Multiple Grammy Nominated Album, 'My Love Is Your Love' - Global Sales Now In Excess Of 10 Million Copies And Counting...




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Brits 2000...

Whitney Houston has received a nomination for Best International Female Artist for the Brits 2000 awards.  Other contenders for the award are Macy Gray, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez and Mary J Blige.

Whitney has been nominated for Best International Artists/Female five times now.   She has one Brit award to her name - Best Soundtrack for 'The Bodyguard'.

You can check out all the nominations on the Brits 2000 Website.  The awards will be handed at the Earls Court Arena in London on 3 March 2000.

 

Queen Of The Night...

Although remixed when commercially released in the UK, the video for 'Queen Of The Night' is faithful to the original in design and concept.  The song became a US Club/Dance No.1 hit in it's C J Mackintosh incarnation but was only issued to radio in the States.

The video is presented here in RealVideo format - it's one of Whitney's fastest moving videos so capturing it in RealVideo format leaves a less than perfect image but it's good for conveying the concept.  (RealVideo 788KB, 3:04mins).

 

Dutch Charts...

On the Dutch Top 40 'I Learned From The Best' is a non-mover at No.34. On the Dutch Top 100 the single drops 6 places to No.30.

The album 'My Love Is Your Love'  climbs 3 places No.41 (59th week).

[Thanks Deborah]

I Learned From The Remix...

Here is the tracklisting for Junior Vasquez's new double 12" remix set of "I Learned From The Best" These remixes are reportedly different than those included on recent import CD singles:

RECORD 1


USA Millennium Vocal Mix (11:24)
Disco Mix (9:18)

RECORD 2


Millennium Dub Beats (6:10)
Mixshow (4:52)
Disco Padappella (7:48)
Disco Edit (4:22)
 
[Thanks Alan M]

TV Appearances...

With the help of the Platinum Club Website, the Upcoming TV Appearances section has been updated.

 

NEWSFILE: 31 JANUARY 2000


All American Sunday On Classic Whitney...

The 15 January 2000 performance of God Bless America at the Radio City Music Hall in New York has received an unpresidented number of requests for it's appearance in RealVideo form on Classic Whitney.  Enjoy. (RealVideo 1.15MB, 4:36mins)

[Special Thanks Monte]

 

American Anthems...

Whitney's 1991 performance of The Star Spangled Banner from Superbowl XXV and America The Beautiful which appears on the CD single are much requested performances.  Classic Whitney presents them for download in RealAudio form.




Triple Platinum UK...

'My Love Is Your Love' has been certified Triple Platinum in the UK representing sales of 900,000 copies.


UK Chart Update...

 

UK Top 75 Singles
I Learned From The Best - No.54 (down from No.40) - 9 weeks on chart

UK R&B Singles
I Learned From The Best - No.11 (down from No.8) - 9 weeks on chart

UK Top 75 Albums
My Love Is Your Love - No.30 (down from No.19) - 63 weeks on chart

 

Classic Whitney Downloads...

Here's last week's Top 10 Audio Downloads from Classic Whitney:

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Sweet Thing - Saturday Night Live Rehearsal Exclusive
I Learned From The Best - HQ2 Radio Edit
Could I Have This Kiss Forever - Whitney Houston & Enrique Iglesias
My Love Is Your Love - Wyclef Mix (European Version)

My Love Is Your Love - Salaam Remi Remix
I Will Always Love You - Classic Whitney
Porgy/And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going/I Have Nothing - AMA 1994
My Love Is Your Love - Marvel & Eily Vocal Mix
I Believe In You And Me - UK National Lottery Live
If You Say My Eyes Are Beautiful - Duet With Jermaine Jackson

Here's last week's Top 10 Video Downloads from Classic Whitney:

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Porgy/And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going/I Have Nothing - AMA 1994
Lover Man/My Man/All The Man That I Need - Billboard Awards 1991
I Have Nothing - Billboard Awards 1993
I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) TOTP 1987

I Will Always Love You - World Music Awards 1993
How Will I Know - Brit Awards 1987

The Bodyguard - Movie Trailer
I Believe In You And Me - UK National Lottery Live
I Believe - Cissy & Whitney Houston - Nelson Mandela Tribute 1988

Whitney Houston Interview - Rapido UK 1988

 

Brits 2000...

The Brits 2000 nominations are announced in London tomorrow evening.  Whitney should be acknowledged in the Best International Female category.

Good Luck Whitney.

 

NEWSFILE: 30 JANUARY 2000


Radio & Records...

Here's this week's US Radio & Records airplay stats:

I Learned From The Best
Urban/AC - Remains at No.7 (third week) with bullet;
Urban - Up to No.27 (from No.29) with bullet;

Adult Contemporary - No.16 (up from No.20) with bullet.

My Love Is Your Love
CHR/Pop - Remains at No.11 (second week) with bullet.

[Thanks Lopez]

 

German Chart Update...

Media Control Top 100 Singles:
I Learned From The Best - No. 58 [LW: No. 57]

Media Control Top 100 Albums:

My Love Is Your Love - No. 27 [LW: No. 27]

[Thanks Lopez/Gogi]

 

French Chart Update...

It's Not Right But It's Okay slips to 35 (down 4 places) and My Love Is Your Love is down on the album chart to No.31 (from No.20 last week).

[Thanks Sebastien]

God Bless America...

Although I don't 'do' requests, I have had many many mails asking that Whitney's performance of God Bless America be added to the RealVideo collection.  Thanks to Monte, I now have access to this and should be able to make it available very shortly - Manish.


PS...

Don't forget - Global Request Whitney.

NEWSFILE: 29 JANUARY 2000


Billboard Update...

'My Love Is Your Love' is up 5 places on the Billboard 200 to No.78 (from No.83) on it's  62nd week on the chart. On the R&B Albums Chart, it's down one place to No.43.

Here is the singles update for the week ending 5 February 2000:

MY LOVE IS YOUR LOVE:
Hot 100 - Down to No.11 (from No.10) - 23 weeks on chart;

Hot 100 Airplay - Down to No.12 (from No.11) - 23 weeks on chart;
Hot 100 Sales - Down to No.21(from No.12) - 21 weeks on chart;
Top 40 Tracks - Remains at No.12  (2nd week) with bullet - 14 weeks on chart;
Top 40 Mainstream - Remains at No.11(2nd week) with bullet - 14 weeks on chart;
Rhythmic Top 40 - Down to No.30 (from No.27) - 15 weeks on the chart;
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles - Down to No.44 (from No.42) - 29 weeks on chart;
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay -Down to No.54 (from No.52) - 29 weeks on chart;

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Sales - Down to No.17 (last week No.14) - 21 weeks on the chart;
Dance/Maxi CD Sales - Down to No.19 (from No.15) - 21 weeks on chart.

I LEARNED FROM THE BEST:
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles - Up to No.35 (from No.43) with bullet - 7 weeks on chart;
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay - Up to No.29 (from No.35) with bullet - 7 weeks on chart;
Hot Adult Contemporary Singles - Up to No.20 (from No.21) with bullet- 5 weeks on chart;
Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles - Up to No.8 (from No.13) with bullet - 3 weeks on chart;
Hot Dance/Club Play Singles - Up to No.4 (from No.11) with bullet - 3 weeks on chart.

[Compiled By Lopez]

NEWSFILE: 27 JANUARY 2000


I Believe In You And Me...

She sits between two burning torches in the middle of a large stage floor area and performs live on UK television for the first time in over five years.  Whitney's return brought this stunning live performance of 'I Believe In You And Me'.  Already a very popular Audio Download from Classic Whitney for well over a year, you can now see this performance in all it's colours.   (RealVideo 1.1MB, 4:01mins).

Thank you to everyone who has taken this highly successful video journey with me and for the great feedback.  There is more to come, but all in good time - Manish.

 

UK Airplay...

'I Learned From The Best' is down on the UK airplay chart and on it's way out as it drops to No.44 (from No.34) on it's 11th week.   Spins drop by 12% to 609 and it's audience drops by 42% to 16.67m.

 

Greatest Hits...

Although conflicting with Arista USA's recent statement about the issue of the Greatest Hits in April, Music Week once again lists the album's release for the UK as 6 March.

 

UK Airplay 1999...

Here's some more information about Whitney's airplay last year in the UK:

'My Love Is Your Love' was ranked in 11th place for the year.  It received 33,735,000 plays and an audience impression of 1,106,685,000 (one of 15 tracks to receive a UK audience impression of one billion impressions).

'It's Not Right But It's Okay' ranked 23rd in 1999 and received 27,353,000 spins with 914,440,000 audience impressions.

Music Week spotlights Arista UK.  Of Whitney Houston, the article reads:

Arista had four tracks in the Top 25, tasting success with two songs by Whitney Houston - My Love Is Your Love (at number 11) and It's Not Right But It's Okay (23) - and two from TLC - No Scrubs (10) and Unpretty (14).   "These tracks came from two phenomenal albums and there is no doubting the quality of the music," says [Alex] Crass [head of radio].  "But when the Whitney album [My Love Is Your Love] came out at the end of 1998 there was a fear she would be purely a Radio Two artist.  We had to get  Radio One on board early, and we did it by servicing the album track If I Told You That to them before the record was released.


NEWSFILE: 26 JANUARY 2000


I Will Always Love You...

As one of the most vocally rich performances of 'I Will Always Love You', Whitney's performance at the 1993 World Music Awards had her deliver what everyone expected of her and just that bit more.  During that era, Whitney stated that the song had to be performed just so in order to make sense of the movie and the concept of the song and it's message.  An under-rated but exceptional classic Whitney performance.  RealVideo, 1.21MB, 4:40mins.


Vivian Carter...

Houston Has Eye On Vivian Carter TeleFlick

LOS ANGELES (UltimateTV.com) - Whitney Houston's Brown House Entertainment is looking to develop a new telefilm based on the life of Vee-Jay record label founder, Vivian Carter.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the movie is tentatively titled either "The Vivian Carter Story" or "Nothing Can Stop Me Now" --named after a Gene Chandler song. The movie will air on Lifetime.

Carter and her husband James Bracken took out a pawn-shop loan to start the Vee-Jay label in 1953, which went on to great success, signing artists such as Curtis Mayfield and the Impressions, John Lee Hooker and little-known (at the time) British pop group the Beatles, who later left Vee-Jay for Capitol Records.

[Thanks Tony]


Global Request Whitney...

Please remember to request 'I Learned From The Best' at your local radio station as a minimum and also use the Global Request Whitney page to mail other key radio stations and request.  Just a few minutes each day will do it.

[Thanks Jared & Joseph For The New Stations Listed]


NEWSFILE: 25 JANUARY 2000


The Bodyguard...

The original trailer for 'The Bodyguard' is almost impossible to find now but this is a close second which features the slap scene which never actually made the final cut of the movie.

Something a little bit different from Classic Whitney (436KB 1:41mins).

 


Dutch Chart Update...

On the Dutch Top 40 'I Learned From The Best' climbs one spot from No.35 to No.34 this week. On the Dutch Top 100 the single climbs 5 spots from No.29 to No.24.

[Thanks Deborah]

NEWSFILE: 24 JANUARY 2000


I Have Nothing...

Whitney collected no less that ten Billboard Music Awards in 1993 for her unmatched success with 'The Bodyguard' soundtrack and the singles generated from that project.  That evening, she performed a majestic rendition of 'I Have Nothing'.  It stands up as one of the vocally exceptional televised performances of Whitney's career and Classic Whitney is proud to present it to Whitney's fans via RealVideo (1.48MB, 5:54mins).


UK Chart Update...

UK Top 75 Singles
I Learned From The Best - No.40 (down from No.33) - 8 weeks on chart

UK R&B Singles
I Learned From The Best - No.8 (2nd week) - 8 weeks on chart

UK Top 75 Albums
My Love Is Your Love - No.19 (down from No.18) - 62 weeks on chart

 

Classic Whitney Downloads...

Here's last week's Top 10 Downloads from Classic Whitney:

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I Learned From The Best - HQ2 Radio Edit
Sweet Thing - Saturday Night Live Rehearsal Exclusive
Could I Have This Kiss Forever - Whitney Houston & Enrique Iglesias
My Love Is Your Love - Wyclef Mix (European Version)

I Will Always Love You - Classic Whitney
Porgy/And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going/I Have Nothing - AMA 1994
I Learned From The Best - Junior Vasquez Club Mix
My Love Is Your Love - Salaam Remi Remix
My Love Is Your Love - Marvel & Eily Vocal Mix
It's Not Right But It's Okay - KCC's Release The Love Groove Mix

 


Best International Album...

Congratulations to Whitney Houston for winning the Best International Album award at France's NRJ Awards last night.  Whitney was unable to attend the ceremony due ill health.


Cissy Houston CD...

This CD entitled Cissy Houston Featuring Whitney Houston is selling in London CD stores for just 5 (US$8 approximately):

Cissy Houston Featuring Whitney Houston

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Think It Over
Somebody Should Have Told Me
After You
Love Don't Hurt People
Warning Danger
I Just Want To Be With You
An Umbrella Song
Sometimes
I Won't Be The One
Morning Much Better
Love Is Holding On
It Never Really Ended
Love Is Something That Leads You
Life's A Party

 

French CD Package...

France have a specially packaged double CD set released featuring the 'I'm Your Baby Tonight' and 'My Love Is Your Love' albums.   Julian has kindly scanned the front and back of the package:


NEWSFILE: 23 JANUARY 2000


Porgy, And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going, I Have Nothing...

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Arguably the finest performance of Whitney's career came in 1994 at the American Music Awards.  Having collected seven awards and the Award of Merit, Whitney became one of the last artists allowed to perform on both the Grammys and the American Music Awards.  This AMA performance is close to ten minutes long and has been a very popular audio download on the website for over a year.  Now, for the first time - and especially for the many non-US based fans who don't get to see the AMAs, Classic Whitney presents Whitney Houston's breathtaking RealVideo performance of 'Porgy / And I Am Telling You I'm Not Going / I Have Nothing' [2.5MB, 9:54mins]

This Is What It's All About.

[Special Thanks Monte]


German Chart Update...


Media Control Top 100 Singles:

I Learned From The Best No. 57 [Last Week: No. 59]

Media Control Top 100 Albums:

My Love Is Your Love No. 27 [Last Week: No. 22]

[Thanks Lopez/Gogi]


German MTV: Greatest Teaser...

MTV Europe talked a bit about Whitney's upcoming Greatest Hits album on Select MTV and the VJ (Anastasia) made an interesting comment: "I'm not allowed to talk about it, but expect a very special promotion for this CD in Germany. I said VERY special."

[Thanks Lopez/Gogi]

 

UK End Of Year Performance...

Top Ten Best Selling Singles Artists 1999

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Britney Spears
Vengaboys
Steps
Westlife
Boyzone
S Club 7
Shania Twain
Whitney Houston

ATB
Geri Halliwell
2.13m
1.74m
1.49m
1.43m
1.35m
1.13m
1.12m
1.09m

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0.99m

 

UK End Of Year Singles 1999

22 - My Love Is Your Love
25 - It's Not Right But It's Okay


UK End Of Year Albums 1999

15 - My Love Is Your Love


UK Airplay Hits 1999

11 - My Love Is Your Love
23 - It's Not Right But It's Okay

UK Urban Dance Albums 1999

16 - My Love Is Your Love

Music Week confirms:

In Whitney Houston's case, she had two huge hits, both of which came within a whisker of half a million sales.  My Love Is Your Love (22nd with 493,000 units) would surely have got there if it had not been deleted, and It's Not Right But It's Okay (25th, 485,000) is still selling in small quantities and may yet make it.  Altogether, Houston sold 1,086,921 singles, becoming one of nine acts to sell 1m singles in the year.

 

UK Airplay...

'I Learned From The Best' is up two places to No.34 on the UK Airplay Chart with an audience gain of 13% to 23.17m.  It was played 684 times (down 6% on the previous week).


NEWSFILE: 22 JANUARY 2000


Hawaii...

The world's media have focused on a story reported at the beginning of the week by the The Tribune-Herald of Hilo, Hawaii.  The story has not been commented on by official sources as yet and no statement has been made by Whitney Houston.

Much of the media have erroneously published reports which conflict with the original Associated Press and Tribune-Herald report and also conflict with Whitney's own schedule.  Below, I have outlined the basic allegation and cited a few facts confirming Whitney's schedule has so far not been affected:

Security officials at the Keahole-Kona International Airport in Hawaii allegedly found a half-ounce of marijuana in one of Whitney's bags in a routine check before boarding an 11 January 2000 flight to San Francisco.

Whitney's bag was retained by security officials at the airport. She and Bobby Brown are reported to have boarded their plane without waiting for the police who the security officials at the airport had called.  Airport security in Hawaii do not have the power to detain persons.  The San Francisco bound flight took off 45 minutes before police are reported to have arrived.  Whitney Houston was not detained, arrested or charged for any crime.  The Authorities in Hawaii are not expected to pursue this issue.

Whitney performed at New York's Radio City Music Hall Saturday night - 16 January 2000 - to sing "God Bless America" before Roy Jones Jr.'s nationally televised boxing match.  Reports from fans who saw the performance confirm Whitney was in good spirits and excellent voice.

The report broke to press six days after the fact on the US national holiday, Martin Luther King Day, also the night of the American Music Awards.   Whitney Houston was not scheduled to appear at these awards contrary to some reports.

No comment about these allegation has been made as yet by Whitney Houston, Nippy Inc. or Arista Records.  As soon as there is a statement, it will appear on Classic Whitney.

Whitney is currently in Europe for the French NJR Awards which are broadcast live on TF1 on Saturday 22 January 2000.

 


Lover Man, My Man, All The Man That I Need...

The 1991 Billboard Music Awards performance of  'Lover Man / My Man / All The Man That I Need'  was, quite possibly, the defining moment in which Whitney's status as 'the real McCoy' was cemented.  The performance served notice to Whitney's watching peers and her detractors alike of her timeless voice and artistry.  A truly Classic Whitney moment. (1.6MB, 6:24mins).

 

Radio & Records...

I Learned From The Best
Urban/AC - Remains at No.7 (second week) with bullet;
Adult Contemporary - No.29 (up from No.38) with bullet.

My Love Is Your Love
CHR/Pop - Down to No.11 (from No.10) with bullet.

[Thanks Lopez]


Greatest Release Date Of All...

Whitney's Greatest Hits compilation is now scheduled for release on 18 April 2000 according to Arista Records.

[Thanks Lopez]

 

Best Release Date Of All...

Arista confirm the release date of 'I Learned From The Best' will be 16 February 2000.

[Thanks Charles]

 

NEWSFILE: 21 JANUARY 2000


Back In The Day - Part 4...

The 1988 Nelson Mandela Birthday Tribute Concert from London's Wembley Stadium provided an outstanding 40 minute set from Whitney Houston in front of the 70,000 strong audience.  One of the highlights is this classic performance of the Gospel standard, 'I Believe' in which Whitney duets with Cissy Houston.  You Will Be Blown Away. [1.34MB, 5:22mins]

 

Billboard Charts...

'My Love Is Your Love' is up 4 places on the Billboard 200 to No.83 (from No.87) on it's  61st week on the chart. On the R&B Albums Chart, it's up four places to No.42 (from No.46).

Here's the singles update for the week ending 29 January 2000:

MY LOVE IS YOUR LOVE:
Hot 100 - Remains at No.10 (2nd weeks) - 22 weeks on chart;

Hot 100 Airplay - Down to No.11 (from No.10) - 22 weeks on chart;
Hot 100 Sales - Down to No.12 (from No.9) - 20 weeks on chart;
Top 40 Tracks - Down to No.12 (from No.11) with bullet - 13 weeks on chart;
Top 40 Mainstream - Down to No.11 (from No.10) with bullet - 13 weeks on chart;
Rhythmic Top 40 - Down to No.27 (from No.24) - 14 weeks on the chart;
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles - Down to No.42 (from No.41) - 28 weeks on chart;
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay -Down to No.52 (from No.50) - 28 weeks on chart;

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Sales - Up to No.14 (last week No.15) - 20 weeks on the chart;
Dance/Maxi CD Sales - Down to No.15 (from No.13) - 20 weeks on chart.

I LEARNED FROM THE BEST:
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles - Up to No.43 (from No.55) with bullet - 6 weeks on chart;
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay - Up to No.35 (from No.48) with bullet - 6 weeks on chart;
Hot Adult Contemporary Singles - Up to No.21 (from No.22) with bullet- 4 weeks on chart;
Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles - Up to No.13 (from No.23) with bullet - 2 weeks on chart;
Hot Dance/Club Play Singles - Up to No.11 (from No.28) with bullet - 2 weeks on chart.

[Compiled By Lopez]

 


Platinum Club: Greatest Hits News...

[Text From Platinum Club News Page]

Whitney's Management has told The Platinum Club that Whitney's much anticipated Greatest Hits album will hit the record stores in late March or early April. This double CD set is sure to feature many of Whitney's chart-topping hits! Stay tuned for more information from The Platinum Club.

[Thanks Klaus-Peter]


Ebony...

Whitney is featured in Ebony February 2000 issue.  The story is covers favorite love songs of celebrities:

Maybe it triggers that special moment when you asked your spouse to marry you. Maybe it reminds you of your first high school romance. Or could it be the song the two of you hum or pan-tomime or sing along when it comes on the radio? We all have our favorite love songs and often they trigger a special moment or memory that brings a smile to the face and warmth to the heart. In keeping with the romantic spirit that makes February a special month for lovers, we asked celebrities to share with us their favorite love song, that is to say, the favorite love song they didn't write or record. Several of those featured here say they love a particular song because of the lyrics while others were inspired by a romantic memory invoked, What is your favorite love song, and why? Here is what some of your favorite celebrities had to say.

Whitney's favorite song is I'm Coming Back by Lalah Hathaway, she says  that's the song Bobby played for me when we first met and were dating.

Faith Evans say I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston is her favorite love song because people can really relate to that song because it has a lot of depth and intensity when it talks about love.

Monica say I will Always Love you by Whitney Houston is her favorite love song she say 'I love it so much because it's universal.'

[Thanks Lydia]

 

NEWSFILE: 20 JANUARY 2000


Back In The Day Part 3...

In part to promote her sold out UK shows for 1988's 'Moment Of Truth Tour' (which included nine nights at London's Wembley Arena), Whitney Houston was interviewed by now defunct music show, Rapido.  The interview focused - for the first time on UK television - the importance of Gospel music to Whitney and how she relates it back to the pop music he was recording at the time.  The interview also included some great footage of Cissy Houston singing at the New Hope Baptist Church.

This segment is a great way of showing Whitney's newer, younger fanbase of Whitney's dedication to Gospel long before 'The Preacher's Wife' - i.e. It's not a passing phase.

Click on the above image to download this interview clip (851KB, 3:50mins).

 

Request Please...

Don't forget to Request Whitney's 'I Learned From The Best' on your local radio station and Music Television Channel.  Please also use Global Request Whitney to e-mail the radio stations listed.



French Chart Update...

'It's Not Right But It's Okay' slips to No.31 (from No. 25 last week) on the French Singles Chart and 'My Love Is Your Love' slips to No.20 (from No.18 last week) on the French Albums Chart.

[Thanks Sebastien]

 

NEWSFILE: 19 JANUARY 2000


Back In The Day Part 2...

Although Whitney recorded four Top Of The Pops appearances last year (all in one go in February), prior to that, she had only appeared once on the show some twelve years earlier to perform 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)'.

Click on the above image to download the complete TOTP Performance (1.1MB, 4:34min).

 

European Albums...

'My Love Is Your Love' slips to No.25 (from No.21) on the European Album Chart - it's 60th week on the listing.

[Thanks Lopez]

 

No Win AMA...

Whitney did not win any of the three American Music Awards she was nominated for, losing out to Shania Twain and Lauryn Hill.


NEWSFILE: 18 JANUARY 2000


Competition Winner...

Thank you to everyone who participated in the Classic Whitney/Esprit International Competition - It's been a great success.

The luck winner is Anita Ferguson of Liberty, IL, USA.

Well Done Anita!!


Back In The Day Part 1...

Whitney Houston - Brits 1987 Performance

In February 1987, Whitney Houston made her first ever UK Brit Awards appearance
when she was nominated for Best International Artist - she didn't collect that night losing to Paul Simon following his success with 'Graceland'.  The following year, The Brits finally introduced a separate International Male & Female artist award.

Whitney did perform that night though and for the first time, you can see this great live vocal performance of 'How Will I Know' on RealVideo.  Click on the above animated screen capture of the performance to download the full 1.1MB (4:25min) performance.

Feedback Welcome!


AMA...

Good Luck to Whitney from all her fans tonight as she's nominated for three American Music Awards:

Favorite Female - Pop/Rock
Favorite Female - Soul/R&B
Favorite Album - My Love Is Your Love - Soul/R&B

Whitney has 21 American Music Awards to her credit - one more would tie her with Alabama as the act with the most awards in history.

 

Fun Radio Vote...

Please vote 'It's Not Right But It's Okay' on Fun Radio. Whitney is in second place with more than 9100 votes and the number one song is Kim Lukas' 'All I Really Want' with more than 11700 votes.

[Thanks Pablo]

NEWSFILE: 17 JANUARY 2000


UK Chart Update...

UK Top 75 Singles
I Learned From The Best - No.33 (down from No.29) - 7 weeks on chart

UK R&B Singles
I Learned From The Best - No.8 (down from No.5) - 7 weeks on chart

UK Top 75 Albums
My Love Is Your Love - No.18 (3rd week) - 61 weeks on chart


Classic Whitney Downloads...

Here's last week's Top 10 Downloads from Classic Whitney:

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Sweet Thing - Saturday Night Live Rehearsal Exclusive
I Will Always Love You - Classic Whitney
My Love Is Your Love - Salaam Remi Remix
My Love Is Your Love - Wyclef Mix (European Version)

Could I Have This Kiss Forever - Whitney Houston & Enrique Iglesias
I Learned From The Best - HQ2 Radio Edit
My Love Is Your Love - Marvel & Eily Vocal Mix
You Give Good Love (Live) - Mt View, CA 1987
I Learned From The Best - Junior Vasquez Club Mix
If You Say My Eyes Are Beautiful - Whitney Houston & Jermaine Jackson



Boxing Championship...


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Whitney Houston sings "God Bless America" at Radio City Music Hall in New York before the start of a light heavyweight bout between Roy Jones Jr and David Telesco Saturday, Jan. 15, 2000.

Photo Courtesy Of Associated Press

NEWSFILE: 16 JANUARY 2000


Boxing Clever...

Whitney is scheduled to perform at the Boxing Championship tonight - You can catch this performance set to air tonight on HBO from 9:45PM.

 

Dutch Chart Update...

A mixed bag on the Dutch charts this week. While 'I Learned From The Best' drops 15 spots from No.20 to No.35 on the Dutch Top 40, the single climbs 6 spots from No.35 to No.29 on the Dutch Top 100.

The album 'My Love Is Your Love' continues to climb on the Dutch Album Top 100. This week it's at the No.44 spot. Previous weeks: 47-50-52.(58th week on the chart).

[Thanks Deborah]

German Update...

Media Control Top 100 Singles:
I Learned From The Best No.59 [Last Week: No.48]

Media Control Top 100 Albums:

My Love Is Your Love No.22 [Last Week: No.20]

[Thanks Lopez/Gogi]

NEWSFILE: 15 JANUARY 2000


Last Chance...

Saturday is the closing date for entries to the Classic Whitney Competition to win the limited edition four track 'My Love Is Your Love' promo CD.

You will need to join the mailing list to find out what the question is.   It'll be repeated today and finally tomorrow.


Billboard Poll Winners...

Fans' Faves: Kelly, Celine, Shania, Whitney

R. Kelly & Celine Dion's duet, "I'm Your Angel" was voted favorite Hot 100 single of 1999 by Billboard Online users. The duo received more than 50% of the 25,000 votes cast, easily outdistancing second-place finisher "Slide" by the Goo Goo Dolls, which garnered 11.3%.

Fans selected Shania Twain's "Come On Over" as The Billboard 200 album of the year. The Mercury set earned 29.1% of the votes, followed by Mariah Carey's "#1's," which gained 16.2%. Backstreet Boys' Jive set "Millennium" finished third, with 12.3%.

Twain's "Come On Over" was also the fans' favorite country album for 1999, with an astonishing 67.7% of the votes. With 42.7% of the votes, Whitney Houston's Arista release "My Love Is Your Love" got the nod as favorite Top R&B/Hip-Hop album, with TLC's LaFace/Arista set "Fanmail" close behind with 27.3% of the vote.

In total, more than 50,000 votes were cast among the four charts. In each case, fans were allowed to choose from among the top 20 titles on the official Billboard year-end chart.

Thanks To Everyone Who Voted Whitney In This Poll - Manish.



Echo...

According to Berlin-online and Hamburger Morgenpost Whitney is nominated for the Echo2000 for Best International Female Artist, along with Cher, Madonna, Alanis Morissette and Britney Spears. The Echo award is a prize given by the German Phono Academy. Nominations are not based on critics' opinions, but simply by sales figures.    Echo has established itself on third position after the Grammy and Brit Awards, and in past years more and more non-German / international acts are showing interest in the awards and their relevance.

The show takes place in Hamburg on March 9th and will be broadcast by ZDF, one day later.

[Thanks Klaus Peter]


Billboard's Best Sellers...

This is a listing of the Best Selling Singles Of 1999 according to Billboard (accounting the calendar year):

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BELIEVE-Cher-Warner Bros.
GENIE IN A BOTTLE -Christina Aguilera-RCA
HEARTBREAK HOTEL-Whitney Houston/Faith Evans/KellyPrice -Arista SUMMER GIRLS-LFO-Arista
SMOOTH-Santana Featuring Rob Thomas-Arista
IF YOU HAD MY LOVE-Jennifer Lopez-Epic
LIVIN' LA VIDA LOCA-Ricky Martin-Columbia
ANGEL OF MINE-Monica-Arista
BILLS, BILLS, BILLS-Destiny's Child-Columbia
ALL I HAVE TO GIVE-Backstreet Boys-Jive
MY LOVE IS YOUR LOVE-Whitney Houston-Arista

1,700,000
1,400,000
1,300,000
1,300,000
1,200,000
1,200,000
1,100,000
1,100,000
900,000
900,000
900,000

The album, 'My Love Is Your Love' registered sales of 1,500,000 copies during the same period and is listed as the 46th biggest selling album of 1999.

[Thanks Lopez]

NEWSFILE: 14 JANUARY 2000


Billboard Charts...

'My Love Is Your Love' is up 16 places on the Billboard 200 to No.87 (from No.103) on it's  60th week on the chart. On the R&B Albums Chart, the set falls two place to No.46 (from No.44).

Here's the singles update for the week ending 22 January 2000:

MY LOVE IS YOUR LOVE:
Hot 100 - Down to No.10 (from No.6) - 21 weeks on chart;

Hot 100 Airplay - Remains at No.10 (3rd week) - 21 weeks on chart;
Hot 100 Sales - Down to No.9 (from No.6) - 19 weeks on chart;
Top 40 Tracks - Remains at No.11 (2nd week) with bullet - 12 weeks on chart;
Top 40 Mainstream - Up to No.10 (from No.11) with bullet - 12 weeks on chart;
Rhythmic Top 40 - Down to No.24 (from No.22) with bullet  -  13 weeks on the chart;
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles - Down to No.41 (from No.23) - 27 weeks on chart;
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay -Down to No.50 (from No.43) - 27 weeks on chart;

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Sales - Down to No.15 (from No.11) - 19 weeks on the chart;
Dance/Maxi CD Sales - Up to No.13 (from No.14) - 19 weeks on chart.

I LEARNED FROM THE BEST:
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles - Up to No.55 (from No.64) with bullet - 5 weeks on chart;
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay - Up to No.48 (from No.57) with bullet - 5 weeks on chart;
Hot Adult Contemporary Singles - Up to No.22 (from No.27) with bullet- 3 weeks on chart;
Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles - Debut at No.23;
Hot Dance/Club Play Singles - Debut at No.28.

[Compiled By Lopez]

 

Dance Debut..

The Number 28 debut of 'I Learned From The Best' on the Dance/Club Play Chart marks Whitney's highest debut from the album yet:

It's Not Right But It's Okay Debut at #30 in the album's 4th week of release.
Heartbreak Hotel Debut at #38 in the album's 12th charting week.
My Love Is Your Love Hot Shot Debut at #39 in the album's 34th week of release.
I Learned From The Best Debut at #28 in the album's 60th week of release.

[Thanks Dave]

 

Whitney & Claudia...

Whitney & Claudia - 1995

Fan Claudia pictured with Whitney at the 1995 listening party for 'Waiting To Exhale' - Keep the photo's coming!

[Thanks Claudia]

NEWSFILE: 13 JANUARY 2000


Classic Whitney...

Please Check Out The New Opening Animation To This Website Designed
Exclusively For Classic Whitney By Linda Tseng From Taiwan.

Thanks Linda, Truly Classic.

www.classicwhitney.com



In Poland...

One of the biggest Polish radio stations - RMF FM - announced the Top 40 of the 90 's.  Whitney was on the list with two songs.  At No.38   was 'My Love Is Your Love' and at No.8 was 'I Will Always Love You'.

[Thanks Sylwia]

Platinum Club UK...

The Platinum Club for the UK/Europe (Fan Asylum)have closed their offices temporarily according to a post card being sent out to all fanclub members due to a change of management.

The postcard refers all queries to the San Francisco office.

E-Mail - us@fanasylum.com
Tel: 001 415 865 2727
Fax: 001 415 865 2722

Brits...

The 2000 Brit Award Nominations will be announced on 31 January 2000.  The award show itself will take place on 7 March 2000.   Whitney is a contender for nomination in the Best International Female category.

Arista's Record Earnings...

Arista Posts Best 6-Month Sales Ever, Over $300 Million; Includes Best Quarter Ever, Over $210 Million, and Two Biggest Sales Months in History.

Success Is Underscored by 45 Grammy Nominations Last Week, Led by Santana, Whitney Houston, TLC, Sarah McLachlan, and Barry Manilow.


NEW YORK, Jan. 11 /PRNewswire/ -- Following news of Arista's record-breaking tally of 45 Grammy nominations last week -- as Santana made headlines around the world with 11 nominations and Clive Davis (himself nominated for three awards as producer with Carlos Santana and Whitney Houston) was named recipient of Grammy's prestigious Trustees Award -- comes the announcement that Arista finished calendar year 1999 with the biggest six month sales in the company's 25-year history, over $300 million, incorporating the biggest quarter ever, over $210 million in billing for the three-month period ending December 31.

This extraordinary figure encompasses the single biggest sales month in Arista history, November, accounting for $85 million in business, nearly $20 million more than the label's second biggest sales month ever, which occurred the following month in December, with $66 million.

"We are thrilled with the performance that Arista has achieved over the last 12 months," says Charles Goldstuck, Executive Vice President & General Manager, Arista Records, "and have a great upcoming release schedule."

An important share of this success goes to Santana, the story of 1999, whose Supernatural album (their first #1 album since 1971) reached 6-times platinum in less than six months. It was bolstered by "Smooth," co-written by and featuring Rob Thomas of matchbox 20, not only the first #1 single of Santana's career, but Soundscan's longest-running #1 pop single of the year at 12 consecutive weeks.

Also contributing to Arista's outstanding results for the past quarter (and for 1999 in general) were 7-time Grammy nominee Whitney Houston. My Love Is Your Love, her first non-soundtrack related studio album in eight years, is certified double-platinum in the U.S. with international sales in excess of 8 million copies. The album contains four pop/R&B crossover hits: "It's Not Right, But It's Okay," the title-tune single "My Love Is Your Love," "Heartbreak Hotel," and Whitney's historic duet with Mariah Carey on "When You Believe" (from The Prince Of Egypt).

8-time Grammy nominee LaFace/Arista recording group TLC had the honor of being the label's first success story of 1999. Their long-awaited third album Fanmail, released in February, was recently certified 5-times platinum. The first single, "No Scrubs," an RIAA gold #1 pop/R&B hit, boasted the largest radio audience for any new single in history. The second single, "Unpretty," also gold, was a top of the chart hit as well.

3-time Grammy nominee Sarah McLachlan released the first live solo album of her career, Mirrorball, which stands at double-platinum. Its top 15 pop hit, "I Will Remember You," has the distinction of being the only live song on Billboard's year-end list of the top Hot 100 singles of 1999.

1999 also saw back-to-back new albums by Kenny G: Classics In the Key Of G (released in June) spent more than 20 weeks at #1 on the Contemporary Jazz chart and was certified gold; Faith -- A Holiday Album (released in November) ended the year at #1 on the seasonal Top Christmas Albums chart, the long-awaited follow-up to 1994's 8x-platinum Miracles -- The Holiday Album, the biggest-selling seasonal album in history.

Newcomers LFO courted the teen market with their #1 Soundscan single, "Summer Girls," which turned into platinum for their self-titled debut album. Clive Davis and Arista made recording history with the signing of The Artist, who released Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic, one of the most critically acclaimed albums of his career, featuring the top 20 R&B hit, "The Greatest Romance Ever Sold." The Eurythmics, Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart, also returned to the front lines with Peace, their first album in ten years, which yielded the #1 Dance single, "Seventeen Again."

Among the artists introduced on Arista in 1999 was the 14-year-old guitar sensation from Minneapolis, Shannon Curfman, who arrived with Loud Guitars, Big Suspicions. On the other side of the spectrum, veteran '80s/'90s R&B singer Angie Stone wound up on every major critic's top 10 list for the year on the basis of her riveting debut solo album Black Diamond, featuring the top 20 R&B hit "No More Rain (In This Cloud)."

[Thanks Lopez]

NEWSFILE: 12 JANUARY 2000


Meeting Whitney...

Klaus Peter Meets Whitney Houston

It's great when someone known to Whitney's internet community gets to meet her.  This is a photo of Klaus Peter  - third from left, just behind Whitney - met her at Wembley Arena last September.  His sister is the lady Whitney has her arm around.

It would be great to be able to build a gallery of photos of Whitney & Fans for this website.  If you have a photo (or two, or three...) of you meeting Whitney, that you would like to share with Whitney's internet fanbase, please do mail it on to me.  Let's celebrate each other's fortune.


Mailing List...

You have just days to join the Classic Whitney Mailing List and win the four track 'My Love Is Your Love' promo CD (pictured above) especially provided to Classic Whitney by Esprit International.


Canada...

MY LOVE IS YOUR LOVE (ALBUM):

SoundScan Top 100 Albums - Up to No.63 (from No.73) - 47 weeks on chart
SoundScan Top 50 R&B Albums - Down to No.14 (from No.11) - 59 weeks on chart

MY LOVE IS YOUR LOVE (SINGLE):

SoundScan Top 50 Singles - Up to No.29 (from No.43) - 16 weeks on chart
BDS Top 100 Airplay - Down to No.33 (from No.31) - 16 weeks on chart

[Compiled by Darrell]


France...

'It's Not Right But It's Okay' is currently No.25 on the French Singles Chart having peaked two weeks ago at No.21.

The song is still receiving good airplay and some radio stations have started to play 'If I Told You That'.  The next scheduled French single is 'I Learned From The Best' due for release at the end of the month.

'My Love Is Your Love' is No.18 on the French Album Chart (up from No.22 last week).  The album peaked at No.2 last summer.

[Thanks Sebastien/David]

Global Request Whitney...

Lopez has been busy researching some key new radio stations in the Indianapolis and Las Vegas areas.  Please do take the time to request 'I Learned From The Best' on Global Request Whitney.

NEWSFILE: 11 JANUARY 2000


European Chart Update...

On the European Albums Chart, 'My Love Is Your Love' continues to make impressive strides as it climbs three places to No.21 (59 weeks on the chart).

On the European Singles Chart, 'It's Not Right But It's Okay' is No.97 on the strength of it's French chart performance.  Any French fans out there want to let us know what's happening?

'I Learned From The Best' is up to No.43 (from No.49) on it's fifth chart week in Europe.

[Thanks Lopez]


UK Sales...

According to an Arista UK representative, 'My Love Is Your Love has sold 724, 303 CDs and 113, 226 cassettes in the UK - that's 837,529 copies sold to date, 60 weeks on and still represented in the UK top 20 best selling albums.  She went on to confirm that the album has sold over five million copies in Europe and will shortly be represented as such by the IFPI.

Arista UK - according to this representative - do not plan any further UK singles from the album although it's press release to Music Week in December did hint at a fifth single.

[Thanks Curtis]

NEWSFILE: 10 JANUARY 2000


Global Request Whitney...

Request Whitney's 'I Learned From The Best' on US Radio.  The song has had a good start on R&B Radio and AC radio but we need to request.  Global Request Whitney.



UK Chart Update...

'I Learned From The Best' continues to perform unexpectedly on the UK Singles Chart as it climbs to No.29 this week, it's sixth week on the chart.

The song has now moved 19-26-38-33-30-29.

On the R&B Singles Chart, 'I Learned From The Best' remains at No.5 yet again.

On the UK Albums Chart, 'My Love Is Your Love' remains at No.18, it's 60th week on the chart.


Radio & Records...

Here are last weeks Radio and Records stats for I Learned From The Best and My Love Is Your Love for the week ending 7 January 2000:

Urban AC -  I Learned From The Best  - NO.7 (up from No.16) with bullet
AC - I Learned From The Best No.22 (up from No.27) with bullet
CHR/Pop -  My Love Is Your Love No.12 (up from No.16) with bullet

[Thanks Lopez]



Classic Downloads...

Here's last week's Top 10 Downloads from Classic Whitney:

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Sweet Thing - Saturday Night Live Rehearsal Exclusive
Could I Have This Kiss Forever - Whitney Houston & Enrique Iglesias
I Learned From The Best - HQ2 Radio Edit
If You Say My Eyes Are Beautiful - Whitney Houston & Jermaine Jackson

I Will Always Love You - Classic Whitney
My Love Is Your Love - Salaam Remi Remix
I Learned From The Best - Junior Vasquez Club Mix
My Love Is Your Love - Wyclef Mix (European Version)

My Love Is Your Love - Marvel & Eily Vocal Mix
Porgy/And I Am Telling You/I Have Nothing - 1994 American Music Awards



Mailing List...

You have less than seven days to enter the competition to win the My Love Is Your Love four track album sampler promo (pictured above).  The question to win this CD has been announced on the Mailing List only and only mailing list members can win this CD.  The question will be repeated again this week for new members of the list.

Join The Classic Whitney Mailing List.

NEWSFILE: 9 JANUARY 2000


Whitney's New Year Message...

[New Year Message From Whitney To Her Fans From The Platinum Club Website]

Happy New Year To All My Platinum Club Members!!

The last six months have been a “whirlwind” as I toured the US and Europe. I was so happy to see so many of my fan club members at my shows and it was a pleasure to get to talk to so many of you along the way!! It is a wonderful feeling to know that I have such loyal and devoted fans- I couldn’t do it without your support!

I always think of family and all you all are like an extended family for me. I wish you the blessings of the Lord this holiday season and I hope to see you all in the New Year- or should I say “in the new millennium!!”

Stay happy and healthy!

Peace, Whitney

[Thanks Lopez]


German Chart Update...

Media Control Top 100 Singles:
I Learned From The Best No. 48 [Last Week: No. 53]

Media Control Top 100 Albums:

My Love Is Your Love No. 20 [Last Week: No. 30]

The album's climb back into the Top 20 comprises of two weeks sales (accounting for the Christmas period).  Jam FM in Germany is a fairly reliable source and they state the album sold over 200,000 copies in those 14 days.

The album is now fast approaching German sales of 2.5 million copies.

[Thanks Gogi/Lopez]


HQ2...

Vinyl Mania (NY) has the 'I Learned From The Best' remixes on a two record set featuring Hex Hector's HQ2 Remixes:

Dub - 8.45 ( HOT)
Mixshow Instrumental - 6.10
Acappella - 4.17
Vocal - 10.25 (HOT)
Mixshow - 6.10
Radio - 4.19

[Thanks Alan M.]

Soulshock & Karlin...

LOS ANGELES--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--Jan. 6, 2000--Announced this week, the
2000 Grammy Award nominations recognized Whitney Houston's "Heartbreak Hotel"
for two awards: best R&B performance by a duo or vocalist and best R&B song.

The production team responsible for the No. 1 "Heartbreak Hotel" is none other than Soulshock & Karlin, who have also produced hits such as Monica's "Before You Walk Out of My Life," Toni Braxton's "I Love Me Some Him," 2Pac's "Do For Love" and the latest single from 702, "You Don't Know."

In addition, Soulshock & Karlin produced songs on two of the albums nominated for best R&B album: Whitney Houston's "My Love Is Your Love" ("Heartbreak Hotel") and Mary J. Blige's "Mary" ("Memories").

Originally from Denmark, Soulshock & Karlin have been a vital force in the American R&B scene since the early '90s. With remixes for artists ranging from Eric B & Rakim and the Jungle Brothers to Madonna and Brandy, Soulshock & Karlin quickly became one of the major production teams in the industry.

This latest Grammy nomination is the third for Soulshock & Karlin who received previous nominations for their productions on Patti LaBelle's "Alright Now" and Queen Latifah's "Fly Girl."

Soulshock & Karlin recently completed production on "Memories" from Mary J. Blige, "Give You What You Want" from Chico DeBarge and "Still in My Heart" by Tracie Spencer, whose entire album was produced by the duo.

Soulshock & Karlin are currently putting the finishing touches on their girl group H.E.A.T., who will debut in 2000 on Columbia Records. They are also in the studio with their female rapper, Latrice, and preparing to record with Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston's Group Sunday and Destiny's Child.

[Thanks Lopez]


Sketch Whitney...

Whitney '88  Whitney '93

[Great sketches Of Whitney Houston By Craig Pineo]

 

TV...

A few more TV appearances have been added to the relevant TV section - if Whitney is going to be on TV (an appearance, interview, movie, TV/video special - anything to do with Whitney) in your country, let me know and it will be added.


NEWSFILE: 7 JANUARY 2000


Billboard Charts...

'My Love Is Your Love' is down on the Billboard 200 to No.103 this week, it's 59th on the chart. On the R&B Albums Chart, it's down to No.44 (from No.32) but retains it's bullet.

Here's the singles update for the week ending 15 January 2000:

MY LOVE IS YOUR LOVE:
Hot 100 - Down to No.6 (from No.4) - 20 weeks on chart;
Hot 100 Airplay - Remains at No.10 (2nd week) - 20 weeks on chart;
Hot 100 Sales - Down to No.6 (from No.4) - 18 weeks on chart;

Top 40 Tracks - Down to No.11 (from No.10) - 11 weeks on chart;
Top 40 Mainstream - Up to No.11 (from No.13) with bullet  - 11 weeks on chart;
Rhythmic Top 40 - Down to (No.22 from No.21) -  12 weeks on the chart;
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles - Down to No.23 (from No.13) - 26 weeks on chart;
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay -Up to No.43 (from No.46) with bullet - 26 weeks on chart;

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Sales - Down to No.11 (from No.7) - 18 weeks on the chart;
Dance/Maxi CD Sales - Down to No.14 (from No.13)  - 18 weeks on chart.

I LEARNED FROM THE BEST:
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles - Up to No.64 (from No.71)  - 4 weeks on chart;
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay - Up to No.57 (from No.62) - 4 weeks on chart.
Hot Adult Contemporary Singles - Up to No.27 (from No.30) with bullet- 2 weeks on chart.

[Compiled By Lopez]

NEWSFILE: 6 JANUARY 2000


Billboard Hot 100...

'My Love Is Your Love' will slip to No.6 on the Hot 100 for the week ending 15 January 2000.  The complete charts will be published tomorrow.

[Thanks Lopez]

United Airlines...

[Salient Points Of Text On The Classic Whitney Bulletin Board By Blackatlantic]

United Airlines is treating passengers to music from My Love Is Your Love and Diva's Live 99 on one of their in-flight channels. Both albums play in their entirety on the selected channel. Pretty savvy marketing - kudos to Arista for taking advantage of this airborne promotional tool during a peak holiday travel season.

Snippets of an interview with Whitney are interspersed between the album tracks. presumably, the interview was done specifically for this promotional sample.  

Most of the comments from Whitney are new.  Here are some of the more interesting tidbdits that she shared.

1 - Mary J. Blige's 'All That I Can Say' almost ended up on My Love Is Your Love. Lauryn Hill originally proposed the song for Whitney's album. But Whitney passed on the song, and suggested that Hill produce 'I Was Made To Love Him' instead. Whitney declares that she liked 'All That I Can Say', but decided she didn't have enough time to do it justice on the breakneck recording schedule for the album. She called Hill, sketched out the vocal arrangement for 'I Was Made To Love Him' over the phone, and then spent a mere five hours in the studio recording it.

2 - Whitney recalls that she met Hill when the hip-hop queen was only 15 and had not yet recorded with the Fugees. Hill occasionally would attend New Hope Baptist Church where Whitney has been a member since her youth. When Whitney heard that Hill was planning to record with the Fugees, she called the young singer to encourage her to record her own solo album. She told Hill, "You have a beautiful voice that can inspire people; you should record your own album." Whitney reports that even at that young age Hill had a good vision of what she wanted to do with her career--make meaningful music. The golden-voiced diva approves.

3 - She also notes that she and Lauryn bonded over their shared experience of as working mothers.

4 - Whitney reveals that she enjoys message-laden rap. She named Redman, Naughty By Nature, Nas, and the Fugees as some of her favourite rap acts.

5 - She calls My Love Is Your Love her "hip-hop album." But she is quick to add that the music on the album is "hip-hop with class."

6 - Whitney also reports that she had some reservations about performing some of the songs from My Love Is Your Love (i.e. In My Business) in concert. In her view, many of the songs on the album rely heavily on a recorded groove, which she worried would not translate to the stage. As she explained, she prefers to stretch out her songs for live performances to allow room for her out-sized voice. Nevertheless, she says she got past her reservations when she realised that songs like In My Business could be delivered live by focusing on the character and drama of the music.

7 - Yet again she singled out gospel as her favourite musical genre. As she eloquently put it, "Gospel gives me my highest sense of inspiration as a singer. It is my favourite music."

[Many Thanks Blackatlantic]


Capital: Hall Of Fame...

London's Capital Radio (the No.1 commercial radio station in the UK) have compiled the top 1000 songs of all time in a specially extended Hall Of Fame.

Here's how Whitney faired:

No.9
No.50
No.180
No.222
No.235
No.503
No.539
No.893
No.987

I Will Always Love You (From 'The Bodyguard')
My Love Is Your Love
It's Not Right But It's Okay
Saving All My Love For You
I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)
I'm Your Baby Tonight
How Will I Know
It's Not Right But It's Okay
Love Will Save The Day

I have no idea why It's Not Right But It's Okay has been listed twice.  I have e-mailed Capital Radio to clarify.

You can see the complete list on the Capital Website.

Dutch Chart Update...

On the Dutch Top 40 this week I Learned From The Best is a non-mover at No.20. On the Dutch Mega Top 100 the single drops two spots from No.33 to No.35.

[Thanks Deborah]


Global Request Whitney...

Everyone should now be picking up steam with their requesting hat on - Global Request Whitney is there to help make I Learned From The Best another big US radio hit.  Please take a moment to request the song.

New additions to the campaign include radio stations in New York (the No.1 market) and San Antonio.



TV...

Please be sure to Mail Me and keep TV appearance details coming in your country.



Top Of The Century...

The number one R&B local radio stations in Atlanta, Georgia (WVEE V-103) compiled their top 103 songs of the Century.  Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" came in at number one. 

The station has decided to have a day of tribute to the GREATEST DIVA of the century.

[Thanks Faith]


Radio & Records...

Whitney Houston has a strong showing on multiple Radio & Records charts in the run down of the biggest radio hits of 1999:

AC Urban

No.7   - Heartbreak Hotel
No.28 - It's Not Right But It's Okay
No.30 - My Love Is Your Love
No.57 - When You Believe (From 'The Prince Of Egypt')

Urban Charts

No.9  - Heartbreak Hotel
No.40 - It's Not Right But It's Okay
No.51 - My Love Is Your Love

CHR/Rhythmic

No.10 - Heartbreak Hotel
No.56 - It's Not Right But It's Okay
No.81 - My Love Is Your Love

CHR/Pop

No.38 - Heartbreak Hotel
No.66 - It's Not Right But It's Okay

[Thanks Lopez]


Clive On Grammy Nominations...

"There is really nothing that compares to this kind of peer recognition. It's pretty overwhelming and very gratifying. I'm thrilled for Carlos, Whitney, TLC, and for everyone in the Arista family," said Davis in a prepared statement about the various Arista Records' artists' nominations.

[Thanks Kayce]

NEWSFILE: 5 JANUARY 2000


Grammy Nominations...

The 42nd Annual Grammy Award Nominations were announced today.  Whitney Houston has been nominated in the following four categories:

  • Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals - When You Believe (From 'The Prince Of Egypt) - Whitney Houston & Mariah Carey

  • Best Female R&B Vocal Performance - It's Not Right But It's Okay - Whitney Houston

  • Best R&B Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal - Heartbreak Hotel
    Whitney Houston Featuring Faith Evans & Kelly Price

  • Best R&B Album - My Love Is Your Love - Whitney Houston

Other categories in which Whitney has an influence on the nominations include:

  • Best R&B Song - Heartbreak Hotel - K. Karlin, Tamara Savage & Carsten Schack, songwriters

  • Best R&B Song - It's Not Right But It's Okay - Lashawn Daniels, Tony Estes, Fred Jerkins III, Rodney Jerkins & Isaac Phillips, songwriters

  • Best Soundtrack Album - The Prince Of Egypt

  • Best Song Written For A Motion Picture, Television Or Other Visual Media - The Prince Of Egypt (When You Believe) (From The Prince Of Egypt) - Steven Schwartz & Babyface, songwriters

  • Remixer of the Year, Non-Classical - Club 69 (Peter Rauhofer) - It's Not Right But It's Okay (Future Club Mix)

  • Remixer of the Year, Non-Classical - Hex Hector - Heartbreak Hotel (Hex Hector Club Mix) (Whitney Houston Featuring Faith Evans & Kelly Price)

I have compiled a complete list of all these categories and the related
artists also nominated which can be found here.

 

MuchMoreMusic...

The Canadian music station, MuchMoreMusic, aired their Top 99 of '99 Countdown on New Year's Day. Whitney appeared 3 times:

No.11 - Heartbreak Hotel
No.64 - My Love Is Your Love
No.75 - It's Not Right But It's Okay (Thunderpuss 2000 Remix)

[Thanks Darrell]

NRJ Music Awards...

Whitney Houston has collected two nominations in the French NRJ Music Awards:

  • Best Album - 'My Love Is Your Love'

  • Best Female Artist

The awards are handed out on 22 January 2000.

[Thanks David]


European Charts...

'My Love Is Your Love' returns to the Top 30 (No.30 - up from No.35 last week) on the European Albums Charts more than a year into it's chart life.

'I Learned From The Best' is not fairing as well in Europe as it drops to No.49 (from No.41) on it's third week on the European Singles Chart.

[Thanks Lopez]

NEWSFILE: 4 JANUARY 2000


Dance Traxx/Greatest Hits Info...

[This very interesting article/interview from Billboard's Dance Traxx column also includes the first drop of information about the format of the upcoming Greatest HIts compilation]

DANCE TRAX: Arista's Whitney Houston Gives Her 'Best' To Clubland (Billboard
- 1060 words - January 08, 2000) BY MICHAEL PAOLETTA


SHE'S EVERY WOMAN: From day one, Whitney Houston has brazenly courted the club community, whether in the form of club-ready album tracks (1987's "Love Will Save The Day" and 1992's "I'm Every Woman," to name but two) or wicked remixes ("It's Not Right But It's Okay," "Heartbreak Hotel," and "My Love Is Your Love") from her latest album, 1998's multi-platinum "My Love Is Your Love."

Last year, the Arista artist further enhanced her club profile by making a special appearance at Heritage of Pride's 13th annual Lesbian and Gay Pride Dance on the Pier in New York, where she performed the uptempo versions of "Heartbreak" and "It's Not Right" (Dance Trax, Billboard, July 10, 1999). Houston then proceeded to perform these versions throughout her sold-out European tour.

Like other beat-savvy sisters-in-song who came to prominence in the '80s (Madonna, Janet Jackson, and Mariah Carey come quickly to mind)-and unlike many others who only embrace the genre (and only via remixes) when it becomes a matter of economics (i.e., lackluster album sales)-Houston has never treated the club community like an unwanted child. Quite the opposite, really. Perhaps it's because she fondly recalls a time when her mother (Cissy Houston) recorded disco-era anthems like "Think It Over" and "Warning-Danger (This Love Affair May Be Hazardous To You)."

"Clubs have been around forever, clubs are always where it's happening," acknowledged Houston during a holiday chat with Dance Trax. "People like to get their shit off. And clubs offer a great environment for that.

"Additionally," says Houston, "clubs are a breeding ground for musical trends. They're where you'll always hear the most cutting-edge music, and that's very important for me as an artist."

That said, you'd best prepare yourself for single No. 4 from Houston's "My Love Is Your Love." For the Diane Warren-penned "I Learned From The Best," Houston gets deftly worked over by HQ2 (the duo of Hex Hector and Mac Quayle) and Junior Vasquez.


In the hands of HQ2, the song is infused with a cool, mysterious orchestral vibe that gives the track a sly James Bond-like feel, while simultaneously upping the drama quotient. Speaking of drama, Vasquez surrounds Houston's table-turning words with galloping beats and ambient breakdowns.

"I like when my remixes surprise my fans," enthuses Houston. "I think it's exciting to see this pop princess embrace dance music and create music that's on the edge. I know me and what I like. With the remixes, the world can experience me in all my various colors."


Furthermore, she notes, "the remixes give people other options and show that I can do more than one form of music. I don't ever want to be locked into one groove. For [the album] "My Love Is Your Love,' the original versions have such bad grooves, which made the record. That's the vibe I wanted for the album. But I always knew the remixes would come later. The remix is usually what creates the anthem. Will I include dance songs on upcoming albums? Of course, it's all about timing.

"You know, when I performed at the gay and lesbian pride dance, the people absolutely loved it," she says. "All year long, they hear this music in the clubs, but did they expect me to come and sing the versions they know and love? It was such a great surprise for them. It was my way of showing my love, respect, and appreciation to all my fans."

Arista mailed a promotional 12-inch of "I Learned From The Best" containing the HQ2 mixes to club DJs on Dec. 20; this will be followed on Jan. 11 by a promo-only 12-inch that features the Vasquez versions. According to the label, a commercial street date is forthcoming.

Also forthcoming is a two-disc greatest-hits set from Houston, tentatively scheduled for release March 7. Sources at the label say that one disc will concentrate on the singer's ballads and downtempo material, while the other will spotlight her dancefloor jams.


[Thanks Lopez]


Germany Year End Charts...


Media Control Top 100 Albums for 1999:

# 3 Whitney Houston - My Love Is Your Love


Media Control Top 100 Singles for 1999:

# 5 Whitney Houston - My Love Is Your Love
# 37 Whitney Houston & Mariah Carey - When You Believe
# 83 Whitney Houston - It's Not Right But It's OK


Media Control Top 20 R&B Singles for 1999:

# 1 Whitney Houston - My Love Is Your Love

Media Control Top 20 R&B Albums for 1999:

# 1 Whitney Houston - My Love Is Your Love


NOT ENOUGH??? This was officially announced this morning:

BEST AIRPLAY FOR 1999: "MY LOVE IS YOUR LOVE"
GERMANY'S MOST PLAYED VIDEO FOR 1999: "WHEN YOU BELIEVE."

[Thanks Lopez/Sisqo Gee]

For The [German] Record...

'My Love Is Your Love' is already a quadruple platinum album in Germany representing sales of over 2 million copies and the album is now about to collect it's fifth platinum certfication - that's 2.5 million copies.

[Thanks Sebastian]


UK Charts...

'My Love Is Your Love' has climbed nine places to No.18 on this week's UK albums chart - it's 59th week on the chart.  Arista UK have yet to certify the album double platinum although the album is already now making it's way to triple platinum status.

'I Learned From The Best' holds on at No.5 on the R&B Singles chart for another week.

These charts were delayed yesterday due to the New Year.


Ten Million Copies...

Not only did the album jump up Album Charts Worldwide, it's total worldwide sales have now - according to BMG Australia - reached 10 million thanks to massive sales boosts in the U.K., Austria, Australia, China and the United States. The album was also certified Platinum in Australia just after Christmas.

[Thanks Dave]


Canadian Chart Update...


MY LOVE IS YOUR LOVE
(ALBUM):

SoundScan Top 100 Albums - Down to No.91 (from No.90) - 45 weeks on chart
SoundScan Top 50 R&B Albums - Down to No.11 (from No.10) - 58 weeks on chart

 

MY LOVE IS YOUR LOVE (SINGLE):

SoundScan Top 50 Singles - Down to No.43 (from No.35) - 15 weeks on chart
BDS Top 100 Airplay - Down to No.31 (from No.22) - 15 weeks on chart

[Compiled By Darrell]

Grammys...

The 42nd Annual Grammy Award Nominations will be announced tomorrow.  You can see the announcements live from the Grammy Website from 08:00 PST/11:00 EST/16:00 GMT.

 

NEWSFILE: 3 JANUARY 2000


UK Chart...

The post Christmas suffle continues on the UK singles chart.  'I Learned From The Best' continue's it's upward movement on it's fifth chart week as it climbs to No.30 (from No.33) this week.

Whitney has now registered a UK Top 30 hit every year since 1985 when she launched her career.  This is a feat not matched by any other female artist.

The album's position has not been confirmed - will update that information as soon as possible.


AMA Poll...

A poll being conducted on the 1999 American Music Awards Website.   It's basically a poll where you vote for your favorite artist of each of the decades (that they debuted in) and Whitney is listed in the 1980s against Michael Jackson, Madonna, etc.  The main reason to vote in this poll is that the winners will be announced on the Television Telecast on ABC January 17th, 2000.

Here is the url - http://207.16.139.50/ama/decades/decades_poll.html

[Thanks Sky]


Classic Whitney Audio...

Here's last week's Top 10 Downloads from Classic Whitney:

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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
Sweet Thing - Saturday Night Live Rehearsal Exclusive
I Will Always Love You - Classic Whitney
My Love Is Your Love - Salaam Remi Remix
I Learned From The Best - Junior Vasquez Club Mix
Get It Back/My Love Is Your Love - MTV Europe 1999
I Learned From The Best - HQ2 Radio Edit
My Love Is Your Love - Marvel & Eily Vocal Mix
Could I Have This Kiss Forever - Whitney Houston & Enrique Iglesias
Porgy/And I Am Telling You/I Have Nothing - 1994 American Music Awards
You Give Good Love - Live In 1987, Mt. View, CA.

It has to be noted, the 'Sweet Thing' audio had only been available for less than 24 hours but the response to it has been amazing and managed the most accesses for last week.

Whitney's fans have decided what their song of the week is.

Grammy Greatest Moments...

Whitney's Grammy performances of 'Greatest Love Of All' and 'I Will Always Love You' were selected as two of the best Grammy moments in history.  The selected songs were chosen by the Grammy member panel.

[Thanks Lopez]

Diva, Posh, Becks & Baby...

A Diva, 2 Spice & A Footballer

PICTURED BACK STAGE AT WEMBLEY ARENA IN SEPTEMBER
BABY SPICE (EMMA BUNTON), WHITNEY HOUSTON, POSH SPICE (VICTORIA ADAMS) AND
HER FOOTBALLER HUSBAND DAVID BECKHAM

[Thanks Neal]

NEWSFILE: 2 JANUARY 2000


World Exclusive: Sweet Thing...

During a 1991 rehearsal for Saturday Night Live, Whitney Houston and her band performed the Chaka Khan classic, 'Sweet Thing'.   The song was not performed on the show itself but a recording of it was made.  It was later recorded by Mary J Blige for her 1992 CD, 'What's The 411?'' and Chaka's orginal reappeared on the 1998 'New York Under Cover' soundtrack.

Now, for the very first time ~and in the spirit of sharing~ Classic Whitney brings this most remarkable performance to Whitney's fans.

You Will Be Blown Away.

[Special Thanks Monte]


NEWSFILE: 1 JANUARY 2000

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