The Music Industry Learns About Oprah’s Strength

noah | September 23, 2009 12:30 pm

Sales of Whitney Houston’s comeback album I Look To You boomeranged by 77%—to 156,000 copies—after her two-part interview on last week’s Oprah, which was full of juicy details about her drug use and marriage to Bobby Brown and lots of great opportunities to make amazing animated GIFs. The album’s sold 548,000 copies in its three weeks on shelves, which is not a shabby number for this age in which the Adult Contemporary charts that Whitney tailored her product to are almost as impenetrable as the nation’s mass consciousness about the fact that, yes, there is still new music being released these days, and some of it’s even for sale. After the jump, Whitney’s performance of the album’s Diane Warren-penned redemption song “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength.” Jay-Z Still Reigns On Billboard 200, Muse And Kid Cudi Bow High [Billboard] Whitney Houston – I Didn’t Know My Own Strength Live On Oprah [YouTube]