The Whitney Houston & Deborah Cox duet, 'Same Script Different Cast' has been nominated in the 15th Annual Soul Train Music Awards in the R&B/Soul Single, Group, Band Or Duo category.
The awards are determined by a panel of radio
programmers, artists, and retailers and are
[Additional Info: Billboard Online]
Be sure to visit Blockbuster Entertainment's Web site to cast your vote for Whitney as Favorite Female Artist R&B. Whitney is up against Toni Braxton and Sade. The Blockbuster Entertainment Awards will take place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA on April 11th and will air on FOX. Check Blockbuster's Web site for more information and to cast your vote for Whitney by clicking here.
'Could I Have This Kiss Forever' is down to No.38 (from No.30) on it's 18th week on the French Singles Chart.
NEWSFILE: 31JANUARY 2001
Bad boy singer Bobby Brown told a court how he feared for his life when a gunman opened fire on his car. Brown was in his Bentley car with childhood friend Steven Sealey when a gunman shot and killed Sealey. John Tibbs, 29, is on trial accused of murdering Sealey on 23 September, 1995. Brown, husband of singing diva Whitney Houston, told a court in Boston, Massachusetts: "The only thing you can do is duck for cover and hope and pray not to get hit."
In court, Brown said he had been visiting his mother in his old neighbourhood in the Bentley given to him by his wife, when he stopped to see old friends at the Biarritz Lounge in the Roxbury area.
He and Sealey were about to drive off when the shots rang out. Brown claims he's still haunted by the experience and can barely drive because of the memories associated with the shooting. The trial continues.
NEWSFILE: 29 JANUARY 2001
[From New York Post]
A psycho who has threatened to kill pop diva Whitney Houston's daughter escaped from a Bronx hospital, sparking an 11-hour manhunt that ended when the woman's sister turned her in, police said yesterday.
Announcing "I'm leaving," 35-year-old Desiree Weeks, a patient at the Bronx Psychiatric Center, turned and walked away from two social workers who had taken her to St. Barnabas Hospital for tests Friday afternoon.
"She just flat walked out," said one flabbergasted law-enforcement source. "She says, I'm leaving.' and they never tried to stop her. I can't say I blame them. They're not security, but they shouldn't have sent her there in the first place with just social workers."
Weeks, who believes the Grammy-winning Houston is her "reincarnated mother," went to Manhattan and made a phone call to her sister, Dawn Simmons, in The Bronx, police said.
When Weeks showed up at Simmons' apartment at 1:50 a.m. yesterday, the sister called the cops.
Police consider Weeks a threat, and her escape so jolted Houston's head of security that he flew to New York from North Carolina. Houston got an order of protection against Weeks last March.
Weeks also wrote rambling letters to the singer's management company, threatening to kill Houston's 7-year-old daughter, Bobbi, law-enforcement sources said. In the letters, Weeks claimed to be Bobbi's sister and said she was jealous of her, the sources said.
At the Bronx Psychiatric Center, Weeks only talks about Whitney and Bobbi and wants to be known as "King Houston," the sources said. The sources said Weeks is psychotic and delusional and has to be force-fed her medicine.
"She's so psychotic, she thinks she's one of the Houstons," one source said.
In 1993, Weeks was arrested for violating an order of protection taken out by another woman.
In 1996, she was arrested after burglarizing the home of an 80-year-old Bronx woman. She was sent to jail and ultimately transferred to Bronx Psychiatric.
Houston, who lives in a guarded compound in Mendham Township, N.J., with husband Bobby Brown, has had two dozen stalkers - including a couple from Germany, two people in mental hospitals and others who are monitored by her security detail.
Law-enforcement sources ripped security at the 360-bed psychiatric hospital, noting that 100 patients had escaped during the past year.
"There is a lack of security, a lack of any knowledge of security," said a law-enforcement source. "Eventually one of these guys is going to get out and kill somebody."
Roger Klingman, a spokesman for the state Office of Mental Hygiene, which oversees the hospital, claimed Weeks bolted from two health-care workers and they chased her, but couldn't catch her. He said a thorough investigation would be conducted because "public safety is a paramount priority."
Whitney Houston's head of security assisted the New York Police Department in an eleven hour manhunt that lead to Desiree Weeks' recapture and return to Bronx Psychiatric Center. The New York Post is doing a story on the poor security measures surrounding mental health patients. Perhaps they can find answers as to why someone who has made clear death threats towards Whitney and her family and is far from being considered mentally stable is escorted by just two social workers and not armed security.
NEWSFILE: 28 JANUARY 2001
Whitney Houston has been nominated in the Best International Female category of this year's German Echo awards. The awards are Germany's most prestigious awards akin to the Grammys and the Brits and the ceremony will be on 15 March 2001 in Berlin.
The 2001 Blockbuster Award nominations have been announced and Whitney Houston has been nominated for Favorite Female Artist R&B for 'Whitney: The Greatest Hits'. Also nominated against her are Toni Braxton for 'The Heat' and Sade for 'Lovers Rock'.
[Thanks Lopez/Tony L]
German Chart Update... MEDIA CONTROL TOP 100 AIRPLAY
Heartbreak Hotel - New Entry - No.80
MEDIA CONTROL TOP 100 ALBUM CHARTS
EURO TOP 50
AUSTRIA TOP 75 SINGLE CHARTS
SWITZERLAND SINGLE CHARTS
'Could I Have This Kiss Forever' is No.30 on the French Singles Chart (it's 17th week on the chart).
Ten minutes later Stevie Wonder himself
appears on stage with reggae royals Third World who are giving proceedings a much needed
bit of oomph with their 20-year-old hit Now That We've Found Love. And that's just the
NEWSFILE: 27 JANUARY 2001
Some more great praise from DJs listed on Hitmakers.com
WHITNEY HOUSTON & GEORGE MICHAEL "If I Told You That" (ARISTA)
This perfectly cast duet, penned and produced by Rodney Jerkins, is simply stunning, which means it fits right in on Whitney's mega-platinum greatest hits collection.
RANDY WILLIAMS, MD, KRQ, Tucson
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DINO ROBITAILLE, PD, WDKF, Dayton
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J.T. BOSCH, PD, WRHT, Greenville, NC
BILL MICHAELS, PD, WVKS, Toledo
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NEWSFILE: 24 JANUARY 2001
[From Rolling Stone]
Wyclef Takes Carnegie
The concert kicked off with top-notch performances by Clef's Kids, up-and-coming talents who've received aid from the Foundation. They were soon joined by the man himself, decked out in top hat, white tux and tails, and intent on spending the night demonstrating the meaning of the word "Ecleftic".
The hall quickly took on the feel of "Showtime at the Apollo," as guest after guest joined Clef on stage, each to a standing ovation. First out were reggae stalwarts Third World, who got bodies moving with "Now That We Found Love (What Are We Gonna Do?)." "I feel like I wanna hear some harp right about now," said Jean, who left the stage mid-song and returned with Stevie Wonder, harmonica in hand.
During Clef's "Gone 'Til November," the pair tried their hand at a little freestyling. "I'll drive the car while you'll be gone 'til November," sang Wonder. Clef shot back with, "Let me tell you a secret. Stevie Wonder ain't really blind."
Eric Clapton offered up a reggae-flavored
version of "Wonderful Tonight." Wearing a suit and seemingly embarrassed by the
crowd's attention, Clapton concentrated on playing leads that were sweet and subtle. He
and Jean also traded guitar lines and sang on "My Song," a number Jean had
whipped up for the occasion. "This is our first time playing this song," Jean
told the crowd.
Aided and abetted by fellow Fugee Pras and
John Forte, Jean performed a white-hot version of "Staying Alive," from his
first solo album, The Carnival. In full hip-hop swing, they strutted their way across the
stage of Carnegie Hall, inviting the crowd to throw their hands in the air.
[From New York Newsday]
For Wyclef Jean, Music Is His Message
The evening's message was simple: Music can
change the world. It helped Jean rise from a Haitian refugee living in Brooklyn to a
growing musical force - "I am the new Clive Davis," he declared at one point-and
a social force through his foundation.
NEWSFILE: 23 JANUARY 2001
[From New York Magazine] 'L.A.' REID STOPS BEING POLITE AND STARTS TRASHING CLIVE DAVIS
Since assuming the top spot at Arista last year, Antonio "L.A." Reid has displayed nothin' but love for his biz-legend predecessor Clive Davis. But in a profile by Rob Tannenbaum in next week's issue of New York magazine, Reid stops being polite and starts getting real nasty. Amid some rote mogul-profile air-kissing (Toni Braxton reveals that Reid has "a wonderful rapport with artists"; Sean "Puffy" Combs muses that L.A. "really loves music"), Reid delivers a string of scathing anecdotes, portraying the label he inherited as a mismanaged mess. Before the first graf is over, he's slammed the marketing choices behind Whitney Houston's Greatest Hits collection, an album that came out seven weeks before he took over.
"I realized that this thing was headed nowhere, and we were going to spend a fucking fortune," he says. Reid alleges that Davis's camp planted stories predicting Arista's talent would flee when he took over, and says he had to fire 30 Arista employees for suspected disloyalty. Even the history of the early partnership between Davis and Reid, when L.A. was head of LaFace Records, is rewritten. Reid accuses Davis of taking too much credit for his label's success and for bankrupting popular artists TLC and Toni Braxton. As a final insult, Reid even disses the boy band O-Town, Davis's first high-profile signing since starting J Records: "I went to Orlando four months ago to see this band Clive signed. I thought it was bullshit then, I think it's bullshit now. I wouldn't have signed it." For the most part, Davis turns his cheek, saying he's rooting for Reid and will help him out.
[Thanks Chris B.]
Radio & Records confirms 'If I Told You That' is going for adds at urban radio formats this week.
[Thanks Chris B.]
The new issue of TV Guide (USA) lists the Top 5 performances of the American National Anthem. Whitney Houston's 1991 performance is listed at the very top of the list:
1. Whitney Houston Super Bowl XXV (1991), New
York Giants vs. Buffalo Bills - The
Nor did Mr. Jean ignore his less famous fans.
He taught Jamaican patois to a white fan and joked with several blacks about how rare it
was to see their race represented in Carnegie Hall.
Two artists deserved bigger spotlights. Marc
Anthony strolled onstage as Mr. Jean and Claudette Ortiz were breezing through
"Guantanamera" and devastated everyone with a single vocal swoop. Mary J. Blige
did the same in a duet with Mr. Jean on his song "911."
This slightly dull moment passed, though,
within an evening that mostly just got better. The junior cast members from Clef's Kids
couldn't really stand out amid all the star power, but their mere presence intensified the
festive mood. Mr. Jean's sister, Melky Jean, proved his finest protégée with a
blues-sauced, stomping version of "Amazing Grace."
Wyclef Gives Jokes A Pause For The
That was the impression given by hip-hop
musician, producer, philanthropist and wannabe comedian Wyclef Jean on Friday night at
Carnegie Hall, at a concert benefiting the Wyclef Jean Foundation, a non-profit
organization aimed at providing children around the world with musical instruments,
education and therapy.
But Uncle Jean's showmanship wasn't always
endearing. His lame, repetitive wisecracks about race, class and union restraints on stage
time could seem like cheap shots especially when he used them in an effort to keep
audience members appeased during apparent technical glitches and other presumably
unforeseen pauses. "I don't know the next time they'll let a black man in here,"
Jean joked during one lull, as if a white man would have had an easier time wowing the
multiracial crowd with such insipid patter.
Omnipresent girl group Destiny's Child stuck
around longer, offering spunky, elaborately choreographed versions of their hits Say My
Name and Independent Women Part I -- not to mention the right combination of glittery garb
and bare skin needed to reinvigorate the audience.
NEWSFILE: 22 JANUARY 2001
If there is a singular passion that the Whitney Houston community on the internet should have in 2001 outside of the music and the artistry itself, then it has to be to make the world stand up and take notice of The Voice.
The opportunity to profile Whitney on Rolling Stone was highlighted here yesterday (see below) and now I would encourage participation in the Arista Army. The concept is in it's early stages but basically, Arista is building a database of Whitney Houston fans (amongst others) and this will assist them in profiling Whitney when she has new releases.
Our active involvement in the Arista Army - in vast numbers - is an opportunity to stay on top of Arista's marketing of Whitney's releases. The way the Arista Army concept will work in practice is not completely clear but our active involvement will help to evolve the concept.
Classic Whitney Video Clarification...
The scans above are the cover and back of the Classic Whitney concert video which is available on sale in the Ukraine. The video is being sold by Recording Media Mass Music Limited and uses artwork taken from a previous incarnation of this website. The back cover picture even has 'Presented By Manish' printed.
To clarify, I have no involvement in the production and distribution of this video - Manish.
NEWSFILE: 21 JANUARY 2001
The next UK single from 'Whitney: The Greatest Hits' will be 'Fine'. The commercial release date is 5 March 2001.
If I Told You That, the next US single from 'Whitney: The Greatest Hits' received three adds in the past week. The song does not have an impact date as yet (the date that Arista Records would like the song to hit radio station's playlists).
The comments from the stations that added the song:
[Thanks Jeffrey B.]
It's not perfect but things are certainly getting better on the Rolling Stone Website in their Whitney Houston section. A continued involvement in the site by Whitney's fans will help Rolling Stone invest a bit more time in Whitney.
There's a section to vote for your favourite Whitney Houston album and only 39 votes have been cast so far. Take a moment so register your vote (even if the selection doesn't allow for any of her Soundtrack projects to be voted).
Rolling Stone are also endeavouring to compile a database of every Whitney Houston gig ever performed, reviews and a detailed set list of every tour. It's a mammoth task but with all our contributions, we can help create a formidable database with Rolling Stone. I've already submitted two old reviews I wrote in 1998 of shows I attended and would urge Whitney fans to register (takes a second) and submit their reviews too.
Organisations like Rolling Stone can be ignorant to the impact of The Voice in popular culture so opportunities like this need to be exploited.
Finally, you may want to give 'Whitney: The Greatest Hits' a five star rating on the Rolling Stone Website by clicking here.
[Associated Press Report]
Wyclef Jean Jams at Carnegie Hall
By NEKESA MUMBI MOODY, AP Music Writer
NEW YORK (AP) - It's not surprising that Carnegie Hall gave Wyclef Jean the distinction of being the first hip-hop artist to play the revered concert hall.
As was clear on Friday night, when Jean played host and entertainer during an all-star benefit for his self-titled foundation, there is perhaps no other artist in hip-hop - or most other music genres - as multifaceted and as talented as the engaging Jean.
Jean proved that in his Carnegie debut, as he mixed Bach with hip-hop, jazz with rap, and collaborated with the likes of Eric Clapton, Stevie Wonder and Whitney Houston for a captivating, cross-cultural concert.
``See, I'm the new Sammy Davis Jr.,'' Jean joked during the event, which also included performances by Destiny's Child, Charlotte Church, Macy Gray, Marc Anthony, Steve Marley and reggae band Third World. ``I'm accepted by everyone.''
Jean, a member of the rap group the Fugees and a successful solo artist, songwriter and producer, showed his dexterity in intermingling various musical styles from the show's start, as he sang a jazz medley with his ``Clef's Kids,'' musical teens who receive the benefit of education and training through his Wyclef Jean Foundation.
Then he introduced Israeli violinist Miri Ben-Ari, who brought the crowd to its feet when, backed up by a DJ, she played rap hits with her electric instrument - putting a classic tilt on the Notorious B.I.G.'s ``One More Chance'' and Jean's ``It Doesn't Matter.''
The moment was one of many times when the crowd stood in applause. A surprise appearance by Wonder during Jean's performance with Third World, with Wonder playing his harmonica and singing ``Now That We Found Love,'' caused an ovation, as did Jean's emotional, soulful duet with Mary J. Blige on their current hit, ''911.''
The crowd also went wild for Clapton, who sang his ``Wonderful Tonight,'' with a reggae tilt (he later came back to debut a new Jean composition, ``My Song,'') and for Whitney Houston.
Houston, who was backed by her new girl group Sunday and brother Gary Houston, sang the gospel song, ``I Go To the Rock,'' with a fervor that replicated the church spirit.
Houston's voice sounded a bit strained when she sang with Jean on the hit he produced for her, ``Your Love is My Love,'' but with a voice like Houston's, even a slight strain is hard to detract from her performance.
Church was in her usual classic mode as she sang ``Ave Maria,'' but later came out and sang a soulful version of the ``Porgy and Bess,'' standard ``Summertime,'' with Jean providing the guitar background.
It was a rarity when Jean wasn't on the stage - one of the few times he wasn't was during Destiny Child's performance, as the girl group sensation ran through their Grammy-nominated ``Say My Name,'' and the No. 1 hit ``Independent Women Pt. 1,'' backed by canned tracks, instead of a band. Though at times they appeared to be lip-synching, lead singer Beyonce Knowles' forceful vocals came through loud and clear, as she tried to engage the already-standing crowd into the group's performance.
Though the crowd was enthusiastic for Destiny's Child, it's understandable that they were not bowled over, after the dazzling performances they had previously witnessed. One of the night's best moments came with Jean donned black tails and the conductor's role to lead his ``Clef's Kids,'' through Bach's two-violin concerto (perhaps one of the night's only disappointments, none of the performing teens were ever formally introduced by name).
Jean, of course, used his own arrangements, adding a drum beat, saxophone and other instruments to give it a funky edge, breathing new life into the old classic.
But Jean didn't stop there. As the night wound down with the singing of ``Guantanamera,'' featuring a surprise appearance by Anthony, drummers filled both aisles of Carnegie - on the one side Brazilian drummers, and on the other, drummers from Africa and Haiti, with dancers swaying to the beat. Jean led the fierce drumming to a crescendo as he and the audience wildly jumped up and down to the beats.
Surely Carnegie has never seen a night quite like this.
[New York Post Article]
HIP-HOP, HOORAY!! WYCLEF AND HIS FRIENDS WOW THEM AT CARNEGIE
By DAN AQUILANTE
ROLL over Beethoven, tell Tchaikovsky the news.
The hip-hop barrier was broken last night at the venerable Carnegie Hall when Wyclef Jean became the first artist of the genre to headline music's most sacred shrine.
If it relieves the stuffed shirts, the concert which benefited Jean's foundation (dedicated to music education for kids) wasn't a typical mugs 'n' thugs hip-hop gathering, but then, Jean isn't the typical hip-hop artist. His outspoken commitment to kids was the magnet that attracted the likes of Eric Clapton, Whitney Houston, Mary J. Blige, Charlotte Church and other musical celebrities to play what will be remembered as one of the most eclectic, memorable concerts of 2001.
If there is one complaint that could be made about this terrific show, it was that 2 1/2 hours was just too little time to squeeze in all the goodness that was on tap.
While Jean's former bandmates from the Fugees were conspicuously absent from this musical variety program - ending rumors that the show was going to reunite the Grammy-grabbing trio - Jean got more than a little help from his other friends.
For many in the audience, the Clapton/Jean guitar duel was the sun that this star-studded concert orbited around. Seeing rock's most famous ax man and hip-hop's most accomplished guitarist strumming together in the final breaths of the show neatly delivered the night's very simple, yet very big message: Music unites people and crosses cultures. Heavy stuff made light by deeds, not words.
Clapton donned his standard black-on-black suit, but his all-smiles attitude betrayed the somber attire. He and Jean projected an old-friends relationship even though this was the very first time the two had ever played together. Their song "Is This Romance?" was good, although a keen eye and ear picked up a nervous hesitance in Jean's fret work.
It may have been due to working out with one of the legends of his youth and it could have been because he injured a finger when he was break dancing with the B-boys of the Rock Steady crew who made an early-show appearance.
The highs outnumbered the lows at this show that aimed at diversity. While the many children from Wyclef's foundation who performed during the event were very accomplished, the unspoken desire was for more minutes for the host of heavy hitters such as Blige, Houston and Church. Not to mention the night's secret musical weapon, Stevie Wonder, who redefined the overused kudos - awesome.
Wonder, in duet with Jean for the reggae beat "Gone 'til November", was terrific on harmonica and surprisingly good in a freestyle rap/scat with the show's host.
Of the women singers, Houston was in top form for both her gospel and a pop numbers; Blige also was very good performing "911" with Jean. That song, one of the most popular off of Jean's latest disc "The Ecleftic", easily unglued the fans from their seats.
But of all the big names, it was little 14-year-old Charlotte Church who - in her duet with Jean on "Summertime" from George and Ira Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" - earned the night crown as queen of the divas. Church's pure, soaring soprano against Jean's classical guitar work would have raised goose bumps on a dead man.
Music events just don't get much better than this one. Jean's biggest problem now is how he'll top this show at next year's fund-raiser.
[Thanks Arthur M.]
NEWSFILE: 20 JANUARY 2001
Whitney Prepares For Wyclef Jean Benefit!
Whitney is looking forward to tonight's benefit concert being held in association with The Wyclef Jean Foundation that will take place at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
The concert was organized by Wyclef Jean to help further his foundation's mission of advancing and promoting music education to children all over the world. This unique concert event will celebrate the last century of American music with performances by Whitney, Wyclef, Mary J. Blige, Macy Gray, Destiny's Child and Eric Clapton.
Whitney will perform "My Love Is Your Love," written for Whitney by Wyclef and Jerry Wonder Duplessis, and she will also perform, "I Go To The Rock" from The Preacher's Wife soundtrack. The event is being taped for a possible television special to air documenting the evening's festivities. Stay tuned to the Platinum Club for any news on a possible television broadcast of this amazing concert event!
Click Here and vote for George Michael & Whitney Houston's 'If I Told You That' on BET's 106 & Park Website. This will help attain significant profile for the song.
No excuses - if you're here, it won't take you a minute!
'Could I Have This Kiss Forever' is No.26 on the French Singles Chart (it's 16th week on the chart).
'The Greatest Hits' is No.18 on it's 35th charting week.
NEWSFILE: 17 JANUARY 2001
Whitney Houston features as one of the ten best selling albums artists of 200 in the UK. 'Whitney: The Greatest Hits' scanned around 1.1m copies (as reported at the beginning of the month) in 2000.
Click the images above to see larger scale images of the US promo of 'If I Told You That'. The two track promo is being sent to US mainstream/pop radio stations as well as R&B stations featuring the original Greatest Hits mix of the song and a ten second Call Out Research Hook (a short sample of the song that is used to play back to people to test the song).
US based fans should call their local radio station to request the song. The best time to call is actually straight after the song has played as radio stations love feedback on the songs they play and this is more effective than emailing them (although we're still going to go Request Mad soon).
[Scans Thanks To
NEWSFILE: 16 JANUARY 2001
Whitney Houston was not nominated in the Best International Female category of the 2001 Brits despite pulling in the biggest selling album by a female artist in 2000.
'Heartbreak Hotel' debuts at No.37 on the Dutch Top 40 this week.
The 2001 Brit Awards Nominations will be announced tomorrow. Whitney Houston qualifies in the Best International Female category and will be looking for her sixth nomination. Whitney collected a Brit award for Best Soundtrack in 1993 for 'The Bodyguard'.
With the help of Jen-yuan, the Classic Whitney Singles Covers Gallery has been further enhanced with another twenty new covers from around the world. Some great new (old) photographs of Whitney feature in this gallery than features no less than one hundred different covers.
Looking for an icon to form part of your signature on the Classic Whitney Bulletin Board? Dzemil has gone to great lengths to compile a vast array of images that can be used and some instructions as to how to do it - Just Follow The Link!
For those who haven't become part of this amazing community of Whitney Houston fans discussing anything and everything from Whitney to politics, race to opinions on what's happening in music today, Check It Out. The only requirement is that you're a Whitney Houston fan.
[Billboard Review]WHITNEY HOUSTON & GEORGE MICHAEL If I Told You That (4:05)
PRODUCER: Rodney Jerkins
WRITERS: R. Jerkins, F. Jerkins III, T. Estes
PUBLISHERS: EMI-Blackwood, BMI; Famous Music/EMI-April/Mic'l Publishing, ASCAP Arista 3834 (CD promo)
Arista dips one more time into "Whitney: The Greatest Hits" for this novel partnership between the enduring pop/R&B diva and one of the great lost talents of yesteryear, George Michael. Produced and co-written by Rodney Jerkins, the track's instrumental palette is definitely of the moment, with a driving shuffle beat and layered vocals that make this song more than a passing reminder of something you might expect from Jennifer Lopez. The hook is catchy enough, with a chorus that's simple and easy to sing along with. But whatever magic might be found in this effort most certainly is going to come from the fine vocal performances. Houston scats and offers shout-outs that give "If I Told You That" a spontaneity and energy uncommon in most mainstream R&B music today, while Michael still stands tall as one of the finer soul men to step in front of the mike. This pairing is mightily inspired, and that in itself could turn this into a radio curiosity for pop and some R&B stations. It's just a shame that Houston and Michael weren't offered a song that was truly worthy of their great talents.
NEWSFILE: 14 JANUARY 2001
For anyone that's interested, Whitney's
Billboard Chart Stats for the 80s and 90s can be located through the Chartlogs Section of Classic
'Whitney: The Greatest Hits' has been repackaged in Korea with an updated track listing and cover:
German Charts from January 12th,2001
MEDIA CONTROL TOP 100 SINGLE CHARTS
MEDIA CONTROL TOP 100 ALBUM CHARTS
EURO TOP 50
SWITZERLAND SINGLE CHARTS
There is a new TV Show in the US called Popstars that is about the making of a girl band. One the criteria to make into the group was to sing Whitney's 'I Will Always Love You'. Of the voices out there, they picked Whitney's. Here is the article from EW and it contains some statements from David Foster:
[Thanks Joseph J.]
NEWSFILE: 13 JANUARY 2001
US Fans are reporting that the video for 'If I Told You That' is being shown on BET this week. Please do your bit and request the video .
'Whitney The Greatest Hits' is up to No.87 (from No.90) after 33
NEWSFILE: 11 JANUARY 2001
'Could I Have This Kiss Forever' is the No.23 song of 2000 in the Netherlands. The song reached No.1.
In more news, 'Heartbreak Hotel' is the 'alarmschijf' - this means it is the No.1 song on the "tipparade". With a little luck, the song could be the highest new entry in the Dutch Top 40 next week.
NEWSFILE: 7 JANUARY 2001
During the sales week leading up to Christmas, 'Whitney The Greatest Hits' registered it's best week yet by scanning over 100,000 copies. In doing so, the album also scanned it's millionth copy to become one of thirteen albums to sell over a million copies according to Music Week, the industry trade magazine.
With a further 40,000 copies scanned last week (the final week of 2000) and another respectable post-Christmas performance due this week, the album has now scanned over 1,100,000 copies in the UK.
This is the official Soundscan listing for the ten best scanning albums in the US from 1991 to 2000:
[Thanks Chris B.]
'Could I Have This Kiss Forever' climbs to No.22 (from No.26) on it's 14th week on the French Singles Chart.
'Whitney The Greatest Hits' is down to No.12 (from No.10) on the French Compilation Album Chart.
The Greatest DVD...
The DVD Compilation 'Whitney The Greatest Hits' also appears to have a lesser known pressing that features the videos for 'Exhale (Shoop Shoop)' and 'I Believe In You And Me'.
It's not clear whether this is just in the US or whether other regions also have a second pressing.
BMG will shortly issue DVD singles in Germany. They have already confirmed that a Whitney Houston DVD single will be issued later this year.
German Charts from 5 January 2001
This year marks the first time that a Whitney Houston project is not recognised by the Grammys. All seven of her previous projects garnered between two and four nominations. Whitney has won six Grammys since her debut and has been nominated twenty four times.
Two Whitney songs did get nominated in the Remixer of the Year, Non-Classical category:
Peter Rauhofer (Club 69)
Whitney Houston is not featured on any of the Billboard Singles or Albums charts for the week ending 13 January 2001. It's the first time Whitney has not featured on any chart since November 1998.
NEWSFILE: 6 JANUARY 2001
Details of how Whitney Houston's music performed in the end of year charts as compiled by Radio & Records:
[Compiled By Jeffrey B. - Thanks]
More Charts From Around The World...
NEWSFILE: 2 JANUARY 2001
Whitney Houston's 'The Greatest Hits' ranked as the best selling album by a female artist in the UK in 2000:
The Top 10 Albums In Europe 2000:
Whitney's 'My Love Is Your Love' ranked in fourth place in 1999.
Most charts are either static for the week or yet to be published but these are a few of the ones that changed:
NEWSFILE: 1 JANUARY 2001
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