Whitney Houston becomes first Black artist to bag three U.S. Diamond albums

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Whitney Houston has posthumously become the first Black artist to have three albums certified diamond in America.

Officials at the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and Legacy Recordings announced on Wednesday that her 1987 record, Whitney, had joined her self-titled debut and 1992’s The Bodyguard soundtrack in surpassing the equivalent 10 million U.S. sales.

The RIAA awards their diamond plaques to albums and singles that reach 10 times platinum status – and since 2016 have incorporated streaming sales into their figures.

She joins the likes of Garth Brooks, who has nine, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Shania Twain and the Eagles in having three or more albums diamond certified.

Whitney features many of the late singer’s most iconic tracks, including the Billboard Hot 100 number ones, I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me), Didn’t We Almost Have It All, So Emotional, and Where Do Broken Hearts Go.

The I Will Always Love You hitmaker, who died in 2012, reached the milestone shortly before her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame next month.