On the Saturday, Feb 11, following the death of Whitney Houston, the pop stars album “Whitney: The Greatest Hits” re-enteres the Billboard 200 chart at No. 6. According to Nielsen SoundScan, the album sold 64,000 copies in the U.S. in the tracking week that ended on Feb. 12. This number is reflecting only one full day of sales after her passing.
Her “Greatest Hits” posted a 10,419% gain over its previous week’s sales, when it shifted just under 1,000.
Houston also returns to the list with her 1986 debut “Whitney Houston” (No. 72 with 8,000; up 3,901%), “The Bodyguard” soundtrack (No. 80 with 8,000; up 5,213%), her last studio album “I Look To You” (No. 118 with 5,000; up 3,901%), 1987’s “Whitney” (No. 122 with 5,000; up 2,274%) and “The Preacher’s Wife” soundtrack (No. 183 with 4,000; up 3,913%).
There were more Houston albums purchased in the last week (101,000 – up 5,994% from 2,000 the week previous) than had been sold in all of 2011 and 2012 combined until her death (97,000).
91,000 of the 101,000 albums sold last week were downloads. That hefty digital sum isn’t surprising, since there would be a relative few physical CD copies of Houston’s albums on the shelves at brick-and-mortar stores. This doesn’t come as to much of a surprise because not many stores carry the old albums.
In terms of digital tracks, Houston sold a combined 887,000 downloads this past week. She is up from only 15,000 the week previous (a gain of 5,730%). Her biggest seller was her 1992 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 single “I Will Always Love You,” with 195,000 (up 6,724%). It debuts on the seven-year old Digital Songs Chart at No. 3.
It’s expected that Houston’s catalog of albums and songs will see even bigger sales in the following week just like Michael Jackson did. Next week’s charts will reflect the sales week that will end on Sunday, Feb. 19.
What is it that when a person kicks the bucket all of a sudden they become important?
It’s true when they say you don’t realize how good something is until it’s gone.