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Oh, Say, Can She Sing...

The New York Post Reports: The humid conditions in Tampa in 1991 contributed to Whitney Houston's decision to go with the recording, and it's that performance that remains "the benchmark," notes producer Rickey Minor, who's working with Beyoncť. - Full Article Here.


The One To Beat...

In an interview with Attleboro Sun Chronicle, Beyonce says: "This is going to be one of the highlights of my life,'' the 22-year-old Houston native said at a Reliant Stadium press conference Friday. `` One of my favorite moments ever was hearing Whitney Houston at the Super Bowl, singing `The Star-Spangled Banner.' I cried when I saw that, and I got chills ... and I said, `one day, I have to do that.' That was my dream.''


Ebony...

Whitney Houston is featured on the cover of Ebony (March 2004) in a story that is titled 'Money, Fame, Power & A Runaway Marriage Can Whitney Turn it Around?'

Please email the cover/story for Classic Whitney.

[Thanks Tyron/Rhoemi]

 

NEWSFILE: 31 JANUARY 2004
 


Super Bowl's Most Famous...

Whilst only a passing reference, this report from The Pittsburgh Channel reconfirms that Whitney Houston's rendition of 'The Star Spangled Banner' was the defining performance in Super Bowl history.


Together Again...

[From San Francisco Chronicle]

BROWN & HOUSTON BACK TOGETHER

Bobby Brown has reunited with his wife Whitney Houston days before his court date on battery charges.

The pair spent Christmas and New Year apart, sparking rumors of a split but they were spotted enjoying a romantic dinner in Atlanta, Ga., last week.

Brown was charged with battery after police were called to the couple's Atlanta home on December 7 following a frantic post-fight call from his wife.


Time To Face The Music...

[From People.com]

BOBBY FACES MUSIC: Bobby Brown has a lot of 'splaining to do in court on Wednesday, Feb. 4, when he attends a preliminary hearing for charges that he abused wife Whitney Houston. Though the two were recently spotted kissing and canoodling (they sipped green sour-apple martinis and Budweisers at an Atlanta restaurant on Jan. 22, PEOPLE reported), things were less than tender when Houston called police on Dec. 8 from the couple's home near Alpharetta, Ga., alleging that Brown had struck her on the left side of her face. Police reported at the time that Houston had a bruised cheek and a cut inside her upper lip. With battery charges against Brown, he faces up to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
 


NEWSFILE: 30 JANUARY 2004
 


Super Bowl: As Much A Concert...

The Houston Chronicle published this report today that reiterates what any discerning music fan knows - that this coming weekend's Super Bowl still won't produce a performance like that of Super Bowl XXV when Whitney Houston performed the American National Anthem.


NEWSFILE: 29 JANUARY 2004
 


Contract Speculation...

[From Groovevolt]

Groovevolt speculates: "Whitney Houston is currently in negotiations with Arista to be let out of her $100 million contract. More info on this story as it becomes available."


Soundscan Sales...

This is how Whitney Houston's recordings sold in the US for the week ending 25 January 2004 according to Neilson Soundscan:

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

1. Greatest Hits : 1,112 (1,100)
2. Just Whitney: 372 (429)
3. My Love is Your Love (Album): 180 (185)
4. Whitney Houston: 176 (147)
5. Whitney: 102 (118)
6. Star Spangled Banner: 98 (100)
7. One Wish: 77 (137)
8. Iím Your Baby Tonight (Album): 41 (35)
9. Itís Not Right But itís Okay: 23 (16)
10. My Love is Your Love (Single): 8 (8)
11. Step By Step: 1 (1)

[Thanks Jim R.]


NEWSFILE: 28 JANUARY 2004
 


One Night Only...

Gulf News reports that Whitney Houston will perform to an audience of around six thousand during her Valentines Night show at Nad Al Sheba Club's special concert venue in Dubai. 

[Thanks Sabine W.]


Breach Of Confidentiality...

Lawyers acting on behalf of Whitney Houston are reportedly attempting to stem the leak of information about Whitney by former employees.  Read the Daily Record report here.

[Thanks Sylwia M.]


NEWSFILE: 27 JANUARY 2004
 


Whitney & Bobby Meet...

The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that Whitney Houston & Bobby Brown met this past Thursday at Frankie's Sports Grill, Roswell Road, Atlanta.  The pair arrived separately and stayed three hours during which time they also signed autographs.

[Thanks Sylwia M.]


Big Company...

This unlikely Pravda Report suggests a European and Asian tour will follow Whitney Houston's Russian dates and that Whitney will sing songs from 'One Wish - The Holiday Album' during the shows.

[Thanks Sabine W.]


NEWSFILE: 24 JANUARY 2004
 


Whitney's Statement...

From Entertainment Weekly:

....Reid could not be reached for comment, but label superstar Whitney Houston told EW, " I have known and worked with LA Reid over the years and wish him only the best always."


Soundscan Sales...

This is how Whitney Houston's recordings sold in the US for the week ending 18 January 2004 according to Neilson Soundscan:

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

1. Greatest Hits : 1,100 (1,032)
2. Just Whitney: 429 (547)
3. My Love is Your Love (Album): 185 (178)
4. Whitney Houston: 147 (164)
5. Whitney: 118 (91)
6. One Wish: 107 (1,035)
7. Star Spangled Banner: 100 (54)
8. Iím Your Baby Tonight (Album): 35 (39)
9. Itís Not Right But itís Okay: 16 (20)
10. My Love is your Love (Single): 8 (9)
11. I Believe in You and Me: 1 (0)
12. I Learned From the Best: 1 (0)
13. Step By Step: 1 (0)

[Thanks Jim R.]


NEWSFILE: 18 JANUARY 2004
 


Arista: The Morning After...

The reports below detail some of the reactions and suggested reasons to L.A. Reid's departure from Arista Records.  To date, Reid has not commented, however several reports suggest the reasons for his departure stem from overspending which has led to a $100m loss for Arista in the past year.

BBC: R&B hit-maker Reid leaves Arista
Hollywood Reporter: Label chief Reid quits Arista gig
New York Daily News: Arista Boots Reid
New York Post: Arista Bombshell
New York Times: Arista Chief Executive Resigns
Hits Daily Double: The Day After Arista CEO's Departure...


NEWSFILE: 14 JANUARY 2004
 


L.A. Reid Exists Arista...

Associated Press: Antonio "L.A." Reid, who took the helm at Arista Records nearly four years ago and oversaw platinum successes from acts including OutKast, Pink and Avril Lavigne, has left the label, it was announced Tuesday.

 


Ticket Prices...

[From Access Hollywood]

Music News: Whitney Houston plans to perform at the Kremlin Palace in Moscow next month. Russian fans of the singer will reportedly pay up to $1300, or nearly 10 times the country's average monthly, per ticket for the concert.

[Thanks Kareem L.]


NEWSFILE: 13 JANUARY 2004
 


Russia...

Click Here to read the Platinum Club's report on Whitney Houston's upcoming Russian shows along with a poster that is being used to promote the shows.

Also, Russian news website, Itar-Tass published this report on Whitney's shows.


NEWSFILE: 12 JANUARY 2004
 


Dubai...

This Arabia.com Report suggests that Whitney Houston will perform a show in Dubai on Valentines night, 14 February 2004 at the Nad Al Sheba Club.

[Thanks Yousef]


NEWSFILE: 7 JANUARY 2004
 


Continuation...

The preliminary hearing for Bobby Brown has been continued from Wednesday until 4 February 2004.  Associated Press report here.


NEWSFILE: 6 JANUARY 2004
 


Whitney Houston Live...

Whitney Houston is scheduled to perform three shows in Russia in February:

 8 February 2004 - St Petersburg
10 February 2004 - Moscow
11 February 2004 - Moscow

Tickets for the St Petersburg show appear to have gone on sale whilst tickets for the Moscow date will be made available shortly.

No further information is available about the shows and whether they might form part of a tour.

New Year Apart...

Roger Friedman's Fox 411 column suggests Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown continued to be apart during the New Year.  Read his latest report here.


NEWSFILE: 5 JANUARY 2004
 


Billboard Chart Update...

The Billboard update for the week ending 10 January 2004:

ONE WISH: THE HOLIDAY ALBUM:
Billboard 200 - Down to No.143 (from No.105) - 6 weeks on chart;
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums - Down to No.39 (from No.21) - 6 weeks on chart;
Billboard Comprehensive Albums - Down to 154 (from No.111) - 6 weeks on chart;
Top Holiday Albums - Up to No.8 (from No.10) with bullet - 6 weeks on chart.

ONE WISH (FOR CHRISTMAS):
Adult Contemporary - Down to No.23 (from No.20) - 3 weeks on chart.


NEWSFILE: 1 JANUARY 2004
 

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