The soundtrack to “The Bodyguard” has topped 11 million units sold, according to the February sales certifications from the Recording Industry Assn. of America, and moved into a tie for bestselling soundtrack of all time.
Fueled by Whitney Houston’s monster single “I Will Always Love You,” the album has caught all-time bestselling soundtracks “Saturday Night Fever” and “Dirty Dancing,” both of which also sold 11 million units.
Seconds for Meat Loaf
Runner-up for top multiplatinum (more than 2 million units sold) honors in the February RIAA certs was Meat Loaf, whose comeback album “Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell” has passed 4 million units sold in the U.S. The album has passed the 10 million mark worldwide, according to MCA.
Three artists scored sales of 3 million units: Michael Bolton, “The One Thing” on Columbia; Stone Temple Pilots, “Core” on Atlantic; and Toni Braxton with her self-titled debut for Arista Records.
Rounding out the multiplatinum parade was ZZ Top, who bid farewell to their longtime home at Warner Bros. Records by moving 2 million units of a greatest hits package.
Platinum albums, awarded for sales exceeding 1 million units, went to XSCAPE, “Hummin’ Comin’ at ‘Cha” on Columbia; George Jones, “Super Hits” on Epic Nashville; Ice Cube, “Lethal Injection” on Priority; White Zombie, “La Sexorcisto: Devil Music Vol. I” on Geffen; Tevin Campbell, “I’m Ready” on Qwest; and Harry Connick Jr., “20” on Columbia.
Gold albums, awarded for sales exceeding 500,000 units, went to Ricky Van Shelton’s “A Bridge I Didn’t Burn” and “Don’t Overlook Salvation,” both on Columbia/Nashville; Color Me Badd, “Time & Chance” on Giant; Ice Cube’s “Lethal Injection”; Marco Antonio Solis y Los Bukis, “Inalcanzable” on Fonovisa; and Belly, “Star” on Sire/Reprise. February’s lone multiplatinum single was “Whoomp! (There It Is).” The Tag Team hit has passed the 4 million units sold mark for Life/Bellmark.
The all-star single “All for Love,” which featured Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Sting, was the only platinum single (1 million units) for February. The hit was recorded for A&M Records.