With the release of her album Whitney in 1987, Whitney Houston made music history. She became the first female artist in music history to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart. Additionally, she became the first artist to enter the Billboard album chart at number one in both the United States and England.
The album’s first single, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me),” was a huge worldwide hit, going to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. In fact, Houston became the first female artist to generate four number-one singles from one album. Whitney sold a total of 20 million copies worldwide.