Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 25 October 2014

Whitney Houston hits soar into UK charts

Fans mourn at the funeral service for Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston's music is in the charts again after her death
Whitney Houston

Three of Whitney Houston's best-known hits are back in the UK's top 40 following the star's death.

I Will Always Love You hit number 14 in the official singles chart on Sunday, while I Wanna Dance With Somebody went in at number 20 and One Moment In Time was in the number 40 spot.

The singer, who has been buried in Newark, New Jersey, was found submerged in the bath in her hotel room on the fourth floor of the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles last Saturday.

Some 200,000 of her records were bought last week, with 127,000 singles and more than 73,000 of her albums purchased from online and in shops around the UK. There were 23 individual tracks in Sunday's top 200 and 13% of tracks in the top 100 feature the late singer.

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."

Several of the star's songs which feature on The Bodyguard soundtrack have also re-entered the Official Singles Chart Top 100 this weekend. As well as the film's lead single I Will Always Love You, I Have Nothing is at 44 and Run To You is at 67.

Meanwhile DJ Fresh featuring Rita hit the top of the singles chart on Sunday with new entry Hot Right Now, knocking Somebody That I Used To Know by Belgian-Australian musician Gotye, featuring Kimbra, to the third spot.

There was also a new entry at number two with Next To Me by Emeli Sande, the winner of the 2012 Brit Awards Critics Choice gong. One Direction shot up the charts to number nine, from number 26, with their single One Thing.

In the album chart Emeli Sande went straight in at number one with Our Version Of Events, while Lana Del Rey dropped to number two with Born To Die.

Adele, who won six Grammy awards last week, moved up two places to number three with her album 21, while Whitney Houston's Greatest Hits went straight in at number seven.

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