Wednesday 20 September 2017

Whitney Houston set to storm back into the charts with up to seven singles after her death

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Whitney Houston's mother Cissy arrives in New Jersey ahead of the star's funeral
The car carrying Whitney Houston's body arrives at Whigham Funeral Home ahead of her funeral in Newark, New Jersey
A vehicle believed to be carrying the body of pop singer Whitney Houston arrives at the Whigham funeral home in Newark, New Jersey. Photo: Reuters
Kim Peace chants as she holds a candle outside a funeral home where the hearse carrying the body of singer Whitney Houston arrived in Newark, New Jersey February 13, 2012. Houston's body arrived in her home state of New Jersey on Monday night, ahead of a funeral expected later this week for the pop superstar whose blockbuster career was often overshadowed by drug and alcohol abuse. REUTERS/Lee Celano (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT OBITUARY)
Guards unfurl a tent where the hearse carrying the body of singer Whitney Houston was brought to at a funeral home in Newark, New Jersey February 13, 2012. Houston's body arrived in her home state of New Jersey on Monday night, ahead of a funeral expected later this week for the pop superstar whose blockbuster career was often overshadowed by drug and alcohol abuse. REUTERS/Lee Celano (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT OBITUARY)

WHITNEY Houston looks set to storm back into the top 10 following her death.

Early sales figures show the late star could have as many as seven singles in the top 40, with the highest - former chart-topper I Will Always Love You - on target to reach number 10.

The rush to buy her songs means 27 of her singles could figure in the top 200, according to figures from the Official Charts Company.

Singing star Houston died on Saturday evening and fans quickly started to stock up on her old hits.

I Will Always Love You, a cover of the Dolly Parton song which featured in the movie The Bodyguard, has previously spent 10 weeks at number one and was the biggest selling single of 1992.

If present sales levels continue by the weekend, Houston will account for more than an eighth of the entries in the top 200.

Her 1987 single I Wanna Dance With Somebody is due to chart at number 13 on present sales levels.

One Moment In Time, My Love Is Your Love, I Have Nothing, Saving All My Love For You and How Will I Know are all in line for the top 40.

Houston's best-of collection, The Greatest Hits, is in line to go back into the album chart at number six. Other strong sellers include The Greatest Love Of All and It's Not Right But It's Okay.

Official Charts Company managing director Martin Talbot said: "The tragic death of Whitney Houston came as a shock to her friends, colleagues and music fans across the world.

"Again, the British public is demonstrating its love of Whitney, just as it did for Amy Winehouse last year and Michael Jackson in 2009."

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