CSPC: Whitney Houston Popularity Analysis

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UPDATE: Please note all figures have been updated as of May 4, 2017.

On February 11, 2012, big news saddened millions of people – the death of legendary diva Whitney Houston. The woman that used to be recognized for her pure voice and image faced bad timesuntil her ultimate passing.

Memories of her stand-out performances and songs were still very much alive in the minds of many, yet her catalog still received, quite naturally, a sizable boost after her untimely passing.

How much is her catalog worth though? Everybody remembers the iconic The Bodyguard. Everything is iconic about it – the movie, the album, the single, and, of course, its main actress and singer, Whitney Houston. Such a juggernaut would shadow the remaining albums of most acts. So how do other studio albums from her stand in comparison?

Starting way back in 1985 with an eponymous album, she then returned with Whitney in 1987 and kept recording until her last effort, the 2009 release I Look To You. If her career had ups, it definitely had downs too. Thanks to the Commensurate Sales to Popularity Concept, we will be able to perfectly visualize this evolution and compare her albums with those of her peers like Madonna or Celine Dion.

The concept will not only bring you sales information for all of Whitney Houston’s albums, physical and download singles, as well as audio and video streaming, but it will also determine her true popularity. If you are not yet familiar with the CSPC method, the next page explains it with a short video. I fully recommend watching the video before getting into the sales figures. Of course, if you are a regular visitor feel free skip the video and get into the figures. Let’s go!

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Ultimate Master

MJD, would please update Whitney Houston’s Catalog especially she has a recently a hit single, etc😊😎

Andrew Dee

The real Queen of pop, she out sold all her peers if she had any per album, she has the biggest selling album by a female and song from the same album! She was a mega star in music and movies which none of her peers can claim. She was truly our Supreme, a supernova!

Michael

Uhm no. The real queen of pop is Madonna. She outsold her by almost 100 million equivalent album sales, you cant say Whitney is the queen of pop when shes trailing Madonna by almost 100 million EAS. This is not to mention the cultural impact she left. Most of the pop music we have these days are influenced by her musical styles, especially during the late 90s when she started the EDM trend. So no Whitney ials not the queen of pop.

Ultimate Master

Yes, she rather called as Queen Of Pop, but Madonna is also a “Lip-syncer”, when it comes to vocal perfection and control ,Whitney is The Best Female Singer, when you ask someone who is vocally singer , they definitely say that Whitney influence them definitely!, even Madonna cant match her best selling and most successful female album and single of all time. And the legacy that will never be forgotten, Of THE VOICE, Whitney Houston

Michael

You are on the wrong website ULTIMATE MASTER. It is all about sales here and got nothing to do with talent. Plus Madonna does not lip-,synch 90% of the time. Look at all of hrr live performamces. Many times she was out of breath during performances bcoz she was dancing and singing. As far as having the biggest album ever by a female. Who cares. At the end its the total that matters, not just one truly big era. If we want to make that as a case then I guess Alannis Morissrette or Shania Twain are bigger than Madonna… Read more »

ABJ

Whitney is definitely in Madonna’s league stats wise. You dont get seven consecutive number ones and win AOTY and not be.

Michael

Im not saying Whitney at her peak wasnt in Madonna’s league. She was and she definitely was way bigger during tje bodyguard era. But Madonna never stopped working, Whitney did. As a result shes trailing almost 100 million behind Madonna. You cant say someone who is trailing another person by 100 million as in the same league. Madonna was just one level above any other female singers. Thats the truth.

Dennis

Whitney’s 7 consecutive #1s were bought and paid for by Arista Records, the were not organic. The Billboard charts at the time leaning more on airplay than sales (that continued into the 90s). Madonna had 17 top 10 singles, 16 top 5 singles and 7 #1 singles, 4 of those singles were gold (million sellers) in the 80’s. Whitney had 7 #1s, 9 top 5 singles. 10 top 10 singles (one gold single) in the 80s. Madonna was the #2 artist of the American Top 40 in the 1980s, she was also the #2 artist worldwide on the charts in… Read more »

the wonder

i’m sorry, but the fact you think whitney wasn’t as sucssuful as madonna in the 80’s dosen’t mean she didn’t desarve no 1#s she earened in the 80’s. as chartmaster said, she was actually a great physical saller, and has sold almost 50 million physical singels. some of her singles actually suvived the test of time good: i wanna dance with sombody is doing good on youtube and is huge on spotify, i will i know also does well there and there are more examples(some of the song are indeed forgotten, but trust me, almost every artists has some including… Read more »

JohnWill

Both fan of Barbra and follow her footsteps

Dennis

Andrew Dee…Whitney a megastar in movies ? Read wikipedia much ? She was in one hit movie, with Kevin Costner who was arguably the biggest movie star on the planet at the time. It was his movie, she can take responsibility for the soundtrack. But there is no discounting Kevin at the time, he was a box office draw. It wasn’t a very good movie, although it made money, it earned a record amount of Razzie nominations. Her 2 subsequent movies The Preachers Wife bombed; Waiting to Exhale was a moderate success at best, and featured award winning actresses Angela… Read more »

César

madonna vs. queen but remastered

ULTIMATE MASTER

MJD can you please make a Global Heatmap of Whitney Houston and also Celine Dion. ☺

djdj

Hi,MJD
Based on ABPD, The Bodyguard never certified 3xPlatinum in Brazil. It was even never certified anything there. How do you estimate 825k copies there then?

ULTIMATE MASTER

Did Whitney even sold albums in Africa especially in South Africa? Cause she had a special tour there for Nelson Mandela, so that is possible, but stating nothing to her figure s in Africa is impossible! What is her status in Africa?

ULTIMATE MASTER

MJD, as you stated at WHITNEY HOUSTON TOTAL CSPC, digital downloads are now 10 to 1.5 weighting that resulte into 510,000, then why is it in WHITNEY’S DIGITAL CELL is not adjusted, it is still 10 to 1 weighting that resulted (for example WHITNEY ALBUM) into 510,000 instead of 765,000. Whitney’s is NOT UPDATED and has SOME ERRORS especially in her TOTAL CSPC PAGE in page 34. Hope you get it!

dhhd

https://m.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_odkw=the+bodyguard+taiwan&_from=R40&_trksid=m4084.l1313&_nkw=whitney+the+bodyguard+taiwan
According to the official Taiwanese edition of The Bodyguard, it said that it sold 600k copies in Taiwan on the cover.

dhhd

Hi MJD
https://www.whitneyhouston.com/news/whitneydiamond-update-on-diamond-certification-for-whitney-album/
Whitney was on 10 million-143k≈9.85 million SPS sales in US by December 2018 according to her official website. It seems that you overestimated it sales in US since it is impossible that it only sold 50k copies on TEA and SEA.

dhhd

I thought the label could get the shipment figures and then requested RIAA?

ULTIMATE MASTER

Hey there MJD, I didn’t mean about the calculation I mean about the difference of the WHITNEY’S DIGITAL SALES EQUIVALENT ALBUMS PAGES from Whitney’s TOTAL CSPC GRAPH ABOVE ABOUT THE DIGITAL SALES!!!? AS YOU SEE : (I’ve copy paste your data updated!!) ALBUMS: 1.) WHITNEY HOUSTON (DEBUT) ALBUM – it stated that HER TOTAL CSPC IN DIGITAL COLUMN is 590,000 equivalent albums – while in her DIGITAL SALES PART 1 IN PAGE 18 OF YOUR ARTICLE ABOUT WHITNEY HOUSTON it stated that it is 885,000 equivalent albums 2.) WHITNEY ALBUM – it stated that HER TOTAL CSPC IN DIGITAL COLUMN… Read more »

ULTIMATE MASTER

MJD, why ist that your CSPC Results does not match with the TOTAL ALBUM SALES IN DIGITAL SINGLES PAGES,PLEASE CLARIFY IT !!! I AM EXPECTING ACCURATE RESULTS IN WHITNEY HOUSTON DISCOGRAPHY!!! NOT SOME IN YOUR SITE
– PLEASE REPLY ME MJD !!! AT MY GMAIL ACCOUNT SO THAT WE CAN TALK SOMETHING THAT IS REALLY NECESSARY!!!

Michael

You should understand the CSPC method first

pat200

please do not type in caps lock, without reading what cspc is about because it makes you look like a crazy lunatic

ULTIMATE MASTER

DO NOT ASSUME AND DO NOT BE STUPID!!!!! because you are not what I AM ASKING, do not share being DESPERATE THERE, YOU ARE THE ONE WHO IS HAVING APROBLEM THERE!!! MAYBE I AM BURSTING IN MY WORDS ,BUT YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO JUDGE ME |( YOU ARE NOT MJD !!! WHO IS WHAT I AM ASKING FOR, SO DO NOT PRETEND ,YOU ARE JUST A NEWCOMER IN HERE , SO TEAT ME LIKE YOUR EQUAL BECAUSE YOU ARE NOT THE ONE WHO CREATED THIS SITE ,:<

Michael

First of all. Its ok to have a broken english here and there, but your English is just all over the place. Secondly, this is a public debate website. We can comment ur comment as much as we want.

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