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French TV...

The Whitney Houston incident with Serge Gainsbourg from the late 1980's, when the Frenchman made direct sexual remarks to Whitney in French, has been ranked the No.1 Greatest Live Incident on French television.  The countdown aired on channel TF1.

[Thanks Eric F.]


NEWSFILE: 28 FEBRUARY 2004
 


Bobby Brown Jailed...

Bobby Brown was today sentenced to 60 days prison time for violating the terms of his probation.  He could be free as early as 21 March when taking into account time for good behaviour and credit he has received for the seven days he has just served whilst awaiting his court date.

Reports from Reuters, Associated Press, E! Online, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and others can be located in the Bobby Brown News Archive.


Arista's Future Uncertain...

Roger Friedman's Fox 411 column speculates today on the future of the Arista label and what that could mean for Whitney Houston. Read Arista Records in Danger of Closing?


NEWSFILE: 27 FEBRUARY 2004
 


Not Right, But Okay...

Gulf Weekly have published a fairly scathing review of Whitney Houston's Valentines night show in Dubai.  Read the review and see the accompanying picture here.

[Thanks Sylwia]

NEWSFILE: 26 FEBRUARY 2004
 


Sales Update...

An update on Whitney Houston's sales in the US for the week ending 22 February 2004 according to Neilson Soundscan:

(Number in parentheses is the prior week's sales tally)

1. The Greatest Hits (Album): 1,330 (1,595)
2. Just Whitney: 487 (542)
3. The Bodyguard: 437 (504)
4. My Love is Your Love (Album): 266 (301)
5. The Preacher's Wife: 266 (290)
6. The Greatest Hits (Video): 257 (266)
7. Whitney Houston: 226 (248)
8. Whitney: 164 (165)
9. The Star Spangled Banner: 133 (149)
10. I'm Your Baby Tonight (Album): 56 (62)
11. One Wish: 23 (55)
12. It's Not Right But it's Okay: 19 (21)
13. My Love is Your Love (Single): 8 (14)
14. My Heart is Calling: 1 (0)

[Thanks Jim R.]


NEWSFILE: 25 FEBRUARY 2004
 


Ultimate Pop Star...

In a televised countdown on Channel 4 last night, Whitney Houston was listed as the seventeenth best selling singles artist in the UK.  Whitney has amassed singles sales totalling 6,993,105 copies. See the complete Ultimate Pop Star Top 50 here.


His Prerogative...

"[Bobby Brown] did not submit to drug testing, did not pay supervision fees in a timely manner for three months and he failed to provide proof that he completed requirements under a substance-abuse program" - Mikki Jones, spokeswoman for the DeKalb Sheriff's Department.  Read E! Online's Bobby: Every Little Step Backwards report here.


NEWSFILE: 23 FEBRUARY 2004
 


Brown Back In Jail...

[Associated Press Report]

Bobby Brown Jailed in Probation Violation

The Associated Press
Sunday, February 22, 2004; 1:09 AM

DECATUR, Ga. - Singer Bobby Brown is back in jail for violating his probation on a prior drunken driving conviction.

Brown, 35, was being held Saturday without bond at the DeKalb County Jail, sheriff's spokeswoman Mikki Jones said. He was taken into custody after appearing before a judge Friday, but officials could not confirm exactly what Brown had done to violate his probation.

He was expected to remain jailed until a court hearing on Friday.

The judge's ruling may have been related to Brown's charge of misdemeanor battery in December, following an argument with his wife, singer Whitney Houston. A preliminary hearing in that case was set for May 5.

Brown left the R&B group New Edition in the late 1980s for a solo career. He has been on probation since January 2003, when he was convicted of a 1996 drunken driving incident. Brown had been ordered to remain on probation until Feb. 17, 2005.

Brown's hits include "My Prerogative" and "Every Little Step."


NEWSFILE: 22 FEBRUARY 2004
 


Not Pregnant & Still With Brown...

[From New York Daily News]

Whitney: Pregnant pause in Petersburg?

Whitney Houston's camp is hosing down reports the diva is pregnant with her second child. According to Russian reports, the R&B diva clutched her stomach and told an audience in St. Petersburg, Russia, on Feb. 8: "This song is for [my daughter] Kristina, and also for my future baby, who I have in here."

One fan who attended the concert writes on whitney-houston.com: "I could see her pregnant belly and she even told about her pregnancy from the stage. ...[She said,] 'As you can see, I will have another one!"

Houston's rep, Nancy Seltzer, tells us: "I've spoken with people who were at the show. She never said that. She's not pregnant."

Curiously, a photo of Houston taken in Russia shows her without her wedding ring.

Last December, Houston told Atlanta police that her husband, Bobby Brown, struck her during an argument. But Seltzer says Brown, who is awaiting a hearing on battery charges, is still living with Houston.


NEWSFILE: 20 FEBRUARY 2004
 


Spellbound...

Whitney Houston pictured at her Valentines night Dubai concert.  Read the accompanying review from Khaleej Times, Houston Has Crowd Spellbound, here.

[Click on image to view in larger scale]

[Thanks Sylwia]


NEWSFILE: 18 FEBRUARY 2004
 


Regret...

In his first interview since stepping down as CEO of Arista Records, LA Reid says his only regret about Whitney Houston is that they were not able to have more success together.

Read the Atlanta Journal Constitution interview here.


NEWSFILE: 13 FEBRUARY 2004
 


Russia...

Photos from Whitney Houston's concerts in Russia can be located in the new Russia 2004 Image Gallery.

[Thanks Sylwia]

Upscale...

Whitney Houston is featured on the cover of Upscale magazine and ranks No.1 with her husband in the magazine's '100 Most Intriguing Couples' report.  The cover photograph is from Divas Las Vegas last year.

[Thanks Adrian]


NEWSFILE: 11 FEBRUARY 2004
 


Whitney Live...


Whitney Houston pictured performing last night in St Petersburg

[Thanks Sylwia]


Whitney In Russia...

   

Whitney Houston pictured in Russia over the weekend.

[Thanks Sylwia]


Interview Pictures...

 
Whitney Houston pictured in an interview on Russian television

[Thanks Sylwia]


NEWSFILE: 9 FEBRUARY 2004
 


Ex-Employees Sue...

The Daily Record (Morris County, New Jersey) reports that the two former employees that are suing Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown are Sylvia Vejar and Rose Hunt. 

As reported in This Article from 27 January, Whitney Houston's lawyers had attempted to block Vejar and Hunt from revealing information, citing a violation of employment confidentiality agreements.  The latest article does disclose some of the detail behind the complaint.

[Thanks Michael G.]


NEWSFILE: 7 FEBRUARY 2004
 


Ebony Cover...

Whitney Houston pictured on the cover of Ebony magazine (March 2004)

[Thanks Robbie/Abduel H.]


Sales Update...

This is how Whitney Houston's recordings sold in the US for the week ending 1 February 2004 according to Neilson Soundscan:

(Number in parentheses is the prior week's sales tally)

1. Greatest Hits : 1,202 (1,112)
2. Just Whitney: 458 (372)
3. My Love is Your Love (Album): 217 (180)
4. Whitney Houston: 157 (176)
5. Whitney: 124 (102)
6. One Wish: 46 (77)
7. Star Spangled Banner: 97 (98)
8. Iím Your Baby Tonight (Album): 39 (41)
9. Itís Not Right But itís Okay: 17 (23)
10. My Love is your Love (Single): 10 (8)
11. I Believe in You and Me: 4 (0)

[Thanks Jim R.]
 

NEWSFILE: 5 FEBRUARY 2004
 


Hearing Postponed...

Associated Press reports that Bobby Brown's hearing that was due tomorrow in connection with the battery charge for striking Whitney Houston has been postponed to 5 May 2004.


More On Clive Davis' Return...

LA Times: Clive Davis Promoted to BMG's U.S. Unit Chief
New York Post: BMG Puts Davis Back On Top
Dow Jones: Davis To Oversee Arista
NY Daily News: BMG Spins Clive Davis To Top Of Its Music World


NEWSFILE: 3 FEBRUARY 2004
 


Movie Cameo...

[From Warningfilms.com]

Norah's Hair Salon (2004)
Synopsis: An urban dramedy set in the world of a neighborhood hair salon. The central figure in this often wacky world of five hair stylists is Nora, the matriarch and mother-figure to all that enter the salon.

Starring Jennifer Lewis, Tatyana Ali, Lil Kim, Tamala Jones and a special
appearance by Whitney Houston
(synopsis taken from warningfilms.com). US
release date is Spring 2004. (More info coming soon)

[Thanks Bryant H.]


Clive Davis Returns...

Billboard reports that Clive Davis has taken on the role as head of BMG North America which will include Arista Records.  Read the report here.

[Thanks Amit K.]


NEWSFILE: 2 FEBRUARY 2004
 


(Almost) UK No.1...

[From DanceFrontDoor]

LMC Vs U2 Grab UK Number 1

Following there topping of the UK Dance charts LMC Vs U2 have also grabbed the Official UK Chart number 1 knocking Pop Idol winner Michelle of the top spot.

The original by the Mashup Kids had been around for some time - mixing Whitney Houston and U2 however due to copyright issues had to be re-recorded with a new vocalist to replace Whitney's vocal.


NEWSFILE: 1 FEBRUARY 2004
 

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