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Saturday, August 15, 2009

WHITNEY HOUSTON PART III




I'm Your Baby Tonight is the third studio album by American pop/R&B singer Whitney Houston. Released in November 1990, the album peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart, went on to be certified 4x platinum in the United States, and spun two number-one hit singles – "I'm Your Baby Tonight" and "All The Man That I Need" which made her the female artist with the most number ones @ the time. With Clive Davis choosing most of the material for her previous albums, Houston was given more control this time in production and choosing producers and material. As a result, Houston took a more R&B sound featuring productions and collaborations with Babyface & LA Reid, Stevie Wonder, and Luther Vandross. The album is a mixture of uptempo rhythm new jack swing, mid-tempo R&B, and ballads. Houston arranged and co-produced on the album, including "I'm Knocking" with her tour musical director Rickey Minor, her first in that role. Following the run of this album, Houston continued to achieve widespread commercial success throughout the 1990s, venturing heavily into films—while continuing to record via their adjoining soundtrack albums. Subsequently, I'm Your Baby Tonight wouldn't be followed up with another studio album until 1998's My Love Is Your Love. Worldwide sales of the album stand at 10 million.







"I'm Your Baby Tonight" is the lead single and title track off Whitney Houston's third studio album of the same name. The song was produced by L.A. Reid and Babyface. Reid and Babyface had been an integral part of the New Jack Swing movement and would incorporate that sound into this single as well as other songs on Houston's album. The music video (directed by Julian Temple) features an edgier, rougher Houston (much different than she was in videos such as "How Will I Know" and "I Wanna Dance with Somebody") paying homage to the sounds of black music that have helped define her sound, paying tribute in simulation of the Harlem Renaissance (with Houston as Marlene Dietrich), Motown (most notably The Supremes as Houston uses cloning imagery to create two clones of herself), and Hollywood's Golden Age (with Houston dressed as Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face), finally returning to present day by the video's end. After having charted ten Top 10 hits (and seven consecutive number ones) on the Billboard Hot 100, Houston continued her chart momentum as "I'm Your Baby Tonight" would become her eleventh Top 10 hit and eighth number one. The song had an impressive debut at number 42 the week of October 20, 1990. Six weeks later, it hit number one, ending Mariah Carey's three-week run at the top with "Love Takes Time". "I'm Your Baby Tonight" spent only one week at number one, being knocked out by Stevie B's "Because I Love You (The Postman Song)". Altogether, the single spent seven weeks in the Top 10, twelve weeks in the Top 20, and fourteen consecutive weeks in the Top 40. It also reached number one on the Billboard R&B singles chart for two weeks. The single was certified Gold by the RIAA.






"All the Man That I Need" is the second single from the album I'm Your Baby Tonight, a number-one hit in the US. Houston's version of "All The Man That I Need" is a R&B/gospel-tinged song. It was written by Dean Pitchford and Michael Gore; a version was released by Linda Clifford a decade earlier. Houston's video for this song was directed by Peter Israelson (the same director for her "Greatest Love of All" and "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" singles). The video features Houston declaring her love for God, as she sings He is "all the man that I need". The song makes prominent use of a choir on the final chorus of the song. At this point, Whitney had achieved eight number one hits in the US in only four years. "All the Man That I Need" continued this success and became her ninth number-one on the Billboard Hot 100. It reigned for two weeks, from February 23, 1991 to March 8, 1991 and remained in the Top 40 of the chart for fifteen weeks. On other Billboard charts, the song was a smash, reaching number one on both component charts of the Hot 100, the Hot 100 Single Sales and Hot 100 Airplay, her first song to top both charts since "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" in 1988. It also reached Gold certification. Houston's song also reached number one for four weeks on the Adult Contemporary Chart, and for two weeks on the R&B Chart[2].. Also, the song was notable as being Houston's first release to top all the charts it was eligible on. Internationally, however, the song was only moderately successful, except in the UK, where it reached #13. It reached twenty-eight in both France and Switzerland, and number thirty-seven in Germany.








"Miracle" is the third single from Whitney Houston's multi-platinum third album, I'm Your Baby Tonight. It was written and produced by L.A. Reid and Babyface. The song is about a girl who had an abortion but later feels she made a mistake. In an interview at that time, Houston acknowledged the song was indeed about abortion and praised Babyface for digging so deep with the song's lyrical content. Not wanting to alienate any fans, however, the video for the song doesn't stick with the subject, instead showing Houston singing and various photographs injected periodically. The single reached #9 on the US Hot 100 (becoming her 13th Top Ten hit), #2 on the R&B Chart, and #4 on the Adult Contemporary Chart.
 




"My Name Is Not Susan" was the fourth single released from the album, I'm Your Baby Tonight. The song was produced by L.A. Reid and Babyface and written by Eric Foster White. In the song, the female protagonist's lover has mistakenly called her by his ex-girlfriend's name, "Susan," and receives a harsh rebuke for his mistake. In the songs music video, Houston is featured playing both herself and a character named "Susan." There is also a rare version of the video with a remix with rapper Monie Love. SonyBMG has posted this version of the video on YouTube. "My Name Is Not Susan" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 67, peaking at number 20. It remained in the Top 40 for six weeks; Houston's shortest showing at the time. It peaked at number eight on the R&B Singles Chart. "My Name Is Not Susan" was modestly received internationally, where it peaked at number 29 on the UK Singles Chart and a modest number 57 in Germany. In 1998, a remixed version of the song (remixed by Snap in 1991) charted in Germany and reached number 52, five places higher than the original did in 1991.

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