Whitney Off U.K. Top 100 After One Week
Whitney Houston's got trouble in the sales department abroad. Her Just Whitney is already
off the British charts after one week. The album was released there on Nov. 25 and hit the
charts the following week at No. 76. Now it's gone, which is very alarming indeed.
Here in the US, Hitsdailydouble is still counting the album sales for last week. Final
numbers should put Whitney at around No. 12 with around 190,000 copies sold. According to
the charts at Radio and Records, which measures airplay, no American radio stations are
playing any tracks from the album in any significant numbers.
All I can say is, "Holy smokes, Batman!" Houston has $20 million of Arista's
money in her bank account, an advance against sales. If the situation doesn't turn around,
Arista could try and bargain their way out of the deal they made with her $80
million left to go. It's happened before. Ask Mariah Carey.
What can Houston do? If she cares, that is. Get herself onto Leno, Letterman, Oprah,
Caroline Rhea, etc. Arrive on time, eliminate all shenanigans. Sing, sing, sing. Go to
major radio outlets and meet the programmers, do on-air interviews. Act responsibly.
Whatever she does, this is not the time to disappear, unless it's into a rehab program.
That's something the world will forgive her for.
NEWSFILE: 5 DECEMBER 2002