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The Star Spangled Banner Will Be Re-Released...

Whitney Houston's Recording of 'The Star-Spangled Banner' Will Be Re-Released By Arista Records to Benefit the New York Police and Fire Departments' Disaster Relief Funds

NEW YORK, Sept. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Antonio "LA" Reid, President and CEO of Arista Records and Whitney Houston, announced today the imminent re-release of Whitney Houston's soaring rendition of "The Star Spangled Banner" as a commercial CD single (which will also include her version of "America the Beautiful"). Whitney Houston, The Whitney Houston Foundation for Children, Inc. and Arista Records are donating their royalties and net proceeds from the sale of the single to the New York Firefighters 9-11 Disaster Relief Fund and the New York Fraternal Order of Police, both benefiting the departments and their families affected by the tragedy at the World Trade Center.

"In a time of tragedy, Whitney Houston's recording of our National Anthem has comforted and inspired our nation," said Reid. "Whitney and the entire Arista family are proud to make this contribution to the ongoing relief effort."

Whitney Houston's performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" originates from the ABC Network telecast of Super Bowl XXV on January 27, 1991. In the days following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Arista Records and Whitney Houston responded to the President's call for all Americans to proudly fly the American flag by immediately re-releasing the patriotic anthem to radio stations across the country.

Arista Records

Acquired by Bertelsmann in 1979, and now at the core of BMG Entertainment, Arista is among the world's most consistently successful, all-time hitmaking record companies. The careers of countless new artists have been launched and nurtured at Arista and LaFace Records, while many established artists have also flourished and reached new audiences at the label. In addition to demonstrating its ability to break international artists in the U.S., Arista maintains high-profile joint ventures with a number of successful producers and songwriters. Arista released its first records in late-1974, earned its first RIAA gold record in January 1975, and celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2000.


NEWSFILE: 18 SEPTEMBER 2001

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