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VH1 will air a series of shows documenting the 80s and how music influenced everything from politics to technology to sex. Whitney Houston will be featured in the show dedicated to R&B.
Some German fans have set up an unofficial Whitney Houston fan club and their website is now open.
Apologies to Kathrin & Team for the delay in announcing the site at Classic Whitney.
NEWSFILE: 29 OCTOBER 2001
The Billboard update for the week ending 3 November 2001:
THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER:
'The Star Spangled Banner' sold 58,239 copies last week (down from the prior week's 77,910).
[Sales Info Thanks Jim R.]
Confirmation received: 'Love, Whitney' will not be released anywhere in the world. There are no plans for any Whitney Houston albums/compilations to be released this year. The next Whitney projected we're likely to see is the new album which is being worked on.
Ezboard reports that the Classic Whitney Discussion Board will be offline until 14:30 PST (approx.) today - apologies for the inconvenience caused.
New Classic Whitney Section Opened: Newsfile Reports
A project that has taken a year to complete is finally available on Classic Whitney.
Newsfile Reports is a comprehensive compilation of all the various news reports over the past few years, and some dating back further as the sections are developed. Each of the sections in the News Archive have been sorted by category making it easy to find reports on almost anything to do with Whitney over recent years.
The archive compliments the vast array of archive information already available on Classic Whitney and further enhances this site as a research tool.
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NEWSFILE: 19 OCTOBER 2001
The planned 'Love Whitney' compilation album has been pulled from the Arista/BMG release schedule.
Further details as and when available.
[Thanks Alan M.]
The Billboard update for the week ending 27 October 2001:
THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER:
* GREATEST GAINER/SALES AWARD
Ja Rule Finds 'Love' On Top Again
NEWSFILE: 18 OCTOBER 2001
[From Billboard]CBS To Air Jackson Concert Special Nov. 13
CBS has set a Nov. 13 airdate for a two-hour special of highlights from Michael Jackson's star-studded concerts at New York's Madison Square Garden last month. The show, which will run from 9-11 p.m. ET, will open with Whitney Houston, Usher, and Mya's rendition of "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'."
Songs from Jackson's solo sets -- including his collaboration with 'N Sync on "Dancin' Machine" and his reunion with his brothers in the Jackson 5 -- will be the focus of the broadcast in favor of tributes by other artists, according to a network spokesperson.
Jackson's long-awaited new Epic album, "Invincible," is due Oct. 30 in North America and a day earlier internationally. First single "You Rock My World" is No. 22 on The Billboard Hot 100 this week and debuted at No. 2 on the U.K. singles chart last Sunday.
The album track "Butterflies" will be available for streaming from Jackson's official Web site beginning 5 p.m. ET tomorrow (Oct. 18). The newly refurbished site now includes a career timeline, chart history, and short films.
The artist will perform as part of the United We Stand - What More Can I Give? benefit, to be held Sunday (Oct. 21) at Washington, D.C.'s RFK Stadium.
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Show: Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special
[Thanks Tony L.]
NEWSFILE: 17 OCTOBER 2001
BMG Germany have issued a tentative list of songs that will appear on the new Whitney Houston love songs collection reported titled 'Love Whitney':
'Saving All My Love For You' became Whitney's first ever US Hot 100 No.1 single sixteen years ago this week.
There are only rumours so far about the proposed Whitney Houston love songs compilation. Arista are refusing to talk about it officially, Whitney's management have initial denied it is to happen and have since not discussed it.
It is likely that some clarity around this project will be forthcoming sooner rather than later.
The Billboard update for the week ending 20 October 2001:
THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER:
*GREATEST GAINER/SALES AWARD
Banner Week: Whitney Houston's "The
Star-Spangled Banner" rises 2-1 on the Hot 100 Singles Sales chart, scanning 59,500
units and more than tripling last issue's sales total. Re-released to benefit the
uniformed victims of the World Trade Center disaster, "Banner" was shipped to
retail as it was produced, leading to staggered arrivals at various accounts and disparate
sales tallies over the past two tracking weeks. It is now certified platinum by the
Recording Industry Assn. of America. While Houston ties with R. Kelly in third place for
the number of charting singles she has had on the SoundScan-based singles sales chart
(19), this is only her third chart-topper, following "I Will Always Love You" in
1992 and "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" in 1995. Madonna and Mariah Carey have hit the
sales chart 22 times each since its inception in 1991. On The Billboard Hot 100,
"Banner" is the Greatest Gainer/Sales winner. It rises 72-13, besting its No. 20
peak in March 1991.
[Billboard Charts & Reports - Thanks Lisa D.]
WHITNEY HOUSTON's "THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER" IS THE #1 BEST-SELLING SONG IN THE COUNTRY!!! SINGLE IS CERTIFIED RIAA PLATINUM
MORE THAN $1 MILLION RAISED TO DATE TO BENEFIT NEW YORK CITY POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS' DISASTER RELIEF FUNDS
(October 10, 2001- New York, N.Y.) Arista recording artist Whitney Houston's soaring rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner," the first benefit single to be issued in the aftermath of the World Trade Center disaster of September 11th, is the #1 Soundscan single in the country this week and has been certified platinum for U.S. sales in excess of 1 million copies, it was announced today by Antonio "L.A." Reid, President and CEO, Arista Records. The commercial CD single couples the National Anthem with Whitney's version of "America the Beautiful". In an unprecedented arrangement, Whitney Houston, the Whitney Houston Foundation For Children, Inc. and Arista Records have agreed to donate royalties and net proceeds from all single sales to the New York Firefighters 9-11 Disaster Relief Fund and the New York fraternal Order of Police.
" When I first performed 'The Star Spangled Banner' in 1991, we were in the midst of the Gulf War and the country was united," said Ms. Houston. "This anthem has always been the musical symbol for the United States of America. I am proud to be able to participate in this way."
"Whitney's decision to utilize her extraordinary talent as a means to inspire and heal is only surpassed by her audience's eager desire to rise to the occasion," said Mr. Reid. "All of us are proud of the substantial contribution we will be able to make to the ongoing relief efforts as a result of the single."
This historic version of "The Star Spangled Banner" was first performed by Whitney at Super Bowl XXV in 1991. Last year, it became the climactic closing track of WHITNEY - THE GREATEST HITS, her career-spanning collection, which is double-platinum in the U.S. and has sold nearly 10 millions copies around the world. In the days after September 11th's events in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, responding to the President's call to colors, many radio stations added Whitney's track as a rallying cry.
Town talking TV as CBS preps 2-hour Jackson concert show
Gest also gave a sneak screening at the Sony studios in Manhattan for several of the powerhouse talents in the show, including Liza Minnelli, Whitney Houston (there with hubby Bobby Brown), Usher, Deborah Cox, Monica, Mya and the 98 Degrees foursome. To quote Liza M.: "The show moves at such a rapid pace that by the time it finishes, you wish it had lasted a few hours more." (Actual running time: two hours, though the European version will run three.) All this looks to mean a happy, and wildly profitable, ending for the show that has drawn the biggest money total in the history of concert stagings ( $14 million for two performances, plus a postshow party that had a $5,000 top ticket price).
That first MSG performance Sept. 7 drew an extraordinary amount of media attention but also a mixed critical reaction, while the second show, which followed Sept. 10, the night before you-know-what, was vastly sharpened up and drew unqualified raves. The TV version, co-produced by Gest and Michael Dempsey and directed by Bruce Gowers, consists mainly of footage taped the second night, including 61 minutes of Jackson in action, reunited for the first time in years with his brothers, and also performing with 'N Sync.
As TV Guide's Jennifer Graham tells me: "It seems like every big-name pop star in the industry is on the stage at one point or another. But by far the highlight is seeing Michael emerge, join the Jackson 5 and then do some of his solo material. He looks and sounds as good as he ever did." Many are predicting that this can be CBS' and Leslie Moonves' ratings topper for the year.
The NY Post tried to report that Whitney was in rehab
today. They were wrong:
[Thanks Lisa D.]
NEWSFILE: 8 OCTOBER 2001
Maryland native Christina Milian climbs to No.1 on the Hot100 Singles Sales chart with her first solo single, "AM to PM." "PM" scans 23,000 units and holds at a bulleted No.29 on The Billboard Hot 100. Milian appeared on the Hot 100 a year ago as the featured artist on Ja Rule's "Between Me and You," which peaked at No.11 last November. Milian, who co-wrote this new song, has had one prior Hot 100 writing credit under her belt, as she co-wrote Jennifer Lopez's No.18 hit, "Play."
Hot on Milian's heels is the reissue of Whitney Houston's "The Star Spangled Banner," which scans 18,500 units and re-enters Hot 100 Singles Sales at No.2. The title was last on the sales chart in August 1991. All proceeds from the sale of "Banner" will aid the families of the firefighters and police officers who perished in the World Trade Center attack. Based on the sales tally, "Banner" flies 97-72 on the Hot 100 while climbing 99-48 on the Hot R&B Singles & Tracks.
US magazine Entertainment Weekly have listed what they feel are the Top 100 best Soundtracks of all time and omitted to include The Bodyguard, the most successful soundtrack in history. The magazine does not list it's criteria in compiling this list.
Waiting To Exhale is listed at No.88:
"The problem withmost contemporary R&B is its click-track mechanization, its icy detachment from anything resembling "soul." That's why Waiting to Exhale feels like such a lush and stirring pop landmark. Studio pasha Babyface gathered a royal court of divas (Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Brandy, Toni Braxton and Mary J. Blige) and coaxed them all to dig *deep*.)
There is a reference to 'I Will Always Love You' in a section
called Songs in a Major (Motion Picture). It lists 40 songs that are "indelible
stand-alone songs" and that "rocked out moviegoing world." 'I Will Always
Love You' isn't one of the 40, but here is the opening text before the 40 that are listed:
[Thanks Jim R.]
[From New York Daily News]
Perhaps Whitney Houston was home watching Nick at Nite Tuesday when husband Bobby Brown arrived at a Spring St. party at midnight. The fete, at the NV club, was so good, apparently, that Brown sent his car back to pick up his wife. She arrived in a sweatsuit about 1 a.m. with a girlfriend, says a guest, joining actor Omar Epps, rapper Eve and others celebrating Ja Rule's new album, "Pain is Love."
As cosmopolitans were downed and Champagne flowed, rapper DMX arrived with four bodyguards, who were found by the club's metal detector to be carrying a total of four guns. After a loud debate with the manager, the lads agreed to park their heaters at the door. Maybe the club should build a neat little gun-check rack in the old hatcheck space. Just a thought.
NEWSFILE: 5 OCTOBER 2001
There are unconfirmed rumours that a Whitney Houston Love Songs collection is due for release on 20 November 2001 (19 November 2001 outside the US). Details of the songs that are likely to feature have not been mentioned underscoring the tentative nature of the project.
[Thanks Alan M.]
Billboard Chart Update...
The Billboard update for the week ending 13 October 2001:
THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER:
In the Billboard Charts officially released tomorrow, The Star Spangled Banner will debut at No.2 on the Hot100 Singles Sales chart with 18,604 units scanned.
Sales from last week are based on limited availability of the single which was issued at the end of the week. It's first full week's sales will feature next week.
[Thanks Jim R.]
MTV wants to hear from music fans about the songs they have been playing to help them through the recent US attacks.
A lot of Whitney fans have found comfort in songs from her repertoire so please take a moment to visit the MTV Website and let them know.
[Thanks Sabine W.]
NEWSFILE: 3 OCTOBER 2001
The November issue of Vibe Magazine features an interview with Quincy Jones. In discussing Neo-Soul singers of today, he goes on to discuss singers that are 'Earth-shattering, innovative individuals' with a notable nod to Whitney Houston. An extract of the article follows:
VIBE: What do you think about the whole Neo-Soul movement with artists like Jill Scott, Musiq Soul-Child, DAngelo, Erykah Badu, and Bilal.
QJ: Jill Scotts wonderful. I love her and her band. Theyve got a little Earth, Wind, and Fire vibe, you know? I saw Jill at the L.A. House of Blues, and she was great, man. She talks to the audience, she communicates and identifies with the people. And thats absolutely great, because thats what music is, a part of the people.
VIBE: And the others?
QJ: Now, I came up with some bad people man, some awesome people. Earth-shattering, innovative individuals, and Im never going to settle for less, because once you know what the highest is you can experience, something else has got to be higher to get your attention. God bless all the girl singers today, man. But you got to really sing your ass off to get me to forget about Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, & Dinah Washington. You really do. You got to really give it up in terms of individualism. Whitney sings her ass off, there's no doubt about it. Sings her ass off.
[Thanks Quent P.]
SEPTEMBER 2001 NEWSFILE CAN BE FOUND HERE
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