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Your Arm's Too Short To Box With God...

[From Whitney Houston Platinum Club]

Whitney and Family Step Out To The Theater!
Last night Whitney, husband Bobby and daughter Bobbi Kristina all shared a night at the theater witnessing Whitney's Mom, Cissy Houston, star in the New Jersey Performing Arts Center's production of Your Arm's Too Short To Box With God. Cissy plays plays the role of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Whitney, as reported exclusively to The Platinum Club, had a fabulous evening. She and family were seated in box seats above the stage and at one point Whitney acknowledged and expressed her gratitude to fans seated in the packed New Jersey playhouse. After the show, Whitney stopped in backstage to congratulate her mother and upon leaving the theater autographed show programs for her fans.


Whitney is featured on the cover of the German Gala magazine as well as a few photos inside.  The pictures below are some of what is featured.

Cover: Whitney Houston & Cissy Houston   Whitney At The Songwriters Hall of Fame   Whitney Houston & Kirk Whalum  gala2001_3.jpg (77141 bytes)

[Thanks Sylwia]


There's another chance to see Whitney receive her BET Lifetime Achievement Award on BET tonight at 9pm ET.

Webby Awards...

Votes for this year's Webby Awards are being counted at Classic Whitney can be selected in the People's Voice (Music) Category as a 'write-in' nomination.

Click Here To Go To The Website To Register & Cast Your Vote.

[Thanks Chip H. For Being The First To Submit Classic Whitney]



Cissy Stars...

[From EUR]


Broadway Just Might Be In Their Future.

The stage play, Your Arm's Too Short To Box With God will end it's two week at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center this Saturday. The show stars Cissy Houston as Mary the Mother of Jesus and Melba Moore as Mary Magdalene. If you're unable to see the show this weekend, look for it at the Ford Theater in Washington, DC, Los Angeles (no confirmed theater yet), and there's talk of a Broadway run. If you are able to see the show this weekend, look for Whitney to be in the audience.

[Thanks Alan M.]

Billboard Update...

The Billboard update for the week ending 7 July 2001:

Maxi-Singles Sales - Up to No.32 (from No.34) - 37 weeks on chart.



UK Chart Update...

UK Chart For Week Ending 30 June 2001

Top 75 Album Chart - Down to No.39 (from No.37) - 48 weeks on chart - 4x PLATINUM

Don't Speak...

On her to the stage at the BET Awards, Gwen Stefani of No Doubt was passing Whitney's dressing room when Whitney came out.   Whitney told Gwen she was a huge No Doubt  fan.  Gwen was awe-struck as she turned around and said to whoever was listening, "is anyone hearing this, I can't believe I am hearing this from Whitney Houston!" and she then proceeded to the stage.

Written By Whitney....

The ASCAP website lists Whitney Houston as one of the songwriters for 'Fine' alongside the two writers who are credited on 'Whitney The Greatest Hits', Kamaal Ibn John Fareed and Raphael Saadiq.

Further, the BMI website lists a song called 'Article' as being co-written by Whitney:

ARTICAL (Legal Title) BMI Work #3885060



No information is available as to when this song was written.

[Thanks Dave W./Dzemil]


Dotmusic Report...

Fans who have yet to see footage of Tuesday night's BET Awards can Follow This Link to the Dotmusic Website where they have compiled a segment of interviews and performances that include Christina Aguilera's 'Run To You' performance followed by part of Whitney's acceptance speech and a clip of her performance of 'I Will Always Love You'.


Another Sad Love Song?...

[From Launch.com]

Babyface Plans CD, Work With Whitney, TLC, Pink & Toni

(6/22/01, 12 p.m. ET) -- Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds keeps up a steady pace in the studio. Appearing Thursday (June 21) at the Recording Academy's 2001 Membership Luncheon, where he was honored with a Governor's Award for outstanding contributions to the music industry community, Edmonds was humbled by the acknowledgement. He received his award from presenter Jimmy "Jam" Harris.

A Grammy winner as well as the recipient of several BMI songwriters awards. Edmonds told LAUNCH what the Recording Academy honor means to him. "I think the difference in this award it's more than just your craft, it's also you as an individual, it's things that you do for the community as well, it takes a little more than just your talent, so that's what makes this one different, I think," he said.

Edmonds also shared with LAUNCH some of his upcoming projects. "My new record will come out in September, September 11. And then I'm going back into the studio with Whitney Houston, back in with TLC, going to do something with Pink, also do a Christmas record with Toni Braxton, so [I] got a lot of work to do."  -- Janine Coveney, Los Angeles.


Billboard Update...

The Billboard update for the week ending 30 June 2001:

Maxi-Singles Sales - Down to No.34 (from No.22) - 36 weeks on chart.



No Trouble At All...

Protestors from PETA (see Newsfile report 17 June) didn't get a look in with Whitney on Tuesday night.  Whitney's security team become one of the few to face off their challenge and PETA could not discover Whitney's movements that day.

Arista Congratulates Whitney...

Arista Makes Its Mark at the First Annual BET Awards as Outkast and Whitney Houston Win Big

NEW YORK--(ENTERTAINMENT WIRE)--June 21, 2001--Arista Records congratulates two powerhouse artists: Whitney Houston and Outkast as recipients of the first annual 2001 BET Awards. Whitney Houston and Outkast's contribution to the world of music has been, to say the least, just splendid. Both are destined for an enduring career, so let these awards tell the tale of their success--success completed as well as achievements that are yet to come.

Throughout the years Whitney Houston has transformed music as well as the lives of many people. An award-winning, critically acclaimed artist who has sold over 100 million albums worldwide, Whitney Houston is a walking legacy. Her chart-topping songs have put tears and pleasure into the hearts of American music lovers, and last night's first recipient of the ``BET Lifetime Achievement Award'' given to the honorable Whitney Houston proved just that--she's a star whose gift to change the course of music shines very bright. She's a Pop icon whose brilliance and breath-taking talent always leaves listeners in awe.

It has become clear that when it comes to hip-hop, Outkast are true heavyweights. Musical gurus in there own right, Outkast received two BET awards: ``Best Male Group'' and ``Video of the Year'' (for Ms. Jackson). From their debut album Southernplayalisticadillacmusic to their most recent, Stankonia (four million copies sold), Outkast has added an entire new dimension to the hip-hop genre. With their signature funkadelic style, both musically and visually, the duo have outlasted, outgrown and outsmarted other groups. As a dynamic group whom always flex their lyrical muscles, Outkast uphold and exhibit ingenuity it the fullest. They connect to the past and escape to the future.

[Thanks Margaret]

Michael Jackson Tribute...

[From Launch.com]

NSYNC, Britney, Whitney & Bobby On Tap For Michael Jackson Celebration

(6/20/01, 6 p.m. ET) -- R&B singer Deborah Cox revealed that *NSYNC, Britney Spears, Whitney Houston, and Bobby Brown are among the artists who will perform at the tribute concert to Michael Jackson and the 30th anniversary of his solo career this September at New York City's Madison Square Garden. The two-day event will be taped for broadcast as a two-hour concert special later this year.  Cox told LAUNCH she is definitely looking forward to honoring the amazing career of the self-proclaimed "King Of Pop."

"September 7th and the 10th at Madison Square Garden, I'll be singing along with a bunch of other artists to pay tribute to his legacy, and I'm a huge Michael Jackson fan. I had his posters plastered all over my room when I was younger, so that's going to be an incredible honor," she said.

Cox added that Shaggy, Jill Scott, and more than 200 other stars from the worlds of music and film are expected to be on-hand to honor Jackson. "Who are some of the other artists? Myself, Mya, Pink, Marc Anthony, *NSYNC, Britney [Spears], Tamia, Whitney [Houston], Bobby [Brown's] gonna be there. Usher...damn near everybody's gonna be there because that's an event you cannot miss."

At the event, Jackson will reunite with the Jacksons, and a 300-member gospel choir is expected to back Jackson and friends on several songs. David Gest, the producer of the mega-concert, said in a statement last week that "the lineup and details regarding the event will be announced later this month." -- Jason Gelman, New York

[Thanks Margaret]


LOS ANGELES, June 19 /PRNewswire/ -- MTV: Music Television and Maverick Recording Co. have announced a July 3rd release date for "MTV: 20 Years of Pop Music," a 15-track collection featuring the greatest pop hits of the past two decades. This star-studded album of blockbuster singles accompanies the upcoming MTV special titled, "MTV20: Everybody Talk About ... Pop Music!," a one-hour event premiering July 14th at 12 noon ET/PT, celebrating seminal pop moments that occurred over the course of the network's 20-years.

This extraordinary and diverse compilation, features songs pulled from the last 20 years of MTV, from Madonna ("Borderline") to Christina Aguilera ("Genie In A Bottle"); and Janet Jackson ("That's The Way Love Goes") to Backstreet Boys ("I Want It That Way"). This exclusive CD also contains songs from TLC ("Waterfalls"), R.E.M. ("Losing My Religion"), Alanis Morissette ("You Oughtta Know"), No Doubt ("Don't Speak"), Matchbox Twenty ("3 am"), and Goo Goo Dolls ("Slide").

"MTV20: Everybody Talk About ... Pop Music!" will tell the story of Pop Music on MTV through interviews with the artists who created it, grew up with it, and are now making it themselves. This hour long special will give viewers an inside view of some of the greatest Pop moments from the last 20 years, including Pop video classics, MTV Video Music Awards performances, and exclusive interviews from the MTV vaults. The special will look at some of the key moments from MTV's Pop music history including the launch of TRL
in Times Square, the influence of Hip-Hop and R&B, and the recent success of boy bands and girl groups.

Here's the full track listing for "MTV: 20 Years of Pop Music":

Madonna: "Borderline" (1983)
Beastie Boys: "No Sleep Till Brooklyn" (1986)

Whitney Houston: "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" (1987)

Red Hot Chili Peppers: "Higher Ground" (1989)
R.E.M.: "Losing My Religion" (1991)
En Vogue: "Free Your Mind" (1992)
Janet Jackson: "That's The Way Love Goes" (1993)
TLC: "Waterfalls" (1994)
Weezer: "Buddy Holly" (1994)
No Doubt: "Don't Speak" (1995)
Alanis Morissette: "You Oughtta Know" (1995)
Matchbox 20: "3am" (1996)
Goo Goo Dolls: "Slide" (1998)
Backstreet Boys: "I Want It That Way" (1999)
Christina Aguilera: "Genie In A Bottle" (2000)

[Thanks Jim R.]

BET Keeps Rolling...

[E-Online Report]

Whitney, Denzel Best BET Awards
by Josh Grossberg
Jun 20, 2001, 10:00 AM PT

Whitney Houston and Denzel Washington were the best bets--make that BETs--Tuesday in Las Vegas.  The superstars were among the top winners at the inaugural Black Entertainment Television Awards, honoring the best of African-American pop culture.

An MIA Washington scored a Best Actor trophy for his role as the coach of a Virginia high school's first integrated football team in Remember the Titans, while Houston nabbed BET's Lifetime Achievement Award, giving props to both her chart-busting music and film careers.

Billed as the event where "black star power explodes," the first BET Awards covered film, music and sports and were chosen by a committee of industry executives, journalists and fans. The two-hour kudofest was broadcast live from the Vegas strip on the BET cable network.

Other big winners included hip-hop duo OutKast, which took home trophies for Best Male Group and Best Video ("Ms. Jackson"); Destiny's Child, which picked up the award for Female Group; and St. Louis-based hip-hopster Nelly, who was named Best New Artist.

BET's Viewer's Choice Award, voted on by Netizens, went to Lil' Bow Wow for his hit, "What's My Name."

In what might be considered an upset, Philadelphia 76ers star Allen Iverson beat out the Los Angeles Lakers' Shaquille O'Neal for Best Male Athlete, despite the Lakers' relatively easy win over the 76ers in last week's NBA Finals.

Undoubtedly, though, the night belonged to Houston, who was welcomed with a standing ovation after receiving an all-star tribute from diva-in-waiting Christina Aguilera and R&B crooner Luther Vandross.  After the six-time Grammy winner performed two of her songs, her mother, Cissy Houston, and young daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, came onstage to present the singer with the Lifetime Achievement Honor.   "God has blessed her with a glorious talent that will never be forgotten," Cissy Houston told the crowd.

"I'm every woman! I'm a survivor...the best is yet to come," a joyous Houston shouted as she accepted the award.

Other performers included rappers Jay-Z and Eve (who nabbed Male and Female Hip-Hop Awards, respectively), Snoop Dogg, Usher, Sisq, Lil' Bow Wow, OutKast, Destiny's Child and Patti LaBelle.   The show was hosted by the "Original Kings of Comedy" Steve Harvey and Cedric "The Entertainer."

Here's a complete rundown of the winners at the first BET Awards:

Lifetime Achievement: Whitney Houston.
Male Group: OutKast
Female Group: Destiny's Child
Male R&B artist: Musiq Soulchild
Female R&B Artist: Mary J. Blige
Male Hip-Hop Artist: Jay Z
Female Hip-Hop Artist: Eve
New Artist: Nelly
Gospel Artist: Donnie McClurkin
Video of the Year: OutKast, "Ms. Jackson"'
Actor in a Film: Denzel Washington, Remember the Titans
Actress in a Film: Sanaa Lathan, Love and Basketball
Male Athlete of the Year: Allen Iverson
Female Athlete of the Year: Marion Jones
Viewer's Choice: Lil' Bow Wow, "What's My Name"

[Thanks Rocky]

Bet News...

Whitney Houston featured in a short segment on BET news after the awards ceremony and spoke of her win.  She said of the event: "It just really hit me that I am the first recipient of a Lifetime Achievement of BET. That is so special I can't even begin to tell you, the words won't explain how I really feel about that. It is from my own people. That love me. That support me. No matter what they hear or what they THINK they know.  They have always been in my corner."

[Thanks Shayla]


On Access Hollywood last night, Patti LaBelle spoke of Whitney:

"Oh Whitney, that's my baby I was just in her dressing room before she went on stage and I told her not to worry what anyone else thought, it's when they are NOT talking about you is when you need to be worried..."

[Thanks David]


1st Annual BET Lifetime Achievement Award...

Whitney Houston Collects Her Lifetime Achievement Award: Click Here For Gallery

Click On The Image Above For A Gallery Of Images From Last Night's 1st Annual BET Awards Where Whitney Collected The Lifetime Achievement Award.


BET Report 1...

[From Yahoo News]

Outkast claim double triumph in BET awards

Outkast were double winners at the first Black Entertainment Television Awards. They were named best male group and won video of the year for Ms Jackson.

Whitney Houston was honoured with a lifetime achievement award at the inaugural ceremony in Las Vegas.

Outkast member Andre 'Dre 3000' Benjamin said of the awards: "It gives us an opportunity to play black music.  "It's kind of like a landmark. This is our first, like, real award."

Christina Aguilera and Luther Vandross performed two of Whitney Houston's songs before she came on stage to a standing ovation. Houston sang two songs before her mother Cissy Houston and young daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown presented her award. "God has blessed her with a glorious talent that will never be forgotten," said Cissy.

Other performers included Outkast, Destiny's Child, who won best female group, Lil' Bow Wow, winner of the viewer's choice award, Snoop Dogg, Usher, Sisqo and Jay Z.


BET Report 2...

[From Film Unlimited]

Washington and Whitney honoured at black awards

Denzel Washington won the Best Actor award for Remember the Titans and Whitney Houston received a Lifetime Achievement award during the first US Black Entertainment Television Awards, presented yesterday in Las Vegas. Best Actress honours went to Sanaa Lathan for Love & Basketball.

Film director Steven Spielberg has paid tribute to Stanley Kubrick, describing his new movie A.I. as a collaboration with the late director. Spielberg said he had: "Worked hard to achieve a cinematic collaboration by bringing a vision of Stanley Kubrick's to the screen." The story of the film, which was first conceived by Kubrick more than 20 years ago, was picked up by Spielberg after he died in March 1999.

Charmain Carr, the actress who rose to fame as Liesl von Trapp in the Sound of Music, has revealed that none of the other von Trapp kids actually sang in the legendary musical. The 57-year-old, who shone as the girl who was "16 going on 17", said: "None of the other kids could sing. The producers had to get child singers to sing the actual songs because the children couldn't do it. When there were scenes of all of us singing together such as Do Ray Me, you can actually hear 11 voices singing. The von Trapp kids would sing quietly or mouth the words and the kids hired just to sing, it would be their voices that would come through."

BET Report 3...

[From Worldpop]

OutKast Scoop Two Awards

OutKast were double winners at the Black Entertainment Television Awards in Las Vegas on Tuesday night, picking up gongs for Best Male Group and Best Video for Ms Jackson.  'This is our first real award and it's a kind of landmark,' said OutKast's Andre Benjamin.

Destiny's Child won Best Female Group and Whitney Houston was honoured with a Lifetime Achievement award. As a tribute to Houston, Christina Aguilera and Luther Vandross performed two of her songs before she came on stage to a standing ovation to receive the award from her mother, singer Cissy Houston and her young daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown.  'God has blessed her with a glorious talent that will never be forgotten,' said Cissy.

As she accepted the honour, Whitney shouted: 'I'm every woman. I'm a survivor. The best is yet to come.'

Performers at the awards show included OutKast, Destiny's Child, Lil Bow Wow, who won the Viewer's Choice award, Snoop Dogg, Usher, Sisqo, Jay-Z and Eve with Gwen Stefani. OutKast recently turned down a request from Janet Jackson to support her on her forthcoming US tour.  Other award winners included:

Best Male RB Artist: Musiq Soulchild
Best Male Hip Hop Artist: Jay-Z
Best Female Hip Hop Artist: Eve
Best New Artist: Nelly

The 15 awards were voted for by record label executives, media and fans.

BET Report 4...

[From InfoBeat]

OutKast is double winner at BET awards

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Hip-hop group OutKast was a double winner and Whitney Houston was honored with a lifetime achievement award at the first BET awards Tuesday evening. OutKast was named best male group and won video of the year for "Ms. Jackson" during the two-hour event billed as where "black star power explodes."

The BET Awards are given to black entertainers and athletes in music, film and sports categories. The 15 awards were voted by record label executives, media and fans. In a tribute to Houston, Christina Aguilera and Luther Vandross performed two of Houston's songs before she came on stage to a standing ovation. The 37-year-old singer-actress sang two songs, then her mother, Cissy Houston, and her young daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, presented her award. Other performers included OutKast, Destiny's Child, who won best female group, Lil' Bow Wow, winner of the viewer's choice award, Snoop Dogg, Usher, Sisqo, Jay Z and hip-hop artist winner Eve.

[Thanks Rodney W.]

More To Come...


BET Tonight...

Enough of the hyping - US audiences can see Whitney Houston collect her Lifetime Achievement Award from BET tonight.

Pre-Show: 8:30pm ET
1st Annual BET Awards Show 9:00pm ET

Congratulations Whitney!

Whitney Houston Is A Sure BET...

[Infobeat Report]

BET Awards to honor Whitney Houston

WASHINGTON (AP) - Grammy-winner Whitney Houston will be honored at the BET Awards in Las Vegas Tuesday with a tribute led by Christina Aguilera and Luther Vandross. Houston was chosen as the first recipient of Black Entertainment Television's Lifetime Achievement Award because of her many accomplishments in film and music, said Curtis Gadson, a BET spokesman. The 37-year-old singer-actress has won six Grammy Awards. Her films include "The Bodyguard," "Waiting To Exhale" and "The Preacher's Wife." The BET Awards, recognizing excellence in music, film and sports, will be broadcast live at 9 p.m. ET from the Paris Las Vegas Hotel. Steve Harvey and Cedric "the Entertainer" will be the hosts of the two-hour show.

While at the BET Awards, Houston might outsmart People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals when the animal rights group stages a protest against the singer-actress because she's worn fur. PETA announced last week that hundreds of their supporters will take part
in a protest outside the awards show. Houston is reportedly planning on getting even with the protesters by wearing a black, waist-length mink jacket to the show that's been pre-spray painted, according to Monday's New York Post. The paper also reported that the coat is the work of designer Paul Chan, who reportedly dubbed the fur sprayed
with blue, pink, and purple paint the "PETA coat."

[Thanks Rodney]

Could I, Could I...

Whitney Houston & Enrique Iglesias' duet, 'Could I Have This Kiss Forever' is yet again a summer radio hit in Switzerland where the song is back in their Top 20 Airplay Chart.

The song was a number one hit in Switzerland last year.

[Thanks Christian]



More BET...

[Billboard Report]

Christina, Luther To Honor Whitney

Christina Aguilera and Luther Vandross will lead a tribute to Whitney Houston at tomorrow night's (June 19) BET Awards at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel. As previously reported, Houston will be honored with the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award during the ceremony.

Houston was chosen as the first recipient of Black Entertainment Television's Lifetime Achievement Award because of her many accomplishments in film and music, according to Curtis Gadson, BET senior vice president of entertainment programming and network operations. "Her voice is incomparable, and she broke ceilings for female artists that many never imagined were possible," Gadson said. "In only 15 years, Whitney has accomplished a lifetime worth of achievements."

The 37-year-old singer-actress has won six Grammy Awards. Her films include "The Bodyguard," "Waiting to Exhale" and "The Preacher's Wife."

Hosted by Steve Harvey and Cedric "The Entertainer," the BET Awards -- which recognize excellence in music, film, and sports -- will be broadcast live on the cable network at 9 p.m. ET.

For more on the BET awards, visit the network's official Web site.

[Thanks Margaret]

Another BET Report...

Monday June 18 8:27 AM ET
BET Awards to Honor Whitney Houston
By The Associated Press,

WASHINGTON (AP) - Grammy-winner Whitney Houston will be honored at the BET Awards in Las Vegas Tuesday with a tribute led by Christina Aguilera and Luther Vandross.

Houston was chosen as the first recipient of Black Entertainment Television's Lifetime Achievement Award because of her many accomplishments in film and music, said Curtis Gadson, senior vice president of entertainment programming and network operations.

``Her voice is incomparable, and she broke ceilings for female artists that many never imagined were possible,'' Gadson said. ``In only 15 years, Whitney has accomplished a lifetime worth of achievements.''

The 37-year-old singer-actress has won six Grammy Awards. Her films include ``The Bodyguard'' ``Waiting to Exhale'' and ``The Preacher's Wife''

The BET Awards, recognizing excellence in music, film and sports, will be broadcast live at 9 p.m. EDT from the Paris Las Vegas Hotel. Steve Harvey and Cedric ``The Entertainer'' will be the hosts of the two-hour show.

``I am extremely honored to be recognized by Black Entertainment Television in this way,'' Houston said in a statement. ``I see this prestigious award as another major milestone in my career.

[Thanks Margaret]


UK Chart Update...

UK Chart For Week Ending 23 June 2001

Top 75 Album Chart - Re-Entry at No.37 - 47 weeks on chart - 4x PLATINUM

The Dotmusic Website cites this as the 57th week on the chart and probably are including the time the album has spent below the Top 75.  Last week, the album was ranked at No.171.  The album last charted in the week ending 7 April 2001.

Luther's Tribute...

Hotly Anticipated New Luther Vandross Album Out June 19th; Luther Vandross to Honor Whitney Houston On June 19th at BET Awards

NEW YORK (ENTERTAINMENT WIRE) - Grammy-winning R&B icon Luther Vandross, whose career boasts 14 platinum albums, will release his first J Records album entitled Luther Vandross on June 19th. The first single, "Take You Out" is fast becoming a major hit, having debuted on the charts within a record-breaking five days of its release. The "Take You Out" video, co-starring actress Garcelle Beauvais, can now be seen playing on BET.

Alongside the release of his brand new album, Luther will sing his heart out for his longtime friend Whitney Houston at the BET Awards in Las Vegas. In her honor, Luther will sing "All The Woman I Need," a twist on the original Houston song "All the Man I Need." Houston will be awarded the BET Lifetime Achievement Award; Christina Aguilera is also part of the Whitney Tribute. The BET Awards take place at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas on June 19th and airs live.

"I am thrilled to be singing in honor of Whitney Houston. She and I have been friends for years - we both started out singing background for her mother Cissy Houston," comments Luther Vandross. "In fact, Whitney and I have been dying to record a duet together so we hope to make this happen soon."

For the new album, Luther Vandross enlisted the aid of Clive Davis to assemble an all-star team of hot producers and songwriters including; Warryn Campbell; Ron Lawrence; R.L. of Next; Shep Crawford; Harvey Mason Jr. & Damon Thomas; and Soulshock & Karlin. "This is the first album I've ever done like this - working with a lot of the current producers and songwriters," says Vandross. Luther - who has enjoyed six No. 1 R&B singles and four Top 10 pop hits (including the Grammy-winning "Here And Now," "Power of Love/Love Power," "Don't Wanna Be A Fool" and the pop smash "Endless Love" a duet with Mariah Carey).

While delivering a record that brings out a whole new dimension of his talents through his work with some of today's freshest young producers, Luther has also been busy in the studio creating future Vandross classics. In addition to some newly-written material including "Hearts Get Broken All The Time (But The Problem Is, This Time It's Mine)" which he describes as "a very moody hypnotic song" and the mid-tempo "Love Forgot," Luther is planning to cover two '60s songs from the songbook of legendary composer Burt Bacharach. "I produced a couple of songs by myself and as always, I worked with my longtime musical associates Nat Adderly Jr. and Marcus Miller," he notes. "The balance between ballads and uptempo tracks is always important and on this album, we accomplished that..."

For more information on Luther Vandross, please call Lois Najarian at J Records, 646-840-5670.


[From PETA Website]


For Immediate Release:
June 14, 2001

Dan Mathews -

PETA Banner
The PETA Banner

Las Vegas - PETA activists bearing a huge banner reading, "WHITNEY: FUR SHAME," will greet vocalist Whitney Houston as she enters the Paris Hotel to accept her Lifetime Achievement Award at the first annual Black Entertainment Television Awards.

The protest follows PETA's recent naming of Houston to its list of worst-dressed celebrities who flaunt fur. The animal rights organization had repeatedly written to the pop singer to share details about the fur industry's routine cruelties to animals and to ask her to abandon fur. Houston never responded.

A PETA video, narrated by top designer Stella McCartney, details undercover investigations of fur farms in Illinois, Indiana, and California and shows fur farmers killing foxes and chinchillas via anal and genital electrocution. Animals suffered exposed broken bones, upper respiratory tract infections, and cancerous tumors without veterinary care. PETA investigators in Maryland found fur farmers killing minks by injecting them with lethal weed-killer. Because fur farmers don't care about humane slaughter-only preserving pelts-they also kill animals via gassing, strangling, and neck-breaking. Trapped animals don't fare much better, often suffering for days and slowly dying of disease, starvation, and thirst before trappers return to stomp on or club them to death.

"It's ironic that Whitney is being honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award when she has sentenced so many animals to a cruel death with her wardrobe," says PETA Director Dan Mathews, who is flying in from the group's headquarters in Virginia to lead the protest.



Dionne's Song...

Dionne Warwick Receives Her Award From Whitney Houston

NEW YORK (AP) - The Songwriters Hall of Fame recognizes that songwriters need singers.  So Dionne Warwick is going into the hall even though she didn't write a word of her biggest hits, including "Do You Know the Way to San Jose?" and "Walk on By."

Warwick was honored Thursday night - along with singer-songwriters Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and others - for her distinct ability to turn other people's tunes into classics.

"She's sort of had a whole idea about singing that's very original and no one's ever tried to copy it because I guess it's so unusual, and perfect for those songs," said Elvis Costello, who sang Warwick's hit "Don't Make Me Over" at the 32nd annual ceremony in New York.

The inductees included Clapton, Parton, and Nelson; songwriter Diane Warren, who's written a string of No. 1 tunes; and actor and Oscar-winning composer Paul Williams, who co-wrote songs such as "Evergreen" with Barbra Streisand and penned the Carpenters hit "We've Only Just Begun."

"It's amazing, it's such an honor. It feels amazing for your peers to induct you, and vote you in," said Warren, a Grammy winner and Oscar nominee who wrote Faith Hill's latest hit, "There You'll Be."

Besides receiving the hall of fame honor, Nelson sang one of Williams' other tunes, "Rainbow Connection" - which is also the title track to Nelson's new album. Before the ceremony, Nelson said even though singing made him famous, songwriting is the greater of his talents.

"I'd have to say I was a better songwriter than a singer," he said. "There are some great singers out there that we know about."

Joel, already an inductee, was awarded the Johnny Mercer Award, given to an inductee who has a vast catalog of songs.  "This is a special award for me because it means that my music goes beyond me. It goes to his generation," he said as he stood next to crooner Marc Anthony, who sang Joel's song "An Innocent Man" at the ceremony. "That means a lot to me that his generation is interested in singing my music."

Receiving a lifetime achievement award was singer Gloria Estefan and her producer-husband, Emilio Estefan.  "As a songwriter, this award means a lot to me, because a lot of people don't even know we write the songs," Estefan said.

An emotional Warwick received the Hitmakers award, given specially to singers, from a relative - Whitney Houston.   Houston, who is Warwick's cousin, said "when Dionne sings a song, she owns it. She is a songwriter's dream."

"I am proud to be her fellow artist, but even prouder to be her kin," Houston said.

The ceremony reunited Warwick with composer Hal Davis, the hall's chair. Davis, along with Burt Bacharach, wrote many of Warwick's most popular tunes.  "We all kind of started together, and it just blossomed into what it is today, a very mature, and very strong friendship," Warwick said before the ceremony. "That was the joy with working with both of those men."

Clapton, who has been on tour recently, was not on hand to receive his award.

Eminem Raps On Whitney...

[Launch.com: Eminem & D12 Take Aim At Britney, Whitney & Everlast]

Eminem takes lyrical jabs at a half dozen celebrities on "Ain't Nuttin' But Music," a song on D12's Devil's Night, scheduled to be released June 19. In one verse, Eminem disses Britney Spears, Everlast, Limp Bizkit's DJ Lethal, and Whitney Houston, while entangling NSYNC's Justin Timberlake and actor Ben Affleck in the mix.

In the first verse of the Dr. Dre-produced song, Eminem raps, "This just in/Britney just dissed Justin/She just f--ked Ben/Got t-t f--ked and d--k-sucked him/If Affleck can get his ass licked/How come I can't, sh-t/God damn b--ch/I'm rich/I can't understand this/Are those pictures they made of us together on the internet/The closest I'm ever going to get to hitting it from the back and sh-t/ 'Cause when it comes to that/I hit harder from the back than Everlast when he's plucking Lethal in his f--king ass/Just give me one more chance/Britney hit me one more time/Let me know what's on your mind/Whitney get me one more line to sniff..."

On "Blow My Buzz," D12 member Bizzare takes a shot at civil rights leader Reverend Jesse Jackson, who earlier this year admitted to fathering an illegitimate child via an extramarital affair. In Bizzare's verse, he raps about putting "a date rape drug" in a girl's drink, getting ready to have sex with her, and wraps with, "B--ches I'm catching/Blunts I'm matching/Don't call me Bizarre/I'm the Reverend Jesse Jackson." The album also includes the Limp Bizkit dis "Girls."

"Purple Hills," the first single released from D12's Devil's Night, is Number 16 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart.

-- Billy Johnson Jr., Los Angeles

[Thanks Margaret]

Living Legend...

[Electronic Urban Report]

Pick Living Legend At Lunch -- Burger King sponsors Living Legend Sweepstakes.
*Who's America's greatest music living legend? 'Retha? Jacko? Whitney? Well, the Burger King Corporation will soon know. The restaurant chain is celebrating Black Music Month by sponsoring a "Living Legends Sweepstakes," where participants can win a trip to the 2002 Soul Train Music Awards or the 2002 Essence Music Festival.

Throughout the month, BK invites customers to vote on America's favorite musical living legend. The "Living Legend" winner will be determined by the popular votes and will receive $10,000 for their favorite charity. In addition, four grand prize winners will get trips to either of two popular annual events mentioned, 200 first place winners will receive commemorative "Living Legends" denim jackets, and 2,000 second place winners will receive a compilation Black Music "Living Legends" CD. Ballot forms are available at participating BK restaurants. Ballots must be completed and received by August 3, 2001, for official entry into the sweepstakes.


Billboard Update...

The Billboard update for the week ending 23 June 2001:

Maxi-Singles Sales - Down to No.22 (from No.17) - 35 weeks on chart.

[Compiled By Lisa D.]


BET Countdown...

[From BET Awards Website]

Whitney Houston: BET's Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient


She is The Voice of this generation. From the opening notes of her hit “I Will Always Love You,” she sings the heartbreak out of every line. Whitney has worked with some of the top songwriters and producers of all time, and has crafted some of history’s best pop records. While others might get over with dancing and theatrics, with Whitney, it all comes back to her mesmerizing, God-given golden pipes. She’s sold more records than just about anyone else, and her name is synonymous with vocal prowess. She may be years older than some of her flashier, teenybopper contemporaries, but they ain’t got it like she does. Without a doubt, Whitney with her consistent hits and incredible range, is the very personification of lifetime achievement.

Timeline of a Lifetime

  • 1985 Best Female Pop Vocal Performance "Saving All My Love"
  • 1986 MTV Awards - Best Video of the Year "How Will I Know"
  • 1987 People Choice Awards - Favorite Female Musical Performer
  • 1988 Soul Train Awards - Female Album of the Year Whitney
  • 1991 Billboard Music Awards - Best R&B Artist
  • 1993 Billboard Music Awards - World Artist Award
  • 1994 NAACP Image Awards - Entertainer of the Year
  • 1995 Soul Train Awards - 25th Anniversary Hall Of Fame Award
  • 1996 Nickelodeon Awards - Hall of Fame Inductee
  • 1997 NAACP Awards - Outstanding Actress Award Preacher's Wife
  • 1998 Soul Train Awards - Quincy Jones Career Achievement Award
  • 2000 NCAAP Image Awards - Outstanding Female Artist

Don't miss
BET.com Countdown dedicated to Whitney Houston
Monday, June 18th @ 7:30PM (ET)

More BET News...

[From Rolling Stone]

Christina Honors Whitney 

Christina Aguilera and Luther Vandross will team up at the first annual Black Entertainment Television (BET) Awards ceremony to sing a duet in honor of Whitney Houston. Houston will be awarded with the first BET Lifetime Achievement Award, and she will choose which one of her songs Aguilera and Vandross will perform. Houston also plans to perform with Vandross and Aguilera.

[Thanks Arthur M.]



MTV: Christina Sings For Whitney...

[MTV News Report]

Christina Aguilera, Luther Vandross To Duet In Honor Of Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston is scheduled to join Christina Aguilera and Luther Vandross onstage in Las Vegas this month to honor the first artist ever to be given a BET Lifetime Achievement Award — and that artist just happens to be Houston herself.

Aguilera and Vandross will duet on a not-yet-chosen hit by Houston, who will ultimately come onstage to sing with them, a BET spokesperson said Friday. The trio will perform June 19 at the inaugural BET Awards, which will be broadcast live from Las Vegas. (MTVi's parent company, Viacom, also owns BET.)

Houston said she was thrilled to accept her award. "I see this prestigious award as another major milestone in my career," she said in a statement released by BET.

Other performers at the BET Awards include Destiny's Child, Lil' Bow Wow, Eve with Gwen Stefani, Missy Elliott and Outkast, as well as Sisqo, Usher and Patti LaBelle.

Vandross is set to release his new self-titled album on June 19.

—Brian Hiatt


BET Press Release...

Black Entertainment Television will honour Whitney Houston on 19 June 2001 with their inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award as previously reported on the Newsfile.

BET have issued a press release citing many of Whitney's unparalleled achievements in her career to date in the lead up to the event.

You Can Read The Complete Press Release Here - which also confirms that Luther Vandross will be joined by Christina Aguilera in paying Tribute to Whitney.

[Thanks Lopez]


Billboard Update...

The Billboard update for the week ending 16 June 2001:

Maxi-Singles Sales - Remains at No.17 (second week) with bullet - 34 weeks on chart.

[Compiled By Lisa D.]



Arista Confirms...

[From Arista Army]

Arista dominates the 1st annual BET Awards with 5 nominations!  112, Outkast and Carl Thomas all nab nominations!

Whitney Houston will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award.  Whitney, Usher and Outkast are all confirmed to perform.

The awards take place in Las Vegas on June 19th.

[Thanks Lopez]

MTV 20th Anniversary...

[Whitney Houston Platinum Club Report]

MTV 20th Anniversary News

The airdate for MTV's 20th Anniversary Special, during which an interview with Whitney will be featured, has been moved from July 7th to July 14th. The interview taped recently will focus on and document MTV's influence on and association to Whitney throughout the span of her career. Stay tuned the Platinum Club for more updates and information regarding MTV's 20th Anniversary special to be announced!

Set Up...

[New York Post, Page Six Article]

Vexing vacation for Whitney

POP diva Whitney Houston and her hubby, Bobby Brown, were the victims of a "setup" by a bizarre blonde woman in Florida who accused Brown of having an affair.

Houston and Brown, along with their daughter, Bobbi Kristina, were on vacation at a Williams Island condo this week, and on Monday, the trio visited a pal at the Turnberry Hotel & Resort in Aventura, where they spent most of the day lounging at the club's pool.

Houston and Bobbi Kristina got up to leave and were waiting for Brown in the car when a female club member approached the car on the passenger's side, where Houston's daughter sat, and tapped on the window.

When the window was rolled down, the woman said to a shocked Houston and Bobbi Kristina, "You need to be careful. I don't know how you want to handle this, but your husband is having an affair with one of my friends."

Houston calmly got out and told the stranger, "Just a minute, I want to discuss this - I want you to repeat this to my husband," before leading the woman to a table at the poolside bar.

Houston's lawyer, Martin Singer, said: "Whitney was at all times very calm, and just wanted to discuss this in front of her husband," an account backed up by Houston's publicist, Nancy Seltzer.

When Brown then approached the table, the woman, who had been chatty with Houston up until that point, became agitated, and told Houston, "I am just nervous because I am talking to very important people." The woman started to cry, put her face on the table and covered her head with her hands.

Brown reassured his wife that the woman - who refused to lift her head from the table - was "crazy." Houston left the bar and returned to the car. Witnesses say Brown then demanded of the stranger, "What are you talking about? Why won't you show your face?" An increasingly frustrated Brown ended up dumping a bottle of beer over the woman's head before he left.

Singer declined to discuss Brown's actions but said: "This woman was the one who acted inappropriately. She tried to create a confrontation, and she did it on purpose. You don't make accusations in the presence of a young child."

Seltzer said, "Whitney acted better than anyone else [in the same situation] would act. It was clearly a setup."

According to Seltzer and Singer, the woman is being investigated by the resort, and her membership is under review.

Considering Paula Froelich - she of Atlantic City made up review fame - may have had input into the writing of this story, some of it's content may need to be clarified.  If I find further clarification, it'll be posted here - Manish.




[From Yahoo News]

Arizona Desert Is Muse To DMX's Ears
Shaheem Reid, with additional reporting by Elon Johnson

A rapper's muse is a curious thing. While some MCs have been known to light candles in the studio, watch old TV shows or even indulge in the occasional intoxicant for inspiration, DMX found his inspiration to breathe fire by chillin' in the serenity of Arizona's rattlesnake-inhabited desert.

"It's been a beautiful experience," said producer Dame Grease, who spent a month and a half there recording DMX's fourth LP, tentatively titled The Ears. "We had the most fun ever."

Grease, who laid down 10 tracks for DMX's debut album, It's Dark and Hell Is Hot, is going back to the studio next week — this time in New York — to begin the album's mastering process. According to the producer, DMX is nearly finished with the 14 songs selected for the album, which will also feature production work from Ruff Ryders Swizz Beatz and PK.

DMX's management firm said the rapper who likens himself to a canine will soon see how much love Whitney Houston really has for thugs, as he has reached out to Mrs. Bobby Brown to sing on a song he's dedicating to his late grandmother. Although Houston's label, Arista, couldn't confirm her participation, Grease said '80s R&B queen Stephanie Mills and crooner Jaheim are onboard for the album, singing the hooks of two different songs. Big Stan, who's signed to DMX's Bloodline imprint, will also make an appearance.

"We got some bangin' party joints, but it's an album that's going back to his roots," said Grease, who has four tracks on the album, including "TrinaMoe," which he describes as sounding futuristic and gutter. "It's well-rounded."

DMX's label, Def Jam, said he may be going on tour this summer, but no dates have been confirmed. The Ears is scheduled for a September release.

[Thanks Arthur M.]


Bond Story Still Running...

[From Neal Travis' Gossip Column; New York Post]

Whitney Bond?

LOTS happening with sometimes-troubled pop diva Whitney Houston. I hear she's been in talks with producer Barbara Broccolli to sing the score of the next 007 movie and maybe even play a Bond Girl. (Whitney, of course, was huge in "The Bodyguard.")

The article also suggests Whitney and Robin Crawford are looking for recording talent in LA.


[From People Magazine]

Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown - Proud to Be Loud

True diva style, it might be said, is a dying art. Sure, newbies like Destiny's Child and Christina Aguilera aim for over-the-top flamboyance, but their approach is all flash and flesh--with very little flair.

Clearly they could stand to take notes from the ever eye-popping Whitney Houston. Case in point: the neon purple faux fur Houston paraded at this year's Academy Awards. Houston, 37, likes to look "cool but glamorous," says stylist Patti Wilson, who has worked with both the singer and her husband, R&B artist Bobby Brown, 32. And always, "she's gotta have her heels!" A fan of form-fitting designs by Pamela Dennis and Roberto Cavalli, Houston "has a basic instinct for how she wants to look," adds her cousin, singer Dionne Warwick. As does Brown, who Wilson says conveys a mix of "street and glam." Notes designer Dennis: "They both have great confidence and can pull off something when others cannot."

Piece on Whitney & Bobby appears in the print version of People.

[Thanks Lisa D.]

Billboard Update...

The Billboard update for the week ending 9 June 2001:

Maxi-Singles Sales - Up to No.17 (from No.29) with bullet - 33 weeks on chart.

[Compiled By Chris B.]





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