of the original album
  • Other Releases: sales of compilations generated thanks to the album
  • Physical Singles: sales of physical singles from the album (ratio 3/10)
  • Download Singles: sales of digital singles from the album (ratio 1,5/10)
  • Streaming: equivalent album sales of all the album tracks (ratio 1/1500 for Audio stream and 1/6750 for Video stream)

See where the artist ranks among remaining singers

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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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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