Whitney's soaring numbers
As expected, sales spike to new levels
CD sales, up nearly 800%. Digital sales, up more than 17,000%. Overall combined, sales were up 6,000% since she died last weekend.
And that's despite Sony's immediate price increase on all of Houston's music, a move that Sony claimed was a "mistake" after fans were outraged at the sheer gall of such a cold-hearted gouge (for the record -- and you already know this -- Sony is lying through its corporate teeth).
Those are stunning numbers, especially considering the bulk of Houston's career and certainly its peak occurred before digital downloads became the new music standard. Of her 25 million albums sold, 20 million were pre-2000.
Here are some raw numbers, courtesy of Nielsen Soundscan:
Total Album sales (release to date):
Total Digital Track sales (release to date):
Total Physical Single sales (release to date):
Total Video Sales (release to date):
Week ending 2/12/2012 101,000
Week ending 2/5/2012 1,700
Week ending 2/12/2012 10,000
Week ending 2/5/2012 1,000
Week ending 2/12/2012 91,000
Week ending 2/5/2012 500
Week ending 2/12/2012 887,000
Week ending 2/5/2012 15,000
BIGGEST SELLING ALBUM: GREATEST HITS (#6)
Week ending 2/12/2012 64,000
Week ending 2/5/2012 600
BIGGEST SELLING DIGITAL SONG: I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU (#3)
Week ending 2/12/2012 195,000
Week ending 2/5/2012 3,000
MY LOVE IS YOUR LOVE
I'M YOUR BABY TONIGHT
I LOOK TO YOU
Mighty impressive numbers, no matter who you are. It's just another sign of our short-attention-span culture that it takes a death to remember a life.
Agree with Brianlnca.
Clive Davis is happy.
How many Albums is Striesand got?
Erica , Whitney wasn't singing ALL theses years just those popluar years.
I really feel she was gone before she even died.
booskitty9 you took the words right out of me mouth.
Whitney has been gone for awhile now.