With the soundtrack, which received the Grammy Award for Album of the Year in 1994, Houston became the first act (solo or group, male or female) to sell more than a million copies of an album within a single week period under Nielsen Sound Scan system.
The album makes her the top female act in the top 10 list of the best-selling albums of all time, at number four.
On February 11, 2012, Houston was found dead in her guest room at the Beverly Hilton, in Beverly Hills, California.
The official coroner's report showed that she had accidentally drowned in the bathtub, with heart disease and cocaine use listed as contributing factors.
For that project, Houston contributed the ballad "Memories", a cover of a song by Hugh Hopper of Soft Machine.
Robert Christgau of The Village Voice called her contribution "one of the most gorgeous ballads you've ever heard".
Houston then embarked on her world tour, Greatest Love Tour.
She performed the lead single from the film's original soundtrack, "I Will Always Love You", which received the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and became the best-selling single by a woman in music history.Rolling Stone magazine praised Houston, calling her "one of the most exciting new voices in years" while The New York Times called the album "an impressive, musically conservative showcase for an exceptional vocal talent".Arista Records promoted Houston's album with three different singles from the album in the US, UK and other European countries.Houston made other high-profile film appearances and contributed to their soundtracks, including Waiting to Exhale (1995) and The Preacher's Wife (1996).The latter's soundtrack became the best-selling gospel album in history.