- by Variance Staff
- February 14, 2012
"I Will Always Love You," Whitney 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).
"Always" appears for the first time ever on the digital songs chart at No. 6, according to Billboard, which also notes seven other Houston tunes that landed on the list.
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. 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.
Consumers bought 887,000 digital tracks by Houston, more 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.