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It Happened Today...

[From London Free Press, Canada]

1991 Whitney Houston performed The Star-Spangled Banner at the Super Bowl game -- sort of. What the crowd heard was a pre-recorded version while Houston and an orchestra performed on the field. A blend of Houston's live vocals and the pre-recorded version, released as a single, became a hit because of patriotism sparked by the Persian Gulf War.

NEWSFILE: 27 JANUARY 2005
 


Refuel...

[From Contact Music]

Costner Uses DVD Release To Refuel Bodyguard Sequel

KEVIN COSTNER is using next week's (01FEB05) special DVD release of THE BODYGUARD to refuel talk about a sequel.

The new special edition DVD, which features never-seen-before-behind-the-scenes footage, has given Costner renewed energy in his bid to get a sequel to the hit 1992 film, which co-starred WHITNEY HOUSTON.

He says, "I think there's a window into that movie now."


Sales Update...

An update on Whitney Houston's sales in the US for the week ending 23 January 2005 according to Neilson Soundscan:

1. Whitney: The Greatest Hits (Album): 813 (+3%)
2. The Bodyguard: 307 (+5%)
3. Whitney: The Greatest Hits (Video): 168 (-16%)
4. The Preacher's Wife: 165 (-18%)
5. Whitney Houston: 129 (-19%)
6. My Love is Your Love (Album): 111 (+39%)
7. Whitney: 107 (-9%)
8. Just Whitney...: 104 (-15%)
9. The Star Spangled Banner: 47 (+18%)
10. One Wish: The Holiday Album: 18 (-53%)
11. Itís Not Right But itís Okay: 9 (+13%)
12. I'm Your Baby Tonight (Album): 9 (-18%)

[Thanks Jim R.]

NEWSFILE: 26 JANUARY 2005
 


Feel The Pulse...

In conjunction with Black History Month on VH1 during February, the music network will air Def Jams, an hour long documentary that looks at the evolution of Black music during the 80s and the rise of artist such as Whitney Houston during that era.  During the month, VH1 will also re-air the Whitney Houston Driven documentary.  Read the full PRNewswire press release.
 

NEWSFILE: 24 JANUARY 2005
 


The Bodyguard Special Edition...

Business Wire Report: "The Bodyguard" -- starring Academy Award(R) winner Kevin Costner ("Dances With Wolves," "Field of Dreams," "Tin Cup," "JFK") and multi-Grammy(R) award winning singer/actress Whitney Houston ("The Preacher's Wife," "Waiting to Exhale," "Cinderella") -- will arrive for the first time in widescreen on February 1 from Warner Home Video (WHV). In plenty of time for Valentine's Day gift-giving and loaded with previously unavailable bonus content, including Whitney Houston's music video "I Will Always Love You," (Read full report here).


Release Date News...

According to SonyBMG Poland, Whitney Houston's album could be set for early November release.  Bear in mind that recording had yet to begin at the end of last year and album release dates are known to be very changeable.

[Thanks Sylwia]


Sales Update...

An update on Whitney Houston's sales in the US for the week ending 16 January 2005 according to Neilson Soundscan:

1. Whitney: The Greatest Hits (Album): 793 (-10%)
2. The Bodyguard: 291 (+3%)
3. Whiney: The Greatest Hits (Video): 201 (-25%)
4. The Preacher's Wife: 200 (+49%)
5. Whitney Houston: 159 (-6%)
6. Just Whitney: 123 (+3%)
7. Whitney...: 117 (-16%)
8. My Love is Your Love (Album): 80 (-29%)
9. The Star Spangled Banner: 40 (+11%)
10. One Wish: The Holiday Album: 38 (-72%)
11. I'm Your Baby Tonight (Album): 11 (+57%)
12. Itís Not Right But itís Okay: 8 (-)

[Thanks Jim R.]


NEWSFILE: 20 JANUARY 2005
 


All The Right Reasons...

[From New York Daily News]

Excert from Liz Smith's syndicated column:

WE'RE ALL KEYED UP for the Oscars Feb. 27, but an always sizzling show-biz event happens before that movie night of nights. Yes, we do mean Clive Davis' pre-Grammy fete at the Beverly Hills Hotel Feb. 12.

Now that the Oscars have been moved up to February instead of March, you can expect not only the creme de la creme of music, but a lot of actors hoping to snare a naked golden guy showing up for Clive. (OK, they will show up to be seen, but everybody loves Clive, anyway!)

I imagine, now that she is being produced once again by Clive, that Whitney Houston is a sure bet at this event. Her appearance at last year's American Music Awards, honoring Clive, her mentor and discoverer, was stunning. For all the right reasons.


NEWSFILE: 17 JANUARY 2005
 


March...

[From People Magazine]

Whitney Houston: BMG North America chair and CEO Clive Davis, the guru behind Houston's biggest hits, reteams with the singer in March to record what he calls an "album of Whitney Houston music." But will expected appearances on troubled hubby Bobby Brown's upcoming VH1 reality series, and historically erratic behavior, sideline her yet again? "Whitney knows that it's up to her," says Davis, who expects to beat the disappointing 1 million sales for 2002's Just Whitney... "Nobody has to lecture her. She knew what she was getting into when she came onto this." Just remember Whitney: "Crack is wack."

There is a small pic of her and Bobby. She is wearing a white top and her hair is short. Looks like it's from 2004.

NEWSFILE: 14 JANUARY 2005
 


Bryan-Michael Cox...

This MTV News report suggests Whitney Houston has a collaboration with producer Bryan-Michael Cox in the works.

[Thanks Rhoemi]

NEWSFILE: 13 JANUARY 2005
 


2004 Sales...

This is how Whitney Houston's recordings performance in sales over 2004:

1. One Wish: The Holiday Album: 63,926
2. Whitney: Greatest Hits: 60,830
3. The Bodyguard: 20,220
4. Just Whitney...: 14,425
5. The Preacher's Wife: 12,235
6. Whitney Houston: 9,710
7. My Love is Your Love: 8,400
8. Whitney: 6,585
9. I'm Your Baby Tonight: 1,450

[Thanks Jim R.]

NEWSFILE: 11 JANUARY 2005
 


Whitney 2005...

What do the stars have in store for 2005?

USA Today includes Whitney Houston in their report on the celebrities they have on their 'radar' for 2005:

After a stint in rehab, songbird Houston, 41, has declared 2005 to be her "new beginning." She returns to the spotlight this year with a new album produced by mentor Clive Davis and a concert tour. Does she still have it? Judging by her comeback performance at September's World Music Awards, we'd say things are looking up for Mrs. Bobby Brown.

[Thanks Alonzo]


NEWSFILE: 6 JANUARY 2005
 


End Of Year UK Top 200...

Whitney: The Greatest Hits is listed at No.173 in the Top 200 Albums of 2004 in the UK.

[Thanks Amit K.]


NEWSFILE: 5 JANUARY 2005
 


Whitney In London's 500...

Whitney Houston features four times on Capital FM's Top 500 2004.  Listeners were asked to nominate their top 3 songs of all time.

Click Here or on image to see which four songs and what place they rank for London.


NEWSFILE: 1 JANUARY 2005
 

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