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One Of Those Raps...

'One Of Those Days' has reportedly been reworked to feature a rap by Nelly.


Driving Sales...

This Billboard Report (Labels Turn To Bonus DVDs To Drive CD Sales, 29 November 2002) discusses the merits and pitfalls of the additional DVD package.  The report confirms the US release of 'Just Whitney...' with bonus DVD and CD only versions on 10 December 2002.


Video Monitor...

Billboard reports that 'One Of Those Days' video clip is ranked at No.22 on BET and at No.12 on VH-1.


More Reviews...

The 'Just Whitney...' reviews section has been updated with new reviews of the album.

 

NEWSFILE: 29 NOVEMBER 2002


Billboard Chart Update...

The Billboard update for the week ending 7 December 2002:

ONE OF THOSE DAYS:
The Billboard Hot 100 - Remains at No.94 (3rd week) with bullet - 4 weeks on chart;
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks - Up to No.35 (from No.38) with bullet - 5 wks/chart;
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay - Up to No.34 (from No.43) with bullet - 5 weeks on chart;
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Sales - Re-Entry at No.42 with bullet - 3 weeks on chart.

THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER:
Hot 100 Singles Sales - Up to No.54 (from No.59) - 72 weeks on chart.

 

NEWSFILE: 28 NOVEMBER 2002


Prime Advertising...

People Magazine

This is the full page advert that appears in the latest issue of People Magazine promoting next week's Primetime interview.

[Thanks Edwin]

 

NEWSFILE: 26 NOVEMBER 2002


Just Whitney...

Just Whitney...

The Brand New Whitney Houston Album
Out Today In Most Territories Around The World

US Release: 10 December 2002

Bobby Brown...

The Bobby Brown News Archive includes a number of reports detailing his Georgia court appearance earlier today.

 

NEWSFILE: 25 NOVEMBER 2002


More Reviews...

The 'Just Whitney...' reviews page includes new reviews from The Times, BBC, The Sunday Times, Aftonbladet (Sweden) and Der Tagesspiegel (Germany).

The Swedish & German reviews have had their pertinent points translated (Thanks Michael, Manuel & Andre).

Please email me reviews of 'Just Whitney...' from all territories.


Thankful...

[From New York Post]

November 24, 2002 -- WITH Diane Sawyer's intimate chat with Whitney Houston about to hit the airwaves, there's much speculation of drug use and domestic distress. I can safely tell you, the enormously talented Ms. W has had some trouble in her life these past few months - but she's back! Physically, she's clean as a whistle. Her marriage is intact and she's thankful, this Thanksgiving holiday, for the health and well-being of hubby Bobby Brown and daughter Bobbi Kristina.

-- VICTORIA GOTTI

[Thanks Michael G.]



Interview Promotion...

The latest issue of US Weekly features a small picture and blurb about the Whitney Primetime Special. (It states the wrong airtime, 10 PM. page 42).

A picture from MTV Europe Music Awards,  "Whitney's Back! Houston, who sang "Watchulookinat" (yes it was spelled like that), performed for the first time since VH1's Divas Las Vegas in May (page 44).  The ad for the interview on page 105.

There are two other Whitney mentions: One was that of her wedding ring, or one that looked similar to it, and the other on Whitney's story about how Bobby proposed.

[Thanks Dave W.]


Interview Promotion II...

People Magazine features a full page advertisement of the Whitney Houston interview:

Wednesday, Dec. 4th
One night only at 9/8c
Whitney Houston - Diane Sawyer

Accusations.
Cancellations.
Standing Ovations.

All the rumors and her very personal new music.

Everything you want to know.
Now Whitney Houston talks to Diane Sawyer.

The day begins with a first look at the Primetime interview with Whitney Houston.
Exclusively on ABC Good Morning America 7-9 AM.


The advertisement features a large photograph of Whitney from the Divas Las Vegas performance and in the corner a photograph of Whitney and Diane together by a piano.

[Thanks Karly]


BMG UK Promotion...

Click on This Link to view a promotional email that BMG UK are sending out to raise awareness of the release of the new album.

You can hear samples of the song, see the video for 'Whatchulookinat', read about what the album is about (mostly marketing blurb), see confirmation of the albums that'll be marked down temporarily from Whitney's back catalogue and also enter a competition to win the entire back catalogue.

NEWSFILE: 24 NOVEMBER 2002


Reviews...

Reviews for 'Just Whitney...' are beginning to be reported across European media in preparation for the album's release next week, with some territories receiving the album today.

The 'Just Whitney...' Reviews section will list all media reports over the coming weeks.  To begin, reviews by Music Week, Guardian and HMV have been included.

Please email me any and all reviews for inclusion.


Primetime...

[From ABCNews.com]

Whitney Houston On Primetime Tough Enough

Whitney Houston Describes the Highs and Lows of Her Career

Nov. 13 — Whitney Houston has a voice that has been called the greatest of her generation, and she has topped the music charts around the world and starred in movies.

But for the last decade, her life has been plagued by scandal and mystery, with rumors of bizarre behavior and unexplained cancellations.

But one date she did keep was for an exclusive interview with Primetime's Diane Sawyer, her first sit-down interview in years.

In the interview, which will air on a special Primetime on Wednesday, Dec. 4, Sawyer asked Houston, 39, about her weight, telling her that Americans watching the interview would probably be scrutinizing her physical appearance for signs of illness or substance abuse. In a guest appearance on Michael Jackson's televised concert in February, Houston appeared thin and frail, giving rise to rumors that she was sick. There have also been rumors of drug use.

When Sawyer showed the singer a picture taken during the Michael Jackson concert, she admitted you could see her bones, but said, "I'm 5'7" and thin."

Sawyer also asked Houston about rumors of her substance abuse, and her turbulent marriage to singer Bobby Brown. The two talked about the highlights of her career — Houston said the high point was when she sang the national anthem at the Super Bowl in 1991 — and the low points, like the $100 million lawsuit filed against her in September by her 81-year-old father's entertainment company.

But asked if she was tough enough for show business, Houston was sure: "Oh, I'm tough enough," she said.

[Thanks Paul R.]

Confirming...

[From Click2Music]

Just Whitney out on Monday

Whitney Houston's long awaited brand spanking new studio album, Just Whitney is out on Monday 25th November. And it's certainly been worth the wait.

Whitney's new album is out on Monday and for a limited period has a bonus DVD too.

Just Whitney sees Whitney working with Babyface, Missy Elliott, She'kspere and hubby Bobby Brown to produce 10 stunning new tracks which are classic Whitney. Plus there's the bonus P Diddy remix of Whatchulookinat?.

Tracklisting
1. Whatchulookinat?
2. Tell Me No
3. One of Those Days
4. Things You Say
5. My Love featuring Bobby Brown
6. Love That Man
7. On My Own
8. Dear John Letter
9. Unashamed
10. You Light Up My Life
11. Whatchulookinat? - P Diddy Remix

DVD

Whatchulookinat? video
Love to Infinity megamix video
Whatchulookinat behind the scenes


Log on to click2music on Monday to hear some tracks.

 

One Of Those Singles...

This is the track listing for the German release of 'One Of Those Days' due next month:

Maxi
01. One Of Those Days (Radio Mix) 03:56
02. One Of Those Days (Extended Mix) 05:42
03. Love That Man (Pound Boys R 'n' B Remix) 03:47
04. Whitney Houston: One Of Those Days (Video) 03:51
(Katalog-Nr. 74321983782)

2 Track Single
01. One Of Those Days (Radio Mix) 03:56
02. One Of Those Days (Extended Mix) 05:42

[Thanks Roland]


NEWSFILE: 22 NOVEMBER 2002


Billboard Chart Update...

The Billboard update for the week ending 30 November 2002:

ONE OF THOSE DAYS:
The Billboard Hot 100 - Remains at No.94 (2nd week) with bullet - 3 weeks on chart;
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks - Remains at No.38 (3rd week) w/bullet - 4 wks/chart;
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay - Down to No.43 (from No.42) with bullet - 4 weeks on chart;

THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER:
Hot 100 Singles Sales - Up to No.59 (from No.61) with bullet - 71 weeks on chart;


Album Spoiler...

For fans who want a preview of the 'Just Whitney...' artwork, the German website www.whitneytheclub.de features scans and song credits.

[Thanks Roland]


NEWSFILE: 21 NOVEMBER 2002


Reminders...

[From Platinum Club]

Whitney On VH1 and MTV!

VH1's episode of Driven featuring Whitney will premiere Tuesday, December 3 at 9 p.m. ET. The show traces the process from youth to the first glimmer of fame, through the eyes of those who knew the artist best and helped play vital roles in their rise to stardom.

In other news, Whitney's new video,"One Of Those Days" will premiere on MTV's TRL on Friday, November 22. TRL airs on MTV at 3:30 p.m. ET. Don't miss the MTV Europe Music Awards also Friday evening from 8 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. ET/PT and catch Whitney's performance of "Whatchulookinat" from her new album Just Whitney in stores *December 10! Check your local listings for all scheduled air times!

*The European release date for Just Whitney is November 25!


NEWSFILE: 20 NOVEMBER 2002


Times Square...

[From Arista Mailing List]

What: Whitney Houston Performs in Times Square
When: Sunday December 08
Time: 3:00 PM


* Performance airs on ABC, Good Morning America, December 10 *


European Release...

'Just Whitney...' will be released throughout Europe next Monday, 25 November 2002.  The US release date is 10 December 2002.


Fourth Quarter...

This New York Times report (dated 18 November 2002) from the Business Section of the newspaper discusses the slew of big-named artists releasing albums in the final quarter and briefly discusses the perceived uncertainty about the reception 'Just Whitney...' will receive commercially.

[Thanks Michael G.]


All Time Sales...

In commemorating the 50th anniversary, Music Week has published the Top 100 best selling singles in UK chart history.  Whitney Houston's 'I Will Always Love You' is ranked at number 36 with sales of 1,355,100.


Belgium...

'One Of Those Days' has been listed for pre-order at Belgian online music store, proxis.be for 6.17 Euros (Maxi CD), and 5.06 Euros (CD single). The track listing has not been made available. According to proxis.be, these items will be released 16 December 2002.

[Thanks Jean-Luc]

 

NEWSFILE: 19 NOVEMBER 2002


Australian Release...

[From Click2Music.Com.Au]

Below is the promotional blurb that can be found on the Australian Click2Music website for 'Just Whitney...'.

Just Whitney
Whitney Houston

With over 120 million albums and 50 million singles sold worldwide Whitney has established herself as the unparalleled DIVA of all DIVA’S. She has influenced an entire generation of female vocalists and steps right back, front and centre with ‘Just Whitney’.

Executive produced by Antonio “L.A.” Reid and produced by Whitney and Bobby this album is a personal insight about surviving, raising a family, being a wife & girlfriend and all the challenges that go with these.

The album is a diverse blend of ballads including “Try It On My Own” (written by Babyface and Carol Bayer Sager), “My Love” in which Whitney duets with husband Bobby and a powerhouse remake of “You Light Up My Life” (originally by Debbie Boone in 1977). Songs with hip grooves such as “Love That Man” and the old-school jam “Things You Say” (written by Missy Elliott) are also featured.

The album opens with “Whatchulookinat” and the other track on the ‘Double A’ single, “One Of Those Days” is featured as track 3. “Things You Say” (co-written by Missy Elliott) is a laid-back acoustic slow jam that has the flavour of Curtis Mayfield. In contrast “Dear John Letter” details the ups and downs of a relationship and its ultimate end.

The album concludes with the P Diddy mix of Whatchulookinat.

Just Whitney is an album that demonstrates the maturity and growth of an artist who has consistently triumphed as a multi-talented recording artist, performer, actress and producer.

You will definitely be hitting that REPEAT button on this CD.

Tracklisting:

1. Whatchulookinat
2. Tell Me No
3. One Of Those Days (Album Version)
4. Things You Say
5. My Love
6. Love That Man
7. Try It On My Own
8. Dear John Letter
9. Unashamed
10. You Light Up My Life
11. Whatchulookinat (P Diddy Remix - Radio Edit)

Release Date: 25-Nov-2002

[Thanks Mike]


Australian Single...

[From HMV.com.au]

One Of Those Days / Whatchulookinat

AUSTRALIAN EXCLUSIVE! Australia is the first country in the world to release One Of These Days/ Whatchulookinat as a DOUBLE-A sided single. A must-have for Whitney fans and collectors everywhere!

One Of Those Days produced by She’kspere is an infectious song about the need to chill out, relax and get away from the stresses of everyday life – we all have one of those days don’t we? Whatchulookinat is produced by Bobby Brown and Muhammad 2G and is a fantastic dance track, full of attitude.
It is Whitney’s reply to all the negativity she has encountered. This has already been a massive club hit here in Australia. Also included on this single is a Thunderpuss remix of Whatchulookinat – this mix will satisfy all that love to dance … The Queen of the night is BACK!! Whitney 'My name is not Susan' Houston!

[Thanks Mike]

Quick Confirmation...

[From NY Daily News]

The Disney Channel has teamed up with Whitney Houston to produce the cable network's first musical TV movie, "The Cheetah Girls," based on Deborah Gregory's series of "Cheetah Girls" books.

Performance & Video...

[From Platinum Club]

Whitney Performs at MTV Europe Music Awards!

Whitney turned in a dazzling performance at the MTV Europe Music Awards in Barcelona on Thursday, November 14 of "Whatchulookinat" from her new album Just Whitney in stores December 10!

Look for the premiere of the MTV Europe Music Awards to air on MTV Friday, November 22 from 8 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. ET/PT and catch Whitney's performance! Check your local listings for all air times!

[Thanks Matt]

 

NEWSFILE: 18 NOVEMBER 2002


UK Chart Update...

WHATCHULOOKINAT
Top 75 Singles Chart - Down to No.50 (from No.32) - 3 weeks on chart;
R&B Singles Chart - Down to No.15 (from No.11) - 3 weeks on chart.


NEWSFILE: 17 NOVEMBER 2002


Play Acting...

P Diddy & Whitney Houston P Diddy "stormed over and launched into a foul-mouthed tirade at [Whitney Houston]" according to British tabloid, The Mirror, as depicted in this picture which sees Whitney apparently responding.  However, "it was all staged - just their little joke. They pretended to kiss and make up and Puff went back to hosting the ceremony while Whitney went off to her hotel."


Cheetah Girls...

Variety reports that Whitney Houston has again teamed up with Disney, this time to produce the cable channel's first ever musical TV movie, 'The Cheetah Girls'.  Full details here.


MTV....

Please visit the MTV TRL Website and cast your vote for Whitney's 'One Of Those Days' video.  The song has been listed for requests/votes.

[Thanks Matt]

 

NEWSFILE: 15 NOVEMBER 2002


Performance...

Whitney Houston: MTV Europe 2002 Performance Whitney Houston performed 'Whatchulookinat' in an admirable return performance, the first to promote music from her forthcoming album, 'Just Whitney...'

Click on the image to see an extended gallery of screen captures from the performance tonight, plus three Associated Press photographs.

You can read what Whitney's fans thought of the performance in This Bulletin Board Thread.


Track Listing...

This is the final track listing for 'Just Whitney...':

1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11

One Of Those Days
Tell Me No
Things You Say
My Love
Love That Man
Try It On My Own
Dear John Letter
Unashamed
You Light Up My Life
Whatchulookinat (Album Version)
Bonus Track (yet to be determined)

[Thanks Alan M.]


Tonight...

Whitney Houston takes to the stage tonight for her first live performance in support of 'Just Whitney...'.  She will sing live at the MTV Europe Music Awards at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona.

The show airs live to an audience potential of 1 billion viewers at 9pm GMT (8pm CET).  US viewers can see the show live on MTV2 at 4pm (ET).

Keeping checking the MTV UK website which is profiling backstage footage and interviews throughout the day.


Billboard Chart Update...

The Billboard update for the week ending 23 November 2002:

ONE OF THOSE DAYS:
The Billboard Hot 100 - Up to No.94 (from No.96) with bullet - 2 weeks on chart;
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks - Remains at No.38 (2nd week) w/bullet - 3 wks/chart;
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay - Down to No.42 (from No.39) with bullet - 3 weeks on chart;
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales - Up to No.34 (from No.38) - 2 weeks on chart.

WHATCHULOOKINAT:
Hot Dance Music/Club Play Chart - Down to No.50 (from No.37) - 13 weeks on chart.

THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER:
Hot 100 Singles Sales - Down to No.61 (from No.41) - 70 weeks on chart;


Diane Sawyer Interview...

An extended teaser trailer of Diane Sawyer's upcoming Primetime interview with Whitney Houston aired on ABC last night.  Below is a transcript of some of the comments from the trailer.  It is important to remember that these clips are sound bites strategically put together to create a buzz and questions and also to whet the appetite of viewers.  The context of anything aired cannot completely be appreciated until after the show is broadcast.

DS:
WH:
The headlines were saying "Whitney Is Dying!"
No, "Whitney [was] dead!"

Voiceover: Whitney Houston on a special edition of Primetime.

DS Voiceover: Someone said her voice was like a Stradivarius, the greatest voice of the generation.  The dance track [I'm Every Woman clip].  The ballad [Saving All My Love For You clip].  We've seen her in the movies, but for the last decade Whitney Houston's life has been plagued by scandal and mystery.  What about all the rumors, bizarre behavior and cancellations.

Well Whitney Houston finally shows up.

DS:
WH:
DS:
WH:
DS:
WH:
DS:
WH:
DS:
WH:
DS:
Everybody watching this will is gonna be staring at you physically...
Yeah...
and are going to be saying how thin is she now?
Yeah...
Is she sick and how sick is she...The Michael Jackson VH1 appearance...
Didn't I fit right in?
You've seen the picture, I'm going to show you the picture
Okay.
The bones?
Yeah, my bones yeah I'm 5'7 and thin.
But that's not just thin, it's scary thin.

DS Voiceover: And was there a kind of devil that almost took her life?
DS: What is alcohol, marijuana, is it cocaine, is it pills, all?

DS Voiceover: An interview where nothing is off limits including her turbulent marriage to Bobby Brown.

DS:
WH:
Are you afraid of him ever?
No.  Hell No.

[Whitney shown in the recording studio singing 'Love That Man'].

Whitney Houston: Her joys...

DS:
WH:
What's the very highest point of this career?
I would say...Superbowl.

And the most painful part of her life...

DS: Your father is filing suit against you. One hundred million dollars. Do you feel betrayed? When you think it's the dad that dress you and walked you down the aisle...?

An exclusive like you've never seen her before:

DS:
WH:
Do you feel you're not tough enough for this business?
Oh, I'm tough enough.

DS Voiceover: The Houston family. Whitney Houston. Together.

Voiceover: Whitney Houston, three weeks from tonight a Special Edition of Primetime Wednesday December 4th at 9pm ET.

You can see a selection of screen captures in the Primetime Gallery.

[Transcript prepared with the assistance of Steve S. & Dave W., Screen Captures prepared by Steve S.]


Interview Promotion...

Primetime Live usually airs on Thursday nights in the US, but the Whitney Houston interview has specifically been moved to Wednesday and an hour earlier than normal.  This change has been designed to draw higher viewer ratings as Thursday nights are strong for rival channel, NBC now that the competition from 'ER' and 'Law & Order' is no longer there.  Whitney's special will follow 'My Wife & Kids' with Damon Wayans.  ABC have confirmed they will be doing massive promotional activity around the special over the next three weeks.


Times Square Performance...

It is likely that Times Square will be closed down on Monday 9 December at approximately 2pm for a special three-song performance by Whitney Houston.  Official confirmation should be forthcoming shortly.

This promotional performance will air on Good Morning America the following day, Tuesday 10 December which is also the confirmed release date of 'Just Whitney...' in the US.

Good Morning America also plan to air taped segments of a Whitney Houston interview on December 4, 9, 10 & 11.


One Of Those Days Video...

Launch.com features the entire 'One Of Those Days' video online - Click Here.

The video is also available from these three links - High - Medium - Low connection speed.

[Thanks Roland]


Driven Gallery...

Some great photographs of Whitney Houston in her formative years have been featured on the VH1 Driven website.  They appear in conjunction with the upcoming show dedicated to Whitney which is set to air in the US in the early hours of 4 December 2002. 
Click on the image to visit the Classic Whitney Gallery of images from Whitney's early years that include these newly released photos.

 

NEWSFILE: 14 NOVEMBER 2002


Music Week Review...

Whitney Houston
Just Whitney...

(Arista 74321973062)

This follow-up to the 10m-selling My Love Is Your Love sees Houston marking time with the usual slew of ballads and R&B-lite workouts.   Rather undynamic as a collection, the single Whatchulookinat hints at what is to come.  Uninspired ballads (On My Own) and dull pop-funk (Love That Man and Tell Me No) do not a good album make.


Release...

UK music trade publication, Music Week, again confirms 'Just Whitney...' for release on 25 November 2002 as does the UK BMG website, Click2Music and all UK based online music retailers, despite the Platinum Club's report that the album is due on 10 December 2002 (a US release date since it is a Tuesday, not a Monday when International releases occur).

The HMV UK website lists the following track listing for the new release which is slightly different to that published here yesterday from Amazon (US):

1. Whatchulookinat?
2. Tell Me No
3. One Of Those Days
4. Things You Say
5. My Love
6. Love That Man
7. On My Own
8. Dear John Letter
9. Unashamed
10. You Light Up My Life
11. Whatchulookinat? (P. Diddy Remix)

Bonus DVD
1. Whatchulookinat? - Video
2. Love To Infinity Megamix - Video
3. Whatchulookinat? - Behind The Scenes Footage


Three Times A Lady...

[From Platinum Club]

Whitney's Greatest Hits Goes Triple Platinum!
Just a few short weeks before Whitney's next album Just Whitney hits the streets Whitney Houston: The Greatest Hits has been certified triple platinum today! Congratulations Whitney!

The latest award takes Whitney to 53 million platinum awards in the US.


A Date With Whitney...

[From Platinum Club]

Primetime Interview!
Whitney's exclusive interview with Diane Sawyer will air on ABC's Primetime Wednesday, December 4th from 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET. Check your local listings for scheduled air times and channel information!

 

NEWSFILE: 13 NOVEMBER 2002


Whitney In Barcelona...

Whitney Houston has arrived in Barcelona to prepare for her performance (reportedly of 'Whatchulookinat') on Thursday night's MTV Europe Music Awards.  Click Here for the MTV UK Report 'Backstage At Barcelona'.

Click Here for a gallery of photos of Whitney on her own and with Wyclef Jean (taken from the London Features International website).

[Thanks Sylwia/Michael G.]


It's All About Whitney...

Text From BMG Press Release:

WHITNEY HOUSTON

JUST WHITNEY…

With over 120 million albums and 50 million singles sold worldwide, Whitney Houston has already established an unparalleled legacy for herself. Yet rather than bathe in past glory, the singer who has influenced an entire generation of female vocalists now steps right back front and center with JUST WHITNEY…, her first brand new album of the 21st century. "This album for me is about surviving, raising a family, being a wife or girlfriend and all the challenges that go along with those things," says Ms. Houston. "These songs are more about creating a mood than about anything in particular."

The A-list hitmakers and producers who contributed to this album were handpicked by Whitney and Arista President and CEO, Antonio "L.A." Reid. Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds, Missy Elliott, Kevin 'She'kspere' Briggs, Teddy Bishop and Gordon Chambers are among some of the producers who assisted Whitney in crafting an album that is a timely testament to her endurance as a musical icon. The album is a diverse blend of ballads including "Try It On My Own," (written by Babyface and Carole Bayer Sager), "My Love," in which Whitney duets with her husband Bobby Brown and a powerhouse remake of "You Light Up My Life" (originally released by Debbie Boone in 1977). Songs with hip grooves such as "Love That Man" and the old -school style jam "Things You Say" (which was written and produced by Missy Elliott) are also among the album's tracks.

The CD's promotional single, "One Of Those Days" (produced by She'kspere) is an infectious song about the need to chill out, relax and get away from the stresses of everyday life. "One Of Those Days marks the joyous, triumphant return of one of the great singers, who delivers the goods in glorious voice, singing a groovy, hip-swaying composition that is at last worthy of her immense talent." - BILLBOARD.

In the same vein, with love as its theme, "Things You Say," produced and co-written by Missy Elliott, is a laid-back acoustic slow jam that goes back to the old school style and flavor of classic Curtis Mayfield; in contrast, "Dear John Letter," another track produced by She'kspere, details the inevitable ups and downs of a relationship and its ultimate end.

Executive-produced by Antonio "L.A." Reid and produced by Whitney and Bobby, JUST WHITNEY… follows the 2000 release of the GREATEST HITS package which sold over 8 million copies world-wide and included the gold single, "Could I Have This Kiss Forever." Two years prior, MY LOVE IS YOUR LOVE racked up 10 million global sales thanks to hits like "When You Believe," "Heartbreak Hotel," "It's Not Right But It's OK," the title track and "I Learned From The Best."

Now comes her 2002 release, a record with a decidedly personal flavor that demonstrates the maturity and growth of an artist who has consistently triumphed as a multi-talented recording artist, performer, actress, producer and entrepreneur of the first order. And, as those who know will attest, through all of her accomplishments and achievements, she has remained - as the title of her sparkling new album implies - JUST WHITNEY…

[Thanks Roland]


Platinum Club News...

[From Platinum Club]

"One Of Those Days" to Premiere on BET!
The video to Whitney's new single "One Of Those Days" will premiere on the BET network's program 106 & Park this Thursday, November 14! 106 & Park airs from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. ET. Be sure to set those VCR's and tune into the premiere of Whitney's new video "One Of Those Days," the new single from Just Whitney in stores December 10! Check your local listings for scheduled air times and channel information.

Whitney to Perform at MTV Europe Music Awards!
In other news, Whitney will perform the song "Whatchulookinat" from her upcoming album Just Whitney Thursday, November 14 at the MTV Europe Music Awards. The awards ceremony will air on the cable music channel MTV2 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m ET. Other scheduled performers include Eminem, Bon Jovi, Moby, Foo Fighters, Christina Aguilera, Coldplay, Enrique Iglesias, Pink, Wyclef Jean, and more. The show will be hosted by Sean "P.Diddy" Combs and will take place in Barcelona. Be sure to catch Whitney's worldwide performance of "Whatchulookinat" at the MTV Europe Music Awards this coming Thursday! Check your local listings for scheduled air times and channel information.


Driven...

VH1 will feature Whitney Houston as part of their Driven series which looks at celebrities and their rise to fame.  The show will air on 4 December (2am ET).  Click Here to read the PR Newswire release about the new series and Click Here to read the VH1 summary of the Whitney Houston Driven show.

[Thanks Michael G./Sylwia]


Track Listing...

[From Amazon.com]

Updated track listing for 'Just Whitney...' which is likely to change for the final release if the new songs recorded make the final cut:

1. One Of Those Days
2. Tell Me No
3. Things You Say
4. My Love
5. Love That Man
6. Try It On My Own
7. Dear John Letter
8. Unashamed
9. You Light Up My Life
10. Whatchulookinat


Brown Update...

Bobby Brown is to to stand trial on 25 November according to this Reuters News Report on 1996 charges including driving under the influence of alcohol.  He will also have to stand trial next month for the charges relating to last week's arrest.


NEWSFILE: 12 NOVEMBER 2002


In Switch...

Today's New York Times features a report on the changed climate for Whitney Houston and how she will have to market and promote her album if it is to sell.  The report features comments by Arista Records CEO LA Reid. Read In Switch, Whitney Houston Has To Sell An Album.


Picture This...

Whitney Houston and Diane Sawyer [From AOL News]

ABC News' Diane Sawyer sits down for a rare interview with singer Whitney Houston (L) at her home in suburban Atlanta, November 7, 2002. The exclusive interview will air on an upcoming PRIMETIME THURSDAY on the ABC Television Network.

Photo: Reuters

 

NEWSFILE: 11 NOVEMBER 2002


UK Chart Update...

WHATCHULOOKINAT
Top 75 Singles Chart - Down to No.32 (from No.13) - 2 weeks on chart;
R&B Singles Chart - Down to No.11 (from No.8) - 2 weeks on chart.

 

NEWSFILE: 10 NOVEMBER 2002


New Photos...


Click On Images To View In Larger Scale


Video Debut...

[From MTV TRL Schedule]

Thursday 11.14
So, you wanna dance with somebody? How about Whitney Houston? TRL's got the world premiere of her new video today.

[Thanks Ashley]

 

NEWSFILE: 9 NOVEMBER 2002


Diane Sawyer Interview...

As documented by Whitney's fans on the Classic Whitney Bulletin Board, the trailer for Whitney's interview with Diane Sawyer aired on Thursday evening on ABC.

The interview was reportedly recorded that day and the clip features segments that include Whitney playing a piano and singing 'Lean On Me' as well as two very short interview segments that include Whitney saying these are "Good days, good days."

A confirmed date and time for the interview should be forthcoming shortly.

Click Here to view a few screen captures of the trailer [Thanks Dzemil].


10 December...

[From Platinum Club]

Just Whitney In Stores December 10!
The release date for Whitney's new album, Just Whitney, is officially December 10, 2002! Stay tuned for news on the premiere of Whitney's next video "One Of Those Days" coming soon! Also get ready for an exclusive interview with Whitney and Diane Sawyer scheduled to air in early December on ABC's Primetime. Stay tuned to whitneyhouston.com for the scheduled air times for Whitney's interview with Diane Sawyer and also for the premiere of her new video, "One Of Those Days."


Posh...

[From METRO London]

Posh Spice has signed a deal with Arista Records - not for her singing but for her songwriting. A track called 'What You Talkin 'Bout' - a smooth r'n'b groove which featured on her debut album - has been recorded by Whitney Houston.

[Thanks Craig S.]

NEWSFILE: 8 NOVEMBER 2002


Video Visual...

Whatchulookinat?  Screen captures from this morning's Good Morning America premiere of the video for 'One Of Those Days'.

[Special Thanks: Steve S.]


Billboard Chart Update...

The Billboard update for the week ending 16 November 2002:

ONE OF THOSE DAYS:
The Billboard Hot 100 - New Entry at No.96 with bullet - 1 week on chart;
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks - Up to No.38 (from No.74) w/bullet - 2 weeks on chart;
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay - Up to No.39 (from No.73) with bullet - 2 weeks on chart;
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales - New Entry at No.38 with bullet - 1 week on chart.

WHATCHULOOKINAT:
Hot Dance Music/Club Play Chart - Down to No.37 (from No.26) - 12 weeks on chart.

THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER:
Hot 100 Singles Sales - Up to No.41 (from No.46) - 69 weeks on chart;

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales - Re-Entry at No.48 with bullet - 34 weeks on chart.


Video Debut...

The video for 'One Of Those Days' debuted on Good Morning America as a 40 second clip this morning.  The complete video should be shown on various US media outlets by the end of the week.


Artwork...

Just Whitney...: Limited Edition Front Just Whitney...: Limited Edition Back
Click On Images To View In Larger Scale

Artwork for the front and back of the limited edition release  of 'Just Whitney...' that will feature an exclusive DVD.   The DVD artwork is marked 'Just For The Fans...' and includes 'never-before-seen footage and videos!'

[Thanks Sylwia]

Bobby Brown Arrested...

Bobby Brown

Bobby Brown was arrested in Atlanta at approximately 2:30am this morning and later charged for speeding and being in possession of marijuana.

There are a number of reports in the Bobby Brown News Archive in relation to this latest event, but in summary, these are the known facts:

Bobby was the driver of a Cadillac Escalade and an unspecified number of other passengers were also in the car.   Whitney Houston was not in the sport utility vehicle.  None of the other passengers were arrested.

$1,000 bond was posted at the Atlanta jail by 9am and Brown was then taken to DeKalb County jail on account of a February 1997 warrant for driving offences which he had failed to appear in court for.  Those charges include driving under the influence, speeding, failing to maintain a lane and having no proof of insurance.

A further $10,000 bond was posted at DeKalb County jail and Bobby was released.   He is due to appear at a hearing on those charges, scheduled for Friday in DeKalb Superior Court.

 

NEWSFILE: 7 NOVEMBER 2002


Greatest Love Song Of All...

Whitney Houston's 'I Will Always Love You' has topped the VH1 Greatest Love Songs listing.

Read the report, complete with the Top 100 Countdown Here.

[Thanks Dzemil]


NEWSFILE: 6 NOVEMBER 2002


Debut...

[From Click2Music]

Whatchulookinat enters top 20!

Whitney has notched up another top 20 hit with her new single Whatchulookinat

Already a big hit in both the dance and urban charts, Whatchulookinat has entered the official chart at number 13.

The single is the first to be taken from her new album Just Whitney which is to be released on 25th November.

Keep checking this site for more information on the new album.


On TV...

Tentative US TV appearances promoting 'Just Whitney...' per BMG:

11/14/02 - 7:00 AM - Good Morning, ABC
11/21/02 - TBD - Primetime Live - ABC
11/25/02 - 7:00 AM - Good Morning America, ABC
11/26/02 - 7:00 AM - Good Morning America, ABC
11/27/02 - 7:00 AM - Good Morning America, ABC
11/28/02 - 7:00 AM - Good Morning America, ABC
11/29/02 - 4:00 PM - Oprah, SYN

[Thanks Dzemil]


NEWSFILE: 4 NOVEMBER 2002


UK Chart Update...

WHATCHULOOKINAT
Top 75 Singles Chart - New Entry at No.13 - 1 week on chart;
R&B Singles Chart - New Entry at No.8 - 1 week on chart.

James Masterton chart commentary:

13 WHATCHULOOKINAT (Whitney Houston)

When an artist is the subject of much press and TV documentary speculation about their state of health and/or mind, you know they have some work to do. Michael Jackson finds himself in that kind of position at present and coming a close second is Whitney Houston who despite the critical acclaim of her last album My Love Is Your Love in 1999 has seen her reputation take a battering in the intervening period with tales of drug abuse, forgotten lyrics and bizarre behaviour in interviews abounding. Hence this single is clearly designed as a riposte to her critics and an excellent way to state to the musical world "I'm back and still fighting." Maybe not her most commercial release ever and in truth perhaps a little overproduced, it still performs respectably enough given the slight lack of radio and television exposure that has blighted its chances slightly. A Top 10 entry would possible have befitted an artist of her standing better but in the light of all the negative publicity that has surrounded her of late, a Number 13 entry isn't too much to complain about. It is at the very least her 33rd chart single since 1985 and the 28th to make the Top 20.


Airplay...

[From AllAccess]

Meidabase Charts:

Urban AC

WHITNEY HOUSTON One Of Those Days +141 spins 31 stations

Urban

WHITNEY HOUSTON One Of Those Days +184 spins 46 stations

[Thanks Dave W.]


Next Up...

BMG reports that 'One Of Those Days' will be released as the next single in Germany on 9 December 2002 (Catalogue No. 74321983782).

[Thanks Roland]

NEWSFILE: 3 NOVEMBER 2002


London Chart...

With sales figuring in for the first time, 'Whatchulookinat' climbs just one place to No.14 on this week's CapitalFM London Top 40.

NEWSFILE: 2 NOVEMBER 2002


Whitney Sings To Diane...

This New York Post article reports on the possible upcoming Diane Sawyer interview with Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown.  The report suggests that if an agreement is reached, the interview could be taped next week.


NEWSFILE: 1 NOVEMBER 2002

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