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BIG SOAR IN WHITNEY HOUSTON RECORD SALES!


I Will Always Love YouWhitney Houston‘s biggest hit, sold 195,000 downloads in the week ending Sunday, up from 3,000 copies the week before, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Presumably, most were sold after the singer’s death Saturday afternoon, a sales window of one day.

  • Reports of Whitney Houston's death surfaced Saturday afternoon. By Sunday, fans had purchased 887,000 digital tracks by the pop superstar.2006 AP photo
Reports of Whitney Houston’s death surfaced Saturday afternoon. By Sunday, fans had purchased 887,000 digital tracks by the pop superstar.

Postmortem sales of the diva’s other songs and albums also surged. She sold a total of 101,000 albums, up nearly 6,000% from a week earlier. Of those, 91,000 were downloads. The top seller was Whitney: The Greatest Hits, an 18-track set released in 2000. It sold 64,000 copies, 107 times the 600 copies sold the week prior, to re-enter Billboard at No. 6.

Fans bought 887,000 digital tracks by Houston, compared to 15,000 the week before.

Consumers scooped up more Houston albums last week than in all the preceding weeks of 2012 and all of 2011 combined, Billboard reports. A higher tally is expected after sales from a full week (ending Feb. 19) are tabulated.

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