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Is Whitney Back? Ask Clive

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

By Roger Friedman

The rumblings have been coming for some time: Whitney Houston is joining forces again with record company impresario Clive Davis. An announcement is said to be forthcoming.

Davis, of course, led Whitney to her tremendous successes before drugs and excess ruined her.

Houston's last album was recorded for Antonio "L.A." Reid at Arista after Clive's ouster and eventual triumphant return as the head of J Records (and now emperor of all he sees at newly merged Sony-BMG) with Alicia Keys, Rod Stewart and Luther Vandross.

Clive has pulled off many miracles in the past, but a Whitney comeback is sure to be his greatest achievement yet.

She has the pipes, that's for sure. And even some of the songs on that last album like "Try It On My Own" were not half bad. But Houston's drug addiction and the public spectacle she made of herself contributed to the album being a complete catastrophe.

Now it's not as if Davis is a saint, or even Oprah. He's not going to rebuild Whitney out of selflessness.

Houston owes BMG/Bertelsmann millions and millions of dollars stemming from the outsized deal Reid got the company into with her two years ago. I'm sure Davis's new partners at Sony looked at this deal and blanched.

But Clive will do it he always does. Expect to see Whitney at his pre-Grammy dinner in February, followed by an album release and multiple Grammy nominations in 2006.


NEWSFILE: 15 SEPTEMBER 2004
 

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