NEW YORK (AP) – The late Whitney Houston has earned her third diamond-certified album, making it the first black artist to achieve this feat.
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and Legacy Recordings announced Wednesday that Houston’s second 1987 album, “ Whitney, ” has reached diamond status, which equates to sales of 10 million albums. Her self-titled debut album from 1985 and “The Bodyguard” from 1992 “soundtrack were already diamond hits, with 13 million and 18 million copies sold respectively.
‘Whitney’ featured four songs that topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart: the Grammy-winning ‘I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)’, ‘Didn’t We Almost Have It All’, ‘So Emotional’ and ‘ Where Do Broken Hearts Go. The single “Love Will Save the Day” peaked at number 9 on the chart.
Garth Brooks holds the record for the most diamond-certified albums, with nine. Others with three or more albums that have achieved diamond status include The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Shania Twain, and the Eagles.
The RIAA awards diamond records to albums and singles that reach 10 times platinum status. That was once the equivalent of selling 10 million songs or albums, but has changed since 2016, when the RIAA began recording streaming from YouTube, Spotify and other digital music services.
Wednesday’s announcement comes a week before Houston, who died in 2012, will be inducted posthumously into the 2020 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The ceremony will air on HBO Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. ET.