CSPC: Whitney Houston Popularity Analysis
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!
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!
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)
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.