29 Black Music Milestones: Whitney Houston Sells 1 Million in A Week
Released Nov. 1992, Whitney Houston's "The Bodyguard," the soundtrack from the movie of the same name, was the first album to sell over one million copies -- 1,061,000, to be exact -- in one week (since Nielsen Soundscan introduced a computerized sales monitoring system in 1991).
Later, Garth Brooks' "Double Live" broke Houston's record, selling 1,085,000 in the first week of its release Nov. 1998.
To date, only four women, including Houston, have notched million-plus weeks. Britney Spears sold 1.31 million copies of "Oops... I Did It Again" in 2000; Norah Jones' "Feels Like Home" moved 1,022,000 in 2004; and Taylor Swift recently sold an impressive 1,047,000 units of her album "Speak Now."
On Feb. 11 (Sat.), the legendary Houston died at 48. Houston's death came at the eve of the 54th Annual Grammy Awards, hours before Clive Davis'annual pre-Grammy party. Reports say that Houston was found submerged in her bathtub and paramedics found various prescription medication bottles when they arrived.