Whitney Houston Poised to Re-Enter Billboard 200's Top 10

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Jan 16 2010: Whitney Houston accepts an award at the 3rd annual BET Honors at the Warner Theatre in Washington, DC.

Whitney Houston's "Whitney: The Greatest Hits" album could re-enter the Billboard 200 chart's top 10 this week, based on early sales projections.

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Though Nielsen SoundScan's sales tracking week ends at the close of business tonight (Feb. 12), sources suggest that the album could sell over 50,000 copies in the day-and-a-half after her passing on Feb. 11. That sum would enable the set to re-enter the top 20 of the chart easily -- if not the top 10.

The top 10 of the new Billboard 200 album chart will be revealed on Wed. Feb. 15, where it is expected that either Adele's "21" or Van Halen's new "A Different Kind of Truth" will top the list. Further updates on Houston's sales will come in the next few days.

Mourning Houston fans turned to digital retailers over the weekend, seeking out their favorite tracks and albums from the diva. Currently, her iconic No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 single "I Will Always Love You" is at No. 1 in the U.S. iTunes Store. On the Store's top albums list, which updates through the day as sales patterns change, Houston's "Whitney: The Greatest Hits" is No. 1, followed by "The Bodyguard" soundtrack at No. 6 and her self-titled "Whitney Houston" album at No. 8.

Many of Houston's songs are poised to re-enter and/or debut on Billboard's Digital Songs chart this week, likely led by "I Will Always Love You." As of this writing, there are 41 Houston songs among the top 200 overall sellers in the iTunes Store. 11 of those are currently in the top 40.