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A concert to benefit the VH1 Save the Music Foundation

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One diva…two divas… eight divas, OH MY!! Queen Latifah hosts an evening of all-star artists-including Jewel, Mary J Blige, Beyonce, Lisa Marie Presley, Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, and Chaka Khan- in a series of dazzeling duets in “VH1’s Divas Duets: A Benefit Concert for the VH1 Save the Music Foundation.”

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NEWSFILE: 30 APRIL 2003


Confirming...

[From Platinum Club]

Whitney To Appear On VH1's "Divas Duets 2003"!
Whitney will appear on the VH1 special "Divas Duets 2003" which will take place live on May 22 from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, NV at 9 pm ET! Others scheduled to appear include Mary J. Blige, Celine Dion, Chaka Kahn, Jewel, Lisa Marie Presley, among other divas! Queen Latifah will host the special. For more on this year's 6th annual Divas gala, visit vh1.com!


NEWSFILE: 29 APRIL 2003


Diva Duets...

Billboard Confirms Whitney Houston will perform at this year's Diva Duets show on 22 May 2003.  Also confirmed in the line-up are Celine Dion, Beyonce Knowles, Lisa Marie Presley, Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan and Jewel.

This PRNewswire Report also confirms the appearance with details of how fans can obtain tickets for the show which will be held at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.  The site also confirms the location of the official VH1 Diva Duets Website.

VH1 Divas Duets is 'A Benefit Concert for the VH1 Save the Music Foundation'.

 

NEWSFILE: 28 APRIL 2003


Billboard Chart Update...

The Billboard update for the week ending 3 May 2003:

JUST WHITNEY...:
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums - Up to No.57 (from No.63) with bullet - 19 weeks on chart.

TRY IT ON MY OWN:
The Billboard Hot 100 - Up to No.93 (from No.99) with bullet - 2 week on chart;
Adult Contemporary - Up to No.10 (from No.12) with bullet - 10 weeks on chart;
Hot Dance Music/Club Play - Down to No.13 (from No.10) - 11 weeks on chart.

ONE OF THOSE DAYS:
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent - Remains at No.4 (2nd week) - 6 weeks on chart;
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent Airplay - Down at No.5 (from No.3) - 6 weeks on chart.

THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER:
Hot 100 Singles Sales - Up to No.22 (from No.26) with bullet - 93 weeks on chart;

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales - Up to No.39 (from No.35) - 44 weeks on chart.

 

NEWSFILE: 24 APRIL 2003


Another Look...

[From Platinum Club]

More Photos From The Set Of Boston Public!
View more photos of Whitney taken on the set of Boston Public! Whitney is pictured with husband Bobby and Loretta Devine, who appeared with Whitney in the feature films, "The Preacher's Wife" and "Waiting To Exhale." Also view a photo of Whitney as she performs her new single, "Try It On My Own." The episode of Boston Public featuring Whitney will air on the Fox network on Monday, May 12. Check your local listings for scheduled airtimes and channel information.


Diva Duets...

Allaccess.com reports that Whitney Houston will appear at the VH1 Diva Duets special next month.  VH1 have yet to confirm details and performers.

[Thanks Dave W.]


NEWSFILE: 23 APRIL 2003


First Look...

[From Platinum Club]

Whitney on Boston Public!
Here are two exclusive photos of Whitney taken during her appearance on the Fox network show, Boston Public! The episode featuring Whitney will air on Monday, May 12!

Whitney Houston performs 'Try It On My Own' in 'Boston Public'  Whitney Houston in 'Boston Public'


Remix Release...

[From Platinum Club]

"Love That Man" Remix on Vinyl!
Arista will be releasing a commercial 12' single of Whitney's "Love That Man" from her latest album Just Whitney. Here is the cover for Whitney's new single! Pick it up at your local record stores who sell vinyl! The single will be released Tuesday, April 29!

Love That Man - 12"


Savoy...

You can read the complete Savoy Magazine article, 'The Crucifixion of Whitney Houston' superstar here at Classic Whitney.

[Special Thanks to Edwin for typing up the article]


Ultimate Dance Divas...

Arista Records have issued This Press Release which details the forthcoming album, Ultimate Dance Divas.  The CD will contain fifteen tracks, of which the new Peter Rauhofer Remix of 'Love That Man' will feature, likely the first time this remix will be available on CD.

The album will also feature the classic Thunderpuss remix of 'It's Not Right But It's Okay'.


Access Hollywood...

US fans should tune in to Access Hollywood tomorrow: the show will reportedly have a feature on Whitney Houston.

[Thanks Joe M.]


NEWSFILE: 22 APRIL 2003


Guest Spot...

[From MTV News]

Whitney Houston's latest stop on the comeback circuit is a guest spot on the season finale of "Boston Public," in which she attends prom with a student and performs "Try It on My Own" in an effort to allay Aisha's Whitney-induced stage fright. Prom night is May 12 on Fox.

NEWSFILE: 21 APRIL 2003


Guest Spot...

[From MTV News]

Whitney Houston's latest stop on the comeback circuit is a guest spot on the season finale of "Boston Public," in which she attends prom with a student and performs "Try It on My Own" in an effort to allay Aisha's Whitney-induced stage fright. Prom night is May 12 on Fox.

NEWSFILE: 21 APRIL 2003


Breakout...

'Love That Man' is the highest Break Out Debut on the Billboards Hot Dance/Club Play:

Breakouts for Hot Dance/Club Play
Rank Title Artist Label/Dist Label

1 Love That Man (Remixes) Whitney Houston/Arista
2 I Love You (Remixes) Dru Hill Def Soul/IDJMG
3 Getaway Becky Baeling Universal/UMRG
4 With A Touch Berlin iMusic/ARTISTdirect
5 Overload Voodoo & Serano Radikal/

[Thanks Robbie P.]

NEWSFILE: 19 APRIL 2003


Opening Lines...

[From Savoy Magazine]

The following is the first paragraph of the open letter to Whitney Houston that appears in the latest issue of Savoy Magazine:

Whatchulookinat?

Savoy Magazine: April 2003 We're looking at you, Whitney-and here's what we see. An open letter to a diva.

By Denene Millner


Dear Whitney: Let me tell you something: back in the day when real singers put their hits on wax and Bettye (that's my momma) kept her only daughter locked up in the house to avoid the funkiness that came when teens were allowed to run amok, you, the record player and my hairbrush gave me life.
Can't tell you how many Friday nights I tucked myself down in the basement, stereo blasting, pretending I could sang like Whitney.

When you asked "How Will I Know?" I felt you girl-I was a novice at love, but I knew I wanted it, and you made it clear that not even the prettiest girls could figure out what the guys were thinking. And when you promised that man you were saving all your love for him? Lord, that's when I sang the loudest: Though I tried to resist/being last on your list/But no other maaaaan's gonna dooooo…damn, that was my song. The words. Your voice. The emotion. Prince was a bad mutha, and Madonna made us think we were actually cute in those lace and mini getups, but you were the only big-voiced diva who was young and pretty and, like, cool. We all wanted to be you, girl.

But um, today? For real? Well, we still love you and all. But you're starting to feel like the cousin we care for but don't necessarily want at the barbeque-the one with all the issues who shows up to the house late, loopy and loud. I mean the Diane Sawyer fiasco, all the profanity in the infamous New York City radio interview-and the strange behavior on and off the stage, the tired "Whatchoolookinat" single, the weak Just Whitney sales. They've all got us questioning our loyalty to you and wondering whether we're really cool with your new "this is me-accept it" thing.

I would appreciate sharing the article in its entirety so if anyone has the time to type it up, please email it to me -- Manish.

Easter...

[From Platinum Club]

Happy Easter!
In a special message to the Platinum Club, Whitney wishes all of her fans a very happy and peaceful Easter Sunday!

Reminder: Don't miss a 2 minute network airing of Whitney's latest video "Try It On My Own" during the ABC primetime showing of "The Birdcage" Saturday, April 19th from 9:26-9:29pm ET on ABC!

Birdcage...

[From MTV News]

Whitney Houston will premiere her new video for "Try It on My Own" on ABC on Saturday. The clip will air at 9:26 ET, during a showing of "The Birdcage."


NEWSFILE: 18 APRIL 2003


Billboard Chart Update...

The Billboard update for the week ending 26 April 2003:

JUST WHITNEY...:
The Billboard 200 - Up to No.184 (from No.189) - 18 weeks on chart;
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums - Down to No.63 (from No.59) - 18 weeks on chart.

TRY IT ON MY OWN:
The Billboard Hot 100 - New Entry at No.99 with bullet - 1 week on chart;
Adult Contemporary - Remains at No.12 (2nd week) with bullet - 9 weeks on chart;
Hot Dance Music/Club Play - Down to No.10 (from No.7) - 10 weeks on chart.

ONE OF THOSE DAYS:
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent - Down to No.4 (from No.3) - 5 weeks on chart;
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent Airplay - Remains at No.3 (3rd week) - 5 weeks on chart.

THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER:
Hot 100 Singles Sales - Down to No.26 (from No.19) - 92 weeks on chart;

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales - Down to No.35 (from No.25) - 43 weeks on chart.


It's A Wrap...

[From Platinum Club]

Whitney To Appear on Boston Public!
Whitney wrapped up filming for an appearance on the Fox network's hit show Boston Public on Wednesday, August 16. The show will be the season finale and it will air on Fox Monday, May 12. Check local listings for scheduled airtimes and channel information.

Whitney had a ball on the set and she had the chance to meet Tamyra Gray
from American Idol with whom she had a scene. She also had a chance to sit
with Tamyra and tell her about what to expect in this music industry and how to
deal and handle herself, but Whitney knows that she will be fine with Clive Davis
looking over her project. On the finale, Whitney also sings her new single, "Try It On My Own." Be sure to tune in and set those VCR's!


Public Performance...

[From Zap2it.com]

Whitney Houston Gives 'Public' Performance

LOS ANGELES (Zap2it.com) - One of America's biggest pop stars will join a potential future pop star on the season finale of "Boston Public."

Whitney Houston will take her first acting role in several years when she guest-stars as herself on the FOX series. A Winslow High student writes her a 10-page letter asking if she'll be his prom date, and to everyone's surprise, she accepts.

Houston will also work with former "American Idol" finalist Tamyra Gray, who's wrapping up her recurring role as the shy but talented student Aisha. She's set to sing at the prom, but when she hears Houston -- her idol -- will be there, she gets stage fright.

Houston does her best to help Aisha get over her nerves, giving an unplanned performance of "Try It on My Own," her latest single.

A six-time Grammy winner, Houston has sold more than 120 million albums in her career. Her acting credits include "The Bodyguard," "Waiting to Exhale" and, most recently, ABC's 1997 musical "Cinderella."

The "Boston Public" season finale is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET Monday, May 12.

[Thanks Andrea]


TV Listing...

[From TV Guide Online]

In The News: American Idol, Whitney Houston and More!
Thursday, April 17, 2003

HOUSTON, WE HAVE A GUEST STAR: Whitney Houston will play herself in the season finale of Boston Public (airing May 12 at 8 pm/ET). In the story, which should finally muzzle critics who complain the Fox drama paints a woefully unrealistic portrait of high school life, a student writes a 10-page letter to Houston asking her to attend the prom with him. Naturally, she accepts.

[Thanks Alonzo]

NEWSFILE: 17 APRIL 2003


Video Preview...

[From Platinum Club]

Whitney's "Try It On My Own" Video To Air on ABC!
Don't miss a 2 minute network airing of Whitney's latest video "Try It On My Own" during the ABC primetime showing of "The Birdcage" Saturday, April 19th from 9:26-9:29pm ET on ABC!

NEWSFILE: 16 APRIL 2003


Boston Public...

This morning on 'Good Day Live', one of the hosts mentioned that Whitney Houston will sing on Boston Public during the season finale.

The show is an American drama based on the lives of students and faculty at a High School based in Boston and tackles issues such as drug abuse, teenage pregnancy and racism.  Guest celebrities are a fairly common feature to the series.

[Thanks Margaret G./Steve S.]


Canadian Driven...

Canadian fans can see the VH1 Driven documentary on Whitney Houston on Much More Music on the following dates and times:

Monday 14 April 2003 22:00hrs
Tuesday 15 April 2003 01:00hrs
Tuesday 15 April 2003 15:00hrs
Sunday 20 April 2003 11:00hrs

[Thanks Margaret G.]


Video Vote...

[From Platinum Club]

Vote For "Try It On My Own"!
Vote for Whitney's "Try It On My Own" in the BET.com "106 & Park's" favorite video poll. Visit the site once each day to cast your vote for Whitney's new video!

 

NEWSFILE: 14 APRIL 2003


French Promotion...

MTV France has published this report that suggests 'Try It On My Own' will not be promoted by BMG when it is released commercially.

The French Whitney Houston website, www.whitneyonly.com, has started this petition that hopes to attain online signatures to present to BMG France, representing the disappointment of the fans.


NEWSFILE: 11 APRIL 2003


Billboard Chart Update...

The Billboard update for the week ending 19 April 2003:

JUST WHITNEY...:
The Billboard 200 - Down to No.189 (from No.182) - 17 weeks on chart;
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums - Down to No.59 (from No.56) - 17 weeks on chart.

TRY IT ON MY OWN:
Adult Contemporary - Up to No.12 (from No.13) with bullet - 8 weeks on chart;
Hot Dance Music/Club Play - Down to No.7 (from No.1) - 9 weeks on chart.

ONE OF THOSE DAYS:
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent - Remains at No.3 (2nd week) - 4 weeks on chart;
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent Airplay - Remains at No.3 (2nd week) - 4 weeks on chart.

THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER:
Hot 100 Singles Sales - Down to No.19 (from No.16) - 91 weeks on chart;

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales - Down to No.25 (from No.18) - 42 weeks on chart.


UK Release...

Music Week reports that 'On My Own' will now be released on 19 May 2003 in the UK.


Radio & Records Update...

'Try It On My Own' was most added song at Urban AC with 16 adds.  The song moves up one place to No.10 with a bullet on R&R's AC Chart having received 1,225 spins last week.

[Thanks Jeffrey B.]


NEWSFILE: 10 APRIL 2003


Video Debut...

[From Platinum Club]

Countdown to Whitney's "Try It On My Own" Video Premiere!

Whitney's video directed by David LaChapelle for her new single "Try It On My Own" will premiere on BET'S "106 & Park" in 2 days -- Friday, April 11! "106 & Park" airs from 6:00pm - 7:30pm ET. Check your local listings for scheduled airtimes and channel information! Tune in and set those VCR's!


DVD Single...

[From Platinum Club]

Try It On My Own DVD Single

Look for Whitney's forthcoming DVD single
due for release on Tuesday, May 20, 2003!


Extra...

Whitney Houston was a featured on 'Extra' (US tabloid show) in a behind the scenes look at her new video, 'Try It On My Own'.

Video director David LaChapelle said he was 'blown away' by the diva and that she "looked great and she turned it out, and she just nailed it every time."

In the video, Whitney is to sing for some casting people, but to their dismay she decides at the last moment to sing her own tune rather than one that had been selected. Rolling Stone Associate Editor, Kirk Miller says there is a message here:  "The song is talking about how she's not a girl making foolish choices anymore...she wants to be right or wrong but do it on her own."

Miller says the song is also an attempt by Whitney to get back to what made her a star, "Which is Whitney and her voice and a very simple arrangement and it's a ballad. Very old school Whitney." And for Whitney, it's clear from this video the joy is back in her heart and her music.

[Extract from Fan Site: All Access Whitney]


Fan Sites...

Check out the redesigned Whitney Only Website, the new Just Whitney Italia Website and this new Chinese Whitney Website.


NEWSFILE: 9 APRIL 2003


Picture This...

[From Platinum Club]

Whitney Honors L.A. Reid

Here is an exclusive photo of Whitney taken at the "Keeper of the Dream Awards" dinner in honor of L.A. Reid on Thursday, April 3, 2003 in New York City at the Sheraton Hotel. She was the surprise guest at the event. Whitney sang her new single, "Try It On My Own" and her classic "I Will Always Love You" which she dedicated to her father. She received three standing ovations at the event! Click photo to enlarge.
*Don't forget to tune into Entertainment Tonight to catch an airing of Whitney's new video for "Try It On My Own" at 7 p.m. ET. Check local listings for channel and scheduling information.


On The Face Of It...

Roger Friedman returns from his hiatus of regular Whitney reports with what initially appears to be a positive report -- Whitney's Comeback Disses Oscars, Bacharach -- or at least a more hopeful one, than his more recent publications about her.

[Thanks Alonzo]


NEWSFILE: 7 APRIL 2003


So Emotional...

This New York Daily News article reports on Whitney Houston's appearance last Thursday evening at a benefit dinner at the New York Sheraton.

[Thanks Amit K.]


NEWSFILE: 6 APRIL 2003


Video Visuals...

The video clip for 'Try It On My Own' debuted on Primetime this week.  Click the image of Whitney from the clip (left) to view a few screen captures.

[Thanks Steve S.]


To See The Video...

[From Platinum Club]

Whitney's "Try It On My Own" Video on ET Monday!

Don't miss another network airing of Whitney's new video "Try It On My Own" on Entertainment Tonight next Monday, April 7 at 7pm ET on CBS (Special video teaser airing TONIGHT!!) Tune in and set those VCR's! Check local listings for channel and scheduling information!


Radio & Records Profile...

The Radio & Records website features a Full Page Advertisement detailing the current chart progress of 'Try It On My Own' as well as details of radio stations playing the song on 'Power Rotation'.

'Try It On My Own' goes for Pop radio adds next week.

[Thanks Alejandro]


NEWSFILE: 4 APRIL 2003


Billboard Chart Update...

The Billboard update for the week ending 12 April 2003:

JUST WHITNEY...:
The Billboard 200 - Down to No.182 (from No.157) - 15 weeks on chart;
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums - Down to No.56 (from No.52) - 16 weeks on chart.

TRY IT ON MY OWN:
Adult Contemporary - Up to No.13 (from No.14) - 7 weeks on chart;
Hot Dance Music/Club Play - Up to No.1 (from No.2) with bullet - 8 weeks on chart.

ONE OF THOSE DAYS:
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent - Down to No.3 (from No.1) - 3 weeks on chart;
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent Airplay - Down to No.3 (from No.1) - 3 weeks on chart.

THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER:
Hot 100 Singles Sales - Up to No.16 (from No.27) - 90 weeks on chart;

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales - Up to No.18 (from No.34) w/bullet - 41 weeks on chart.


Video Debut...

At least momentarily, the BMG Korea website debuted the video for 'Try It On My Own.'

[Thanks Minho P.]


German Release...

BMG are reporting that 'On My Own' will be released in Germany on 26 May 2003.

[Thanks Roland]

Cover...

[From New York Post]

From the Cindy Adams gossip column:

"Whitney is the face of Essence magazine for the month of July. Ask not Whitney Who. Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney ain't coming back to earth even for a cover.

The shoot last Saturday was at the Biltmore in Coral Gables, Florida. A fashion spread. Six outfits from satiny gowns to pastel palazzos in celadon, pink and green. The stuff is revealing. We are talking naked legs, naked arms. The body has definitely snapped back.

And surprise! surprise! By the oddest coincidence, she's also out with a new single, "Try It On My Own."

[Thanks Andrea]


Rupaul...

This is Rupaul's account of his meeting Whitney Houston recently, as posted on is website.

I met WHITNEY HOUSTON tonight...my friend SAMI invited me to a screening of GUNS AND ROSES, the new western starring LIL KIM and BOBBY BROWN. during the film, I got up to go to the restroom, and as I approached the area where the restroom doors are, I saw BOBBY standing in front of the door with 2 bodyguards. 

I rarely ever say hello to celebrities for fear of getting my feelings hurt, so I just walked on by, but before I could go in, BOBBY said “RU ?...BOBBY BROWN” and I said “HI, i’m RU” and we shook hands. As I turned to go into the mens room, WHITNEY was exiting the ladies room and our eyes met and we smiled.

As the mens room door closed behind me, I could hear BOBBY telling WHITNEY that “that was RuPAUL”. Next thing I knew and before I could do my thing, BOBBY had come into the mens room and said “RU, my wife wants to meet you”.

I walked out into the hallway and there she was. She looked absolutely beautiful and healthy, wearing a pair of tight jeans and a low cut blouse under a leather blazer. She said “I love you...I love your work, man” and I said “Thank you... I love you, too”, as we smiled, shook hands and said goodbye.

[Thanks Amit K.]


Chinese Fan Site...

Check out Mack's new Chinese Whitney Houston Website, Just Whitney.


NEWSFILE: 3 APRIL 2003

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