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3 In 20...

Billboard's Singles Minded column this week reports in the rare achievement of having three simultaneous Top 20 hit singles.  The report cites Whitney Houston's 1993 achievement.

Read the complete Singles Minded Report Here.

[From Billboard]

NEWSFILE: 30 NOVEMBER 2001


Possible Separation?...

According to a source that works for a U.S. tabloid, a female that claims to have been in Arizona with Whitney Houston has stated that Whitney and husband Bobby Brown are about to separate again - not far off the recent report by Flo Anthony.  This information appears to come from a very close family member who would potentially also end up with a share of any settlement that Bobby Brown might receive (i.e manager job, house, and a studio built for him to run).

If you have information that can clarify, confirm or correct any part of this new report, please email me.


Billboard Chart Update...

The Billboard update for the week ending 8 December 2001:

THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER:
Hot 100 Singles - Remains at No.85 (second week) - 22 weeks on chart;
Hot 100 Singles Sales - Remains at No.2 (second week) - 20 weeks on chart;

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles - Remains at No.88 (second week) - 11 weeks on chart;
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Sales - Down to No.5 (from No.3) - 9 weeks on chart.


Whitney On TV...

[From Whitney Houston Platinum Club]

There will be plenty of Whitney to watch for on TV in the coming weeks!

The MTV special, "About MTV 20th: Everybody Talk About... Pop Music!" features an interview with Whitney. The special will re-air Friday, November 30, from 3:30pm - 4:30pm ET.

Whitney also appears on VH1's "Best of Arsenio Hall Jams" that features the best musical performances from The Arsenio Hall Show. The episode will air on Monday, December 3, from 7:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. ET. She is interviewed along with Stevie Wonder. Whitney will also be featured on VH1's show, "The Top 50 Soundtracks of All Time." The episode airs Tuesday, December 4, from 2:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. The soundtrack for The Bodyguard featuring Whitney's,"I Will Always Love You" is of course the top selling soundtrack of all time!

VH1 will air their "All Access" episode of "Divas" featuring Whitney that celebrates the top female artists in history. The episode airs December 6, from 11:00 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. ET. An episode of Saturday Night Live featuring Whitney as the musical guest will air on Comedy Central, Wednesday December 19, from 5:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. ET and Tuesday, December 25, from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. ET. Set those VCR's and watch for Whitney on TV!

 

NEWSFILE: 29 NOVEMBER 2001


The Bodyguard: 'Holy Grail'...

Although not actually about Whitney Houston, This Variety Article (available through Yahoo) discusses movies that have become vehicles for pop stars on an increasing trend.  The report cites The Bodyguard as the 'holy grail' of pop stars aspiring for movie success.

 

NEWSFILE: 27 NOVEMBER 2001


Liza Minnelli Tribute...

Whitney Houston has signed up to appear in a Liza Minnelli tribute show next March.  You can read the entire PRNewswire report here which centres around Minnelli's recent engagement to David Gest.


Singles Minded...

Read this week's Billboard Singles Minded column comments about The Star Spangled Banner and why it is allowed to chart on the Hot100 past 20 weeks.

 

NEWSFILE: 24 NOVEMBER 2001


Cover Story...

Love, Whitney  Love, Whitney

'Love, Whitney' has been released in Holland this week.  A scan of the cover and back of the CD have been provided by Sandra (click here to see Sandra's Whitney Website).

 

NEWSFILE: 23 NOVEMBER 2001


Billboard Chart Update...

The Billboard update for the week ending 1 December 2001:

THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER:
Hot 100 Singles - Down to No.85 (from No.80) - 21 weeks on chart;
Hot 100 Singles Sales - Down to No.2 (from No.1) - 19 weeks on chart;

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles - Down to No.88 (from No.81) - 10 weeks on chart;
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Sales - Up to No.3 (from No.4) - 8 weeks on chart.


Love, Whitney...

The love songs compilation, 'Love, Whitney' is being released worldwide outside of the USA over the coming weeks.  Depending on the country, it has a different release date.  The UK release has been pushed back to the new year, possibly February but it still may not happen at that time.

The CD is a limited release and not Whitney's "next album".  Whitney will not be available to promote the album as she's busy working on her next studio release which is set to drop next year.

 

NEWSFILE: 22 NOVEMBER 2001


Love, Whitney: Back On The Map...

Having recently been removed from Arista's release schedule, 'Love, Whitney' appears to have received renewed forthcoming release profile across Europe and Canada.

The German Whitney Houston Website confirms the album will be released on 3 December 2001.  BMG Poland also confirm the release and have indicated that they may issue a radio single in the form of 'Fine' (although the song does not feature on the album). BMG Russia have the album slated for release on 19 November 2001 (this coming Monday).

In Canada, the album is scheduled for release on 27 November 2001.

HMV UK confirm the albums release in the UK on 3 December 2001, although the title has been removed from the release slate according to Music Week (and also features as a release for Monday on the HMV website).  The HMV UK track listing is different to that which has previously been released, replacing 'Just The Lonely Talking Again' with 'You Are Loved', and replacing 'Miracle' with 'Heartbreak Hotel':

1 Until You Come Back
2 I Have Nothing
3 Why Does It Hurt So Bad? 
4 You Give Good Love
5 All The Man That I Need
6 Where Do Broken Hearts Go?
7 You Are Loved 
8 Exhale (Shoop Shoop)
9 Heartbreak Hotel
10 For The Love Of You
11 Saving All My Love For You
12 Run To You
13 I Believe In You And Me 
14 Didn't We Almost Have It All
15 All At Once
16 I Will Always Love You 

The official UK BMG website, Click2Music confirms 'Love, Whitney''s release in December.

[Report compiled with the assistance of Andre, Sylwia, Margaret G. & Igor S.]


Swedish Production...

Click Here to read a Billboard Spotlight report on Swedish producers and hitmakers.  The report suggest that the Murlyn Music Group has a song pending for Whitney Houston.

 

NEWSFILE: 16 NOVEMBER 2001


Billboard Chart Update...

The Billboard update for the week ending 24 November 2001:

THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER:
Hot 100 Singles - Down to No.80 (from No.59) - 20 weeks on chart;
Hot 100 Singles Sales - Remains at No.1 (6th week) - 18 weeks on chart;

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles - Down to No.81 (from No.63) - 9 weeks on chart;
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Sales - Down to No.4 (from No.2) - 7 weeks on chart.

 

NEWSFILE: 15 NOVEMBER 2001


Russia...

Whitney is rumoured to be making a trip to Russia later this month to participate in a show for one of Russia's largest TV networks.    The Russian report suggests Whitney will be featured in a special Christmas programme performing 'Who Would Imaging A King' and 'Impossible'.

No official word as yet about this appearance.

[Thanks Kinda]


Sales...

For the US chart week ending 17 November 2001, 'The Star Spangled Banner' sold 30,327 copies.  The single has sold around 300,000 copies since its re-issue.

[Thanks Jim R.]


NEWSFILE: 14 NOVEMBER 2001


Whitney Tonight...

Whitney Performs Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'

Fans in the US can see Whitney's performance of 'Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'' on the Michael Jackson tribute concert which airs tonight at 9pm ET/PT on CBS.

You can see a gallery of images from the performance by clicking on the image to the left.


NEWSFILE: 13 NOVEMBER 2001


Jam & Lewis...

Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis confirm via their Flyte Tyme website that they will work on Whitney Houston's album due for release next year.

They've previously been rumoured to feature on the album and join Mark Hill, Rodney Jerkins, Babyface and Missy Elliott as collaborators on the project.

[Thanks Alejandro]

 

Billboard Chart Update...

The Billboard update for the week ending 17 November 2001:

THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER:
Hot 100 Singles - Down to No.59 (from No.38) - 19 weeks on chart;
Hot 100 Singles Sales - Remains at No.1 (5th week) - 17 weeks on chart;

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles - Down to No.63 (from No.58) - 8 weeks on chart;
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Sales - Remains at No.2 (3rd week) - 6 weeks on chart.


Arsenio Jams...

VH1 will debut a new show featuring performances from Arsenio Hall's TV show which aired in the US between 1989 and 1994.   Whitney appeared a few times and will likely feature on these VH1 broadcasts which begin on Monday 12 November.  Full details from the PRNewswire report here.


NEWSFILE: 10 NOVEMBER 2001


Cinderella...

Retailers in the US are being asked to return unsold stock of 'Cinderella' starring Whitney Houston and Brandy.  Disney routinely does this to create demand for re-issues later down the line.

If you still haven't purchased your copy of this first edition, now is the time.

[Thanks Alan M.]


Sales Update...

'The Star Spangled Banner' sold a further 41,600 units in the US bringing its current total to around 260,000 copies.   Overall, the single has sold in excess of one million copies.  Last weeks sales figures will not be known until later in the week.

[Thanks Jim R.]


NEWSFILE: 3 NOVEMBER 2001


Mark Hill...

Music Week reports that Mark Hill, the co-writer and producer of Craig David's critically acclaimed 'Born To Do It' album is expected to go into the studio in the near future to work with Whitney Houston on her 2002 album.

Billboard Chart Update...

The Billboard update for the week ending 10 November 2001:

THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER:
Hot 100 Singles - Down to No.38 (from No.18) - 18 weeks on chart;
Hot 100 Singles Sales - Remains at No.1 (4th week) - 16 weeks on chart;

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles - Down to No.58 (from No.41) - 7 weeks on chart;
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Sales - Remains at No.2 (2nd week) - 5 weeks on chart.


NEWSFILE: 1 NOVEMBER 2001

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