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Saturday, August 8, 2009

WHITNEY HOUSTON PART II




Whitney is the second studio album by American pop/R&B singer Whitney Houston, released on June 29, 1987 by Arista Records. The album became the first by a female artist ever to debut at #1 in the Billboard 200, and produced a then-record-equalling four #1 singles from one album. (This record was broken two months later when Michael Jackson's Bad album produced five #1's.) Whitney is one of only seven albums in music history to produce at least four #1 Hot 100 hits from the same album. This feat, along with the three #1's from her debut album, also gave Houston seven consecutive #1 songs, the most consecutive #1's by any musical act (a record she still holds). The most consecutive #1's title was previously held by both The Beatles and the Bee Gees with six each. The album had a more pop feel than the first album. Narada Michael Walden who produced the infectious "How Will I Know", on the first album produced 7 of the "Whitney" album's eleven tracks, 3 of which became Number 1's. Kashif, the producer of "You Give Good Love" contributed "Where You Are". Michael Masser who was responsible for several hits from Whitney's debut contributed Didn't We Almost Have it All and "You're Still My Man". You're Still My Man was originally recorded for the first album but was left off because Clive Davis felt it would be to much pop. Finally Jellybean Benitez contributed "Love Will Save The Day" The album sold over 20 million albums worldwide.










I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY (WHO LOVES ME) is the first single from the album Whitney. It was produced by Narada Michael Walden, and written by George Merrill and Shannon Rubicam of the band Boy Meets Girl, who had previously written the number-one Whitney Houston hit "How Will I Know". The original arrangement was more of a country tune but was transformed to make it a dance song by Walden. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 on June 27, 1987 (the same day that Houston's album Whitney debuted at number one, the first time ever by a female artist), and remained there for two weeks. It remained in the top forty of the Hot 100 for fourteen weeks, and was ranked fourth on the Year-End Chart. The song reached number one on the Hot 100 Single Sales chart for two weeks, and on the Hot 100 Airplay chart for three weeks, Houston's longest run at that time. It was also a milestone in Houston's career, as it sold enough units to be certified platinum, her first single to achieve this. It was also number one on the Adult Contemporary chart for three weeks, and reached number two on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks. It became Houston's first number-one on the Hot Dance Club Play chart. Internationally, Houston made the song a global smash, as it became her biggest hit at that point. It reached number one in over a dozen other countries, including the United Kingdom, West Germany, Australia, and Switzerland, propelling the parent album Whitney to number one in all of those countries as well. At 4.2 million sold globally, it is Houston's second best-selling single after "I Will Always Love You".





DIDN’T WE ALMOST HAVE IT ALL is the second single from the album Whitney, and was nominated for Song of the Year at the 1988 Grammy Awards. The song was written by Michael Masser and Will Jennings and was released in August 1987. Originally, another song was to be released as the second single, "For The Love Of You", but Arista Records decided to release "Didn't We Almost Have It All" instead. The single was number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 even though there was not a video for the song. A live performance of the song recorded during Houston's successful 1987–1988 Moment of Truth World Tour was played on MTV, VH1, and BET. The performance is from a Saratoga Springs, New York date. DIDN’T WE ALMOST HAVE IT ALL reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks, from September 26 to October 9, 1987. The song also topped both component charts, the Hot 100 Single Sales and Hot 100 Airplay, Houston's fourth song (and fourth consecutive release) to do so. The single was ranked twenty-second on the Billboard Hot 100 year-end charts (1987), and remained in the Billboard Hot 100 for seventeen weeks. It was her fifth number one single on the Billboard Hot 100, her fourth on the Billboard Hot 100 Single Sales, her fourth on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay, and her fifth on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Charts.



SO EMOTIONAL is the third single from the album Whitney, and was released in November 1987. SO EMOTIONAL was written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly , who also penned Madonna's "Like a Virgin" and Linda Ronstadt's "How Do I Make You". At this time Houston already had a string of five consecutive number-one hits on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. "So Emotional" went to the #1 position as well, giving her six consecutive number-one singles; putting her in a three-way tie with The Beatles and The Bee Gees. It became the first number-one of 1988, eventually receiving gold certification. The single remained in the Top 40 for fourteen weeks, and also reached number one on Billboard's Hot Dance Club Play chart."So Emotional" was ranked sixth on The Billboard Hot 100 year-end charts (1988). In the United Kingdom the song peaked at #5 in the UK Singles Chart in November 1987 and remained in the chart for 11 weeks. Elsewhere the single performed moderately well reaching twenty-one in France, twenty-six in Australia and thirty in Switzerland.




WHERE DO BROKEN HEARTS GO is the fourth single from the album, Whitney. The ballad was released in March 1988. The song was written by Frank Wildhorn and Chuck Jackson. Initially, Houston did not want to record the song, feeling there was no special message to convey. However, Arista Records CEO Clive Davis believed the song would go to number one if she recorded it, so she agreed. The single became Houston's seventh consecutive number one. Houston was already in a three-way tie with The Beatles and the Bee Gees; all three acts with six consecutive number-one singles in the U.S. WHERE DO BROKEN HEARTS GO gave her a record-breaking seven consecutive number-one singles, holding down the top spot for two weeks from April 23 to May 7, 1988. The song also topped both component charts, the Billboard Hot 100 Single Sales and Hot 100 Airplay and remained in the top forty for thirteen weeks. On other Billboard charts, the song fared well, reaching number one for three weeks on the Adult Contemporary chart and number two on the R&B chart. The song was ranked #33 on Billboard's year end chart in 1988 and #2 on its year end Adult Contemporary chart.

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