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Final Day...

 

Photographs from various news services of Whitney Houston during Friday's events in Israel.


No Release?...

Music Week reports that 'On My Own' has already been taken off the release slate for 30 June.  No revised UK release date is given.


Bahamas...

'Try It On My Own' is performing well in the Bahamas where it currently stands at No.2 in the National Chart.

[Thanks Ricardo A.]


NEWSFILE: 30 MAY 2003


Cry Me A River...

Whitney Houston emerges from the waters of the River Jordan near the Sea of Galilee during a Holy Land pilgrimage on May 29, 2003.


Billboard Chart Update...

The Billboard update for the week ending 7 June 2003:

JUST WHITNEY...:
The Billboard 200 - Down No.172 (from No.129) - 23 weeks on chart;
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums - Down to No.50 (from No.40) - 24 weeks on chart.

LOVE THAT MAN:
Hot Dance Music/Club Play - Up to No.4 (from No.8) - with bullet - 5 weeks on chart.

TRY IT ON MY OWN:
The Billboard Hot 100 - Up to No.93 (from No.95) - 7 weeks on chart;
Hot 100 Singles Sales - New Entry at No.27 - with bullet - 1 week on chart;

R&B Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks - Up to No.81 (from No.82) w/bullet - 5 weeks on chart;
R&B Hip-Hop Singles Sales - New Entry at No.59 - with bullet - 1 week on chart;
Adult Contemporary - Down to No.14 (from No.12) - 15 weeks on chart.


NEWSFILE: 29 MAY 2003


Spiritual Retreat...

The Israel Insider report published yesterday provides more information about Whitney Houston's visit to Israel, including details of a boat trip on Monday that included the wedding of two community members followed by a performance by the community choir.

The report also provides background on the Black Hebrews, the hosts of Whitney's visit, and their wish to be recognised as Jews by the state of Israel.

[Thanks Ellis S.]


Whitney Does Dimona...

This Haaretz Daily report, Whitney Does Dimona, discusses Whitney Houston's Israel trip in more detail and the family associations that bring her to Israel.  The report also suggests Whitney will return to Israel later in the year for a TV special with Stevie Wonder.

[Thanks Sabine]

Return Visit...

This AFP report, suggests that Whitney will return to Israel in September to film a US cable TV show.  It speculates that Whitney will film a Christmas special from Israel.


Tears...

U.S. Singer Whitney Houston cries as she prays in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City May 28, 2003, believed to be the place where Jesus Christ was crucified.

REUTERS/Flash90/Nati Shohat

 

 

Prayers...

U.S. Singer Whitney Houston (L), and her husband Bobby Brown pray in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem's Old City May 28, 2003, believed to be the place where Jesus Christ was crucified. Houston was in Israel with her husband, rhythm and blues singer Bobby Brown, to visit 'friends and family' among the Black Hebrews, an African-American community that moved to Israel in 1969 and settled in the southern town of Dimona.

REUTERS/Flash90/Nati Shohat

Damascus Gate...

U.S. Singer Whitney Houston (L) and her husband Bobby Brown pose at the Damascus Gate as they visit Jerusalem's Old City May 28, 2003.

REUTERS/Flash90/Nati Shohat


More Pictures...


[Thanks Sylwia]


DVD Sales...

[From Platinum Club]

Whitney's "Try It On My Own" DVD Debuts On The Charts!

Whitney's first DVD single "Try it On My Own" scanned just under 1,000 units and has debuted on the following charts:

Top Singles: #27
Top Music Video: #30
Top DVD Music Videos: #25

Congratulations Whitney!


NEWSFILE: 28 MAY 2003


Israel...

Whitney Houston's visit to Israel has been generating significant media coverage over the past couple of days.  The following are links to some of the reports:

Haaretz: Sharon meets with Whitney Houston in Jerusalem
EurWeb: Whitney In Israel - Singer journeys there for 'inspiration.'
Businesswire: Singer Whitney Houston Travels to Israel on EL AL
Associated Press: Whitney In Israel for Christmas CD inspiration

The Businesswire report is effectively an advertisement for El Al Israel Airlines, complete with a picture of Whitney standing in front of the plane's logo.  The Associated Press report, from USA Today, includes a video clip of the press photo call held with Israeli Prime Minister, Ariel Sharon.


Reuters report: Whitney Houston 'turned down' the offer of a handshake from Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon during a meeting in Jerusalem May 27, 2003. Houston was in Israel with her husband, rhythm and blues singer Bobby Brown, to visit "friends and family" among the Black Hebrews, an African-American community that moved to Israel in 1969 and settled in the southern town of Dimona. REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen


Tabloid Picture...

The Daily Mail (UK) today published the picture on the right (click to view complete image) along with a story that exaggerates Whitney's current appearance.

The report goes on to discuss Whitney's current visit to Israel.


Ultimate Smash Hits...

Arista Records is to release a compilation album called 'Ultimate Smash Hits' that focuses on Arista releases of the past two years.  Whitney Houston's 'One Of Those Days' will be included in the set.  Read the complete Businesswire Report Here which includes the full track listing.


NEWSFILE: 27 MAY 2003


Inspirational Visit...

This Associated Press Report (Whitney Houston visits Israel for inspirational visit with the Black Hebrews) published today discusses some of Whitney's movements in the country during the week and suggests that she hopes find additional inspiration leading up to the recording of her Christmas album.

[Click On Image To View In Larger Scale]


NEWSFILE: 26 MAY 2003


Visit...

This Report, translated from the Israeli YNet website, confirms a visit by Whitney Houston to Israel this coming week.

[Thanks David]


Israeli Trip Pictures...

 

 


NEWSFILE: 25 MAY 2003


UK Release...

Music Week, the UK's music industry trade magazine confirms the 30 June 2003 release date for 'On My Own'.


For What It's Worth...

British tabloid, The Sun, published this photograph of Whitney Houston in today's edition.  The photo, apparently taken on Thursday before the Divas Duets performance supports earlier stories that Whitney had to see an Ear, Nose & Throat doctor that day.  Roger Friedman's column, in This Report, suggested that Whitney had gone in with a bloody nose, whilst Whitney's spokeswoman reported that nothing was wrong.


Backstage Pictures...

 
Click Here or on the picture (left) to view additional screen captures back stage at Divas Duets taken from 'Extra' and 'Access Hollywood'.

[Special Thanks Steve S.]


NEWSFILE: 24 MAY 2003


Picture This...

At last night's Divas Duets show, Whitney Houston performed 'Something In Common' and 'My Love' with Bobby Brown, followed by 'Try It On My Own'.  Whitney later returned to perform 'I Was Made To Love Him/Her' in a duet with Stevie Wonder and closed the evening with an all-star performance of Stevie Wonder's classic, 'Higher Ground'.

Click Here to see over 80 pictures, thumbnails and screen captures from the event.

[Special Thanks Steve S.]


Nancy Seltzer...

Roger Friedman's column reports that Whitney Houston has fired long time publicist, Nancy Seltzer.


NEWSFILE: 23 MAY 2003


Performance Information...

[From Platinum Club]

Whitney To Appear On VH1's "Divas Duets 2003" Tonight!

Don't miss Whitney's appearance on VH1's Divas Duets airing tonight on VH1!

WHITNEY HOUSTON
LIVE ON VH1's DIVAS DUETS
@ 9PM ON VH1

She will be singing "Something In Common" and "My Love " with Bobby Brown. She will also be singing "Try It On My Own" and there will be a super surprise FINALE!

Tune in and set those VCR's! For more on this year's 6th annual Divas gala, visit vh1.com!


Tonight...

Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, Beyonce, Lisa Marie Presley, Celine Dion, Mary J. Blige, Jewel, Ashanti, Sharon Osbourne, Aisha Tyler, Stevie Wonder, Pat Benatar, Shania Twain and Bobby Brown will join host Queen Latifah when "VH1 Divas Duets: A Benefit Concert for the VH1 Save the Music Foundation" airs live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas TONIGHT at 9:00pm (ET/PT).

You can view an artists impression of the Divas Duets stage set by clicking here.

VH1's Music Radar

Confirming Performers...

[PRNewswire Report]

NEW YORK, May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Notable this week . . .

Notable News -- "VH1 Divas Duets" will fill the stage at the MGM Grand arena with some of the biggest voices in music. Whitney Houston, Shania Twain, Beyonce, Lisa Marie Presley, Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan, Ashanti and Jewel take the stage live in Las Vegas on Thursday, May 22, at 9:00 P.M. (ET/PT). Hosted by Queen Latifah, with a special appearance by Celine Dion, this year's "Divas" event will feature an incredible finale with music legend Stevie Wonder. Sharon Osbourne and Aisha Tyler will give viewers a backstage peek at the divas throughout the show. Some of the scheduled duets include Lisa Marie Presley with Pat Benatar, Beyonce with Jewel and Ashanti with the Isley Brothers.

Duet Confirmed...

[PRNewswire Report]

'VH1 Divas Duets' To Feature A 'Wonder' of a Finale, Power Duo Duet From Whitney and Bobby, a Superstar Drop-In From Celine Dion, and Much More Live On Thursday, May 22, at 9:00 P.M. (ET/PT)

Shania Twain, Sharon Osbourne and Aisha Tyler Added To Line-Up


NEW YORK, May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- "VH1 Divas Duets" will fill the stage at the MGM Grand arena with some of the biggest voices in music. Whitney Houston, Shania Twain, Beyonce, Lisa Marie Presley, Mary J. Blige, Chaka Khan, Ashanti and Jewel take the stage live in Las Vegas on Thursday, May 22, at 9:00 P.M. (ET/PT). Hosted by Queen Latifah, with a special appearance by Celine Dion, this year's "Divas" event will feature an incredible finale with music legend Stevie Wonder. Sharon Osbourne and Aisha Tyler will give viewers a backstage peek at the divas throughout the show. Some of the scheduled duets include Lisa Marie Presley with Pat Benatar, Beyonce with Jewel and Ashanti with the Isley Brothers.


Billboard Chart Update...

The Billboard update for the week ending 31 May 2003:

JUST WHITNEY...:
The Billboard 200 - Up to No.129 (from No.180) Pacesetter & with bullet - 22 weeks on chart;
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums - Up to No.40 (from No.52) Greatest Gainer & with bullet - 23 weeks on chart.

LOVE THAT MAN:
Hot Dance Music/Club Play - Up to No.8 (from No.16) - with bullet - 4 weeks on chart.

TRY IT ON MY OWN:
The Billboard Hot 100 - Down to No.95 (from No.84) - 6 weeks on chart;
R&B Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks - Up to No.82 (from No.83) w/bullet - 4 weeks on chart;
Adult Contemporary - Remains at No.12 (2nd week) with bullet - 14 weeks on chart;

ONE OF THOSE DAYS:
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent - Up to No.25 (from No.29) - 10 weeks on chart;
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent Airplay - Re-Entry at No.25 - 8 weeks on chart.


True Hollywood Story..

UK Whitney Houston fans can see the tabloid documentary, "The True Hollywood Story: Whitney Houston & Bobby Brown" on  satellite channel 250 (E!) tonight at 8pm - 10pm.

 

NEWSFILE: 22 MAY 2003

 


Divas Reminder...

[From Platinum Club]

Whitney To Appear On VH1's "Divas Duets 2003"!
A reminder that 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! Tune in and set those VCR's!


NEWSFILE: 21 MAY 2003


DVD Release...

[From Platinum Club]

Try It On My Own - DVD Single Whitney's "Try It On My Own" DVD Single In Stores Now!

See behind-the-scenes footage of the making of Whitney's video for "Try It On My Own" by clicking here! (RealPlayer)

Look for Whitney's DVD single in stores Tuesday, May 20, 2003!

 

NEWSFILE: 20 MAY 2003


Dance Chart Preview...

Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart for the week of 31 May 2003 (officially confirmed later this week) will see Whitney Houston's 'Love That Man (Remixes) climb up to No.8 (from No.16) with a bullet in its fourth week on the chart.

[Thanks Jim R.]


Epic...

[From Fab Magazine]

The following is an excerpt of an interview with Thunderpuss' Chris Cox that is featured in Toronto's Fab Magazine:

Fab: Let's talk about the process behind the epic.

CC: What epic?

Whitney Houston's "It's Not Right But It's Okay." Give me the full behind the scenes.

A mutual friend introduced Barry (Harris, the other half of Thunderpuss from Toronto) to me when he was still playing at the Barn. We decided to do some projects together when he visited me in L.A. After that, Mark Nathan from Universal Music gave us Billie Myers' "Kiss The Rain" to remix - which up in New York. One of our A&R friends heard the Billie Myers mix and he was preparing the Whitney Houston project. He contacted us and asked us to remix two Whitney songs. We freaked.

What was the runner-up song?

"If I Told You That." We asked for "It's Not Right" instead.

What was your first impression? Did Whitney's vocals need any clean up?

They sounded great and needed no tuning! Some artists need studio magic - she was singing her ass off. The only doctoring we did was the long-held diva note - the ad lib - "you were making a fool of meeeeeeeeee."

How did you decide what got the huge climax?

When we both got goose bumps at the same time. It was the highest note she hit - that ad lib. On the single release, it wasn't played up. The original has got attitude but it is politely produced. In the ad lib, she wailed away. When we heard the full track, isolated - we were like "Ohhhhh girl, you go to church on this song!" We added funk too and of course just put our heart and soul into it.

So what about the first drafts you sent to the record company?

They flipped and thought we went too far. The original build up was three times longer than what was released! It got complex and wild. A year after the fact, we listened to it and agreed it was too much.

Did Whitney have the last word on it?

Clive Davis had the last word. She trusted him enough. She did hear it because we met her and she loved it. We met her at the VH1 after party for Divas Live - we were in her receiving line. We were not the stars of the room. It was like meeting the Queen. We snapped a picture and that was it.

And what of the rumours that you've made the most money anyone has ever made off of a remix? Are they true?

It is a common misconception. We are not millionaires. Even artists aren't millionaires. By the time everyone takes his or her share of the pot, no one is bathing in money.

[Thanks Amit K.]


NEWSFILE: 18 MAY 2003


Billboard Chart Update...

The Billboard update for the week ending 24 May 2003:

JUST WHITNEY...:
The Billboard 200 - Up to No.180 (from No.192) - 21 weeks on chart;
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums - Up to No.52 (from No.59) with bullet - 22 weeks on chart.

LOVE THAT MAN:
Hot Dance Music/Club Play - Up to No.16 (from No.23) - with bullet - 3 weeks on chart.

TRY IT ON MY OWN:
The Billboard Hot 100 - Remains at No.84 (2nd week) with bullet - 5 weeks on chart;
R&B Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks - Remains at No.83 (2nd week) - 3 weeks on chart;
Adult Contemporary - Up to No.12 (from No.13) - 13 weeks on chart;

Hot Dance Music/Club Play - Down to No.50 (from No.43) - 14 weeks on chart.

ONE OF THOSE DAYS:
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent - Down at No.29 (from No.26) - 9 weeks on chart.


Ebony...

L.A. Reid is featured in this months annual Ebony Men's issue under the title "The Most Powerful Black In The Music Business."

The following excerpt from the article discusses Whitney Houston:

In addition to industry challenges Reid has had to deal with issues surrounding some of his star artists, including Whitney Houston and Toni Braxton.  "We just finished the most incredible video on Whitney," he says incredible excitedly. "It is the first time in many many years that Whitney has done something that I feel measures up to her past successes and that touches her past successes and that touches that same nerve in me.

"I'm feeling really, really good about her and I love our relationship," he says of the talented diva who has sold more than 120 million records. In recent years Houston has been engulfed in controversy surrounding her personal life and public appearances. "We were friends for many years before I came to the company and when I started working here, Whitney was the first artist to stand up and say: 'I absolutely support you coming to this company".

"We both have had our good and bad days in our careers ,and I stand by her. Every day I see her improve and get better, smarter and stronger. So I'm happy and feel good about her. She is in a really great space right now and I'm very, very happy with what she's doing professionally. When I speak with her it's always a joy .It really is."

Houston's latest CD, Just Whitney..., has sold 2 million copies, far below the norm for her records. "But I'm convinced that over the long haul it will be a successful record and we intend to stick by it." Reid says. "One thing all great artist have in common is that they may not always sell the records that new, trendy artists sell, but their careers last much longer. That's how Whitney is she has already weathered the storm .She's already proved that she can stand the test of time, and no one can question her talent."

[Thanks Kaciana]

Call In...

Whitney Houston made a phone call-in on LA radio station 103.5 this morning.

Transcripts or audio clip of the interview would be welcomed - Manish.

[Thanks Karly]


NEWSFILE: 15 MAY 2003


Picture This...

Click on the Whitney Houston image (left) to see a handful of screen captures of Whitney's Access Hollywood interview about her Boston Public appearance.


[Thanks Steve S.]


VH1 Countdown...

[From Platinum Club]

Whitney's "Try It On My Own" on VH1's Top 20!
Whitney's "Try It On My Own" has moved up one spot on the VH1 Top 20 Countdown
to number 19! Catch VH1's Top 20 Countdown premiering Friday, May 16 at 3:00 a.m., Saturday, May 17 at 10:00 a.m., Sunday, May 18 at 8:00 a.m., and Monday, May 20 at 9:00 a.m.!

 


NEWSFILE: 14 MAY 2003


Whitney Houston appears in the season finale of 'Boston Public'
tonight on Fox, 8pm ET

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

Right after the show, fans will be sharing their impressions on the Classic Whitney Discussion forum and Chat room.


NEWSFILE: 12 MAY 2003


Billboard Chart Update...

The Billboard update for the week ending 17 May 2003:

JUST WHITNEY...:
The Billboard 200 - Down to No.192 (from No.180) - 20 weeks on chart;
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums - Down to No.59 (from No.52) - 21 weeks on chart.

LOVE THAT MAN:
Hot Dance Music/Club Play - Up to No.23 (from No.30) - Power Pick - 2 weeks on chart.

TRY IT ON MY OWN:
The Billboard Hot 100 - Up to No.84 (from No.93) with bullet - 4 weeks on chart;
R&B Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks - Up to No.83 (from No.91) - w/bullet - 2 weeks on chart;
Adult Contemporary - Down to No.13 (from No.12) with bullet - 12 weeks on chart;

Hot Dance Music/Club Play - Down to No.43 (from No.26) - 13 weeks on chart.

ONE OF THOSE DAYS:
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent - Down to No.26 (from No.12) - 8 weeks on chart.


NEWSFILE: 8 MAY 2003


UK Divas...

The VH1 UK Website states that this years 'Divas Duets' show will air on Thursday 29 May 2003 at 9pm BST.

The show will repeat on Friday 30 May and Saturday 31 May at 8pm BST and again on Sunday 1 June at 7pm.


Date Shift...

'On My Own' has been removed from the May release schedule according to Music Week.  A call to BMG/Arista in London confirmed the revised date as 30 June 2003.

[Thanks Arthur M.]


Brazil...

Top 20 Videos from Channel Multishow
Week ending May 10th

Whatchulookinat
Brazilian Top 20 Videos - Re-entry at No. 18 - 11 weeks on Top 20 Listing

[Thanks Gabriel A.]

NEWSFILE: 4 MAY 2003


Billboard Chart Update...

The Billboard update for the week ending 10 May 2003:

JUST WHITNEY...:
The Billboard 200 - Re-Entry at No.180 - with bullet - 19 weeks on chart;
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums - Up to No.52 (from No.57) with bullet - 20 weeks on chart.

LOVE THAT MAN:
Hot Dance Music/Club Play - Hot Shot Debut at No.30 - with bullet - 1 week on chart.

TRY IT ON MY OWN:
The Billboard Hot 100 - Remains at No.93 (2nd week) with bullet - 3 weeks on chart;
R&B Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks - New Entry at No.91 - with bullet - 1 week on chart;
Adult Contemporary - Down to No.12 (from No.10) with bullet - 11 weeks on chart;

Hot Dance Music/Club Play - Down to No.26 (from No.13) - 12 weeks on chart.

ONE OF THOSE DAYS:
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent - Down at No.12 (from No.4) - 7 weeks on chart;
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent Airplay - Down to No.12 (from No.5) - 7 weeks on chart.

THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER:
Hot 100 Singles Sales - Down to No.25 (from No.22) - 94 weeks on chart;

Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales - Remains at No.39 (2nd week) w/bullet - 45 wks/chart.


NEWSFILE: 1 MAY 2003

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