Letters to Houston Considered Threat
[Thanks Tony L]
'Could I Have This Kiss Forever' remains at No.45 (second week), 22 weeks on chart.
'Whitney - The Greatest Hits' is up to No.9 (from No.13), 41 weeks on chart.
NEWSFILE: 28 FEBRUARY 2001
Judge Bars Fan From Contacting Whitney Houston
MORRISTOWN, N.J. (Reuters) - A judge reinstated an order on Tuesday temporarily barring a woman from contacting singer Whitney Houston after the fan repeatedly sent letters, cards and gifts to the pop star who she believes is her "supernatural reincarnated mother."
New Jersey Superior Court Judge Kenneth MacKenzie issued the order in Morris County court against Desiree Weeks, 33, who has been admitted to a psychiatric hospital in New York. Houston is also seeking a permanent restraining order against Weeks and a hearing was scheduled for March 27.
Since August 1999, Weeks has sent the Grammy Award-winning singer numerous letters, greeting cards and gifts including Valentine's Day chocolates and a four-tiered cake. In December 1999 she mailed Houston a bra and underwear, pajamas for her husband Bobby Brown and pillows for her daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, according to court papers.
The items showed that Weeks believed Houston was her "supernatural reincarnated mother" and in letters Weeks called her "mommy" and wrote "you are my world." Weeks also referred to Houston's 7-year-old daughter as her "sister."
Houston, who has an estate in Mendham, N.J., had a previous restraint on Weeks lifted in June, believing she was locked up securely. The singer filed for the reinstatement because Weeks escaped from the hospital on Jan. 26 for 11 hours.
"You hear stories of people stalking celebrities and you never know if they're realistic threats or not," Houston's attorney Brian Blaney told reporters.
No physical harm has been done to Houston or her family but the order bars Weeks from having any contact personally, through correspondence, by phone or with her management company, Nippy Inc. of Fort Lee, New Jersey. Weeks sent letters and gifts to the company and was spotted on the grounds of Houston's estate.
'Fine' is doing well in Canada and sprints up to No.39 (from No.65).
NEWSFILE: 27 FEBRUARY 2001
[Associated Press Report]
Houston drug case hearing postponed
HILO, Hawaii (AP) - A hearing in the drug case against singer Whitney Houston has been postponed a week.
The hearing, which had been scheduled for next Friday, is now scheduled for March 8.
Prosecutors are asking a judge to set aside a plea agreement on a misdemeanor drug charge. They said Houston failed to submit a substance-abuse assessment as required by the agreement.
Houston's bag, which allegedly contained less than half an ounce of marijuana and three partially smoked marijuana cigarettes, was seized at the Keahole Kona International Airport in January 2000.
Houston was not arrested. Prosecutors say she abandoned the bag and boarded a flight to San Francisco with her husband, singer Bobby Brown, before police arrived.
Houston entered a no contest plea in the case last November and was ordered to pay $4,025.
Judge Joseph Florendo Jr. agreed to dismiss the conviction if Houston stayed out of trouble.
[Thanks Rodney W.]
NEWSFILE: 26 FEBRUARY 2001
(Top 100 Airplay) Heartbreak Hotel - No. 13 (11) - 5 weeks on
(Top 100 Singles) Could I Have This Kiss Forever - No. 54 (39) - 23 weeks on chart
NEWSFILE: 25 FEBRUARY 2001
[From BMG Australia]
Although Whitney Houston has been shut out of
the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards nominations, her music was represented via Hex Hector's
nomination for Remixer of the Year. Hex Hector has won this Grammy.
[Thanks Tony C.]
The Polish version of programm E! have confirmed that the 'True Hollywood Story' on Whitney Houston & Bobby Brown will air at Easter Time.
'Could I Have This Kiss Forever' remains at No.45 (second week) on it's 21st charting week.
The week is also great for The Greatest Hits. Due to a new television campaign, the album climbs 25 places to No.13 on it's 40th week on the French Compilation Album Chart.
NEWSFILE: 21 FEBRUARY 2001
The release date of 'Heartbreak Hotel' in Germany has been delayed. It will be released on 5 March 2001, a week later than originally scheduled.
According to buecher.de it will contain three versions of 'Heartbreak Hotel' and 'I Will Always Love You'. The latter song was voted by fans as the preferred B-side to the new single.
NEWSFILE: 18 FEBRUARY 2001
It's Not Fine...
'Fine' appears to have been lifted from the UK release schedule. It was originally slated for a 5 March 2001 release and is now likely to hit when Whitney is available to promote the single later this Spring. More details as and when available.
NEWSFILE: 17 FEBRUARY 2001
Finally: Pictures From Wyclef Benefit...
Whitney Houston pictured arriving at the Wyclef Jean benefit concert at Carnegie Hall, New York City on 19 January 2001.
NEWSFILE: 15 FEBRUARY 2001
UK Best Sellers...
Here's a few more details about Whitney's place amongst the best selling albums and singles of 2000:
'Whitney: The Greatest Hits' sold 1,081,000 copies. All in, Whitney Houston sold 1,170,000 albums last year.
'Could I Have This Kiss Forever' sold 127,000 copies to rank at No.124 for the year. 'If I Told You That' sold 88,000 copies to rank at No.176.
[Thanks Jeffrey B./Jim R.]
Junior Vasquez premiered Razor's (of Razor 'N Guido) mix of 'If I Told You That' at Twilo two weeks ago.
[Thanks Mike L.]
French Chart Update...
'Could I Have This Kiss Forever' drops 6 places to No.45 on it's 20th week on the French Singles Chart.
The Greatest Hits is down to No.38 (from No.37) on it's 39th chart week.
[Thanks Sebastien D.]
NEWSFILE: 14 FEBRUARY 2001
Holiday 2001.... On Holiday 2001 on BBC tonight, they had Emma Bunton at the Bahamas - at the relaunch of the hotel Whitney was at - they actually showed a few seconds of Whitney and Bobby singing.
[Thanks Craig S.]
In addition to Johnny Douglas and Club 69 remixes of 'If I Told You That', expect to hear Dronez remixes which have been commissioned.
[Thanks Jordan F.]
NEWSFILE: 13 FEBRUARY 2001
NY Daily News:
Pot Parley By Whitney and Hawaii
Whitney Houston might be getting another chance. Last week, Aloha Stae prosecutors asked that a plea agreement in a pot case against Houston be thrown out, claiming the star failed to meet with a certified counselor for a drug assessment test by Feb. 1.
Now, Houston's legal counsel is trying to smooth things over." Her lawyers are in the process of setting up a conference call with our office to discuss the matter further," deputy prosecutor Mel Fujino tells us.
Houston, who was facing a maximum of 30 days in jail, pleaded no contest to a misdeamenor marijuana charge stemming from her January 2000 run-in with officials at Keahole-Kona International Airport.
[An Apology From Enquirer Online]
MAGIC'S BIRTHDAY BASH: BIRTHDAY UPDATE:
We stand corrected, Magic. (P.S.: Magic wants the world to know he's eternally grateful for Whitney's touching rendition of "Happy Birthday" to Cookie.).
The USA Today Website has a Divas Survivor Poll in which they are asking who people would boot off the island. Please take a moment to follow the link and vote for anyone BUT Whitney! Currently, Celine Dion has a marginal lead to be booted but Whitney is a very close second place. There are more worthy people to be booted....
[Comment From Hitmakers]
WHITNEY HOUSTON & GEORGE MICHAEL "If I Told You That" (ARISTA)
When you've got two superstars on a record this good, you know you've got a winner for the target demos! New adds include: KKRZ, KISS101.9, WAEZ, WDDJ, WMRV, WNNK, WPRR, WSSX, WWKZ and WZYP.
[Thanks Jeffrey B.]
AOL: Greatest Love Songs...
Whitney's On Top in AOL's Valentine's Day Poll For Greatest Love Song Of All Time
Whitney's classic, "I Will Always Love You" is currently among the top ten most nominated songs in an American Online Valentine's Day poll which has asked AOL members to nominate their choice for greatest love song of all time. Whitney's "I Will Always Love You" graces the AOL top ten poll along with other love classics that include: "Unchained Melody," by the Righteous Brothers, "This I Promise You," by *NSYNC, "Amazed," by Lonestar, "At Last," by Etta James, "(Everything I Do) I Do It For You," by Bryan Adams, "Wonderful Tonight," by Eric Clapton, 'I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing," by Aerosmith, "All My Life," K-Ci & JoJo and "Truly, Madly Deeply," by Savage Garden.
AOL members who wish to participate in this special Valentine's Day poll can go to the AOL keyword: Love Songs in order to cast their votes for Whitney's classic "I Will Always Love You." Let's be sure that the greatest love song of all, Whitney's "I Will Always Love You" reigns supreme ~ as it should be!
[Thanks Jeffrey B.]
Esprit International have received just ten ultra-rare Whitney Houston record acetates.
Full details of these rare items can be found by following this link to the EIL Whitney Houston Catalogue.
US based fans are reporting seeing the video to 'If I Told You That' on MTV this week so now is a great time to get the song listed on MTV's TRL show.
The song has not yet been listed but on following the link provided, there is a section where you can input the details of the song and your details. Fans will remember that this is how the video to 'Could I Have This Kiss Forever' was added to TRL.
There is no free pass for Whitney on MTV - do your bit, it takes a minute.
According to Vibe Magazine, 'Heartbreak Hotel' is the 36th most Scandalous Love Song of all time.
[Newark Star Ledger Report; 6 February 2000]By Greg Saitz, Star-Ledger Staff
Pop singer Whitney Houston is asking a Morris County judge to reinstate a restraining order against a Bronx psychiatric patient who believes Houston is her mother, after the woman escaped from her escorts two weeks ago.
Superior Court Judge Kenneth Mackenzie, sitting in Morristown, signed an order yesterday setting a hearing for Feb. 27 to address the issue of Desiree Weeks, who fled while at St. Barnabas Hospital in the Bronx on Jan. 26. Police captured Weeks about 11 hours later at her sister's house in the Bronx.
The incident caused enough concern that Houston, a Mendham Township resident, asked the judge to reinstate her lawsuit against Weeks and issue a temporary restraining order similar to one he signed last March. Weeks believes Houston is the "supernatural reincarnation" of her mother and has sent cards, gifts and a four-tiered cake to the multi-Grammy award winner.
Houston's attorney, Thomas Weisnenbeck, filed court papers stating that Weeks is being held involuntarily at the Bronx Psychiatric Center and has refused treatment for her illness. Weeks suffers from psychosis and continues to be obsessive and delusional, the papers said, "insisting that Whitney Houston is her mother and that she be addressed as 'King Michael Houston' or 'King Houston.'"
Weeks was at St. Barnabas Hospital for undisclosed reasons when she ran away from two mental hygiene therapy aides escorting her from the psychiatric center, said Roger Klingman, a spokesman for the New York Office of Mental Health.
"She did not simply walk away," Klingman said. "She bolted."
The mental health agency is conducting an investigation, he said, noting there were 16 unauthorized absences from the 374-patient psychiatric center last year. He declined to release further information about Weeks, who is believed to be in her early 30's, citing patient confidentiality.
New York City Police alerted Houston's representatives of the escape after a member of Weeks' family told detectives about the previous restraining order. Alan Jacobs, who is in charge of security for Nippy Inc., a management company in Fort Lee that oversees Houston's career, flew up from North Carolina upon learning of Weeks' status to conduct his own investigation, court papers said.
Houston's publicist released a statement yesterday saying no extra precautions were taken during the time Weeks was free. "Life went on as usual," the statement said.
The judge issued a temporary restraining order March 2, 2000, after hearing about rambling letters Weeks began sending to Houston in August 1999, which were followed by Christmas gifts, Valentine's Day chocolates and the cake, all sent to Nippy offices. The order against contact also included Houston's young daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, and her mother, Emily "Cissy" Houston, who Weeks referred to in letters as her baby sister and "Nana."
Weisenbeck said yesterday that Houston voluntarily withdrew her lawsuit in June because "we thought that she (Weeks) was secure."
"What we need to have is a permanent restraint against her that sets reasonable restrictions on any contact she might attempt to have with our clients," he said.
[Arista Army Email Confirming Radio Adds]
This is the the first week of adds at top 40. It was the #5 most added with 33 adds, without a commercial release! The video will be on MTV and VH in the coming weeks.
[Thanks Lisa D.]
[More Great DJ Feedback on Hitmakers]
MIKE FORTE, APD, WYKS, Gainesville
[Thanks Jeffrey B.]
The February issue of French movie magazine 'Studio' confirms that Whitney Houston is no longer looking to be involved in Claude Lelouch's movie 'And Now Ladies And Gentlemen.'
'Could I Have This Kiss Forever' continues it's remarkable French Singles Chart run and drops just one place to No.39 on it's 19th week on the chart.
[First Hand Report From Leigh W]Vancouver AC radio had a one hour special with Lionel Richie debuting his new album, 'Renaissance' yesterday. Lionel had a lot to say about Whitney. On the subject of today's music, Lionel was asked who his favorite singer was today. Without missing a heartbeat he said "..Oh, Whitney Houston, without a doubt.." The interview asked Lionel "Why Whitney, why not Celine Dion..?"
Lionel replied [paraphrased] "...Celine is Celine, she is a great singer, no doubt about it, but musical relevancy and artistry belongs only to Whitney Houston. Whitney is much bigger than we think she is. Unfortunately, the music world will not appreciate her talents until, heaven forbid, she should pass!"
Interviewer: Elaborate please!
Lionel: Whitney is an all around entertainer. Her voice is the best in the business. And I know many in the real music world who will contend that she is the best in 30 years. But again, we don't want to step on any egos. When I first worked with Whitney on the Preacher's Wife, I was amazed at her ability to sing gracefully, technically and emotionally. Do you know how many times that girl sang 'I Believe In You And Me'? Over ten times, in the final mix, they combined 3 of the 10 performances which was totally unnecessary. When I played that piano, trying my best to concentrate on the actual playing was a very difficult task. Whitney's voice is a gift from God, she is music without end. I wrote several songs for an upcoming album of hers and we will do our duet together someday.
Interviewer: With that in mind, what is your opinion of her current troubles?
Lionel: What troubles? I've only read and heard what other people have said about Whitney. I saw Whitney a few months ago at the height of the madness, and she was fine. There was nothing that indicated drug use. I refuse to believe it! When you reach certain heights, they attack you. I've been there, first your own attack you, and then the sharks feed on what's left over. Michael, Diana, Aretha, all the greats have been through this type of attack. Whitney is in a class of her own and her talent scares a great deal of people in the industry. No one can and will ever sing like Whitney Houston.
Interviewer: What do you think of the young crop of singers?
Lionel: They're okay. This Monica girl is gifted and I've heard Christina, perhaps a bit too much. Kelly, Celine, there are many but unfortunately the music industry is lacking in really good music today. We need a person like Whitney Houston to bring back the big sweeping ballads and the real dance ditties that all of us have grown up with. I'm itching to come back but I tell Whitney that until she goes full swing, the state of radio will be in a flux. Plus, I need me a big hit(!)
Interviewer: Your admiration for Whitney's work is incredible. Who are you working with now?
Lionel: My lips are sealed but I love to talk about her, don't I. (Laughter)
Interviewer: What is your favorite Lionel Richie song?
Lionel: All of them.
(Top 75 Singles) Could I Have This Kiss Forever - No. 69 (58) - 20 weeks on chart
(Top 50 Albums) Whitney The Greatest Hits - No. 42 (42) - 32 weeks on chart
(Top 100 Albums) Whitney The Greatest Hits - No. 85 (71) - 36
weeks on chart
(Mega Top 100) Heartbreak Hotel - No. 81 (68) - 7 weeks on chart
(Top 100 Singles) Could I Have This Kiss Forever - No. 29 (21) -
20 weeks on chart
(Top 50 R&B Albums) Whitney The Greatest Hits - No. 42 (45) -
37 weeks on chart
NEWSFILE: 5 FEBRUARY 2001
NEWSFILE: 4 FEBRUARY 2001
[Associated Press Report]
Houston's Marijuana Case Continues
At the November hearing, Houston was granted a deferred acceptance of no-contest plea, meaning the charge against her would be dismissed in three months if she paid $1,000 to the state and a $25 ``criminal injury'' fee; made a $3,000 donation to the group Big Island Wave Riders Against Drugs; and submitted a substance-abuse assessment.
[Thanks Tony L.]
Plot Thickens in Whitney's Hawaii Pot-Boiler
The Hawaii incident sparked a tabloid-fueled frenzy over Houston's
state of health earlier this year. The pot bust--followed by a series of strange incidents
and a no-show at the Oscars--led some to speculate that Houston was battling a drug
NEWSFILE: 2 FEBRUARY 2001
The later issue of the 'Whitney: The Greatest Hits' DVD has more than just 'Exhale (Shoop Shoop) video and 'I Believe In You And Me' video as new additions. The 'One Moment In Time' Grammy performance opens with a montage of snippets from the 1988 Olympics as per the actual Grammy telecast and there is an additional interview segment in which Whitney Houston talks about the 'Exhale' period and the recording of the soundtrack.
On the German Top 100 Airplay Chart, 'Heartbreak Hotel' climbs a massive 51 places from No.80 to No.29 this week.
Special Thanks to Dzemil for designing the new Global Request Whitney banner. Click on it and start requesting 'If I Told You That' across the US.
Some more DJ feedback on the new Whitney Houston & George Michael single:
WHITNEY HOUSTON & GEORGE MICHAEL "If
I Told You That" (ARISTA)
[Thanks Jeffrey B.]
'Same Script, Different Cast' is scheduled for possible release as a single in the UK later this Spring.
[Thanks Chris B.]
NEWSFILE: 1 FEBRUARY 2001
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