Whitney Houston just rose as the first black artist in history with three diamond discs in his commercial baggage, after his album Whitney (1987) has exceeded the 10 million copies that the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) requires for that accreditation.
The one that was the second album of the American diva, that It is already ten times platinum in the US., joins the other works with the highest category: his debut with Whitney Houston (1985), which is 13 times platinum, and the movie soundtrack The bodyguard (1992), which is the most successful BSO with 18 million albums sold in your country (45 worldwide).
No other male, female, soloist or group artist had ever reached that number of diamond discs, news that coincides in time with another barrier crossed by Houston (Newark, 1963), whose version of I Will Always Love You he has also exceeded one billion views and Youtube.
Whitney, of which 20 million copies have been sold worldwide, included four songs that reached the top of the American list: I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me), Didn’t We Almost Have It All, So Emotional Y Where Do Broken Hearts Go, making your interpreter the first female singer to achieve four consecutive number 1s there.
What’s more, when the album was released, also debuted in the first position of the classification, something that no other studio album by a female artist had achieved until then, and ultimately ended up with the Grammy for “best pop vocal performance” for I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me).
Houston, who died in 2012 after accidentally drowning in her hotel bathtub after taking a combination of drugs and cocaine, was chosen earlier this year by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to become part of its pantheon of artists. It is expected that his entry into it will materialize with a special program that will be broadcast on November 7.