Elton John's tribute to Princess Diana sold 3.4 million copies in the United States in one week and may surpass "White Christmas" as the biggest-selling single worldwide.
The "Candle in the Wind" remake that went on sale here Sept. 25 shattered the mark set by Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" as the fastest-selling single since 1991, the year Soundscan began tracking music sales. Houston sold 632,000 copies in a week in 1992.
John's label, A&M Records, estimates that an additional half million people have bought the song through retailers who don't normally sell music and aren't counted by Soundscan, which would put U.S. sales at 3.9 million.
Worldwide, A&M said it has shipped orders totaling 26 million copies. The Guinness Book of Records estimates "White Christmas" has sold 30 million copies.
All profits are going to a memorial fund established in Diana's name.