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ARCHIVE NEWSFILE
MARCH - APRIL 1999


The Greatest Hits Of All...

Arista Records have confirmed to Billboard Magazine that Whitney Houston will release her long awaited Greatest Hits album by years end.

There is no word yet as to the format of the album or the hits that would be included but the original 1994 project was to have four new songs so it's likely this project will follow this plan in order to keep it current throughout 2000.

[Thanks Lopez]

NEWSFILE: 30 APRIL 1999

B-Side Relegation?...

On the latest Billboard charts - the Hot 100 - "It's Not Right But It's Okay" is listed as "B/W Heartbreak Hotel", rather than "Album Cut". What this means, is that Billboard is considering it as the current B-side to "Heartbreak Hotel". Prior to December, the two songs would have been listed together on the Hot 100, since both appear on the airplay chart (i.e. like an old double A side). On the Hot 100 Sales chart, the exact listing is "Heartbreak Hotel/It's Not Right But It's Okay", but this is the first week that both songs have been listed.

Unless Arista issues a commercial single, It's Not Right But It's Okay will not receive any sales points even though it is officially listed as appearing on the commercial single for Heartbreak Hotel.

[Thanks Scott H.]

NEWSFILE: 30 APRIL 1999

Ultimate Diva...

[News Report from VH1 Back To Back]

The new CD Ultimate Diva is coming out June 1 1999 - Whitney made the cut along with Tina and Chaka Khan. Look for it in stores soon

[Thanks Lydia]

NEWSFILE: 30 APRIL 1999

Entertainment Weekly...

Go Here And Vote Whitney At The Entertainment Weekly Website.

[Thanks Arunesh/Anderz]

NEWSFILE: 30 APRIL 1999

BIllboard Update...

"My Love Is Your Love" is up one place to No.46 for the chart week ending 9 May 1999. The album also climbs to No.19 on the R&B Albums listing.

On the singles front, "Heartbreak Hotel" slips one place to No.7 on the Hot100 Singles Chart. It spends it's 22nd week on the Hot100, remaining at No.5 on the Hot100 Airplay listing and slipping to No.13 on the Hot100 Sales Chart.

"Heartbreak Hotel" is down one place to No.6 on the R&B Singles Chart in it's 24th week on the chart after slipping to No.14 in the R&B Airplay listing and slipping to No.10 in the R&B Singles Sales Chart.

"Heartbreak Hotel" is far from over on the Hot100 as it bullets up to No.8 on the Top 40 Tracks listing and is bulleted up to No.10 on the Top 40 Mainstream listing. The song slips one place to No.4 on the Top 40 Rythmic Top 40 Tracks listing.

"It's Not Right But It's Okay" is taking off quicker than initially expected as it debuts on the Hot100 at No.87. The debut reflects airplay only points as a commercial single is not yet available. This week, it debuts at No.69 on the Hot100 Airplay Chart.

On the R&B Singles Chart, "It's Not Right But It's Okay" is also making quick inroads as it climbs to No.41 after a jump in the R&B Airplay listing from No.54 to No.30.

[Thanks Lopez/Dean]

NEWSFILE: 29 APRIL 1999

Hepburn's 70th...

[From Hollywood Reporter]

May 4 would have been Audrey Hepburn's 70th birthday, and it won't be going unnoticed here in Manhattan where Audrey once had her famous breakfast in front of a Tiffany's window. There will be a black-tie gala that very night at Cipriani Wall Street in honor of Audrey, a benefit for Audrey Hepburn's Children's House, which is a state-designated diagnostic center for abused children, located at the Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, N.J.

Audrey's son, Sean Hepburn Ferrer, is the dinner chairman; the honorary celeb committee includes Gregory Peck, Paul Newman & Joanne Woodward, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Whitney Houston, Angie Dickinson, Danny DeVito & Rhea Perlman. Among those making the trek from the West Coast for the dinner and event, which will include a live auction of contemporary art, will be special guests Rob Wolders and Shirlee Fonda .

[Thanks Lisa D.]

NEWSFILE: 28 APRIL 1999

Artist Of The Century...

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Frank Sinatra and Barbra Streisand were named the century's best male and female singers in a new U.S. poll released Thursday, but some great voices couldn't break into the top 10. A Reuters/Zogby poll of 916 Americans saw such 20th Century superstars as Al Jolson, Billie Holiday, Placido Domingo, Maria Callas, John Lennon, Sarah Vaughn, Mick Jagger, Tony Bennett and Edith Piaf left out of the top 10, beaten by the likes of Garth Brooks, Reba McEntire, Loretta Lynn, Mariah Carey and Luther Vandross. All the voters were over 18 years of age and here's the top 10:

1. Barbra Streisand - 14%
2. Celine Dion - 8.6%
3. Whitney Houston - 7.5%
4. Reba McEntire - 4.5%
5. Dolly Parton - 3.5%
6. Shania Twain - 3.2%
7. Ella Fitzgerals - 2.8%
8. Mariah Carey - 2.5%
9. Aretha Franklin - 2.5%

[Thanks Yohan]

NEWSFILE: 28 APRIL 1999

UK Chart Update...

"It's Not Right But It's Okay" continues to buck the UK Chart trend as it spends it's ninth week inside the top 30 of the fastest moving chart in the world. This week, the song slips just five places to No.24 despite there being nine songs making new entries above it. The song remains as the year's sixth best selling single to date.

"My Love Is Your Love" holds position at No.30 for the second week. The album is now in it's 23rd week on the chart and is the 17th best selling album for the year to date.

NEWSFILE: 25 APRIL 1999

New UK Single...

Whitney Houston: "Love" set to stun the UK charts.

May will see the return of Whitney Houston to the UK singles chart. Currently sitting pretty at number two in the States[written at time of Heartbreak Hotel's stint at No.2 on the Hot100], "My Love Is Your Love" sees the legendary singer looking to build on her recent success.

Following on from the phenomenal success of "It's Not Right", Whitney Houston brings her own unique brand of brilliance back, to try and top the success of her biggest single since the Bodyguard. Tentatively scheduled for a release date of Monday May 17, its clear she cannot wait for more success.

With the astounding American sales ensuring that interest in the next release is running high, Whitney has plumped for the title track of the album, "My Love is Your Love". Written with the aid of Wyclef Jean, the cut is sure to see Whitney back at the top of the charts, and all over radio and TV once again.

[From BMG Backstage]

NEWSFILE: 23 APRIL 1999

TOTP Tonite...

It seems Whitney has become a bit of favourite on TOTP's as she is set to grace your TV screens once again.

It's Not Right But It's Okay' is the fantastic hit that peaked at #3 in the UK charts. Not bad considering that Whitney hasn't released a studio album in over 8 years, 'It's Not Right' is an extremely upbeat number which has taken the clubs and radio by storm globally.

This Friday (23rd April1999) at 7:30pm, keep your eyes peeled as Whitney shakes her stuff to that soulful sizzler one more time because we know you just can't get enough.

[From BMG Backstage]

NEWSFILE: 23 APRIL 1999

Judgement Day...

There is an article on the New York Daily News Website (Click Here To Read It) which analyses the sales/performance of the albums that were released on Super Tuesday last Novemeber - the week Whitney's "My Love Is Your Love" was released.

The article cited US sales so far of 1.3 Million copies of the album. It's unclear as to which date this figure is from.

NEWSFILE: 23 APRIL 1999

Arista Says...

[Lopez e-mailed Arista about the confusion over the next single - this is their reply]

The curreent US single is It's Not Right But It's Okay and the single being played in Europe is Heartbreak Hotel. The single was sent to radio just as a way to encourage radio to play the album. We have a few more singles for the summer. I hope this answers some of your questions.

Although not confirmed, does this read like the next European single is "Heartbreak Hotel"? It's good to know there will also be some more singles - Manish.

[Thanks Lopez]

NEWSFILE: 23 APRIL 1999

It's Alright...

BILLBOARD APRIL 1999

CLICK ON IMAGE TO SEE LARGER PICTURE

The Billboard Magazine Advertisment For
The New US Whitney Houston Single -
It's Not Right But It's Okay

NEWSFILE: 22 APRIL 1999

It's Not Right: US...

Billboard Magazine confirmed the impact date for the "It's Not Right But It's Okay" track on radio was 19 April 1999. The commercial release date for the single has not been confirmed but it will include the new Rodney Jerkins' Smooth Remix.

A new video for the song has been made (not confirmed as to whether the video matches the album version or the smooth remix).

[Thanks Trevor/Blackatlantic]

NEWSFILE: 21 APRIL 1999

Billboard Info...

Top R&B Albums: My Love Is Your Love climbs from #28 to #21 with a bullet;
Hot 100 Singles: Heartbreak Hotel remains at #6;
Hot R&B Singles: It's Not Right But It's Okay climbs from #75 to #63 with a bullet based on airplay reports only. The song originally peaked at No.64 early on in the year so it's already achieved a new high;
Hot R&B Singles: Heartbreak Hotel slips from #4 to #5.

NEWSFILE: 21 APRIL 1999

Billboard 200...

"My Love Is Your Love" is up 13 places to No.47 on the Billboard 200 for the week ending 1st May 1999. The increase can be attributed to Whitney's Divas Live '99 performance.

[Thanks Dave]

NEWSFILE: 21 APRIL 1999

Divas Live: Fan Reviews...

I am not really one for posting reams of reviews on the website but after posting my own review here I had to post a small selection of the other detailed reviews which originally appeared on the Bulletin Board which I enjoyed reading.

You Can Find Reviews By Lopez, Kevin C., and Lorenzo In The Reviews Section - Worth A Read.

NEWSFILE: 20 APRIL 1999

VH-1 Timeline...

Wednesday 4/21 - Video Timeline - 10:30 EST

Videos include: "Saving All My Love", "How Will I Know", "Greatest Love Of All", "I Wanna Dance With Somebody", "I'm Your Baby Tonight", "All The Man I Need", "Star Spangled Banner", "I Will Always Love You", "I'm Every Woman", "Shoop" (from "Waiting to Exhale"), "I Believe In You And Me", and "When You Believe" (Duet with Mariah Carey).

[Thanks Rodney D]

NEWSFILE: 20 APRIL 1999

UK Chart Update...

Get This - "It's Not Right But It's Okay" continues to outperform the chart trend in the UK and this week rises from No.21 to No.19. The song is closing in on 500,000 copies sold now. It remains the sixth best selling single in the UK for the year to date.

The album, "My Love Is Your Love" slips to No.30 this week.

NEWSFILE: 18 APRIL 1999

Divas Live: The Review...

VH-1's Divas Live '99 for the Save The Music Charity aired in the UK tonight for the first time. For anyone who's interested, You Can Read My Review Of The Show Here.

NEWSFILE: 17 APRIL 1999

Enterainment Weekly...

Don't foget to Vote Whitney in the Entertainment Weekly Poll for the greatest musicians of past and present. To make life easy, Here's The Exact Link To Vote.

[Thanks Chip]

NEWSFILE: 17 APRIL 1999

Divas Live UK...

It's the turn of the Brits - VH-1 Divas Live '99 will air tonight on VH-1 in the UK at 19:00 BST.

NEWSFILE: 17 APRIL 1999

Setting Standards...

The 1998 Divas Live show set a record for being the highest rated show in VH-1's history - This year's show headlined by Whitney Houston has almost doubled last year's viewership figures according to CNN.

Was There Ever Any Doubt?

NEWSFILE: 17 APRIL 1999

CNN Reviews...

Read The CNN Review of VH-1's Divas Live '99

The site also features some audio downloads of the event.

[Thanks Dean]

NEWSFILE: 17 APRIL 1999

Vote Whitney...

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY is running a poll for the greatest pop musicians of the past and present. This will culminate in a special "Greateast Pop Music" issue near the end of May.

Follow This Link To Vote Whitney!

[Thanks Arunesh]

NEWSFILE: 16 APRIL 1999

Honouring Whitney...

Deirdre O'Brien Child Advocacy Center Names Whitney Houston Child Advocate of the Year'

MORRISTOWN, N.J., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The Deirdre O'Brien Child Advocacy Center will honor Whitney Houston as its first Child Advocate of the Year at the Center's annual spring fundraising event Sunday, April 18, 1999, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Birchwood Manor.

The popular singer is being honored for the support of the Whitney Houston Foundation for Children, which contributed a $40,000 grant for the construction of a medical examination room in the center. The medical room is equipped with the latest forensic medical examination equipment available to assist police and prosecutors in the investigation of cases involving allegations of child sexual abuse.

"We are grateful for the generous support of Whitney Houston and her foundation for children, and wanted to honor her on behalf of her work with children. The Whitney Houston Foundation grant allowed us to complete this last, critical component at the Center," said Karen D. Carbonello, Director of the Deirdre O'Brien Child Advocacy Center. "The medical room combines the functionality of a hospital or doctor's office examination room with the child-friendly atmosphere that has been so successful throughout the Center." The room features a sailing and beach theme.

This year's fundraiser, using the theme "Reaching New Heights," is again being held in conjunction with Victims' Rights Week. The Center also notes that April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The event is designed to be more family-oriented and will feature a family brunch, games, storytelling and other activities for children, Gymbo the Clown from Gymboree, and a brief program.

Georgia O'Brien, President of the Board of Trustees of the Center, said, "We have enjoyed so many successes recently at the Center, that we decided on a dynamic theme for the event, 'Reaching New Heights.' We had several suggestions about our spring fundraising events that inspired us to focus more on the children and families in our community. The response has been very gratifying, and we thank those who will be joining us on Sunday."

Tickets for the fundraiser will be available at the door on Sunday. The price is $50 per person. Children age 10 and under will be admitted free.

The Deirdre O'Brien Child Advocacy Center, 8 Court St., Morristown, NJ, is a child-friendly place where victims of child sexual abuse can begin to heal. In addition to housing facilities where investigators can conduct interviews of child victims and their families, the Center also offers programs in therapy, child abuse prevention, advocacy and public education. The Center opened in 1996.

SOURCE The Deirdre O'Brien Child Advocacy Center.

[Thanks Lisa D.]

NEWSFILE: 16 APRIL 1999

French Update...

Heartbreak Hotel stays at number 7 in this week top 100 singles;
My Love Is Your Love climbs four places in the top 75 album and goes back to No.18.

[Thanks Julian]

NEWSFILE: 16 APRIL 1999

Whitney's Song...

WHITNEY PERFORMS "I'M EVERY WOMAN" AT THE DIVAS LIVE '99 SHOW

NEWSFILE: 16 APRIL 1999

Divas Live CD...

The Divas Live CD will be issued by Arista Records sometime after July - No word yet on whether or not all of Whitney's songs will feature - last year's CD omitted Aretha Franklin's performances of her songs from "A Rose Is Still A Rose".

[Thanks Lisa D.]

NEWSFILE: 16 APRIL 1999

Divas Reviews...

Below are a selection of links to reviews of the Divas Live '99 show:

USA Today Review;

Wall Of Sound Review.

New York Times Review (posted on the Bulletin Board).

New York Daily News Review.

[Thanks Lisa D./Lopez/Dean/Scott]

NEWSFILE: 16 APRIL 1999

It's Not Right: Re-Entry...

Whitney's "It's Not Right But It's Okay" has re-entered the R&B Singles chart at No.75. The song re-entered the R&B Airplay chart at No.64 this week having previously peaked on the singles chart at No.64 on the main chart earlier in the year.

[Thanks Lopez]

NEWSFILE: 16 APRIL 1999

Billboard Update...

Top R&B Albums: My Love Is Your Love is up from #30 to #28;
Top 200 Albums: My Love Is Your Love is up from #61 to #60;
Hot 100 Singles: Heartbreak Hotel slips from #5 to #6;
Top R & B singles Heartbreak Hotel slips from #3 to #4.

The Soundscan (Sales) charts, for this week, are as follows:
Top 100 Singles: Heartbreak Hotel remains at #5 (57,577 copies sold);
Top 200 Albums: My Love Is Your Love is up from #61 to #60 (24,000 copies sold).

[Thanks Trevor]

NEWSFILE: 15 APRIL 1999

Divas 99...

Whitney Houston was the final act to perform on Divas Live 99 - She sang five songs:

It's Not Right But It's Okay;
Ain't No Way (With Mary J Blige);
My Love Is Your Love (with Rap By Naughty By Nature);
I Will Always Love You;
I'm Every Woman (With The Divas - minus Tina, Cher & Sir Elton).

NEWSFILE: 14 APRIL 1999

Night Of The Diva...

VH-1's Divas Live '99 Airs Across The US Tonight at 21:00 ET -
The Show Can Also Be Heard LIVE from The VH-1 Website.

NEWSFILE: 13 APRIL 1999

And We Danced...
[Review - possibly historic but still worth a read - of Heartbreak Hotel / It's Not Right But It's Okay from And We Danced... the 'Zine]

Whitney Houston -Heartbreak Hotel/It's Not Right But It's Okay (Arista)- Dance Single .

Note to Whitney: Leave those overproduced ballads and award show production numbers to Celine. We need you in the club! Whitney proved she could light a dance fire clear back on 1987's I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me). Now, following in the footsteps of Gloria Estefan, Cher, and Bette Midler, she's set out to prove she still has the pipes to compete with the best of the divas.

Whitney's right. She does have the pipes, and this single proves it. The first song Heartbreak Hotel finds Whitney trying out the Aaliyah-style hip hop groove on the album version. Frankly, it's not a very comfortable fit, but when you hear Hex Hector relax the backing and stretch things out on the radio and club mixes, that voice rings thorough loud and clear.

The other song It's Not Right But It's Okay is currently topping the US dance chart and deservedly so. R&B prodigy Rodney Jerkins has given Whitney a simple song with a clear message. Whitney boots out a straying lover with conviction and confidence. On the Thunderpuss 2000 club mix it's quite evident that Whitney's voice has more than enough depth to match up with a hard club bass. A 13-minute mammoth mix by Johnny Vicious deconstructs the song to focus intently on the key message of the lyrics-You screwed up too many times, you're moving out, and I will be fine, thank you. Anyone not believe her?

If you are a dance fan, our advice is to pick this single up right away, skip the album, and be on the lookout for additional dance singles. Now if we could just convince Whitney to give us an entire album of the hot dance music she is clearly capable of singing.

[Thanks Lopez]

NEWSFILE: 13 APRIL 1999

INRBIO: The Billboard Review...
[This is Billboard Magazine's review of "It's Not Right But It's Okay"; confirmed as the next US single]

Houston continues to prove that she can hang with the kids on the street on the latest single from her "My Love Is Your Love" collection. Producer Rodney Jerkins places the diva at the center of a jittery funk beat that suits the tension of the lyrics. Houston plays the emancipated woman to the hilt here, snarling through the song's "I'm gonna make it anyway" message with a white-knuckled gusto that she hasn't displayed in ages. Loyalists yearning for one of the singer's patented power ballads will be disappointed at first, though they will likely find solace in Jerkins' Smooth Remix, which reinvents the tune as a languid jeep cruiser. Everyone else, however, should find this single as appealing and refreshing as it is timely and competitive.

[Thanks NYJohn]

NEWSFILE: 11 APRIL 1999

Whitney On Tina...

In 1991, Whitney Houston was DJ for four days on Radio One in the UK. The national radio slot was for two hours each day during her "I'm Your Baby Tonight" World Tour.

On the first day, Whitney played Tina's "River Deep Mountain High" and her comment that morning was:

If she'd only ever made one record and this had been it, she would have guaranteed herself in anyone's hall of fame - Go Tina.

NEWSFILE: 11 APRIL 1999

UK Chart Update...

Outperforming the market trend for a seventh week, Whitney's "It's Not Right But It's Okay" slips three places to No.21 on this week's chart. The song is No.5 on the R&B Singles Chart.

The album, "My Love Is Your Love" slips to No.22 (from last weeks' No.16).

NEWSFILE: 11 APRIL 1999

Diva Songs...
[This from TV Guide]

Whitney Houston, Tina Turner, Cher, and Brandy headline the second annual fund-raiser for VH1's Save The Music campaign to promote musical education in public schools. VH1 executive VP Wayne Isaak says he hopes to improve on 1998's event - which he says as tough to beat - by adding more group performances. Expected duos include Turner with Cher and Houston with guest TLC. "There will be at least three other unique duos, trios, or group member songs, " says Isaak, "and I think that's really going to turn the audience on." Among the songs : Houston's "I Will Always Love You," Turner's "Simply The Best" and Cher's "Believe".

We know TLC have cancelled but this is the first confirmation of some of the songs that will be performed - Manish.

[Thanks Tony]

NEWSFILE: 11 APRIL 1999

It's All About The Divas...

Read VH-1's "Diva: Round Two" - The article reveals some exclusive information about some of the performances on Tuesday night.

[Thanks Sky]

NEWSFILE: 9 APRIL 1999

Divas '99 Presents...
[Country Star Becomes Diva - From VH-1 Website]

One of country's hottest stars is now a Diva. Faith Hill will join Whitney, Tina, Cher and Brandy, plus special guests Leann Rimes and Mary J. Blige.
And that's not all. Word is a surprise royal Diva will be added to VH1's Divas Live 99 lineup.
And speaking of Divas, Claudia Schiffer, Elizabeth Hurley, Ashley Judd, Gloria Ruben and Sarah Michelle Gellar will be introducing the divas.

It's all Tuesday night at 9/8 central, only on VH1.

NEWSFILE:8 APRIL 1999

Divas '99 Presents Elton...

The latest ads for Divas Live 99 confirm the fifith diva will be Sir Elton John. He will duet with LeAnn Rimes on "Written in the Stars" from his new AIDA album. The album also has a duet between elton and Tina Turner.

[Thanks Arunesh]

NEWSFILE:8 APRIL 1999

Whitney's Divas Party...
[Article From New York Daily News]

Arista Records chief Clive Davis is hosting an all-star bash for Whitney Houston Tuesday at the new Cipriani on 42d St., following VH1's "Divas Live" concert at the Beacon Theater. The event is planned to celebrate Houston's latest album, "My Love Is Your Love," which has hit the 5-million mark in sales. Also expected at the soiree are fellow divas Cher, Tina Turner and Brandy as well as Sean(Puffy) Combs, Wyclef Jean and Mary J. Blige. Invitations haven't gone out yet, but if the remaining turnout for this after-"Divas" soiree is anything like the A-list group that showed up in February at Davis' annual pre-Grammy party in Beverly Hills, the Cipriani event undoubtedly will be remembered as one of the New York parties of the year.

[Thanks Anderz]

NEWSFILE:8 APRIL 1999

Billboard Charts...

"My Love Is Your Love" makes moves in the right direction on the Billboard Charts for the week ending 17 April 1999. On the Billboard 200, the album is up one place to No.61 (un-bulleted) and on the R&B Albums Chart it moves up to No.30 (from No.37) with a bullet.

Still performing well, "Heartbreak Hotel" holds at No.5 on the Hot100 and the song stays put at No.3 on the Hot R&B Singles Chart. On the Club Play Chart, "Heartbreak Hotel" is down to No.8.

[Thanks Trevor/Dean]

NEWSFILE:8 APRIL 1999

VH-1 Divas...

Faith Hill (of "This Kiss" fame) has been added to the line of of Divas Live '99.

[Thanks Sky]

NEWSFILE: 7 APRIL 1999

VH-1 Website...

Check Out VH-1's Divas Live '99 Website. The show is also going to be broadcast via a Webcast from this site which is great for those of us who aren't in the US.

[Thanks Arunesh]

NEWSFILE: 6 APRIL 1999

French Interview...

Whitney will give an exclusive interview to the French radio "NRJ" on Friday , April 9 at 9 PM - Go www.njr.fr.

[Thanks Julian]

NEWSFILE: 7 APRIL 1999

Artist Of The Month...

Whitney Houston Is The Arist Of The Month At This Website (AOL).

NEWSFILE: 7 APRIL 1999

Redbook...

The following four great pictures of Whitney come from the may edition of Redbook Magazine. Click on the images to reveal a larger scale image.

REDBOOK MAGAZINE MAY 1999 REDBOOK MAGAZINE - MAY 1999 REDBOOK MAGAZINE MAY 1999 REDBOOK MAGAZINE - MAY 1999
[Many Thanks Lisa D]

NEWSFILE: 6 APRIL 1999

It's Not Right But It's The Same...

The video to "It's Not Right But It's Okay" which aired on US TV for the first time this morning is the same as the one which is currently showing in Europe.

[Thanks Lopez]

NEWSFILE: 5 APRIL 1999

UK Chart Update...

"It's Not Right But It's Okay" slips to No.18 (from No.12) on this week's UK Singles Chart. It's now in it's sixth week and one of only two records to be six weeks old and still inside the Top 20. The song is No.2 on the R&B Singles Chart.

"My Love Is Your Love" goes back up one spot to No.16 this week on the Albums Chart.

NEWSFILE: 4 APRIL 1999

Stephen Schwartz' Statement...
[Anderz - Mariah Carey Webmaster - recently e-mailed Stephen Schwartz about his no-show at the Oscars. Mr Schwartz (all credit to him) replied.]

This is Anderz Message To Stephen Schwartz:

It was kind of a shame when you won and wasn't there to accept the award. I wish you would have told Whitney and Mariah that they could accept the award for you instead. Like it happened now on the show it became kindof weird. I'm a big fan of both Whitney and Mariah and has been following the success of the song closely. You might be happy to know that it has already sold about 2 million singles and also it has been sold in 10 million copies on Mariah's album, 5 million on Whitney's album and a few million on the Prince of Egypt soundtrack too, not bad! In my country Sweden it's been one of the most successful songs lately, it was top 5 for almost 4 months in a row. Well, I uess you'll know all that when the money starts coming in. Thanx for writing such a nice song.

This Was Stephen Schwartz Reply:

Dear AW: I was disappointed not to be able to attend the Oscar ceremony, but as they announced on television, I was in rehearsal in New York for a show (actually two shows.) The Sunday night of the telecast, I had to be in New Haven at a performance of WORKING which was the only one Studs Terkel could attend; there is new material in the show he had not seen, and he had to okay it. He flew in from Chicago especially for the show, and his age (87, I think) made it important for me to see him while I could. The following day, Monday, there was a run-thru of Act One of HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME in New York, which was also very important for me to attend, as we were discussing what changes to make before presenting the act to the Disney executives later in the week. I would have been delighted for Whitney and Mariah to accept the award on my behalf, but the Academy no longer allows recipients to send surrogate accepters, probably because they have been used for political statements in the past. Now anytime a recipient cannot be there, the presenter simply accepts in the name of the Academy. I did send them a brief statement in case I won, saying why I couldn't be there and thanking the members of the Academy, which is what Jennifer Lopez read. It troubles me that this may have appeared rude to you. (I certainly am not the first recipient who was unable to attend the ceremony.) But fun as it would have been to be there and be on television and go to the parties, I felt that my responsibilities to my work and colleagues on WORKING and HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME outweighed that.
Thank you for your concern, and I very much appreciate your enthusiasm for the song and my work.
Sincerely, Stephen Schwartz.

[Good Work Anderz]

NEWSFILE: 4 APRIL 1999

VH1 Presents "Divas Week"...
[From VH-1]

The Divas are coming, and VH1 is celebrating their arrival with a week of programming featuring Divas past, present and potential, April 5-April 13. "Divas Week" culminates in the premiere of "VH1 Divas Live '99," to be broadcast live on Tuesday, April 13 at 9:00 PM (ET/PT) from New York's Beacon Theater. Performers on "VH1 Divas Live '99" include Whitney Houston, Tina Turner, Cher, Brandy, and special guest performers LeAnn Rimes & Mary J. Blige. Additional performers and presenters will be announced soon.

Go Here For A Complete List Of What's On Divas Week.

NEWSFILE: 4 APRIL 1999

No Scrubs & No Show...

Word is TLC is not going to appear on the Divas Live '99 show next week. More details as and when.

NEWSFILE: 4 APRIL 1999

It's Not Right But It's A Video...

The video for "It's Not Right But It's Okay" will premier on BET in the US on Monday at 9:00am.

Can someone confirm - once seeing it - whether it is the same as the European version? - Manish.

NEWSFILE: 4 APRIL 1999

Believe In Gold...

"When You Believe (From 'The Prince Of Egypt')" was certified Gold by the RIAA on 24 March 1999. The song becomes Whitney's eighteenth Gold single - the second from the "My Love Is Your Love" set.

NEWSFILE: 4 APRIL 1999

My Love Is Your Love Tour Dates...

The dates for Whitney's My Love Is Your Love World Tour will be confirmed shortly (currently being fanalised and thus are subject to change).

NEWSFILE: 2 APRIL 1999

Sales Stats...

Whitney's Global Sales Statistics have been updated to include sales of "My Love Is Your Love" and the sales of the first three global singles from the album.

NEWSFILE: 2 APRIL 1999

Whitney In London...

Here's some photos from the latest issue of Blues & Soul magazine of Whitney performing at the Sound Republic club in London's Leicester Square last month. Whitney turned up announced and performed "It's Not Right But It's Okay" for the crowd.

SOUND REPUBLIC LONDON (FEB '99) SOUND REPUBLIC LONDON (FEB '99)
SOUND REPUBLIC LONDON (FEB '99) SOUND REPUBLIC LONDON (FEB '99) SOUND REPUBLIC LONDON (FEB '99)

NEWSFILE: 2 APRIL 1999

Australian Chart Update...

On the Australian Chart listings, "It's Not Right But It's Okay" drops out of after debuting at No.90 the week before. Better news though for "When You Believe" which moves back up from 77 to 54, due completely to the Academy Awards coverage.

[Thanks Scott]

NEWSFILE: 2 APRIL 1999

Billboard Chart Update...

"Heartbreak Hotel" slips from No.2 (after three weeks) to No.5 on the Hot100 Singles Chart. It also slips to No.5 on the Hot Dance Club Play Singles Chart and is down to No.3 on the R&B Singles Chart.

"My Love Is Your Love" is down this week to No.62 on the Billboard 200 and down to No.37 on the R&B Albums Chart.

"Heartbreak Hotel" holds at No.5 on Hot100 Airplay (keeping it's bullet this week) and slips to No.4 in the Sales listing. On the R&B side, the song holds at No.5 in airplay and slips to No.3 in sales.

Lopez has posted a complete rundown of Whitney's chart positions on the Bulletin Board.

[Thanks Dean/Trevor/Lopez]

NEWSFILE: 1APRIL 1999

Divas UK...

VH-1 Divas Live '99 will air in the UK for the first time on 17 April 1999 at 19:00 BST. This will be as part of Women First Weekend.

Full details of the programming schedule has been posted by Dean on the Bulletin Board.

[Thanks Dean]

NEWSFILE: 1APRIL 1999

Total Soul...

Whitney Houston sounds great in the 26 second RealVideo clip of her rehearsing for her 1999 Soul Train performance of "It's Not Right But It's Okay" - You Can Find The Clip Here.

NEWSFILE: 31 MARCH 1999

VH-1 Press Release...
[The following is the VH-1 Press Release regarding Whitney's inclusion to Divas Live]

VH1 ELECTS WHITNEY HOUSTON AS FIRST DIVA FOR VH1 DIVAS LIVE 99

In early February, Whitney Houston was the first Artist to be selected to participate in "VH1 Divas Live '99."

The concert will be broadcast Live on April 13 from New Yorks Beacon Theater at 9:00PM.

A press release from VH1 stated why Whitney is a natural to be part of the show.

"During the past decade, Houston has become an international superstar in the worlds of music, film and television. Her hits include I Will Always Love You, Im Every Woman, Where Do Broken Hearts Go, I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me), Exhale (Shoop Shoop), The Greatest Love Of All and the current smash, Heartbreak Hotel from her latest album, My Love Is Your Love. A five time Grammy winner, to date Houston has sold over 100 million albums worldwide. As an actress, Houston has starred in such films as THE BODYGUARD, WAITING TO EXHALE and THE PREACHERS WIFE. Her role as both star and Executive Producer of the Wonderful World of Disney all-star production of Rogers and Hammersteins Cinderella brought further praise and seven Emmy award nominations."

VH1 Divas Live" debuted on April 14, 1998 from the Beacon Theater with a legendary line-up -- Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Gloria Estefan and Shania Twain -- and became the highest-rated show in VH1's history. This year, it promises to be even bigger.

VH1 Divas Live raises funds for VH1 Save The Music, the pro-social initiative that supports music education in public schools around the country. VH1 and Epic Records released the VH1 Divas Live CD last fall, and it is expected to raise at least $250,000 for VH1 Save The Music in 1999.

VH1 Divas Live 99 will be sponsored by Maybelline, The New Dodge, Visa, Neutrogena, and Chrysler/Plymouth.

NEWSFILE: 31 MARCH 1999

More Divas Confirmed...

The guest list for the 1999 Divas Live show have been confirmed. In addition to the main performers Whitney Houston, Tina Turner, Cher and Brandy, guest performances by Leann Rhimes, Mary J. Blige, and TLC have been announced. Further, a special guest performer will also be at the show who will be announced on the night.

[Thanks Lopez]

NEWSFILE: 31 MARCH 1999

Brandy Joins VH-1 Divas '99...
[This article taken from VH-1 confirming Brandy on the Divas '99 line-up]

Brandy will join Whitney Houston, Tina Turner and Cher to perform on "VH1 Divas Live '99," to be broadcast live on Tuesday, April 13 at 9:00 PM (ET/PT) from New York's Beacon Theater. Additional performers and presenters will be announced soon.

Teen sensation Brandy is a multiplatinum recording artist and the star of her own hit TV show, "Moesha." "Never Say Never," her second album, has been certified quadruple platinum and is currently in its 35th week on the Billboard 200. "Never Say Never's" success has been fueled by its top-charting singles: "The Boy Is Mine," which spent 13 weeks at #1 on Billboard's "Hot 100" chart; the #1 Urban smash, "Top Of The World;" and the current "Have You Ever?".

Signed to a recording contract at the age of 14, Brandy's self-titled debut shot up the charts, and was also certified quadruple platinum. Brandy has gone on to win an American Music Award, many Soul Train Awards, including the Lady of Soul "Entertainer of the Year" Award, several NAACP Image Awards, multiple Grammy nominations, and has achieved six consecutive Top Ten singles, including two platinum hits, "Baby" and "Sittin' Up In My Room," and two gold hits, "I Wanna Be Down" and "Brokenhearted." In addition to her TV series, her acting credits include starring as Cinderella in the top-rated ABC-TV motion picture, which also starred Brandy's idol, Whitney Houston. Brandy recently completed production on "Double Platinum," a made-for-TV film in which she stars alongside Diana Ross. The telefilm is due to air on ABC in May 1999.

Last year, "VH1 Divas Live" debuted from the Beacon Theater with a legendary line-up -- Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Gloria Estefan and Shania Twain -- and became the highest-rated single broadcast in VH1's history.

"VH1 Divas Live" raises funds for VH1 Save The Music, the pro-social initiative that supports music education in public schools around the country. VH1 and Epic Records released the "VH1 Divas Live" CD last fall, and it is expected to raise at least $250,000 for VH1 Save The Music in 1999.

"VH1 Divas Live '99" will be sponsored by Maybelline, Visa, Cibavision, The New Dodge, Playtex, Chrysler/Plymouth, Armani Fragrances, Best Buy and Neutrogena.

NEWSFILE: 30 MARCH 1999

Planet Groove...

"Heartbreak Hotel" holds strong at No.1 on the Planet Groove Top 20. The website also features the first verse of the video for the song - great for those of us around the world who have yet to see it.

[Thanks Rodney]

NEWSFILE: 29 MARCH 1999

UK Chart Update...

After four weeks in the UK top ten, "It's Not Right But It's Okay" slips to No.12. The single was certified silver and gold (400,000 units) last week. On the R&B Singles chart, the song is down to No.3 (after four weeks at No.1).
On the Year to date chart, "It's Not Right But It's Okay" holds as the sixth best selling single of 1999 so far.

"My Love Is Your Love" is down to No.17 on the UK albums chart.

NEWSFILE: 28 MARCH 1999

NEWSFILE: 27 MARCH 1999

Whitney Houston On The Latest Edition Of Blues & Soul Magazine

Soul Train...

Whitney performed "It's Not Right But It's Okay" on the Soul Train Awards which aired last night in the US. She later re-appeared to present Luther Vandross his lifetime achievement award and joined Johnny Gill and Kenny Lattimore and El Debarge at the very end of their tribute performance of "Amazing".

[Thanks Blackatlantic]

NEWSFILE: 27 MARCH 1999

Interview...

The BMG Backstage Website has an exclusive interview with Whitney in WAV format. The site will feature three questions each week for five weeks. There is also a little blurb there about the US success of "Heartbreak Hotel" (albeit a little out of date).

NEWSFILE: 27 MARCH 1999

Classic Whitney Website...

Fernanda is the latest Whitney fan to become a webmaster as she launches her new Whitney Website which is called Classic Whitney.

NEWSFILE: 27 MARCH 1999

Capital Weekend...

It's Whitney Houston Weekend on London's Capital Radio - This usually means giveaways and alot of Whitney music all weekend.

The Website also offers the option to hear the station live from it's domain.

[Thanks Fal]

NEWSFILE: 26 MARCH 1999

Have Faith...

Faith Evans was on GMTV (a UK breakfast television show) this morning and she confirmed that "Heartbreak Hotel" would be the next UK single for her/Whitney.

[Thanks Karen]

NEWSFILE: 26 MARCH 1999

French Connection...

Whitney's "Heartbreak Hotel" single debuts this week on France's Top 100 Singles at No.10. The album, "My Love Is Your Love" moves up to No.18 this week.

[Thanks Julian/Bruno]

NEWSFILE: 26 MARCH 1999

Complete Billboard Update...

The complete list of Whitney's US Chart Positions this week can be found On The Bulletin Board - Follow This Link.

[Special Thanks To Lopez For Compiling This Information].

NEWSFILE: 25 MARCH 1999

Billboard Update...

"Heartbreak Hotel" holds at No.2 on the Hot100 for a third consecutive week and this week loses it's bullet. The song also slips to No.2 on the Hot R&B Singles chart.

"My Love Is Your Love" is down to No.57 this week on the Billboard 200 and down to No.28 on the R&B Albums Chart.

It's not all bad - "Heartbreak Hotel" because Whitney second No.1 Club/Dance Play Single of the year this week.

NEWSFILE: 25 MARCH 1999

Oscar Winning Song...

For all the dialogue about "When You Believe", the song collected an Oscar last night for Best Original Song. Stephen Schwartz was not available to collect the award and it seems Whitney did not know he wasn't there as she looked round to find him. Her expression on learning that he didn't attend was also apparent.

NEWSFILE: 22 MARCH 1999

Oscars...

A Stunning Whitney Houston has performed "When You Believe" tonight at the 71st Annual Academy Awards. The duet was performed with Mariah Carey and retained its basic structure - although omitting the first chorus from the original version. The performed song was the composition of Stephen Schwartz & Babyface and not the Schwartz version which has been nominated.

[It's 2:30 GMT and I'm off to bed guys - Let me know if the song wins!]

NEWSFILE: 22 MARCH 1999

UK Chart Update...

Still defying the odds, "It's Not Right But It's Okay" slips just one place again this week to No.7 on the UK singles chart. It's sales are closing in on 400,000 (Gold certification). The song retains it's No.1 position on the R&B Singles chart for a fourth week.

"My Love Is Your Love" is down from No.5 to No.13 this week. The album also slips to No.8 on the dance albums chart.

"It's Not Right But It's Okay" is now the sixth best selling single of 1999 so far in the UK.

NEWSFILE: 21 MARCH 1999

Blues & Soul...

The new issue of "Blues & Soul" magazine is out in the UK now and features Whitney on the cover story. The interview itself actually makes for quite an interesting read - a full transcript will appear shortly. One of the most surprising comments Whitney makes is this one:

"My next musical project is a country album. I can do that. I love country ballads. Shania Twain can come over to my territory anytime. Absolutely!"

You heard it here first!

NEWSFILE: 20 MARCH 1999

Oscar Reminder...

Watch WHITNEY HOUSTON & MARIAH CAREY perform "When You Believe" on The 1999 ACADEMY AWARDS SUNDAY, MARCH 21, 1999 WABC Channel 7 8:30 PM EST

[From Arista E-Mail]

NEWSFILE: 20 MARCH 1999

UK Chart Statistics...
[Sorry this is late - It's been one of them weeks!]

We all know "It's Not Right But It's Okay" maintains it's top ten placing in the UK singles chart for a third week now (No.6). Sunday's new chart is likely to give Whitney a fourth week inside the top ten best sellers. The single is already well past 300,000 units. As stated last Sunday, the song is No.1 on the R&B singles front for a third consecutive week.

On the airplay front, it's all good - "It's Not Right But It's Okay" was the No.1 airplay single on Radio One - the UK's biggest and most influential national radio station attaining 31 spins during the tracking period. At Independent Local Radio, "It's Not Right But It's Okay" is up three places to No.10, receiving 1,163 spins during the period. Over all, the song climbs six places to No.8 this week with total plays of 1,413 (up 12%) and a total audience share of 49.11 million listeners (up 24% from last week).

The album, "My Love Is Your Love" is No.5 (as reported last Sunday) - it's sales for the week were 30,000 copies taking it's total sales past 160,000 units.

NEWSFILE: 20 MARCH 1999

Classic Whitney France...

Wednesday,24 March, Paris Premiere, a french T.V. channel , braodcast the Classic Whitney concert at 22.50 and re-braodcast this one Saturday,27 March, at 23.30 (Paris's Time).
Massive French audience , please....

[Thanks Sirrion]

NEWSFILE: 20 MARCH 1999

Billboard Update...

"Heartbreak Hotel" holds for a second week at the No.2 position on the Hot100 Singles Chart - the single is No.7 in airplay for a third week (still bulleted) and No.2 in sales - this week registering a substantial increase over last week to 127,000 units.

On the Hot R&B Singles Chart, "Heartbreak Hotel" holds at No.1 for a seventh consecutive week. It holds at No.3 in airplay and slips to No.2 in sales (giving way to the Busta Rhymes & Janet duet.

On the Dance music front, "Heartbreak Hotel" moves up to No.2 on the Club/Dance play chart and holds at No.3 on the Maxi Singles Sales Chart.

"Heartbreak Hotel" is finally gaining ground on the mainstream airplay side - the song is up 38 - 28 on the Top 40 Mainstream Airplay Chart and up 29 - 20 on the Top 40 Tracks listing. At Rhythmic Top 40 , "Heartbreak Hotel" is up one place to No.3.

"My Love Is Your Love" slips to No.49 on the Billboard 200 and is down to No.26 on the R&B Albums listing.

Arista: Well Done - Just One More Push - A No.1 For The Fans.

[Thanks Lopez & Trevor]

NEWSFILE: 18 MARCH 1999

MTV Video...

For those of us who have yet to see the video for "Heartbreak Hotel", the MTV Whitney Videos Section have a RealVideo clip of Whitney singing the second verse of the song.

NEWSFILE: 17 MARCH 1999

I Believe In You And Me...

Another World First - The UK National Lottery Live performance of "I Believe In You And Me" is available now in the Multimedia Section - Do Not Miss Hearing This!

NEWSFILE: 17 MARCH 1999

Today In Music History...

Whitney Houston headlined an AIDS benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall on this day in 1990. The concert, dubbed That's What Friends Are For, also celebrates the 15th anniversary of Arista Records.

After Clive Davis' "Arista Is The Motown Of The 90's" comment. can we expect Arista 25 next year?

NEWSFILE: 17 MARCH 1999

Cher Joins VH1 Divas Live '99...
[Article from VH-1 Newswire]

Cher, who is at the top of the charts with her smash hit, "Believe," will perform on "VH1 Divas Live '99," to be broadcast live on Tuesday, April 13 at 9:00 PM (ET/PT) from New York's Beacon Theater.
Cher joins Whitney Houston and Tina Turner, both of whom were announced last month. Additional performers and presenters will be announced in the near future. Cher is one of the world's most famous and intriguing celebrities, having made her mark as a pop music icon and as an Academy-Award winning actress. Cher burst onto the music scene with husband Sonny Bono in the 1960s, scoring hits with such classic songs as "I Got You Babe" and "The Beat Goes On." Cher went on to a triumphant solo career and critically acclaimed performances in such films as "Silkwood," "The Witches Of Eastwick" and "Moonstruck," for which she won the 1987 Best Actress Oscar.

Cher is currently enjoying one of the biggest successes of her recording career with "Believe." The CD is #7 on the Billboard Top 200, the single is #1 for the second week in a row on the Billboard Top 40, and is also the #1 single in 23 countries around the world.

"VH1 Divas Live" debuted on April 14, 1998 from the Beacon Theater with a legendary line-up -- Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Aretha Franklin, Gloria Estefan and Shania Twain -- and became the highest-rated single broadcast in VH1's history.

"VH1 Divas Live" raises funds for VH1 Save The Music, the pro-social initiative that supports music education in public schools around the country. VH1 and Epic Records released the "VH1 Divas Live" CD last fall, and it is expected to raise at least $250,000 for VH1 Save The Music in 1999.
"VH1 Divas Live '99" will be sponsored by Maybelline, Visa, Cibavision, The New Dodge, Playtex, Chrysler/Plymouth, Armani Fragrances, Best Buy and Neutrogena.

NEWSFILE: 17 MARCH 1999

Diamonds Are Forever...

Check out the RIAA Website which lists Whitney's two Diamond Albums as follows:

"The Bodyguard" soundtrack, Whitney Houston & Various Artists (Arista)
Whitney Houston became a multi-media superstar with the 1992 box-office smash "The Bodyguard," which also starred Kevin Costner. The soundtrack also was a smash. It is the top-selling soundtrack of all time. The album includes six Houston tracks, including the quadruple-platinum single "I Will Always Love You," and the gold hits "I'm Every Woman" and "I Have Nothing." Houston was 29 when the album, her fourth, was released in 1992. The collection won a Grammy as Album of the Year. (Released: December 1992)

"Whitney Houston," Whitney Houston (Arista)
Houston was just 21 when her debut album was released in 1985. The collection was the top-selling album of the `80s by a female solo artist. It is also the top-selling debut album by a female artist. The album produced four gold singles, "You Give Good Love," "Saving All My Love For You," " How Will I Know" and "Greatest Love Of All." (Released: March 1985)

The "Whitney" album was last certified [9x Platinum] in November 1995.

NEWSFILE: 17 MARCH 1999

Cher - Divas '99...

Although not confirmed, word is that Cher will join Whitney Houston and Tina Turner on Divas '99 on 13 April 1999.

NEWSFILE: 16 MARCH 1999

Columbia Club...
[Whitney Houston By Tracy E. Hopkins frequest contributor to Billboard, Vibe and the Source]

Whitney Houston has arguably the most powerful voice in modern music. On 'My Love Is Your Love,' her first non-soundtrack release since 1990's 'I'm Your Baby Tonight,' Houston proves hands down that she is the heiress apparent to Aretha's Queen of Soul title. In contrast to her wholesome megahits I will Always Love You from 'The Bodyguard' soundtrack and 'Waiting To Exhale's Shoop Shoop anthem, on 'My Love,' Houston bears her soul on bluesy tales of infidelity like 'It's Not Right But It's Okay and Heartbreak Hotel, featuring Arista label mates Faith Evans and Kellly Price. Whitney also gets funky on several tracks including the sassy In My Business-produced by and featuring Missy 'Misdemeanor' Elliott-a song that seems to be directed at the inquiring minds concerned with her turbulent marital affairs.

However, fans looking for the trademark Whitney Houston ballad won't be disappointed. Since her self-titled debut album, Houston has given us good love, and on 'My Love,' the Babyface-penned Until You Come Back and Diane Warren's You'll Never Stand Alone are poised to become classics in the tradition of Saving All My Love for You and Count On Me. In additon, the disc includes When You Believe, Houston's landmark duet with Mariah Carey from the 'Prince of Egypt.'

From start to finish, the deeply personal 'My Love Is Your Love' proves that Houston has improved with age. And at just 35, one gets the impression that this diva has a lot more to give.

Note: Kelly Price is not signed to Arista.

[Thanks Lopez]

NEWSFILE: 15 MARCH 1999

UK Chart Update...

Still performing amazingly well, "It's Not Right But It's Okay" slips just one place to No.6 this week on the UK Singles Chart. The song retains it's No.1 position on the R&B Singles chart for a third week, and "Heartbreak Hotel" is up from No.31 to No.25 - this position is based on import sales alone.

Further, "It's Not Right But It's Okay" is now the seventh best selling single of 1999 so far in the UK.

The album, "My Love Is Your Love" keeps it's Top Ten place, this week it moves up to No.5 - again, a new high. The album is also No.2 on the Dance Albums Chart.

NEWSFILE: 14 MARCH 1999

Speed Garage Whitney?!...

Driving home yesterday, my radio came on by default when I switched off the CD player and much to my surprise, a new remix of "It's Not Right But It's Okay" was playing. This new remix features a speeded up vocal by Whitney and has a speed garage feel to it - much akin to the timeless Tina Moore song "Never Gonna Let You Go" (which I always thought should have been recorded by Whitney!).

Does anyone know anything about this new remix? This is too cool to go unheard.

NEWSFILE: 14 MARCH 1999

2B or Not 2B No.1?...

"Heartbreak Hotel" retains it's No.1 position on the Hot R&B Singles Chart with a combination of being No.1 in sales and No.3 in Airplay.

On the Hot100, the song moves up one place to No.2 (as revealed yesterday) - this time, it holds at No.7 in Airplay with a bullet and holds at No.2 in Sales (no bullet). The single is bulleted overall.

Are we looking at a 12th Whitney Houston No.1 single on the Hot100?

[Thanks Lopez]

NEWSFILE: 11 MARCH 1999

Oscar Confirmation...
[Two Divas Believe In Babyface - From USA Today]

Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey said Tuesday they'll sing the Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds version of When You Believe at the Oscars. That's the latest twist in a controversy brewing since the original version of the song, by Stephen Schwartz, sung during The Prince of Egypt by Michelle Pfeiffer and Sally Dworsky, received an Oscar nomination. Edmonds' version, with about 15% more music, is sung by Houston and Carey over the end credits of the film and became a hit single. Schwartz did not allow Edmonds' name to be included on the Academy Awards application. Rules allow only one version of a song to be nominated. "It wasn't that I was angry; I was just hurt," Edmonds told USA TODAY Tuesday. He added: "It's my problem. I just hope that the academy will now look at changing the rules."

[Thanks Lisa]

NEWSFILE: 11 MARCH 1999

Billboard Update...

Here's a couple more chart positions:

"Heartbreak Hotel" is up to No.3 on the Hot Dance/Club Play Singles Chart;

"When You Believe" is down to No.50 on the Hot100;

Full chart run down as & when...

NEWSFILE: 11 MARCH 1999

The Soulful Divas...

Just want to let you know that WHITNEY is featured in a chapter in my new book THE SOULFUL DIVAS along with Janet Jackson, Toni Braxton, Dionne Warwick, Diana Ross, Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin and many others. It;'s something that all Whitney fans will enjoy. You can find out more about the book and order it from my website at http://www.davidnathan.com

[Thanks David]

NEWSFILE: 11 MARCH 1999

Healing Heart...

"Heartbreak Hotel" climbs to No.2 on the Billboard Hot100 Singles Chart published tomorrow. The song retains its bullet.
On the Hot R&B Singles Chart, "Heartbreak Hotel" attains it's sixth week at No.1.
"My Love Is Your Love" is down one spot to No.42 on the the Billboard 200 and down two spots to No.23 on the Hot R&B Albums chart.

There are two more charting weeks (weeks ending 20th March & 27th March) in which Heartbreak Hotel may capture the No.1 position from Cher before TLC's "No Scrubs" takes the top spot on the chart for the week ending 3rd April 1999 - Manish.

[Thanks Trevor]

NEWSFILE: 10 MARCH 1999

Top Of The Pops AGAIN!...

Whitney's sublime performance on Top Of The Pops will be aired this Friday for the third consecutive week.

Don't forget - you can hear the RealAudio sound file of this performance in the Multimedia Section.

[Thanks Sanj]

NEWSFILE: 10 MARCH 1999

UK Performance Update...
[This is what UK music trade magazine Music Week had to say about Whitney's chart performance]

For the second week in a row, Whitney Houston's "My Love Is Your Love" reaches it's highest chart position. When it was first released last November, Whitney's album made a very disappointing chart debut at number 27. A slow decline set in, but it turned around once her new single, "It's Not Right But It's Okay" started to get airplay, and, as the single debuted at number three last week, the album jumped 37-22. It explodes again this week, climbing to number 10. It has taken 16 weeks to reach this position, and sold more than 19,000 copies last week, bringing its overall tally to 130,000. There are several more potential singles on the album, of which the most commercial is the title track, a Wyclef Jean composition which evokes the spirit of Bob Marley's "No Woman No Cry". There is still a long way to go, but "My Love Is Your Love" should eventually win over the doubters and give Whitney another platinum album.

NEWSFILE: 10 MARCH 1999

UK Radio Update...

"It's Not Right But It's Okay" continues it's slow but steady ascend up the UK airplay chart. This week, its up to No.14 (from last week's No.15) in it's seventh airplay chart week. The song received 1,259 plays during the tracking period, an increase of 48%. Total audience figure stands at 39.55 million listeners - an audience increase of 16%.

NEWSFILE: 10 MARCH 1999

Grammy Rebroadcast Press Release...

New York -- Arista Records invites the online savvy web surfer to the Annual Clive Davis Pre-Grammy Party Cyber-rebroadcast. Originally held in Los Angeles at the palatial Beverly Hills Hotel on Tuesday, February 23, 1999 the re-broadcast will occur Thursday March 11th at 8:00 PM EST. This live Internet broadcast, delivered exclusively in Realaudio and Realvideo by Real Broadcast Network, allows fans inside this invitation-only event, giving them a front-row seat to the surprise Arista Records artist performances, live celebrity interviews and a great table at the virtual cocktail party.

Clive Davis's Pre-Grammy Party is an annual event thrown to honor Arista's artists and the year in music. This years celebration featured artists Sarah McLachlan, Mary J. Blige, Monica, Outkast, Deborah Cox, Naughty By Nature, Faith Evans, Carlos Santana performing with Wyclef Jean, and a special guest performance by Whitney Houston. Hosting this event reflects Arista Records' (www.arista.com) continual efforts to reach online global audiences. It also allows those who cannot attend the opportunity to bring the party right into their living room, without having to worry about what to wear. Don't miss this one time only re-broadcast. http://www.arista.com

NEWSFILE: 10 MARCH 1999

UK Chart Update...

"It's Not Right But It's Okay" slips from No.3 to No.5 on this week's UK Singles Chart - This is not as bad as it initially may seem - it is quite rare for singles to stay in the UK Top 5 for more than a week, especially songs which weren't No.1.

The song sold over 90,000 copies last week - again, enough on a usual week to keep the song at No.1 and it's 2 week total now exceeds 250,000 copies. Further, the song is now Whitney's fastest selling single since "I Will Always Love You".

Even Bigger News - "My Love Is Your Love" is up to No.10 on the UK Albums chart - up from last week's No.22 position. The album has now achieved a peak in the UK higher than the US.

NEWSFILE: 7 MARCH 1999

It's Not Right It's Top Of The Pops...

It's Here! - Whitney's Top Of The Pops appearance in RealAudio is available exclusively on this Website only in the Multimedia Section.

NEWSFILE: 7 MARCH 1999

It's Not Right: The Video...

The Arista Records website now has the video for "It's Not Right, But It's Okay" video available for download in RealVideo and Quicktime formats.

You Can Find Them Here.

NEWSFILE: 7 MARCH 1999

Chart Update...

A complete run down of chart positions for Whitney in the Billboard Charts, Video Charts and European Charts has been compiled by Nuno and can be found here,and also here.

[Excellent Work Nuno]

NEWSFILE: 7 MARCH 1999

Ebony's Honour...

Whitney was selected by the March 99 issue of Ebony's as being one of the "100 Most Fascinasting Black Women of The 20th Century."
The following is the actual excerpt taken from the article : Whitney Houston- One of the brightest stars in pop music; she has become a multidimensional entertainment industry mogul - producing, acquiring and starring in her own movies & television specials. Her unbroken string of hit recordings set new marks for musical excellence.

Other distinguished women profile include Aretha, Oprah, Janet Jackson, Vanessa Wms, Dinah Washington & Sarah Vaughan.

[Thanks Lorenzo]

NEWSFILE: 6 MARCH 1999

Scheduled Performance...

Watch WHITNEY HOUSTON perform "IT'S NOT RIGHT BUT IT'S OKAY" on THE BRIT AWARDS '99 Sunday, March 7, 1999 WABC Channel 7 1:30-3:00 AM EST

[From Arista]

NEWSFILE: 5 MARCH 1999

Chart Update...

Whitney's "My Love Is Your Love" album slips to No.41 on the Billboard 200 this week and it's down to No.21 on the Hot R&B albums chart - the pushing coming from the surge in Grammy winner's sales and also a full squad of new releases. TLC's "Fan Mail" is the No.1 album.

"Heartbreak Hotel" remains at No.3 on the Hot100 for the third week. The single retains it's bullet. On the R&B Singles Chart, "Heartbreak Hotel" is No.1 for the fifth week. The song also rises to No.4 on the Hot Dance/Club Play singles chart. Expect it to rise to No.1 in the next couple of weeks.

"Heartbreak Hotel" remains at No.2 on the Hot100 Sales listing (Cher takes the No.1 spot from Monica who slips to No.3 on this listing). On the Hot100 Airplay count, "Heartbreak Hotel" is up to No.7 (and gaining).

"When You Believe" is down to No.8 on the Adult Contemporary Singles Chart this week & down to No.43 on the Hot100.

[Thanks Dean & Lopez]

NEWSFILE: 4 MARCH 1999

Platinum...

"Heartbreak Hotel" has been certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA representing sales of 1 Million copies. This is Whitney's fifth platinum single (following "I Wanna Dance With Somebody", "I Will Always Love You", "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" and "I Believe In You And Me"). Whitney has earned a total of eight platinum awards - "I Will Always Love You" was certified 4x Platinum.

NEWSFILE: 4 MARCH 1999

Swedish Chart Update...

Whitney's apperance on Swedish TV and the commersials shown on one of the biggest channels made some great impact this week on the Swedish charts as Whitney's album is up from #30 all the way to #7! Also the duet with Mariah stays at #6 in it's 15th week and her new single is up alot to #20 from the debut #36 last week. She was the second or third highest debut last week and now she's one of the best climbers.

[Thanks Andrez]

NEWSFILE: 4 MARCH 1999

Birthday Girl...

Whitney & Bobby's daughter, Bobbi Kristina celebrates her 6th Birthday today.

NEWSFILE: 4 MARCH 1999

New US Diamond Certification...

RIAA To Unveil New Award At Star-Studded Event

Dozens of the music industry's biggest stars will be honored March 16 in New York as the RIAA unveils its Diamond Award, a new certification level for recording artists who have achieved U.S. sales of 10 million units of a single title. Although the RIAA would not reveal how many acts will attend the event, Billboard Bulletin has confirmed that Billy Joel, Elton John, Boyz II Men, AC/DC, and Boston will be among those on hand at Roseland Ballroom to receive their Diamond Awards.

As of this month, 62 albums spanning four decades qualify for the honor, according to the RIAA. In February alone, Van Halen's "1984," Green Day's "Dookie," Journey's "Greatest Hits," No Doubt's "Tragic Kingdom," and the self-titled debut album by the Backstreet Boys were certified at the 10- million level.
Until now, the RIAA had bestowed awards for gold (500,000 units), platinum (1 million), and multi-platinum sales.

Whitney Houston is the only female artist with two Diamond albums - "Whitney Houston" and "The Bodyguard". Her "Whitney" album is certified at 9 Million - expect it to become her third Diamond album shortly.

[Thanks Lopez - Info courtesy of Madonna Mailing List (Madonna@MLVC.org - Alex Snell]

NEWSFILE: 3 MARCH 1999

The Ultimate Diva Show...

Mr. Showbiz is reporting that David Foster is currently trying to convince Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, and Barbara Streisand to go on a tour with opera sensation Andrea Bocelli. The tour would be called "Three Divas and a Tenor," inspired by the wildly successful "Three Tenors" tour featuring Pavarotti, Carreras, and Domingo. Each performacne on the "Three Divas" tour would be broadcast on pay-per-view, with requisite CD, laser disc, and other marketing ventures to follow.

There are a number of potential stumbling blocks to the idea, including scheduling conflicts, individual label prerogatives for each artist, and Streisands reported insistence that she have final say over what songs are performed. Nevertheless, the potential for an astronomical pay-off could overcome these difficulties--imagine the huge audience interest in such a spectacle. It would no doubt be billed as a historic concert featuring pop music's three greatest vocalists or some other such hyperbolic tag. It would make VH1's Divas Live 1998 look like small potatoes and capitalize on the public fascination with the "DIVA" phenomenon.

[Thanks Blackatlantic]

NEWSFILE: 3 MARCH 1999

Still Believing...

"When You Believe" remains the No.1 song in South Korea.

[Thanks Lee]

NEWSFILE: 3 MARCH 1999

Upcoming Appearances...

Whitney will be appearing on these upcoming shows:
The Brit Awards will air on Saturday, March 6 on ABC
The Oscars, with Mariah Carey, on Sunday, March 21
Soul Train on Sunday, March 26 VH1 Divas on April 13

Please check your local listings for stations and times!!

[From the Platinum Club]

NEWSFILE: 2 MARCH 1999

More Tour Info...
[Text of E-mail from Arista to Charles H. ]

There are tour plans being worked out, but there are not any confirmed dates at this time. We will post tour dates and send out an announcement as soon as the tour has been confirmed and all the dates are in place.

[Thanks Charles]

NEWSFILE: 2 MARCH 1999

See I'm Movin' On...

Nikesh's Wonderful World Of Whitney website has a new home.

NEWSFILE: 2 MARCH 1999

Music For The Millennium...

London's Capital Radio is running a new show called Music For The Millennium which is set up to mark the impending millennium celebrations but also the radio station's 25th Anniversary. Listeners and stars have been invited to nominate their favorite song for the past 25 years. Whitney Houston was on this evening and she chose "He Ain't Heavy He's My Brother" as her song for the millennium. She spoke very briefly about the inspiring lyric of the song.

NEWSFILE: 1 MARCH 1999

It's Not Right Commentary...
[from Dotmusic]

3 IT'S NOT RIGHT BUT IT'S OK (Whitney Houston) Although her duet with Mariah Carey on When You Believe was also taken from the album, as far as most people are concerned this is the first official single release from Whitney's new studio album My Love Is Your Love which was quietly released just before Christmas and is now beginning to grow in appeal. This is the track she performed at the Brit awards a fortnight ago and a track that proves Whitney is able to perform on a modern R&B track and match the abilities of all the young pretenders that have come along whilst she has spent most of the decade making movies. It's Not Right But It's OK may be far removed from the pop brilliance of her work in the late 80s but it is still an astounding record and in crashing straight into the Top 3 becomes her biggest hit single since Run To You and I Have Nothing from the Bodyguard soundtrack both made the Top 3 in 1993. The slow-building, brooding nature of the song provokes comparisons with The Boy Is Mine, perhaps unsurprisingly both tracks were written by Rodney Jerkins who also sits in the producers chair on this recording.

[Thanks Charles]

NEWSFILE: 1 MARCH 1999

Blockbuster...

Vote for Whitney in the 1999 Blockbuster Entertainment Awards! She's nominated for "Favorite R&B Female" against Brandy and Janet Jackson. Vote for Whitney Here.

[Thanks Sky]

NEWSFILE: 1 MARCH 1999

Complete UK Charts...

Whitney Houston's UK Chart positions are as follows:

"It's Not Right But It's Okay" is No.3 on the Singles Chart, No.1 on the R&B Singles chart and No.13 on the Club Chart.

"Heartbreak Hotel" is No.24 on the R&B Singles Chart - this reflects sales of the import CD.

"My Love Is Your Love" is up to No.22 in the Albums Chart - the album's highest position since it debuted at No.27 in November. The album is No.3 on the Dance Albums chart (a former No.1).

[From Dotmusic]

NEWSFILE: 28 FEBRUARY 1999

UK Chart Debut...

"It's Not Right But It's Okay" has debuted at No.3 on the new UK singles chart. This is Whitney's 13th top ten hit and the highest debuting single of her career (the previous best being the No.4 debut of "When You Believe").

The song joins "I Have Nothing" as Whitney's fifth highest placed single ever - the other four were all No.1 singles.

"It's Not Right But It's Okay sold 161,500 copies last week - enough for a No.1 in most weeks - and in fact more than alot of No.1 singles sell in their chart career these days. The single by Blur sold 171,000 copies with Britney Spears selling close to 200,000 copies.

NEWSFILE: 28 FEBRUARY 1999

Top Of The Pops...

No real fanfair for Whitney Houston as she performed on Top Of The Pops tonight - only the second appearance on the show of her career.

Dressed in black slacks and top, Whitney performed with around eight female dancers. On her forehead, Whitney had a painted on dot - the Indian symbol which historically was only worn by married women although in recent years adopted by western cultures - most recently by Madonna.
The dance routine was much the same as the Brits from last week. Vocally, Whitney sounded great and once again took the ad libs to new territory. Expect a RealAudio File of the performance shortly.

NEWSFILE: 26 FEBRUARY 1999

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