Whitney Houston's Posthumous Sales Surge: By the Numbers
In the days immediately following her sudden death, the iconic singer returns to the charts, eclipsing her sales from the last 13 months combined.
As has been the trend with so many artists -- Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse, Johnny Cash, among them -- sales of Whitney Houston's music received a huge boost in the aftermath of her sudden death on Feb. 11.
But you might be surprised by just how much music the late singer has managed to move since in just a few days.
With just 24 hours passing between news of Houston's death and Nielsen SoundScan tabulating the weekly album charts, Whitney: The Greatest Hits still managed to surge into the Top 10 with 64,000 copies sold. That's a 10,419 percent gain from the previous week, which saw it move fewer than 1,000 copies.
The Bodyguard soundtrack and her self-titled debut also entered Billboard's top 100, contributing to a figure that actually eclipses the number of albums Houston sold in the last 14 months combined.
So how well is Whitney Houston's music doing now that she's gone? Here's a rundown of some of the most notable Whitney-related figures to pop up in four days since she died:
3: Hours it took following Houston's death for Greatest Hits to top iTunes albums chart
6: Position for Greatest Hits on this week's Billboard chart
12: Songs currently in the iTunes Top 100
26: Songs currently in the iTunes Top 200
1,700: Albums sold in the U.S. in the week ending on Sunday, Feb. 5
101,000: Albums in the U.S. in the week ending on Sunday, Feb. 12
97,000: Albums sold in the U.S. in 2011 and the first 6 weeks of 2012 combined
15,000: Downloads for Houston tracks in the week ending on Sunday, Feb. 5
887,000: Downloads for Houston tracks in the week ending on Sunday, Feb. 12
195,000: Downloads for Houston's "I Will Always Love You" the week of her death
2,137: Number of times Houston's "I Will Always Love You" played on U.S. radio the weekend of her death
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