Los Angeles Times: Whitney Houston caps
comeback with No. 1 album
Whitney Houston debuted at
the top of the Billboard charts with her comeback album 'I Look To You'.
Despite a much-publicized misstep last week on "Good Morning America," the
songstress still sold over 304,000 copies of her first studio disc in seven
years. Houston beat back a challenge from teen singing sensation Miley
Cyrus, whose new EP, "The Time of Our Lives," moved 153,000 units
exclusively at Wal-Mart.
While the reviews for "I Look to You" were mixed, this ringing endorsement
from the public could be just the boost that Houston needs to get back in
the Grammy game. The album was released on the last day of Grammy
eligibility so that it will be most fresh on voters' minds when they check
off their nomination ballots in October.
Houston has won six Grammys, including the recording academy's two highest
honors — best record ("I Will Always Love You") and album ("The Bodyguard")
of the year (1993). That soundtrack spent 20 weeks at No. 1 while the single
reigned supreme for 14 weeks. That was Houston's last time at the top of the
Houston first came to fame with a self-titled debut disc in 1985 that went
to No. 1 and won her a Grammy for best pop vocal performance and contended
for the top prize of album of the year (Phil Collins won for "No Jacket
Required"). And she earned an Emmy for her performance of "Saving All My
Love For You" on that Grammycast. Her single "The Greatest Love of All" lost
record of the year the following year to "Higher Love" by Steve Winwood.
Houston won another pop vocal Grammy in 1987 for "I Wanna Dance With
Somebody," off her second album, "Whitney," which also went to the top of
the charts. That disc also competed for album of the year but lost to U2 for
"The Joshua Tree."
Her third studio album, 1990's "I'm Your Baby Tonight," did not net her any
Grammys and did not go to No. 1. Three years later, her top-selling
rendition of the Dolly Parton tune "I Will Always Love You" also won her a
third pop vocal Grammy.
Houston's fourth studio album, "My Love Is Your Love," included the track
"It's Not Right but It's Okay," which won her a sixth Grammy, completing her
current collection, for R&B vocal performance in 1999. Her last mainstream
album, "Just Whitney," was released in 2002 but did not contend at the
Grammys. Neither did her 2003 holiday album, "One Wish."
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