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Sister 2 Sister...

 

Life With Bobby And Whitney is the headline that graces the cover of Sister 2 Sister magazine (July issue).  The pro-Brown magazine features Bobby Brown and one of his children outside of his relationship with Whitney Houston on the cover.

 



NEWSFILE: 31 MAY 2004
 


Sales Update...

An update on Whitney Houston's sales in the US for the week ending 23 May 2004 according to Neilson Soundscan:

1. Whitney: The Greatest Hits (Album): 1,265 (1,060)
2. The Bodyguard: 360 (336)
3. Whitney Houston: 270 (198)
4. Just Whitney: 238 (266)
5. The Greatest Hits (Video): 202 (173)
6. The Preacher's Wife: 144 (194)
7. My Love is Your Love (Album): 135 (147)
8. Whitney: 133 (105)
9. The Star Spangled Banner: 74 (55)
10. It's Not Right But it's Okay: 27 (26)
11. I'm Your Baby Tonight (Album): 19 (28)
12. My Love is Your Love (single): 7 (19)
13. I Learned From the Best: 5 (0)
14. One Wish: 5 (7)

[Thanks Jim R.]



NEWSFILE: 30 MAY 2004
 


London...

The Daily Mail reports that Whitney Houston is in London this week along with Bobby Brown and a small film crew that is recording Brown's reality show - read the report here.

[Pictures: Thanks Sylwia]



NEWSFILE: 28 MAY 2004
 


Women's World Award...

Whitney Houston and Dionne Warwick will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at the first Women's World Awards 2003 in Hamburg, Germany on 9 June 2004.  According to this World Connection report, Whitney will attend the ceremony to receive the award in person.

[Thanks Stan]



NEWSFILE: 27 MAY 2004
 


Arista...

The 29 May 2004 issue of Billboard Magazine features a double page advertisement for Arista Records.  Headed up "Arista...A History Still In The Making", it goes on to report:

"Coming in the Next Year, Albums From: SANTANA, BABYFACE, ARETHA FRANKLIN, KENNY G and WHITNEY HOUSTON.  ARISTA: The Next Chapter Is About To Begin."

[Thanks Antwoinne]



NEWSFILE: 26 MAY 2004
 


Hakim Duet Wish...

Egyptian singer Hakim Abdul Rahim claims to already be preparing for a duet he wishes to record with Whitney Houston according to this report published today in the Albawaba Middle East News.  The singer recently collaborated with James Brown.



NEWSFILE: 24 MAY 2004
 


Sales Update...

An update on Whitney Houston's sales in the US for the week ending 16 May 2004 according to Neilson Soundscan:

1. Whitney: The Greatest Hits: 1,202 (1,216)
2. The Bodyguard: 483 (429)
3. Just Whitney: 303 (234)
4. The Greatest Hits (Video): 201 (188)
5. The Preacher's Wife: 179 (197)
6. Whitney Houston: 179 (181)
7. My Love is Your Love (Album): 177 (130)
8. Whitney: 120 (120)
9. The Star Spangled Banner: 92 (94)
10. I'm Your Baby Tonight (Album): 38 (18)
11. It's Not Right But it's Okay: 31 (15)
12. My Love is Your Love (single): 12 (6)
13. One Wish: 5 (7)

[Thanks Jim R.]



NEWSFILE: 23 MAY 2004
 


China...

A report by China View published today (Backstreet Boys, Whitney Houston Plan Chinese Tour) suggests Whitney Houston will perform solo concerts in Beijing and Shanghai from July 22 - 25 2004.


Soul Divas...

This Pollstar report speculates that the Soul Divas shows could extend further than just Germany, schedules permitting.



NEWSFILE: 20 MAY 2004
 


Soul Divas!...

[From Platinum Club]

Soul Divas!

Whitney will be performing concerts in Germany with Natalie Cole and cousin Dionne Warwick! The concert dates and venues include: July 2 in Berlin at the Brandenburger Tor; July 7 in Hamburg at the AOL Arena; July 9 in Munich at the Olympiastadion and July 11 in Gelsenkirchen at the Arena AufSchalke. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.


Natalie Tags Up With Whitney & Dionne...

The Associated Press confirms Whitney Houston's upcoming summer shows with Natalie Cole and Dionne Warwick based on Natalie Cole's interview with Access Hollywood (17 May 2004).


American Idol...

Clive Davis was the guest judge on last night's American Idol show in which two Whitney Houston songs were performed.  Hawaiian contestant Jasime Trias performed 'Saving All My Love For You'. 

Of the performance, Randy Jackson said:  "When you pick a stylized singer like Whitney Houston, who is unbelievable, its always going to kind of pale in comparison...It was good, it was not great. ... Its like, youre good, but youre not all the way there yet.

Paula Abdul has this to say: "If youre going to pick that, youre going to have to sing at least as good as Whitney, if not better, she said. So its a tough song to pick, especially at this point in the competition. Youre almost there, but not quite.

In response to Paula Abdul's comments, Clive Davis corrected her with "Well, no one can sing better than Whitney Houston."

NEWSFILE: 19 MAY 2004
 


Strong...

[From New York Post]

The Starr Report: Natalie Cole told last night's "Access Hollywood" that she'll tour this summer with Whitney Houston and Dionne Warwick. The tour kicks off in Germany in July. "She's really doing great," Cole says of Houston. "She's a strong woman and she has a great desire to really get healthy and get well . . . "



NEWSFILE: 18 MAY 2004
 


Plotting Return?...

Although his spokesperson says there has been no dialogue with Whitney Houston, the New York Post speculates today that Clive Davis is plotting Whitney Houston's return for early 2005.  Read 'Clive Plots Whitney Return'.



NEWSFILE: 14 MAY 2004
 


Successful Completion...

[From People.com]

WHITNEY WATCH: Whitney Houston is no longer living under the watchful eye of a drug rehab chaperone, PEOPLE reported. "She successfully completed the 30-day treatment program and she is now in an aftercare program, the specific terms of which are confidential," said Houston's Atlanta attorney, Mark Trigg. Houston, 40, entered what was reported to have been a one-month program in early March, but checked out after five days. - Read People report: Whitney Freed From Eye of Drug Chaperone.


Whitney Houston Rehabbed...

Largely based on a People magazine interview with Whitney Houston's attorney, Mark Trigg, E! Online published this report today stating that Whitney has now successfully completed a 30 day period of rehabilitation.


missEbne...

Whitney Houston pictured on the cover of French lifestyle magazine, missEbne (May 2004).  A portion  of the French article can be read on the missEbne site.

[Thanks Julian S.]

Sales Update...

An update on Whitney Houston's sales in the US for the week ending 9 May 2004 according to Neilson Soundscan:

1. The Greatest Hits (Album): 1,202 (1,216)
2. The Bodyguard: 483 (429)
3. Just Whitney: 303 (234)
4. The Greatest Hits (Video): 201 (188)
5. The Preacher's Wife: 179 (197)
6. Whitney Houston: 179 (181)
7. My Love is Your Love (Album): 177 (130)
8. Whitney: 120 (120)
9. The Star Spangled Banner: 92 (94)
10. I'm Your Baby Tonight (Album): 38 (18)
11. It's Not Right But it's Okay: 31 (15)
12. My Love is Your Love (single): 12 (6)
13. One Wish: 5 (7)

[Thanks Jim R.]



NEWSFILE: 12 MAY 2004
 


Brown To Stand Trial...

Bobby Brown was ordered to stand trial on charges he hit his wife, Whitney Houston.  Brown and Houston exchanged smiles during a 5-minute court hearing where Judge Barry Zimmerman ruled there was enough evidence to continue with the case against Brown.  The singer was ordered to turn himself in to authorities July 10 or 11 for fingerprinting when he would be released on a $2,000 bond. The judge also warned Brown again having "violent contact" with Houston. - Associated Press Report.


Whitney At Hearing...


Whitney Houston pictured with Bobby Brown at today's hearing in Atlanta.
 


News Footage...

View News Clip from 11 Alive News (Atlanta) from today's hearing which shows  Whitney Houston arriving and leaving court with Bobby Brown.

Sales Update...

An update on Whitney Houston's sales in the US for the week ending 2 May 2004 according to Neilson Soundscan:

1. The Greatest Hits (Album): 1,216 (1,041)
2. The Bodyguard: 402 (387)
3. Just Whitney: 234 (275)
4. The Greatest Hits (Video): 211 (220)
5. The Preacher's Wife: 189 (214)
6. Whitney Houston: 181 (172)
7. My Love is Your Love (Album): 130 (169)
8. Whitney: 120 (109)
9. The Star Spangled Banner: 94 (67)
10. I'm Your Baby Tonight (Album): 18 (22)
11. It's Not Right But it's Okay: 15 (15)
12. One Wish: 7 (11)
13. My Love is Your Love (single): 6 (6)
14. I Learned From the Best: 1 (2)

[Thanks Jim R.]



NEWSFILE: 5 MAY 2004
 


Brown To Face Charges...

R&B singer Bobby Brown will be in court Wednesday on charges that he hit his wife Whitney Houston in the face.  Brown, 34, is scheduled to appear before Fulton County Magistrate Judge Barry Zimmerman for a preliminary hearing. The outcome of the hearing will determine if there is enough evidence to go to trial on the misdemeanor battery charge. - Associated Press Report.



NEWSFILE: 4 MAY 2004
 


Soul Divas...

Billed as 'Soul Divas', tickets for Whitney Houston's four German shows in July with Natalie Cole and Dionne Warwick have now gone on sale - Click Here for details (links to German website).


Whitney Houston Interview...

Whitney Houston sat down for an interview with German publication Bild two weeks ago to discuss and promote the upcoming live shows with Natalie Cole and Dionne Warwick.  The interview was published in German and has been translated to English - please advise any errors or omissions.

Read the Whitney Houston Bild interview here.
Original German interview is located here.


NEWSFILE: 3 MAY 2004
 


Midnight Train To Georgia...

The producer of the Gladys Knight & The Pips' classic 'Midnight Train To Georgia', Tony Camillo, is interviewed today in the Newark Star-Ledger (Read The Star-Ledger Interview Here). Camillo mentions how he worked with Cissy Houston and The Sweet Inspirations on the Bazuka hit, 'Dynomite - Part 1'.

Camillo also discusses his involvement as producer of 'Midnight Train To Georgia' for Gladys Knight & The Pips saying: "What (songwriter Jim Weatherly) had written was called 'Midnight Plane to Houston.' I revamped it, because Gladys was from Georgia and I thought that was a perfect setup for her. I wanted to hear something unique -- pop and yet something that demonstrated that quality in her voice that she had at Motown. I wanted to maintain that urgency in her voice, but go pop with it."

Cissy Houston mentions in her autobiography, 'How Sweet The Sound - My Life With God & Gospel', that when she originally received and began to record the song, it was titled 'Midnight Plane to Houston'.  Thinking that no-one would really do such a thing, she recorded the song with producer Sonny Limbo as 'Midnight Train To Georgia' after approval from songwriter Jim Weatherly.

In Fred Bronson's book, 'The Billboard Book of Number One Hits' (Billboard, 1988), Jim Weatherly recalls events as follows: "It was based on a conversation I had with somebody... about taking a midnight plane to Houston...I wrote it as a kind of a country song. Then we sent the song to a guy named Sonny Limbo in Atlanta and he wanted to cut it on Cissy Houston... he asked if I minded if he changed the title to 'Midnight Train to Georgia.' And I said, I don't mind. Just don't change the rest of the song.'" 

Weatherly's publisher forwarded the song to Gladys Knight & The Pips, who followed Cissy Houston's lead and kept the title 'Midnight Train to Georgia', according to the Bronson's book, invalidating claims by Tony Camillo that he changed the song's title.

To listen to a short excerpt of Cissy Houston's 'Midnight Train To Georgia', Click Here (BBC Radio 2).  You can also link to the BBC Radio 2 Website and vote Cissy Houston's version as the better one.  The site also links to an excerpt of Jim Weatherly's original, 'Midnight Plane To Houston'.



NEWSFILE: 1 MAY 2004
 

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