With controversy still swirling around the details of her death, the demand for Whitney Houston's music has gone through the roof. Nostalgic fans and new listeners alike have propelled the late vocal legend to the top 10 of the Billboard Top 200 once more.
In the days since her death last Saturday, the compilation album Whitney: The Greatest Hits has sold 64,000 copies according to Nielsen Soundscan, enough to land it at the number six position. The boost marked an increase of 10,419 percent of its previous week sales.
Other Houston albums, including her self-titled 1986 debut, Whitney Houston, 1992’s The Bodyguard Soundtrack and 2009's I Look to You also saw an uptick in sales. All told, the late pop/R&B singer sold 101,000 albums this week — more than she sold in all of 2011.
Also climbing the charts are Houston's singles. "I Will Always Love You," her biggest hit released in 1992, lands at number three on the digital songs chart. "I Wanna Dance With Somebody," "The Greatest Love of All" and "How Will I Know" all also landed in the top 50.
Billboard expects Houston's record sales to be even bigger next week, after a full week of reporting. The late singer, 48, was found dead in the bathtub of her hotel on February 11. Investigators discovered alcohol and prescription drugs in the room.
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