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WHITNEY THE GREATEST HITS' Video Hits RIAA Platinum.  Also, 2-CD/2-cassette collection passes double-platinum in U.S. and 5 million worldwide on the strength of duet singles with Enrique Iglesias ("Could I Have This Kiss Forever"), Deborah Cox ("Same Script, Different Cast"), and George Michael ("If I Told You That")

NEW YORK, Aug. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Arista recording artist Whitney Houston's first career-spanning long-form interactive DVD and VHS home video collection, WHITNEY - THE GREATEST HITS, has been certified platinum by the RIAA for U.S. sales in excess of 100,000 copies, it was announced today.

The video debuted at #1 on Billboard's Top Music Videos Soundscan chart on June 3rd and is now in its 14th week inside the top 10 on that chart. Its success is underscored by the phenomenal sales of the 2-CD/2-cassette WHITNEY - THE GREATEST HITS, certified double-platinum by the RIAA for U.S. sales in excess of 2 million units. Worldwide sales now top the 5 million mark after just three months.

The success of WHITNEY -- THE GREATEST HITS is linked to the three newly- recorded duet singles issued simultaneously in advance of the double-album's release: "Could I Have This Kiss Forever" with Enrique Iglesias; "Same Script, Different Cast" with fellow Arista artist Deborah Cox; and (in Europe) "If I Told You That" with George Michael.

At the heart of the video collection are Whitney's 21 classic music clips, from her first seven consecutive #1 singles of 1985-87 - "Saving All My Love For You," "How Will I Know," "Greatest Love Of All," "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)," "Didn't We Almost Have It All," "So Emotional," and "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" - through the hits from her multi-platinum album My Love Is Your Love: "Heartbreak Hotel," "My Love Is Your Love," "It's Not Right But It's Okay," and "I Learned From the Best." In addition, the interactive DVD enables the user to access rarely-seen performances spanning Whitney's entire career, from her premiere TV performance on The Merv Griffin Show in 1985, to "One Moment In Time" from the 1989 Grammy Awards, to "It's Not Right But It's Okay," from MTV All Access in 1999, and much more.

NEWSFILE: 30 AUGUST 2000

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