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Whitney Houston: A dynamic diva by the digits

Singer Whitney Houston speaks during the 51st Annual Grammy Awards held at the Staples Center on February 8, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.
Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images

As family and friends make final preparations for her funeral service on Saturday, and police officials uncover new details about the cause, millions of Whitney Houston fans continue to mourn her sudden death.

In her 48 years, Houston received many accolades and reached several notable milestones. Here is a glimpse of the internationally-known entertainer by the numbers:

221: Whitney Elizabeth Houston was born on Friday, August 9, 1963, the 221st day of the year.

Nine: According to an astrology/numerology website, Houston’s “Life Path” number is nine. The number is the sum of her birth month, day, and year, reduced to a single digit. The site says “9’s” are dreamers, idealists, and compassionate humanitarians.

Five: The number of charities mentioned on Houston’s official Arista biography, including her own non-profit organization, the Whitney Houston Foundation for children, St. Jude Children’s Hospital, and the United Negro College Fund.

1981: The year that Houston covered “Seventeen” magazine. Seated with another model, Houston held a triple scoop waffle ice cream cone while wearing an off-white sweater dress, opaque tights, bronze ballerina flats with coordinating hair accessory, and a bright smile.

19: Houston’s age when music industry executive Clive Davis signed her to a recording contract with Arista Records in 1983.

170 million: The combined number of sales of Houston’s albums, singles, and videos according to her official website.

20: Houston’s rank on the Recording Industry Association of America’s “Top Selling Artists” list with 55 million certified units, nestled between rock's heavy hitters, Van Halen and U2.

Six: The number of Grammy® wins for Houston, including three times for Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, one for Album Of The Year, one for Record Of The Year, and one for Best R&B Vocal Performance.

22: More than any other female artist to date, Houston is a 22-time American Music Award winner. She is third in line behind “The King of Pop” Michael Jackson and legendary country band Alabama.

Ten: The number of different years Houston made the Billboard 200 Albums of the Year Chart.

1986: In her first year of Grammy® Award competition, Houston and her single “Saving All My Love For You” edged out industry heavyweights, Madonna, Pat Benatar, and Tina Turner.

17 million: The number of sold copies of Houston’s motion picture soundtrack “The Bodyguard” according to the RIAA, making it the leader in the soundtrack category.

11/10/1999: The day the RIAA named Houston one of its Artists of the Century.

33: The number of songs Houston scored on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

One: While Houston’s music career began primarily in church, Billboard’s records show only one song charting in the Gospel category, “I Look To You” from her 2009 comeback album of the same name.

1992: Whitney Houston married platinum-selling recording artist and entertainer, Bobby Brown, the man she called “The King of R&B.” One year later, they celebrated the birth of their only child, Bobbi Kristina.

13: On her official website, there are 13 Whitney Houston albums available for purchase through Sony/myplaydirect, iTunes, or Amazon.

106: The numerical part of the street address to The New Hope Baptist Church, located at 106 Sussex Avenue, in Newark, New Jersey, where Houston’s family will hold her funeral service.

434: The number of the hotel room at the Beverly Hilton where police officials say Houston’s aunt pulled her from the bathtub in an effort to resuscitate the pop star. Subsequent rescue efforts by emergency personnel were unsuccessful, and officials pronounced her dead at the scene at 3:55 p.m. PST on February 11.

Reports from the funeral home and church handling the arrangements say the service is private, as New Hope Baptist has seating for approximately 1,500 people. Meanwhile, officials are preparing for the thousands of fans expected to surround the exterior and the final resting place.

At a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, Governor Chris Christie declared that flags on public buildings will fly at half-staff in Houston’s honor. "She was a cultural icon in this state and her accomplishments in her life were a source of great pride for many people in this state and for this state as a whole. On that basis, I think she's entitled to have that recognition made for her."


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