When pop icons pass away, their deaths are often followed by a swell of renewed attention and demand for their product. It happened with Michael Jackson in 2009 just as it happened with Etta James last month.
The death of Whitney Houston on Saturday, at the age of 48, was no different. The response was especially strong in part because of Houston's ongoing battle with substance abuse. Twitter blew up with news and speculation, news outlets broke to the coverage, and many fans went out and bought her records.
“People start buying them, even if it’s just for nostalgia," a clerk at told me when I stopped by the store on Sunday. “The guy who came in here before you just bought a Whitney Houston LP.”
Armadillo still had two of Houston's used CDs left in stock when I stopped by, but the clerk told me they’d likely have to order more of her biggest albums, like Whitney, The Bodyguard Soundtrack and her Greatest Hits.
A clerk at said that the Best of Etta James sold heavily after the diva’s recent passing. She said the same is expected for Houston. She said she expected a surge after the Grammys, which took place last night. Jennifer Hudson performed Houston's hit, "I Will Always Love You."
A clerk at told me he couldn’t speak for his colleagues, but that someone had just asked about one of Houston's albums during his shift.
“We don’t actually carry any of the Whitney Houston CDs,” he said. “I’m sure they will [order some]. Target’s pretty trendy like that.”
For more coverage of Whitney Houston's passing, visit the Huffington Post.
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