Unsurprisingly, Whitney Houston has re-entered the Billboard chart in the US, following her sudden death on Saturday February 11, 2012, having racked up over a million sales. The same trends were seen when Michael Jackson and Amay Winehouse passed away unexpectedly. What is perhaps surprising, though, is the huge volume of sales that were made in just a single full day of trading (as reporting closed for the week on February 12).
Her Greatest Hits collection alone sold 64,000 in that day; around 63,000 more than it had done in the week before. Her debut album, Whitney Houston, originally released in 1984, entered the Billboard Top 200 albums list at number 72, having sold around 8,000 copies. The soundtrack to the Bodyguard, which contains her smash hit 'I Will Always Love You' sold around 8,000 copies and her 1987 album Whitney was at number 122 with 5,000 copies sold. According to the Billboard report, there were more Whitney Houston albums purchased in the last week than had been purchased in the whole of 2011 and the weeks of 2012 leading to her death, combined. The track that was most popular for download was 'I Will Always Love You' and over 887,000 downloads were made in total.
Whitney Houston died in her hotel room at the Beverley Hills Hilton on February 11, 2012. Tributes were paid to the singing star at the following night's Grammy awards. Jennifer Hudson sang a version of 'I Will Always Love You' and the awards host LL Cool J led the assembled crowd in a prayer at the start of the evening.