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Whitney > Houston, we have 25 hits

At the peak of her career, Whitney Houston had a $100million contract with record label Arista and was able to earn $30million a year touring.

But before her death, rumours surrounding her financial troubles swirled, as her net wealth drastically dwindled.

No doubt, money will now be made as music lovers reflect on her career and contribution to the arts.

As of Tuesday night, Whitney holds an astounding 25 songs in the iTunes Top 100 in the United States.

“I Will Always Love You” is at number one, outselling Adele, LMFAO and Madonna.

10 of her albums are in the Top 100 iTunes album charts, with her Greatest Hits Compilation at number two.

Here in Australia, Whitney’s “I Will Always Love You” is at number two on the iTunes Top 10, but her Greatest Hits album is at number one.

In fact, of the 22 countries covered by the iTunes Album charts, Whitney is on top in 16 of them.

But ‘The Guardian’ is reporting that music label, Sony, may have profited from Whitney’s death by increasing the price of her “Ultimate Collection” by 60 per cent just five minutes after the singer was pronounced dead.

An insider told the newspaper that the Sony was only correcting an error in the album’s wholesale price.

Meanwhile, the Grammys enjoyed one of its highest audiences ever, with 39 million viewers tuning in, as Jennifer Hudson paid tribute, with her rendition of “I Will Always Love You”. It was the highest rating Grammys since 1984 when Michael Jackson ruled supreme.

And given much of Whitney’s music centred around the theme of love, maybe Valentine’s Day has a small part to play in her recent album sales also.

MEMO>ricardo

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