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HISTORIC NEWSFILE
JULY & AUGUST 1999

 


Queen Latifah...

According to the October 1999 issue of "Sister 2 Sister" magazine, Whitney has been booked as one the guests who'll appear on Queen Latifah's new TV show. The article indicates she may appear at some point during the first 2 weeks of the show, but it doesn't give a definite time.

It is not known when Queen Latifah's show will officially be launched.

[Thanks Lisa D.]

 

US Maxi Single...

This is the confirmed track listing for the US Maxi Single for "My Love Is Your Love" released today in the US:

1. My Love Is Your Love (Wyclef remix, featuring Dyme) 4.10
2. My Love Is Your Love (Salaam Mix) 4.11
3. My Love Is Your Love (Jonathan Peters Radio Mix) 4.30
4. My Love Is Your Love (Thunderpuss 2000 Radio Mix) 4.11
5. My Love Is Your Love (Johnathan Peter's Vocal Club Mix)13.46
6. My Love Is Your Love (Thunderpuss 2000 Club Mix) 8.28
7. My Love Is Your Love (Thunderpuss 2000 Severe Dub) 8.31
8. It's Not Right But It's Okay (KCC Release the Love Groove Mix) 7.05

[Thanks Scott]

 

France...

"My Love Is Your Love" (now my standard opening line on the Newsfile!) is back up to No.3 on the French Albums Chart. The single is up to No.11 (from No.14) this week.

[Thanks Julian]

 

8 O'Clock Showdown: Day 2...

"My Love Is Your Love" beat out it's challenger ("Gotta Man," the new tune from Eve of Ruff Ryders) on the Toronto, Canada KISS 92.5 FM station. The song competes for a maximum of five days when, if it lasts that long, it is retired to the "Showdown Wall Of Fame".

We can help Whitney win by voting at the http://www.kiss92.fm website.

[Thanks Darrell]

NEWSFILE: 31 AUGUST 1999

UK Chart Update...

"My Love Is Your Love" dips out of the UK Top Ten Albums chart for the first time in two months. This week the album is No.12 (from No.10). The single is down to No.27 (from No.16) with eleven singles debuting above it - it's now featured on the UK Singles Chart for 10 weeks. "My Love Is Your Love" is also down to No.6 (from No.5) on the UK R&B Singles Chart.

Whitney Houston is the only artist to feature two singles inside the top 15 best sellers of 1999 with "It's Not Right But It's Okay" at No.13 for the year to date and "My Love Is Your Love" now No.15 for the year to date.

 

US Import...

The US Maxi Single of "My Love Is Your Love" is now available in HMV & Tower Records in London.

[Thanks Farouk]

 

8 O'Clock Showdown...

In Toronto, Canada a local radio station, KISS 92.5 FM, played the Wyclef remix of "My Love Is Your Love". The remix was chosen (along with Mandy Moore's "Candy") to compete in a program called "The 8 O'Clock Showdown" (which takes place each weeknight at 8 pm), where listeners vote in which song they like, by either calling in to the station or voting on the website at http://www.kiss92.fm . The song with the most votes wins and becomes the Showdown Champ. The song can only be Champ for 5 nights and if it wins all 5 times, it's retired onto the "Showdown Wall Of Fame". Well, Whitney won last night and she'll go on to compete against a new Challenger on Monday.

[Darrell Will Keep Us Posted]

NEWSFILE: 29 AUGUST 1999

San Francisco Demands...

[Article From Dotmusic's Whitney Houston Section]

San Francisco officials have asked Whitney Houston to reimburse the city $100,000 they spent preparing for a concert she cancelled 15 minutes before show time.

Whitney says she cancelled the August 1 concert because she was ill. The concert was to be held at the city-owned Concord Pavilion and 5,000 fans were already in their seats when the announcement was made and thousands were turned away outside the venue.

Officials said around 8,500 tickets out of a possible 12,500 had been sold and the Pavilion's booking agent said Whitney's representatives were looking into the matter. Whitney cancelled four earlier dates on her tour because of recurring throat problems.

NEWSFILE: 28 AUGUST 1999

Global Albums...

"My Love Is Your Love" is down to No.8 on the CNN Worldbeat Albums Chart.

 

France...

"My Love Is Your Love" is down to No.4 on the French Albums Chart and the single of the same name is up to No.14 on the Top100 Singles Chart.

[Thanks Julian]

NEWSFILE: 27 AUGUST 1999

The Complete Billboard Update...

"My Love Is Your Love" is down one place to No.55 on the Billboard 200 with four albums debuting above it. On the R&B Albums Chart, the album climbs one to No.22.

Here's Lopez' weekly singles update for the week ending 4 September 1999:

IT'S NOT RIGHT BUT IT'S OKAY:
Hot 100 Singles - Down to No.25 (from No.17) - 18 weeks on chart.
Hot 100 Airplay - TBC - 18 weeks on chart;
Hot 100 Sales - Down to No.30 (from No.20) - 13 weeks on chart;
Rhythmic Crossover - Down to No.36 (from No.27) - 17 weeks on chart;
Top 40 Tracks - Down to No.19 (from No.15) - 15 weeks on chart;
Top 40 Mainstream - Down to No.24 (from No.23) - 11 weeks on chart;
R&B Singles Chart -Down to No.37 (from No.30) - 33 weeks on chart;
Hot R&B Airplay - Down to No.48 (from No.43) - 31 weeks on chart;
Hot R&B Sales - Down to No.18 (from No.13) - 13 weeks on chart;
Dance/Maxi CD Sales - Down to No.9 (from No.8) - 13 weeks on the chart.

MY LOVE IS YOUR LOVE:
Hot100 - Debut at No.81;
Hot 100 Airplay - Debut at No.72;
R&B Singles Chart - Up to No.23 (from No.26) with bullet - 7 weeks on chart;
Hot R&B Airplay - Up to No.20 (from No.23) with bullet - 7 weeks on the chart;
Dance/Club Play Chart - Remains at No.1 - 7 weeks on chart.

[Compiled By Lopez]

 

Mary...

Mary J. Blige marginally misses taking her second Billboard 200 No.1 album this week with "Mary." At the very end of her liner notes, Mary writes, "Whitney Houston, thank you for being there for me, you are truly special person."

 

UK Mid Week Chart...

"The mid week UK singles chart predicts a drop for "My Love Is Your Love" to No.28 (from No.16). The song is also making steep declines on radio (this week down from No.6 to No.14) following the deletion of the single.

Arista are leading the way in deleting UK singles - "It's Not Right But It's Okay" was deleted after shipping 500,000 and they also deleted "No Scrubs" by TLC after shipping 550,000 copies. It's likely that "My Love Is Your Love" has been deleted at 500,000 copies.

[Midweek Chart Courtesy Of Scott H.]

 

Europe's No.1...

"My Love Is Your Love" remains the No.1 album in Europe for a third week, timed nicely to coincide with Whitney's European tour which started this week.

Arista Records have confirmed actual sales of the album outside the US as 3.8 Million copies. The inclusion of this week's sales are likely to have taken the album to 4 million copies and a global total of over 6 million copies sold.

 

Billboard Charts...

Here's some early information about Whitney Houston's Billboard Chart Positions:

"My Love Is Your Love" is down one to No.55 on the Billboard 200 and up one to No.22 on the R&B Albums chart.

The single, "My Love Is Your Love" debuts at No.81 on the Hot100 this week - with a No.72 debut on the Airplay Chart. On the R&B Singles side, the song is up to No.20.

[Thanks John L.]

Billboard Article...

Whitney Kicks Off European Dates

Whitney Houston plays the first full show of her 31-date European tour tonight in Vechter, Germany. The itinerary runs until Oct. 23 and includes dates in Switzerland, the U.K., France, Belgium, Sweden, Finland, Holland, Italy, and Austria. The tour follows Houston's successful run of shows in North America. It also takes place with her current Arista set, "My Love Is Your Love," at No. 1 on Music & Media's European Top 100 Albums chart.

According to the label, the set has sold 3.8 million copies outside the U.S., where it is certified for sales of 2 million. The album is No. 54 this week on The Billboard 200.

As on the U.S. dates, Houston will model a wardrobe created especially for her by Italian designers Dolce & Gabbana. She tells Billboard Online, "I open my show with a blast. I have on this Dolce & Gabbana outfit -- [It's] green and yellow and all the [lights] are flashing [on me] -- and my hair is different and the people are loving it. They love to see that you can reinvent yourself and come back and kick butt."

With the title track from "My Love Is Your Love" still performing well around Europe, Arista will not release the next single from the album, "I Learned From The Best," until the fall.

Article From Billboard Online.

[Thanks Scott]

NEWSFILE: 26 AUGUST 1999

Sittin' Pretty?...

You see the MTV Total Request Line banner above? Use it today to request the "My Love Is Your Love" video on MTV.

 

Photo Spread For The Millennium...

Biography Magazine is currently asking readers to vote for the Top 10 beauties of the decade. A major photo-spread of the winners will be in the millenium issue on December 1999. The 25 nominees are at http://www.biography.com/magazine/index.html The choices are not only the typical beauties. Stunners like Whitney Houston, Cameron Diaz, Vanessa Williams, and Gwyneth Paltrow made the nominee list, but so did Meryl Streep, Sarah Ferguson, Katie Couric, and Martha Stewart.

[Thanks Arunesh]

Concert Gross...

Week ending 3 August 1999:

#7. Whitney Houston - Universal Amphitheatre. Universal City, CA July 29-30 $873,104,000

[Thanks Lopez]

NEWSFILE: 24 AUGUST 1999

My Love Is Your Love In Europe...

These are the chart positions that "My Love Is Your Love" occupies in some European territories:

COUNTRY SINGLE ALBUM
UK 16 10
Germany 4 4
Netherlands 4 1
Ireland 2 10
Sweden 8 9
Denmark 8 TBC
Belgium 10 9
France 15 3
Austria 2 7
[Thanks Lopez]

NEWSFILE: 23 AUGUST 1999

US Single...

This is the track listing for the US Maxi Single for "My Love Is Your Love" as announced by Amazon.com::

1. MLIYL (Wyclef remix, featuring Dyme)
2. My Love Is Your Love (Salaam mix)
3. My Love Is Your Love (Jonathan Peters radio mix)
4. My Love Is Your Love (Thunderpuss 2000 radio mix)
5. My Love Is Your Love (Thunderpuss 2000 Severe Dub)
6. It's Not Right But It's Okay (KCC Release the Love Groove Mix)

Amazon state the US release date as 31 August 1999 and 7 September 199 for the regular single.

[Thanks Lopez]

 

UK Chart Update...

"My Love Is Your Love" slips six places to No.16 on the UK Singles Chart. It has maintained a top 20 placing for each of it's 9 charting weeks. The single is down to No.5 on the R&B Singles Chart. The song is now the 17th best selling single in the UK for the year to date.

The Album is down to No.10 (from No.6) this week - it's 40th week on the chart.

 

European Tour Begins...

Whitney Houston's European Tour beings tonight in Poland.

Welcome To Europe Whitney!

NEWSFILE: 22 AUGUST 1999

Worldbeat...

"My Love Is Your Love" is now the No.7 album on the CNN Worldbeat Albums Chart - a chart of the best selling albums around the world.

[Thanks Joseph]

 

Elle...

Whitney Houston is featured in the SEPTEMBER issue of ELLE (U.S.A. edition), which has Ashley Judd on the cover. In the article Whitney is #19. 19 of ELLE'S TOP 25 (annual list of top stars this year 99). The picture used for the article, is the version of the picture used for Whitney's 99 Tourbook cover, and the picture used for the cover of "BE" magazine. Here is the complete article (word for word):

''- A STAR IS REBORN She's a diva's diva-even Cher and Tina were afraid to join her on that VH1 stage. And dammit, Whitney Houston's gonna prove it this fall, as she takes on the fashion world (in a splashy Dolce & Gabbana campaign), Europe (on an international tour covering twenty-nine dates in fifteen countries), the music industry (finally, a greatest hits album-but can they possibly fit?), and, most significantly, Hollywood: Miss Houston has been cast against type as "an average young woman on the highway of life" in the big budget romantic comedy ANYTHING FOR YOU. She's also rumored to be stepping into Streisand's shoes, thank you very much, with an over-the-top remake of A STAR IS BORN opposite Mr. Jiggy himself, Will Smith. Babs is apparently none too happy, but Whitney, we will always love you.-J.P.H''

[Thanks C.]

NEWSFILE: 21 AUGUST 1999

France...

Whitney Houston is in fine form on the French Albums Chart as "My Love Is Your Love" climbs to No.3 from last week's No.7 position. The single is up to No.15 on the singles chart.

[Thanks Julian]

 

Billboard Update...

"My Love Is Your Love" remains at No.54 on the Billboard200 for a second week and climbs to No.24 (from No.25) on the R&B Albums Chart.

IT'S NOT RIGHT BUT IT'S OKAY:
Hot 100 Singles - Down to No.17 (from No.13) - 17 weeks on chart.
Hot 100 Airplay - Down to No.20 (from No.17) - 17 weeks on chart;
Hot 100 Sales - Down to No.20 (from No.17) - 12 weeks on chart;
Rhythmic Crossover - Up to No.27 (from No.28) - 16 weeks on chart;
Top 40 Tracks - Remains at No.15 - 14 weeks on chart;
Top 40 Mainstream - Up to No.23 (from No.25) - 10 weeks on chart;
R&B Singles Chart -Down to No.30 (from No.25) - 32 weeks on chart;
Hot R&B Airplay - Down to No.43 (from No.39) - 30 weeks on chart;
Hot R&B Sales - Up to No.10 (from No.11) - 12 weeks on chart;
Dance/Maxi CD Sales - Down to No.8 (from No.5) - 12 weeks on the chart.

MY LOVE IS YOUR LOVE:
Hot100 Bubbling Under Singles - No.5 (from No.6);
R&B Singles Chart - Up to No.26 (from No.31) with bullet - 6 weeks on chart;
Hot R&B Airplay - Up to No.23 (from No.26) with bullet - 6 weeks on the chart;
Dance/Club Play Chart - Up to No.1 (from No.2) with bullet - 6 weeks on chart.

[Compiled By Lopez]

 

Australia...

Sorry this is late - "Heartbreak Hotel" is down to No.30 on the Austalian singles chart having peaked a couple of weeks back at No.17. The album has yet to return to the Albums Chart where it last appeared in January. It's Australian peak is No.42.

[Thanks Scott]

Canada...

Another bit of late information for the Newsfile - "It's Not Right But It's Okay" occupies the No.4 and No.5 spot on the Canadian Singles Chart. The import CD is represented at No.5.

NEWSFILE: 19 AUGUST 1999

Once, Twice, Three Times A Dance Diva...

"My Love Is Your Love" is the No.1 Dance/Club Play Single in the US for the week ending 28 August 1999. This is Whitney's third No.1 dance single this year, all generated from the "My Love Is Your Love" set.

Whitney is now the likely contender to close this century as the No.1 Dance/Club Play Artist of 1999.

[Thanks Dave]

 

Europe's Number One...

"My Love Is Your Love" remains the No.1 album in Europe for a second week. The single of the same name, a former No.1 itself, is back up to No.3 having surpassed sales of a million in Europe.

[Thanks Trevor]

 

Million Seller...

Whitney Houston has now sold over 950,000 singles in the UK in 1999. This figure comprises of 500,000 copies of "It's Not Right But It's Okay" and 450,000 copies of "My Love Is Your Love".

Whitney will join Britney Spears, Boyzone, Steps and Vengaboys as the million seller acts of 1999 so far.

[Source: Music Week Issue Dated 14 August 1999]

 

Whitney Houston Fundraiser: MJ No-Show...

[Article From New York Daily News]

Jacko pulls no-show on Whitney.

Let's see if Whitney Houston honors Michael Jackson again. Monday night, Houston was due to present his Gloviliness with something called a New Millennium Visionary Award at a benefit concert here for Houston's Foundation For Children. But even though he was in town, Jackson was a no show. That, according to several guests at the $20,000-a-table fund-raiser, didn't please Houston's hubby, Bobby Brown. "Bobby was visible upset,' one guest tells us. he was saying things like, "Who the hell does he think he is?"

Another guest said she was told by an organizer that Jackson was scared off by photographers who found out about the party, which was held at the W. 67th St. penthouse of record exec. David Guest.

The King of Pop, whose rep didn't return phone calls, has been busy laying down tracks for his next album. Whatever his reasons, Houston's rep Nancy Seltzer, insists that the singer and her husband aren't mad at him.

"Whitney and Bobby were disappointed and sad that he could not be there," says Seltzer. "They were not angry. Whitney was pleased with the event. She focuses on the positive."

Certainly, the evening didn't want want for entertainment. Houston, rested up after missing a recent concert date, showed she's ready to head off on a two-month European tour that begins Sunday in Poland. The diva belted out "I Will Always Love You" and joined Trisha Yearwood and the Four Tops on "I Believe In You And Me."

Also performing were Gloria Gaynor, Monica, Denise Williams and, making her musical debut, "Hart to Hart" star Stephanie Powers, who duetted with Phobe Snow.

Among those on hand were Charles Bronson, Ramsey Lewis, Clive Davis, Jane Powell, Freda Payne and Honorees Diane Warren, Tonja Walker Davidson and Ed Davidson.

All told, Houston's bash raised more than $300,000 for her charity, as well as for the American Cinema Awards Foundation and The Actors Fund of America.

[Thanks Andrea]

NEWSFILE: 18 AUGUST 1999

UK Chart Update...

Invincible Whitney Houston defies UK chart trends yet again with "My Love Is Your Love". The single is back inside the UK Top Ten Singles at No.10 climbing one place from last week's No.11. Two songs debut above it. "My Love Is Your Love" has been on the chart for eight weeks now, seven inside in the top ten and one week at No.11. It's chart trajectory so far reads like this: 2-4-4-7-6-8-11-10. The song is down one place to No.4 on the R&B Singles Chart.

It doesn't stop there, the song is already the 18th best selling single of 1999 so far. Whitney has two singles inside the top 20 for the year so far with "It's Not Right But It's Okay" standing at No.13.

Sales of "My Love Is Your Love" have exceeded 400,000 copies but as yet, Arista have not certified it Silver (200,000) or Gold (400,000).

"My Love Is Your Love" continues to perform well on the UK Album chart - this week it holds at No.6 for the second week; it's 39th week on the chart.

NEWSFILE: 15 AUGUST 1999

Manchester Show Cancelled...

The Manchester UK show tentatively scheduled for 19 September 1999 has been cancelled. The show was never announced in any promotional materials or press releases about the tour although tickets were being sold.

It is likely that the cancellation is due to scheduling conflicts.

[Thanks Matt]

 

Billboard...

Here's the complete Billboard update for the week ending 21 August 1999:

"My Love Is Your Love" is up to No.56 on the Billboard 200 and up to No.24 on the R&B Albums Chart.

IT'S NOT RIGHT BUT IT'S OKAY:
Hot 100 Singles - Down to No.13 (from No.12) - 16 weeks on chart.
Hot 100 Airplay - Up to No.17 (from No.19) with bullet- 16 weeks on chart;
Hot 100 Sales - Down to No.17 (from No.13) - 11 weeks on chart;
Rhythmic Crossover - TBC - 15 weeks on chart;
Top 40 Tracks - Up to No.15 (from No.18) with bullet - 13 weeks on chart;
Top 40 Mainstream - TBC - 9 weeks on chart;
R&B Singles Chart -Down to No.25 (from No.22) - 31 weeks on chart;
Hot R&B Airplay - Down to No.39 (from No.38) - 29 weeks on chart;
Hot R&B Sales - Down to No.11 (from No.9) - 11 weeks on chart;
Dance/Maxi CD Sales - Remains at No.5 - 11 weeks on the chart.

MY LOVE IS YOUR LOVE:
Hot100 Bubbling Under Singles - No.6 (from No.14);
R&B Singles Chart - Up to No.31 (from No.37) with bullet - 5 weeks on chart;
Hot R&B Airplay - Up to No.26 (from No.33) with bullet - 5 weeks on the chart;
Dance/Club Play Chart - Up to No.2 (from No.5) with bullet - 5 weeks on chart.

[Compiled By Andrea]

My Love Is Your Love: Deleted UK Single...

"My Love Is Your Love" has been deleted in the UK - a first for a single doing so well on the chart. It's not known how many copies of the single have been shipped before it was deleted.

"It's Not Right But It's Okay" was also deleted after 500,000 copies were issued although the single had dropped out of the top forty at that point. "My Love Is Your Love" is currently No.11 and I would estimate it wil sell a further 100,000 copies before it's stock runs dry.

[Thanks Scott H.]

 

France...

France joins the rest of Europe in showing it's approval of "My Love Is Your Love" - the album is up from No.15 to No.7 on the French Albums Chart.

"My Love Is Your Love" doesn't fair so well on the singles side; it slips one place to No.18. France is predominantly an albums buyer and the sales of the album are a reflection of the approval of the single.

[Thanks Julian]

NEWSFILE: 14 AUGUST 1999

 

 

Ebony - September 1999 Issue

WHITNEY HOUSTON

EBONY SEPTEMBER 1999

[Thanks Charles H.]

 

My Love Is Your Love: US Single Release Date...

[Text Of Arista Records E-Mail]

"My Love Is Your Love", the smash title track from Whitney's Multi-Platinum new album, will be available as a commercial single September 7th and includes a remix by Wyclef (feat. Dyme) and the Thunderpuss 2000 Club Mix.
The MY LOVE IS YOUR LOVE album also features the Gold hit "It's Not Right But It's Okay," the #1 Platinum "Heartbreak Hotel" (featuring Kelly Price and Faith Evans) and her Academy Award winning duet with Mariah Carey, "When You Believe."

[Thanks Arista]

 

New Global Peak...

In the week "My Love Is Your Love" becomes the No.1 album in Europe, the album climbs to No.8 (a new high) on the CNN Worldbeat Albums Chart.

NEWSFILE: 13 AUGUST 1999

Billboard...

Hopefully, the complete run down of Whitney's Billboard chart stats will be available shortly but in the meantime, here's quick review:

"My Love Is Your Love" is up to No.54 on the Billboard 200 having posted an 8% sales gain over last week.

On the Hot100, "It's Not Right But It's Okay" is down one place to No.13. Airplay for the song is up to No.17 with a bullet.

"My Love Is Your Love" climbs to No.26 from No.33 on the R&B Airplay Chart.

Finally - for the moment - "My Love Is Your Love" moves to No.2 from No.5 on the Dance/Club Play Chart and likely to be Whitney's third No.1 Dance/Club Play single this year.

Full details as and when.

[Thanks John/Dean]

 

Brazilian Beat...

"It's Not Right But It's Okay" is the No.1 Dance Play Single in Brazil this week. The song is also at No.4 on the Brazilian radio charts.

[Thanks Felipe]

NEWSFILE: 12 AUGUST 1999

Next US Single...

Billboard Magazine confirms the follow up single to "My Love Is Your Love" in the US will be a double-A sided single pairing "I Learned From The Best" and "I Bow Out".

[Thanks Andrew]

 

Europe's No.1 Album...

"My Love Is Your Love" is now the No.1 best selling album in Europe. The album has sold in excess of four million copies in Europe alone.

The global upward trend of the album is confirmed by CNN Worldbeat Albums Chart. It's weekly global sales continue to exceed 200,000 copies (over 100,000 in Europe).

[Thanks Trevor/Blackatlantic]

 

New Singles...

The BMG-Backstage website confirms "Heartbreak Hotel" is to be the next UK single, due for release on 20 September 1999 - the day after Whitney's UK Tour ends.

The site also confirms that "I Learned From The Best" will be the fifth single from the album. It's tentative release date is 6 December 1999.

I Learned From The Best is now likely to be the next US single following "My Love Is Your Love"'s run.

[Thanks Sebastian]

 

The Princess Diaries...

Houston Reads Disney 'Diaries' - By Oliver Jones

NEW YORK (Variety) - More than a year after scoring with the ABC version of ``Rodgers & Hammerstein's Cinderella,'' Whitney Houston is back in the princess business.

Disney has optioned novelist Meg Cabot's book ``The Princess Diaries'' for the pop singer's production company Brownhouse Prods. to develop into a family-oriented feature film.

Scheduled to be published in hardback by Avon's young adult line this coming June, ``Princess'' is said to read like a hip, urban version of ``Eloise.'' It tells the story of feisty and rebellious 16-year-old Mia, who discovers much to her dismay that she is in fact the princess of a small European country. As a result, Mia must suffer though the indignity of ``princess lessons'' at the hands of her stern grandmother.

The picture is on the fast track at Disney, with the manuscript out to screenwriters. Houston will serve as a producer. Disney paid a mid- to low-six figure sum for the rights.

Brownhouse's upcoming feature productions include ``Get Christy Love'' and ``Anything for You'' at Universal and ''Thirty Years to Life'' at Fox.

[Thanks Arunesh/Nick]

 

Upscale...

Whitney is featured in the August issue of Upscale Magazine (Halle Berry cover). It it Upscale's 10th anniversary issue. The first article is Upscale's "10 Most Memorable Covers". 2 covers featuring Whitney made their list, the "Waiting To Exhale" cover (November 1995), and the Whitney and Bobby cover (February 1998).

The next article that features Whitney is Upscale's "10 Most Recognizable Faces". The article is very complimentary and mentions aspects about Whitney not mentioned often in other articles. For example: "An astute businesswoman, she (Whitney) has amassed an impressive fortune that keeps her name on the Forbes Top Money Entertainers List, and an $11 million dollar New Jersey mansion is one of the many trappings of success". The article continues to talk about her global sales success, the success of each of her albums, her success as a singer, model, actress, and producer, as well as her charitable contributions. The article futher mentions future Whitney projects, including the "Anything For You" movie project, and her ownership to the rights of such books as the Dorothy Dandridge biography, and others like "How To Marry A Black Man" and "Friends And Lovers" - all ! of which may become film projects at some point in the future. Her new label "Better Place Records" was also mentioned. All in all an excellent article. They used the My Love Is Your Love album cover for the picture on the article.

Finally, Whitney is mentioned again in the feature interview with Halle Berry. Halle on Whitney: "Whitney had the rights to "Dorothy Dandridge (a biography by Donald Bogle), and I had the rights to her (DD) manager's book (Earl Mills). The truth is no matter what book any of us had, her life is public domain. All that happened was that I got to the finish line first. Hopefully Whitney will still do a story. I would love to see her play Dorothy or get someone else to. I would love to see what her vision is or what she thought of her and Janet (her version) too. They may do it, they may not."

[Thanks Patrick]

 

France...

"My Love Is Your Love" is up 13 places from No.28 to No.15 in the Top 75 Albums, while the single of the same name is up 5 places from No.22 to No.17 in the Top 50 Singles.

[Thanks Julian]

NEWSFILE: 11 AUGUST 1999

 

Happy 36th Birthday Whitney!
9 August 1999

UK Chart Update...

"My Love Is Your Love" slips to No.11 (from No.8) on this week's UK Singles Chart - it's seventh charting week. It's down three places with five records debuting above it. The album drops to No.6 (from No.5) on it's 38th week on the chart.

 

Remix Diva...

Here's a run down of the mixes/remixes of "My Love Is Your Love" that has surfaced so far:

Radio Edit - 4:04
Radio Edit (Instrumental) - 4:04
Acappella - 4:16
Wyclef Mix - 4:24
Salaam Remi Remix - 4:12
Marvel & Eily Vocal Mix (AKA Marvel & Eily Southside Vocal)- 7:14
Marvel & Eily Radio Edit - 3:32
Marvel & Eily Southside Dub - 7:05
Jonathan Peters' Vocal Mix - 13:45
Jonathan Peters' Tight Mix - 8:23
Jonathan Peters' Mixshow - 5:00
Thunderpuss Club Mix - 8:28
Thunderpuss Radio Mix - 4:11
Thunderpuss Severe Dub - 8:31

Best of the bunch? I can't decide now but ones to watch for are the Thunderpuss Club Mix and the Jonathan Peters' Vocal Mix - the Marvel & Eily Southside Vocal is still one of the best.

[Thanks Matt]

 

It's Alright, It's Another Remix...

Marvel & Eily have remixed "It's Not Right But It's Okay" - the mix is called Marvel & Eily's G3 Mix and is in keeping with their speed garage sound. Worth a listen.

[Thanks Matt]

 

CNN Worldbeat...

Nearly nine months after release and Whitney's "My Love Is Your Love" has re-entered the top ten of the CNN Worldbeat Albums Chart. The chart represents the best selling albums around the world as compiled by MRIB UK.

"My Love Is Your Love" is selling approximately 200,000 copies a week.

NEWSFILE: 8 AUGUST 1999

Billboard Chart Update...

Sorry this is late - Lopez (our resident chart guru) is away on holiday - special thanks to Andrea for this information.

"My Love Is Your Love" climbs to No.56 (from No.60) on the Billboard 200 Albums and it climbes to No.27 (from No.30) on the R&B Albums Chart.

Here's the rest of the chart statistics for the week ending 14 August 1999:

IT'S NOT RIGHT BUT IT'S OKAY:
Hot 100 Singles - Down to No.12 (from No.11) - 15 weeks on chart.
Hot 100 Airplay - Down to No.19 (from No.16) - 15 weeks on chart;
Hot 100 Sales - Down to No.13 (from No.10) - 10 weeks on chart;
Rhythmic Crossover - TBC - 14 weeks on chart;
Top 40 Tracks - Up to No.18 (from No.19) with bullet - 12 weeks on chart;
Top 40 Mainstream - TBC - 8 weeks on chart;
R&B Singles Chart -Down to No.22 (from No.15) - 30 weeks on chart;
Hot R&B Airplay - Down to No.38 (from No.29) - 28 weeks on chart;
Hot R&B Sales - Down to No.9 (from No.8) - 10 weeks on chart;
Dance/Maxi CD Sales - Down to No.8 (from No.5) - 11 weeks on the chart.

MY LOVE IS YOUR LOVE:
Hot100 Bubbling Under Singles - No.14 (from No.23);
R&B Singles Chart - Up to No.37 (from No.43) with bullet - 4 weeks on chart;
Hot R&B Airplay - Up to No.33 (from No.38) with bullet - 4 weeks on the chart;
Dance/Club Play Chart - Up to No.5 (from No.8) with bullet - 4 weeks on chart.

[Compiled By Andrea]

NEWSFILE: 7 AUGUST 1999

Lady Of Soul...

Whitney Houston's has two nominations for this year's Lady Of Soul Awards. The first is for Best R&B Song by a duo or group for Heartbreak Hotel. Other nominees in this category are Brandy & Monica --The Boy is Mine, 702--Where My girls AT, and TLC--No Scrubs.
The second nominations is for Album of the Year along with Lauryn Hill, Monica, and Brandy.

[Thanks CJ]

 

Diane Warren...

Diane Warren to Receive Millennium Visionary Award

NEW YORK--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--Aug. 4, 1999-- Songwriter Extraordinaire to Be Honored at Benefit Dinner for The American Cinema Awards Foundation and the Whitney Houston Foundation for Children Inc.

Diane Warren will be honored with the Millennium Visionary Award for "Distinguished Achievement in Songwriting" by the American Cinema Awards Foundation and the Whitney Houston Foundation for Children Inc.

Also being recognized will be the "King of Pop," Michael Jackson, and humanitarians Tonja Walker Davidson and Ed Davidson. The intimate evening will benefit the Whitney Houston Foundation for Children and the Actors' Fund of America. The exclusive event will take place on Aug. 16, at the New York home of producer David Gest.

Throughout the evening there will be performances by country superstar Trisha Yearwood; Grammy-Award-winner Monica; film, stage and television star Diahann Carroll; Motown super group The Four Tops; legendary MGM musical star Ann Blyth; the star of "Fosse," Andy Blakenbuehler; the stars of "The Lion King," Heather Headley and Jason Raize; jazz legend Ramsey Lewis; pop singer Edwin McCain; the star of "Ragtime," Brian Stokes Mitchell; television and film star Stefanie Powers; and musical superstar Whitney Houston, with surprise appearances by some very special guest stars.

The evening will bring the entertainment and business communities together with the common goal of raising much-needed funds for abused and battered children as well as children in need, and, at the same time, raise money for arts-related charities and scholarships.

The American Cinema Awards Foundation was founded 15 years ago by Gest and Jackson and has raised millions of dollars for the Motion Picture and TV Fund in Los Angeles and the Actors' Fund of America in New York. It has also established numerous scholarships at colleges and universities throughout the United States.

Warren's songs transcend all genres of music. She is being recorded by such diverse artists as Whitney Houston, Aaliyah, Johnny Mathis, Vanessa Williams, Monica, Trisha Yearwood, Edwin McCain and Eric Clapton.

She has also had multiple Grammy, Golden Globe and Oscar nominations. Recently, Warren won a TNN/Music City News award (this award is unique in that it is based solely on fan votes -- not music peers) for her song "Just To Hear You Say That You Love Me," performed by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.

Warren is a former recipient of the International Achievement in Arts Award (the sister organization of the American Cinema Awards Foundation) for "Distinguished Achievement in Songwriting."

[Thanks Rodney]

 

Whitney Houston Plans To Sell PepsiCo Shares...

WASHINGTON, Aug 4 (Reuters) - Pop singer Whitney Houston, whose mega-hits include "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" and "I Will Always Love You," plans to sell shares in PepsiCo Inc. the No. 2 soft drink maker whose items include Pepsi, Diet Pepsi and Mountain Dew, a regulatory filing on Wednesday said.

Houston intends to sell 43,167 shares valued at more than $1.7 million, a filing her company, Whitney Houston Investments Inc., located in Fort Lee, N.J., made with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Houston was paid in PepsiCo shares as part of an agreement she had with Pepsi-Cola "under which she was available to assist in certain programs that were aimed at the African American community," said PepsiCo spokesman Richard Detwiler, who did not know how many shares she received.

Donna Houston, her relative and spokeswoman, did not immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.

PepsiCo, based in Purchase, N.Y., currently has more than 1.4 billion shares outstanding. Its stock price closed down $0.125 to $38-3/16 on the New York Stock Exchange.

Houston, the singer-actress whose mother is the acclaimed gospel singer Cissy Houston, has sold millions and millions of albums, whose titles include "Whitney," "I'm Your Baby Tonight" and the soundtrack to the movie "The Bodyguard," in which she co-starred with actor Kevin Costner.

[Thanks Rodney]

 

Club/Dance Play...

"My Love Is Your Love" is up to No.5 (from No.8) on the Billboard Dance/Club Play Chart in it's fourth week as it makes it's way to No.1 - easily Whitney's third No.1 in this chart inside six months and likely to secure her position as the No.1 Dance/Club Play Artist of 1999.

[Thanks Rodney]

 

Cancelled Concert...

CONCORD, Calif. (AP) - Citing illness, Whitney Houston canceled a concert in the San Francisco Bay area an hour before she was to perform on the last scheduled stop on the U.S. leg of her world tour.

Most of the audience had already arrived for Sunday's show, said Michael McNally, the house manager at Concord Pavilion. Lance Walden, a spokesman for Ms. Houston's label, Arista, said he didn't know the nature of her illness. Her management company, Nippy Inc., said it couldn't provide information on the cancellation until Tuesday.

Ms. Houston also canceled or postponed shows in Tennessee, Missouri, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. on the tour. The show in Concord will not be rescheduled. Ticket-holders will receive full refunds, McNally said.

[Thanks Rodney]

 

Videotech...

Video Tech UK (Carlton TV) will feature an interview with Whitney Houston tonight.

[Thanks Nikesh]

NEWSFILE: 5 AUGUST 1999

San Francisco Refunds...

The Platinum Club Website has some information about refunds for people who purchased their tickets through them for the cancelled San Francisco show due to illness.

 

MTV News...

Whitney Houston Cancels Last U.S. Date; 'N Sync Reshuffles Road Plans - From MTV News

Two big-ticket tours have hit a couple of road snags recently, as 'N Sync and Whitney Houston have announced date changes (and even cancellations) on their respective outings.

Whitney Houston cancelled her concert in the San Francisco Bay area on Sunday, due to illness. The show, which was to be the last date on the U.S. leg of her world tour, joins a slew of previously postponed or cancelled dates in Tennessee, Missouri, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C.

NEWSFILE: 4 AUGUST 1999

TOTP: Performances...

Whitney Houston recorded three performances for Top Of The Pops in the UK in February. We've already seen "It's Not Right But It's Okay" and "My Love Is Your Love" and the third of the performances was "Heartbreak Hotel".

This means that "Heartbreak Hotel" is going to get UK release, possibly as early as next month to tie in with the UK tour.

[Thanks Dale]

 

Lounge Pianist...

[From Liz Smith's Column; New York Post]

Whitney Houston wears Dolce and Gabbana when she belts it out soulfully during her concert gigs (her Los Angeles stints last week were sensational and star-studded). But few recognized the bejeaned, T-shirted and casually capped woman who sat down at the piano at the Beverly Hills Hotel Polo Lounge and played delicate classical music. It was the divine Whitney. Who knew?

[Thanks Andrea/Jake]

 

The Official Line...

[Taken From The Platinum Club Website]

The concert scheduled for Aug 1 at the Concord Pavilion in Concord Pavilion was cancelled because Whitney was not well enough to perform. We are currently working with the box office to sort out the refund situation, but do not have definitive word yet on how that will be handled. Customer service has no further info on refunds at this time. Please check back with the hotline and website on Wednesday for an update. We appreciate your patience!

NEWSFILE: 3 AUGUST 1999

Disney's Angel...

R&B thrush Monica is set to star as an aspiring singer in ``Angel of Mine,'' an ABC ``Wonderful World of Disney'' TV movie to be produced by Whitney Houston. The musical project, still in the early stages of development, is based on the 1992 novel ``Strut'' by Bruce and Carole Hart. The working title, ``Angel of Mine,'' also refers to Monica's recent pop hit of the same name.

Monica will play a 17-year-old high school girl whose dreams of stardom are aided by a rock star-cum-guardian angel who died young at the peak of his fame in the 1970s. The rocker believes his mission is to help the girl realize her dream, but in fact, the real purpose is for him to fall in love and thereby earn his backstage pass into heaven. Debra Martin Chase, Houston's producing partner at Brownhouse Prods., described the picture as ``uplifting and fun.'' Brownhouse plans to hold an open casting call for the role of the rocker.

The project is the first TV effort from Brownhouse since 1997's musical ``Cinderella,'' also for the ``Wonderful World of Disney'' showcase. Chase said the company is developing a range of other made-for-TV projects.

[Thanks Arunesh/Dave]

 

Final US Show Cancelled...

There is no official statement as yet on Whitney's cancellation of the final show on her US leg of the "My Love Is Your Love" World Tour. The San Francisco show was cancelled shortly before 112 were to perform.

It is not clear as to whether the show will be rescheduled or not at this point.

 

France...

"My Love Is Your Love" is No.22 on the French Singles Chart and No.28 on the Albums Chart.

[Thanks Julian]

 

Los Angeles...

The LA Times Review of Whitney's show last week - My Love Is Your Love World Tour Commercial Reviews Section.

[Thanks Charles]

NEWSFILE: 2 AUGUST 1999

James Masterton...

[James Masterton complies the chart commentary for the Dotmusic Website - Here's what he has to say about "My Love Is Your Love" this week]

Although the single is on its way down, Whitney's current hit single is worthy of a small comment this week. My Love Is Your Love has now spent six weeks inside the Top 10 which means that with the minimum of fuss it has become her most enduring hit single since I Will Always Love You spent ten weeks at the top of the pile in 1992. Indeed it is just one of a number of singles inside the Top 10 this week which are enjoying protracted runs of success. Will Smith's Wild Wild West is now five weeks old and it too has spent its entire chart career in the Top 10 (his best run since Men In Black) whilst the Vengaboys' Boom Boom Boom Boom beats them all with a seventh week in the upper reaches. Only one single this year has had a longer Top 10 run - Shania Twain's That Don't Impress Me Much which recently came to the end of an epic 10 week stay.

 

UK Chart Update...

"My Love Is Your Love" is down to No.5 (from No.4) on the UK Albums Chart - it's 37th charting week. Meanwhile, the single, "My Love Is Your Love" is down 2 places to No.8 on the Singles Chart, its sixth charting week. The single has sales of around 370,000 copies now.

NEWSFILE: 1 AUGUST 1999

'Whitney Houston' Certified At 13 Million...

The 1985 debut "Whitney Houston" has been certified by the RIAA for US sales of thirteen million copies in the US. The album's global sales figure stands at a tall 23 Million copies worldwide.

This new certification brings Whitney's US Platinum certification figure to an impressive 47 million (sales of 'Whitney Houston', 'Whitney', 'I'm Your Baby Tonight', 'The Bodyguard', 'The Preacher's Wife' and 'My Love Is Your Love' figure). Thus, Whitney's 47 Million albums in the US out performs Madonna's 46 Million*, Mariah Carey's 46 Million**, Celine Dion's 28 Million and Janet's 22 Million albums shipped. The only female artist who ranks above Whitney's 47 Million is Barbra Streisand who's figure stands tall at 51 Million albums** shipped (and certified).

* - Madonna's "Evita" project was re-certified as a double album which means that 2.5 million copies that were shipped represent a five-times Platinum album, not five million sales. Madonna's US Platinum Certification stands at 49 Million.

** Maybe someone can clarify but I believe that Mariah's "MTV Unplugged" was certified three times platinum but it's playing time deems it an EP not an album and thus 500,000 copies represents platinum status for the album. I am also not clear on how many of Barbra Streisand's albums were certified in multiples of two for each million sold due to being double albums - if anyone can clarify, please Mail me.

 

My Love Is Your Love Is Europe...

The single "My Love Is Your Love" currently occupies the No.2 slot in five European territories. Here's a run down of where Whitney's album and single are in Europe:

COUNTRY SINGLE ALBUM
UK 6 4
Germany 2 2
Switzerland 2 5
Holland 2 5
Austria 2 7
Ireland 2 10
Sweden 3 TBC
Denmark 6 TBC
Belgium 10 9
Yugoslavia 10 TBC

Are you in Europe and your country not represented here? Mail me with chart positions/stats and it'll be posted here.

[Thanks Trevor]

 

Sales Information...

Whitney Houston's Sales Information has been updated to recognise seven million copies sold of "My Love Is Your Love" and the updated sales figures for her recent singles, "Heartbreak Hotel", "It's Not Right But It's Okay" and "My Love Is Your Love".

NEWSFILE: 30 JULY 1999

 

Billboard Update...

"My Love Is Your Love" is up to No.60 (with a bullet) from last week's No.67 on the Billboard200 Albums. On the R&B Albums chart it climbs to No.30 (from No.41).

Here's the rest of the chart statistics for the week ending 7 August 1999:

IT'S NOT RIGHT BUT IT'S OKAY:
Hot 100 Singles - Down to No.11 (from No.9) - 14 weeks on chart.
Hot 100 Airplay - UP to No.16 (from No.18) with bullet - 14 weeks on chart;
Hot 100 Sales - Down to No.10 (from No.8) - 9 weeks on chart.
Rhythmic Crossover - Down to No.25 (from No.21) - 13 weeks on chart;
Top 40 Tracks - Up to No.19 (from No.20) with bullet - 11 weeks on chart;
Top 40 Mainstream - Down to No.26 (from No.25) - 7 weeks on chart;
R&B Singles Chart -Down to No.15 (from No.12) - 29 weeks on chart;
Hot R&B Airplay - Down to No.29 (from No.28) - 27 weeks on chart;
Hot R&B Sales - Down to No.8 (from No.7) - 9 weeks on chart;
Dance/Maxi CD Sales - Down to No.5 (from No.3) - 10 weeks on the chart.

MY LOVE IS YOUR LOVE:
Hot100 Bubbling Under Singles - Debut At No.23;
R&B Singles Chart - Up to No.43 (from No.56) with bullet - 3 weeks on chart;
Hot R&B Airplay - Up to No.38 (from No.53) with bullet - 3 weeks on the chart;
Dance/Club Play Chart - Up to No.8 (from No.19) with bullet - 3 weeks on chart.

[Compiled By Lopez]

 

Excellent European Progress...

Big News - "My Love Is Your Love" is up to No.2 on the European Albums Chart (from No.5 last week). The surge is due only in part to UK & German sales as most other European territories are coming on board with significant sales increases. Expect European only sales to register around 150,000 copies for the week.

The single "My Love Is Your Love" is also up to No.2 in Europe (a former No.1) and it's sales to date are fast closing in on it's first million.

[Thanks Trevor]

NEWSFILE: 29 JULY 1999

 

1999 MTV Video Music Awards...

"Heartbreak Hotel" has been nominated for Best R&B Video for this year's MTV VMA's. Whitney is pitched against:
Aaliyah, "Are You That Somebody"
Brandy, "Have You Ever?"
Lauryn Hill, "Doo Wop (That Thing)"

The awards will take place on 9 September at New York City's Metropolitan Opera House. Whitney will not be attending these awards as she will be performing in Sheffield, England that evening.

 

Colorado...

The Colorado Springs Gazette review of Whitney's 26 July show is in - My Love Is Your Love World Tour Commercial Reviews Section.

[Thanks Blackatlantic]

 

UK Airplay...

"My Love Is Your Love" is No.3 on the UK Airplay Chart - the highest peak by any of her singles since The Bodyguard era. It's audience reach was over 63 million audience impressions.

 

Concert Gross...

Top 10 NORTH AMERICAN CONCERT GROSSES

Reported through July 20, 1999
Source: Amusement Business

< 1. 'N Sync, Jordan Knight, Sugar Hill Gang, 3rd Storee. Jones Beach Theatre. Wantagh, N.Y. July 13-16. $1,921,763.
< 2. 'N Sync. Coca-Cola Star Lake Amphitheatre. Burgettstown, Pa. July 10-11. $1,274,272.
< 3. Lilith Fair '99. Rose Bowl. Pasadena, Calif. July 17. $1,178,682
< 4. Cher, Cyndi Lauper, Wild Orchid. Madison Square Garden. New York, N.Y. July 13. $1,070,828.
< 5. Cher, Cyndi Lauper, Wild Orchid. First Union Center. Philadelphia, Pa. July 10. $909,564.
< 6. Bob Dylan & Paul Simon, BoDeans. World Music Theatre. Tinley Park, Ill. July 9. $846,720.
< 7. Whitney Houston. The Theatre at Madison Square Garden. New York, N.Y. July 14-15. $802,323.
< 8. Lilith Fair '99. The Gorge. George, Wash. July 9-10. $789,139.
< 9. Shania Twain, Leahy. Rose Garden. Portland, Ore. June 24. $697,235.
< 10. Shania Twain, Leahy. The Gorge. George, Wash. June 26. $673,570.

[Thanks Lisa D]

NEWSFILE: 28 JULY 1999

 

Wyclef On MTV...

MTV News Report On Whitney/Wyclef Pairing For Next US Single, "My Love Is Your Love".

Pop diva Whitney Houston is currently riding high with "It's Not Right, But It's Okay," yet she's already looking ahead to her next single, which will reveal the results of her work with Wyclef Jean .

Whitney's next single will be the title track for her hit album, "My Love Is Your Love." The track was produced by Wyclef, who reports that Houston was a pure pleasure in the studio.

"Whitney ain't on no, like, superstar vibe," Wyclef explained to the MTV Radio Network. "Whitney's real. She came in and she just rocks it. She do her thing, yo."

The single will surface soon, while Houston can be spotted on the road where her U.S. tour will run through early August before heading to Europe to tour there.

NEWSFILE: 26 JULY 1999

 

Concert Gross...

[Sorry this is late - the concert gross data for the week ending 13 July 1999]

1. Cher with Cyndi Lauper, New Yourk July 5-6 $1,528,420
2. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers with Lucinda Williams, Wantagh , NY July 2-3 $1,041,278
3.John Mellencamp, Noblesville, In, July 3-4 $1,028,940
4. Whitney Houston, Fox Theatre, Detroit, Michigan June 25-26 $752,653
5. Shania Twain, cheulah, OH June 17, $626,978
6. Elton John Rochester, NY June 16, $626,955
7. Whitney Houston, Wang Center, Boston Mass. July 8-9 $533,843
8. Tom Petty et al, Hershey, PA july 5, $494,058
9. Summer Jam-Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes, Missy, Redman, DMX, Method Man, Ja Rule and Ruff Ryders, East Rutherford,NJ June 24, $490,094
10. Tom Petty et al, Cleveland, OH, June 16 $456,676.

[Thanks Lopez]

 

Whitney Defies UK Chart Trend...

"My Love Is Your Love" holds on to the No.4 position on the UK albums chart having sold around 400,000 copies after 36 charting weeks.

The big news is on the Singles Chart where "My Love Is Your Love" climbs back up to No.6 on it's fifth week inside the Top Ten. The single's chart trajectory has been 2-4-4-7-6 and it's sales are now in excess of 330,000 copies.

 

Good Works...

From next issue of Billboards' magazine under the Good Works section.

Whitney Houston and Universal Amphitheatre are donating a portion of the proceeds from her July 30 concert in Los Angeles to tne Magic Johnson Foundation's 14ty h Annual "A Midsummer Night's Magic,' a series of events that raises money for the Taylor michaels Scholarship and the Tom Joyner Foundation. There will also be an all-star benefit basketball game Aug 1 at the Great Western Forum.

[Thanks Andrea]

 

Arista...

Arista Records Posts Record Revenues for Fiscal 1998-99, and Biggest 4th Quarter in 25-Year History

Whitney Houston's MY LOVE IS YOUR LOVE, her first non-soundtrack related studio album in eight years, is certified RIAA double-platinum in the U.S. with international sales in excess of 5 million copies. The RIAA gold single "It's Not Right, But It's Okay" became the 18th Top 5 Pop hit of her career, follow-up to the platinum top-charted Pop/R&B crossover smash, "Heartbreak Hotel" and Whitney's historic duet with Mariah Carey on "When You Believe (The Prince Of Egypt)." The opening 16-city U.S. leg of Whitney's world tour commenced June 22nd with "raw and passionate" (Chicago Tribune) rave reviews, sure to expand the album's chart life through the fall.

[Thanks Arunesh]

 

MTV...

Don't forget - your last chance to see Whitney's All Access MTV show on Sunday 25 July 1999 at 5PM (USA only).

 

Global Update...

CNN's World Albums Chart has "My Love Is Your Love" climbing to No.12 (from last week's No.17). The album's weekly global sale is in the region of 170,000 copies per week, the majority being registered in Europe.

 

European Update...

"My Love Is Your Love" hangs on as the No.3 European single for a second week (following a week at No.1) and the album is now Europe's No.5 best seller registering sales of over 100,000 copies per week. In the past month, the album has sold around 500,000 copies in Europe.

 

German Update...

"My Love Is Your Love" holds on as the No.2 German single and the album is up to No.2 this week.

[Thanks Klaus-Peter]

 

Cancellation: Whitney's Statement...

Metropolitan Entertainment and Jack Utsick Presents regretfully announce the cancellation of the Whitney Houston shows scheduled for July 23 at the Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis TN and July 24 at the Fox Theater in St Louis MO, due to the illness of Whitney Houston and in accordance with her doctors orders.
In a statement, Ms. Houston said, "Memphis is a city where music is truly celebrated and I'm very sorry I can't perform for my fans. I am also truly sorry I can't perform for my St. Louis fans. I love you all. God Bless." Further information will be announced shortly.

[From the Platinum Club Website]

 

Billboard Charts...

IT'S NOT RIGHT BUT IT'S OKAY:
Hot 100 Singles - Down to No.9 (from No.7) - 13 weeks on chart.
Hot 100 Airplay - Down to No.18 (fro,m No.13)- 13 weeks on chart;
Hot 100 Sales - Down to No.8 (from No.7) - 8 weeks on chart.
Rhythmic Crossover - Down to No.21 (from No.19) - 12 weeks on chart;
Top 40 Tracks - Down to No.20 (from No.19) - 8 weeks on chart;
Top 40 Mainstream - Up to No.25 (from No.28) with bullet - 6 weeks on chart;
R&B Singles Chart -Down to No.12 (from No.10) - 28 weeks on chart;
Hot R&B Airplay - Down to No.28 (from No.22) - 26 weeks on chart;
Hot R&B Sales - Down to No.7 (From No.6) - 8 weeks on chart.

MY LOVE IS YOUR LOVE:
R&B Singles Chart - Up to No.56 (from No.66) with bullet - 2 weeks on chart;
Dance/Club Play Chart - Up to No.19 (from No.39) with bullet - 2 weeks on chart.

[Compiled By Lopez]

 

USA Today...

Following Exerpt Taken From This USA Today Article in reference to how some of this Summer's tours are doing:

One continually problematic market is urban music, which overall hasn't been able to translate huge album sales into concert success. There are exceptions: Whitney Houston has been selling out theaters with tickets costing $50 to $125

[Thanks Chip]

NEWSFILE: 25 JULY 1999

 

Whitney Houston Webmaster Killed...

It is with regret that I must inform you of the tragic death of Rodrigo who ran the first ever Brazilian Whitney Houston Website.

Rodrigo was killed on his way home one day last week during an incident which involved a car robber escaping from the police.

I know this community joins together in our sadness over this tragedy and our thoughts go out to Rodrigo's family at this time.

 

UK Chart Update...

"My Love Is Your Love" climbs to a new high position of No.4 on the UK Albums Chart this week . It equals the No.4 peak of "I'm Your Baby Tonight" in 1991. The albums to peak higher are "Whitney Houston" (No.2 1986), "Whitney" (No.1 1987) and "The Bodyguard" (No.1 1992).

The single "My Love Is Your Love" is down to No.7 this week on it's fourth week inside the top 10.

Tourbook...

Below - The front & back covers of the new tourbook.

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[Thanks Lisa]

 

Anniversary...

Whitney Houston & Bobby Brown celebrate their seventh anniversary today.

 

German Update...

As stated earlier in the week, the single "My Love Is Your Love" is No.2 in Germany this week - the album is now really responding and this week takes the No.3 position.

[Thanks Klaus-Peter]

 

Spanish Album...

Whitney confirmed on MTV earlier in the week that she is considering doing a Spanish album - this is the second time she's talked about the concept. It's too early to tell whether this project will come to fruition .

Related Story From MTV News Website.

[Thanks Lopez/Arunesh]

 

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Whitney Pictured Performing At
The Garden, NYC This Week.

[Thanks Charles H.]

 

Reviews...

The New York Post Review and the New York Times Review for Whitney's shows in the City this week appear on the My Love Is Your Love World Tour Commercial Reviews Section.

NEWSFILE: 18 JULY 1999

173...

This is really interesting - The following article appears in this week's Music Week Magazine (the UK equivalent of Billboard):

Only 173 sales separate Whitney Houston's "My Love Is Your Love" [album] from a top three place this week, and a mere 18 sales are all that keep it from fourth place - either of which would represent the top posting of it's 34 week career. In the end, a 13% increase in week-on-week sales do nothing but maintain its number five placing. It has, however, now topped the 350,000 sales mark, while the title track has sold upward of 240,000 copies in just three weeks as a single. It looks like being another long-running and big-selling single for Houston, hot on the heels of "It's Not Right But It's Okay" which has sold more than 482,000 copies to date. The first single from the album - the "When You Believe" duet with Mariah Carey - has sold a comparatively modest 215,000 copies.

 

UK Radio Update...

"My Love Is Your Love" continues to make gains on UK Radio as it holds at No.5 for a second week with an audience of 62 million - an increase of 14% over last week.

 

Billboard...

"My Love Is Your Love" holds at No.69 on the Billboard 200 for a second week.

On the singles front, "It's Not Right But It's Okay" holds at No.7 on the Hot100 as it's airplay regains it's bullet to climb to No.13 and slips to No.7 in Sales. The song is down to No.10 on the R&B Singles Chart.

A Full Rundown Soon.

[Thanks John L]

 

Whitney On TOTP...

Whitney's brilliant performance on Top Of The Pops will air again in the UK this Friday.

NEWSFILE: 15 JULY 1999

Whitney On TV...

Here's where you can catch Whitney on TV over the next few days:

Today July 14th----Whitney sings the National Anthem on ESPN @ 7:30 EST July 16th
U.S Premier of MLIYL video on BET approx 4pm July 16th
Snippets of Whitney's tour on MTV 1515-preview to All Access special next week. I believe 7pm or 7:30 July 22nd
Whitney on MTV for All Access Tv with John Norris-special on her tour in Boston last week.

[Thanks Lopez]

 

Billboard Review...

[The Billboard Magazine Review Of "My Love Is Your Love"]

It's taken a hot second for the public to dig into Houston's current collection, ``My Love Is Your Love,'' and it's arguable that folks might've come to the party earlier if they'd been served the the set's sublime title jam as a single sooner. Houston cruises through the tune (which bears the unmistakable signature of co-producer/co-writer Wyclef Jean) with a soulful ease that perfectly suits the languid, reggae-kissed hip-hop groove. Programmers and listeners alike will love the sing-along chorus, which builds from an intimate promise of romantic commitment to an anthemic, choir-fueled declaration of one-world/one-love. Truly inspiring. By the way, listen closely to hear Houston's daughter, Bobbie Kristina, playfully whisper ``sing Mommy'' during the first few bars of the tune. Too cute for words.

[Thanks Lisa]

 

German Update...

The single "My Love Is Your Love" holds at No.2 this week on the German singles chart.
As soon as I get the album info, it'll be here.

[Thanks Klaus-Peter]

NEWSFILE: 14 JULY 1999

US National Anthem: One More Time...

NEW YORK, July 12 -- Whitney Houston will perform the national anthem for the Inaugural WNBA All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden on Wednesday, July 14. Her performance and the game will be televised live in primetime on ESPN at 7:30 p.m. ET.

Now in its third season, the WNBA made sports history when it launched in 1997 and has been a force in helping women's sports gain increased national and international attention. The league plays a 32-game regular season, with national games televised weekly on NBC, Lifetime, and ESPN. The WNBA has 12 franchises in New York, Los Angeles, Houston, Charlotte, Cleveland, Orlando, Minneapolis, Detroit, Phoenix, Washington, D.C., Sacramento and Salt Lake City and will expand into Miami, Indianapolis, Seattle, and Portland for the 2000 season. This is the first annual WNBA All-Star Game. The game will feature the top players from each conference, with the starters selected by the fans.

Houston is currently on the 17-city U.S. leg of The Whitney Houston World Tour '99, which includes performances at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City on July 14 and 15, Fiddler's Green in Denver on July 26, The Universal Amphitheater in Los Angeles on July 29 and 30 and The Concord Pavilion in San Francisco on August 1. An additional show has just been added in Memphis at the Mid-South Coliseum on July 23.

 

New York Daily News...

[This from New York Daily News 11 July 1999]

Whitney Houston has recovered from the throat problem that caused her to recently scratch concerts in Newark and Washington. The diva, who played Boston on Thursday, is on to play Madison Square Garden on Wednesday and Thursday. Jonathan Peters' dance remix of her new single "My Love Is Your Love" just hit stores.

The curious mention of the Johnathan Peter's remix of "My Love Is Your Love" may be referring to a promo?

[Thanks Lisa]

NEWSFILE: 12 JULY 1999

Thunderpuss 2000 Remixes: My Love Is Your Love...

The Thunderpuss 2000 Website features the Thunderpuss 2000 Club Mix of "My Love Is Your Love" as well as the Thunderpuss 2000 Dub Mix of the song.

[Thanks Dean]

UK Chart Update...

True to form, "My Love Is Your Love" holds at No.4 on the singles chart for a second week. The album holds at No.5 for a second week.

NEWSFILE: 11 JULY 1999

Arista Announces...

[Extract From Arista Records E-Mail]

Tune in to BET on Friday, July 16, 1999 for the world premiere of Whitney's video for the single "My Love Is Your Love," the title track of her Double Platinum new album! IN STORES NOW! And for up to date tour information go to the tour page at: http://www.arista.com/aristaweb/WhitneyHouston.

 

MTV...

The MTV Whitney Houston News Page features the following article about Whitney's recent cancelled shows & confirms the MTV special about Whitney's tour on 22 July 1999:

Whitney Returns To Stage After Throat Problems Cause Cancellations

After throat problems plagued Whitney Houston over the 4th of July weekend, the singer returned to the stage in Boston Wednesday night. Houston missed two performances in Newark, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. over the weekend and spoke about her throat troubles with MTV News before taking the stage Wednesday.
"I'm fine thank God," Houston told MTV News. "I got that singer's thing where cords get so swollen and they won't take a break. I was beating it out, kind of like, back-to-back kind of things, you know. So I just took four, three, four days [off]." [RealVideo]

Whitney and opening act 112 will once again take the stage in Boston Thursday night. MTV's "All-Access Week" will take a closer look at Houston's tour as part of a special that debuts on July 22 at 4:30 p.m.

 

UK Show Added...

Whitney Houston will perform at Birmingham's NEC Arena on 12 September 1999. This is the second show at the venue and the seventh UK date.

[Thanks Dale]

 

One Year On...

Tonight is the first anniversary of Whitney's Manchester Show and Sunday is one year on from the remarkable Aschaffenburg show. The photo below was taken at Manchester - That's me, top right!

Manchester Evening News - July 1998

NEWSFILE: 9 JULY 1999

Boston Review...

The reviews are in for Whitney's performance in Boston last night (where she performs again tonight) and it's all good news - Whitney was well rested and in top vocal form last night. You Can Read The Boston Herald Review Here, and the Boston Globe Review Here,

[Thanks Charles/MG]

 

Billboard Update...

"My Love Is Your Love" is down to No.69 on the Billboard 200 and "It's Not Right But It's Okay" is down to No.7 on the Hot100 (it maintains it's No.7 position on the R&B Singles Chart for a third week).

Full Details Tomorrow.

 

UK Radio Update...

Whitney continues to excell on UK radio with "My Love Is Your Love". The song is up to No.5 (from No.8 last week). It was played 1,721 times - an increase of 12% over last week and thus the 10th biggest growing song for the week with another 189 spins over last week's tally. The song's audience was 54.33 million listeners (also up 12% over last week).

Radio One played the song 29 times and made it the No.4 song in their playlist (up from No.8) with an audience of 20,684,000 listeners. ILR played the song 1460 times and made it the No.7 song (up from No.8) with an audience of 29,671,000.

Blinded By Science?!

NEWSFILE: 8 JULY 1999

Tour Schedule Latest...

The Platinum Club have stated that tomorrow night's Boston Show is still scheduled to take place but that it may be cancelled at the last minute. If you have tickets for this show, please check the Platinum Club Website and/or ring then/your ticket provider to confirm this.

NEWSFILE: 6 JULY 1999

A League Of Her Own...

The following three images appeared in the New York Daily News at the weekend along with This Interview With Whitney (possibly one of the most insightful interviews in recent years).

New York Daily News  New York Daily News  New York Daily News

You Can Click On The Images To Reveal A Larger Picture.

[Thanks MG & Lisa]

Cancellations...

Following the cancellation of Whitney's show in New Jersey on Saturday, it has been confirmed that tonight's show in Washington has also been cancelled. It's not clear as to whether these shows will be re-arranged but I am hearing that the New Jersey show will be rescheduled and the D.C. show is cancelled.

You will need to contact your ticket provider for confirmation of this information.

NEWSFILE: 5 JULY 1999

UK Chart Update...

"My Love Is Your Love" - album and single - occupy places inside the UK Top 5 Albums & Singles Charts this week. The single is down two places to No.4 having sold in excess of 200,000 copies already and the album is up one place to No.5 to equal it's highest chart placing from earlier this year. The album's sales are now approximately 350,000 copies to date. It increases it's sales for the ninth consecutive week.

On the R&B Singles Chart, "My Love Is Your Love" is down to No.2 following it's No.1 debut last week giving way to Will Smith's "Wild Wild West".

 

European Chart...

Sales of "My Love Is Your Love" are going through the roof in Europe as the single captures the No.1 spot as Europe's top single and the album is back inside the European Top Ten Albums at No.10.

[Thanks Dean]

NEWSFILE: 4 JULY 1999

MTV Report...

Whitney Houston Surprises Crowd At Gay-Lesbian Pride Event

Whitney Houston flew in for a special surprise guest appearance at the 13th Annual New York City Lesbian and Gay Pride Dance, which took place Sunday night on Manhattan's west side. Dressed in bejeweled trousers and a dark, sheer top, Whitney appeared onstage toward the end of the evening and performed her two most recent hits, "It's Not Right, But It's Okay" and "Heartbreak Hotel," which had the crowd of 7000 singing along.
MTV News' John Norris caught up with Houston when she arrived at the gig (fresh off a flight from Detroit) and asked why she decided to take time out from her tour to support the gay and lesbian community. "They asked me to come by and sing a few songs, and I said, 'Okay,'" Houston explained. The event, officially known as "Dance 13: The Last Dance of the Century," wrapped up the city's Lesbian and Gay Pride Week. After wowing the crowd, it's back to the road for Whitney. She'll be playing Toronto on Tuesday night before returning to New York for two dates at the Theater at Madison Square Garden.

[Go Here To See A RealVideo Clip Of Whitney Performing It's Not Right But It's Okay/Heartbreak Hotel And View The Short Interview Clip With John Norris].

 

Commercial Reviews...

There will be a range of newspaper/magazine reviews which will appear over the coming weeks about Whitney's World Tour - I have included the first set on the website.

Reviews from Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun Times, USA Today, Detroit Free Press and a few others already appear in The Commercial Reviews Section.

 

Whitney On TOTP...

Whitney's Top Of The Pops performance of "My Love Is Your Love" aired for the second time on Friday - It's the first time I have seen it and Whitney was in stunning vocal form for this performance. Expect a RealAudio clip soon plus screen captures - I have alot on at the moment so it'll be up as soon as I can do it.

 

Boston Interview...

Featured Here - The Boston Herald Interview With Whitney Houston.

 

Billboard Dance Trax...

[Text from Billboard's Dance Trax section]

Okay we admit: We're still reeling from WH surprise performance June 27 at Heritage of Pride's 13th annual Lesbian & Gay Pride's Dance on the pier in N.Y. Houston capped a 7 hour event that included performances by Norma Lewis, Kim English, and Erin Hamilton, a crossover star just waiting to happen! Sashaying onto the stage, Arista's Houston, with the widest of smiles, told the 7,000 punter's that it felt great "to be here". After much thunderous applause, Houston let loose with the only dance versions of "HH" and the indefatigable "INRBIO". Now, if ya think about it, this was a major coup not only for the the lesbian and gay community but for the club community as well. Both communities have ferociously embraced the singer since her emergence in the mid-80's. And, well, it's never too late to show one's respect and say "thanks" to an audience that has been there every step of the way. And thankfully, nothing about Houston's appearance seemed contrived; it appeared completely genuine.. Perhaps Houston's appearance will encourage other artist to make similar moves and acknowledge those who acknowledge them."
The article was written by Michael Paoletta.

[Thanks Andrea]

NEWSFILE: 3 JULY 1999

Billboard Update...

"My Love Is Your Love" moves up from No.87 to No.63 on this week's Billboard 200 following Whitney's Oprah appearance last week.

"Heartbreak Hotel" is no longer on the Hot100 and the Hot R&B Singles Chart - it's now the No.1 song on the Recurrent Airplay Chart.

IT'S NOT RIGHT BUT IT'S OKAY:
Hot 100 Singles - Down to No.5 (from No.4) with bullet - 10 weeks on chart.
Hot 100 Airplay - Up to No.14 (fro,m No.15) with bullet - 10 weeks on chart;
Hot 100 Sales - Down to No.5 (from No.4) with bullet - 5 weeks on chart - Certified Gold.
Rythmic Crossover - Down to No.18 (from No.15) - 9 weeks on chart;
Top 40 Tracks - Up to No.18 (from No.21) with bullet - 5 weeks on chart;
Top 40 Mainstream - Up to No.29 (from No.32) with bullet - 3 weeks on chart;
R&B Singles Chart - Remains at No.7 - 25 weeks on chart;
Hot R&B Airplay - Down to No.17 (from No.15) - 23 weeks on chart;
Hot R&B Sales - Up to No.5 (From No.6) - 5 weeks on chart;
Hot Dance Music Maxi Sales - It's Not Right But It's Okay/I Will Always Love You Remains at No.2 - 5 weeks on chart.

[Complied By Lopez]

NEWSFILE: 1 JULY 1999

 

 

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