First Week Sales...
JUST WHITNEY... Captures Highest First Week Sales
of Her Career, as Fans Rally 'Round !!
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 18, 2002-- ABC "Primetime Live"
interview and "Good Morning America" street-date mini-concert broadcast kick off
205,000 unit first week sales feat and Top 10 debut!!!
Arista recording artist Whitney Houston's brand new album JUST WHITNEY... (in-store
December 10th) has won the highest first-week sales of her career with a Soundscan total
in excess of 205,000 units this past week, entering the Billboard 200 Album chart at #9
and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart at #3, it was announced today by Antonio
"L.A." Reid, President and CEO, Arista Records.
Bolstered by phenomenal reaction to her recent appearance on ABC's "Primetime
Live" with Diane Sawyer and a live street-date performance of four songs taped
outside New York's Lincoln Center and broadcast on ABC's "Good Morning America,"
including the album's current hit single, "One Of Those Days," Whitney has
re-established her sales base in a big way.
"Whitney's core following of loyal fans have rallied behind her in a way that
underscores a profound love affair with their favorite singer," said Mr. Reid.
"Their support of Whitney has resulted in another crowning achievement in a career
already filled with amazing accomplishments. I am thrilled that JUST WHITNEY... is an
album that has more than fulfilled expectations of fans all over the world."
Whitney's unprecedented one-hour interview on ABC's "Primetime Live" (broadcast
on Wednesday night, December 4th) was the highest-rated show of the evening, pulling in
more than 24 million viewers. Four days later, more than 5,000 fans braved frigid
temperatures to attend the Sunday afternoon outdoor mini-concert taping at Lincoln Center,
mc'd by "Good Morning America" co-anchor Diane Sawyer. Whitney's four-song set
was broadcast on "GMA" on Tuesday, December 10th, the first day that JUST
WHITNEY... went on sale.
Whitney's previous first week highest sales debuts during the Soundscan era (which began
in 1991) include 1995's Waiting To Exhale motion picture soundtrack (177,000 copies),
2000's Greatest Hits (158,000 copies), 1992's The Bodyguard soundtrack (145,000 copies),
and 1998's My Love Is Your Love (123,000). At the same time, news has poured in that JUST
WHITNEY... shipped gold in France, Italy, Switzerland, and Brazil and has sold over a
million units internationally.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE VISIT OUR WEBSITE AT www.arista.com
Arista Records, New York
Laura Swanson, 212/830-2317
SOURCE: Arista Records
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NEWSFILE: 18 DECEMBER 2002