Whitney Houston’s Big Return to the Pop Charts

After her tragic death this past weekend, Whitney Houston fans celebrate their favorite singer as the legend returns with a vengeance to the Billboard charts. With only a day and a half of sales and airplay since her death in the week’s tabulations, Houston amassed huge sales for all of her albums led by her Whitney- The Greatest Hits Collection which returns to the Billboard 200 at # 6. That record sold over 64,000 copies, a gain of over 10,000%. In total, she returned 6 albums to that chart. And next week, after a full week of sales, it’s likely all of them will double their sales or more and Houston should contend for the top spot alongside the big Grammy winner Adele. Take a look at Whitney’s recharging albums…

Whitney Houston albums returning to the Billboard 200:
6. Whitney- The Greatest Hits (from 2000, it sold over 64,000 copies ~ over a 10,000% gain)
75. Whitney Houston (1985)
80. The Bodyguard (1992)
118. I Look to You (2010)
122. Whitney (1987)
183. The Preacher’s Wife (1996)

Over on the Digital Singles Sales chart, the numbers were even bigger with 8 of her biggest hits landing in the Top 75. Leading the way was her iconic smash “I Will Always Love You” at # 3 with over 195,000 units sold. In total, her digital sales amassed over 887,000 downloads. That’s simply incredible, but for an artist who holds so many records, it’s to be expected. Watch for more singles to return to that chart next week as well. Here are her top-selling singles for the period.

Whitney Houston Songs returning to the Digital Singles Sales Chart~
3. “I Will Always Love you” (1992 with 195,000 copies sold up 6274%)
25. “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” (1987)
32. “The Greatest Love of All” (1986)
46. “How Will I Know” (1986)
53. “I Have Nothing” (1993)
65. “Saving All My Love For You” (1985)
74. “One Moment in Time” (1988)
75. “The Star Spangled Banner” (1991)

Even bigger news comes on the Hot 100 Singles Chart which combines all radio format airplay and all singles sales as Houston has 3 of her biggest # 1 hits returning to the Top 50. (In order for a song that has been long dormant from this chart to reappear, its renewed sales and airplay must be massively significant and enough to push it in to the overall top 50. The three songs below did just that and more will likely join them next week). Of course, “I Will Always Love You” leads the way returning to the top ten at # 7. Here are her returning Hot 100 hits, and for more on all of Whitney’s latest chart accomplishments, head to Billboard here.

Whitney Houston’s Returning Hot 100 Hits~
7. “I Will Always Love You” (formerly spent 14 weeks at # 1 between 1992/93)
35. “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” (formerly spent 2 weeks at # 1 in 1987)
41. “The Greatest Love of All” (formerly spent 3 weeks at # 1 in 1986)

And here’s a special treat for all you Whitney fans mourning her loss and loving her music. Take a listen to this glorious acapella version of “How Will I Know” which coincidentally hit # 1 in 1986 on this day.

Whitney Houston “How Will I Know” (acapella)


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