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Whitney Houston is inarguably one of the of the biggest female pop stars of all time. Her accomplishments as a hitmaker are extraordinary; just to scratch the surface, she became the first artist ever to have seven consecutive singles hit number one, and her 1993 Dolly Parton cover "I Will Always Love You" became nothing less than the biggest hit single in rock history. Houston was able to handle big adult contemporary ballads, effervescent, stylish dance-pop, and slick urban contemporary soul with equal dexterity; the result was an across-the-board appeal that was matched by scant few artists of her era, and helped her become one of the first black artists to find success on MTV in Michael Jackson's wake. Like many of the original soul singers, Houston was trained in gospel before moving into secular music; over time, she developed a virtuosic singing style given over to swooping, flashy melodic embellishments. The shadow of Houston's prodigious technique still looms large over nearly every pop diva and smooth urban soul singer -- male or female -- in her wake, and spawned a legion of imitators (despite some critics' complaints about over-singing). Always more of a singles artist, Houston largely shied away from albums during the '90s, releasing the bulk of her most popular material on the soundtracks of films in which she appeared. By the end of the decade, she'd gone several years without a true blockbuster, yet her status as an icon was hardly diminished.

Whitney Elizabeth Houston was born in Newark, NJ, on August 9, 1963; her mother was gospel/R&B singer Cissy Houston, and her cousin was Dionne Warwick. By age 11, Houston was performing as a soloist in the junior gospel choir at her Baptist church; as a teenager, she began accompanying her mother in concert (as well as on the 1978 album Think It Over), and went on to back artists like Lou Rawls and Chaka Khan. Houston also pursued modeling and acting, appearing on the sitcoms Gimme a Break and Silver Spoons. Somewhat bizarrely, Houston's first recording as a featured vocalist was with Bill Laswell's experimental jazz-funk ensemble Material; their 1982 album One Down placed Houston alongside such unlikely avant-gardists as Archie Shepp and Fred Frith. The following year, Arista president Clive Davis heard Houston singing at a nightclub and offered her a record contract. Her first single appearance was a duet with Teddy Pendergrass, "Hold Me," which missed the Top 40 in 1984.

Houston's debut album, Whitney Houston, was released in March 1985. Its first single, "Someone for Me," was a flop, but the second try, "You Give Good Love," became Houston's first hit, topping the R&B charts and hitting number three pop. Houston's next three singles -- the Grammy-winning romantic ballad "Saving All My Love for You," the brightly danceable "How Will I Know," and the inspirational "The Greatest Love of All" -- all topped the pop charts, and a year to the month after its release, Whitney Houston hit number one on the album charts. It eventually sold over 13 million copies, making it the best-selling debut ever by a female artist. Houston cemented her superstar status on her next album, Whitney; despite the unimaginative title, it became the first album by a female artist to debut at number one, and sold over nine million copies. Its first four singles -- "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" (another Grammy winner), "Didn't We Almost Have It All," "So Emotional," and "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" -- all hit number one, an amazing, record-setting run of seven straight (broken by "Love Will Save the Day"). In late 1988, Houston scored a Top Five hit with the non-LP single "One Moment in Time," recorded for an Olympics-themed compilation album.

Houston returned with her third album, I'm Your Baby Tonight, in 1990; a more urban-sounding, R&B-oriented record, it immediately spun off two number one hits in the title track and "All the Man That I Need." But the quality of the material was generally viewed as, overall, much weaker than her previous efforts, and following those two hits, sales of the album tapered off quickly, halting around four million copies. Nevertheless, Houston remained so popular that she could even take a recording of "The Star Spangled Banner" (performed at the Super Bowl) into the pop Top 20 -- though, of course, the Gulf War had something to do with that. In retrospect, the erratic quality of I'm Your Baby Tonight seemed to signal Houston's declining interest in making fully fleshed-out albums. Instead, she began to focus on an acting career, which she hadn't pursued since her teenage years; she also married singer Bobby Brown in the summer of 1992. Her first feature film, a romance with Kevin Costner called The Bodyguard, was released in late 1992; it performed well at the box office, helped by an ad campaign which seemingly centered around the climactic key change in Houston's soundtrack recording of the Dolly Parton-penned "I Will Always Love You." In fact, the ad campaign undoubtedly helped "I Will Always Love You" become the biggest single in pop music history. It set new records for sales (nearly five million copies) and weeks at number one (14), although those were later broken by Elton John's "Candle in the Wind 1997" and Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men's "One Sweet Day," respectively. Meanwhile, the soundtrack eventually sold an astounding 16 million copies, and also won a Grammy for Album of the Year.

Once Houston had stopped raking in awards and touring the world, she prepared her next theatrical release, the female ensemble drama Waiting to Exhale. A few months before its release at the end of 1995, it was announced that she and Brown had split up; however, they called off the split just a couple months later, and rumors about their tempestuous relationship filled the tabloids for years to come. Waiting to Exhale was released toward the end of the year, and the first single from the soundtrack, "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)," topped the charts; the album sold over seven million copies. For her next project, Houston decided to return to her gospel roots; the soundtrack to the 1996 film The Preacher's Wife, which naturally featured Houston in the title role, was loaded with traditional and contemporary gospel songs, plus guest appearances by Houston's mother, Shirley Caesar, and the Georgia Mass Choir. Houston also began making headlines for what appeared to be increasing unreliability, cancelling several TV and concert appearances due to illness.

In 1998, Houston finally issued a new full-length album, My Love Is Your Love, her first in eight years. Houston worked with pop/smooth soul mainstays like Babyface and David Foster, but also recruited hip-hop stars like Missy Elliott, Wyclef Jean, Lauryn Hill, and Q-Tip. The album sold even fewer copies than I'm Your Baby Tonight, but it received Houston's most enthusiastic reviews in quite some time. Moreover, it produced one of her biggest R&B chart hits (seven weeks at number one) in the trio number "Heartbreak Hotel," done with Faith Evans and Kelly Price. She also duetted with Mariah Carey on "When You Believe," a song from the animated film The Prince of Egypt. Unfortunately, Houston was also back in the tabloids in early 2000; she was arrested in Hawaii when airline authorities reportedly found marijuana in her luggage (the charges were later dismissed). Speculation about Houston's personal life only grew when she was dropped from the Academy Awards telecast that March, officially because of a sore throat, but reputedly due to poor rehearsals and a generally out-of-it air. Later in the year, Arista released the two-disc compilation Greatest Hits, which actually featured one disc of hits and one of remixes; it also included new duets with Enrique Iglesias, George Michael, and Deborah Cox. It was also announced that Houston had signed a new deal with Arista worth $100 million, requiring six albums from the singer. Her personal issues became even more public through the reality television series Being Bobby Brown, and she eventually divorced her husband and went into intense rehabilitation. An album of new material was initially set for release by the end of 2007, but delays pushed it -- titled I Look to You, featuring collaborations with Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz, R. Kelly, Akon, and Diane Warren -- back to September 2009.

Album: Whitney Houston (1985)


01. You Give Good Love
02. Thinking About You
03. Someone For Me
04. Saving All My Love For You
05. Nobody Loves Me Like You Do
06. How Will I Know
07. All At Once
08. Take Good Care Of My Heart
09. Greatest Love Of All
10. Hold Me


Album: Whitney (1987)


01. I Wanna Dance With Somebody
02. Just The Lonely Talking Again
03. Love Will Save The Day
04. Didn't We Almost Have It All
05. So Emotional
06. Where You Are
07. Love Is A Contact Sport
08. You're Still My Man
09. For The Love Of You
10. Where Do Broken Hearts Go
11. I Know Him So Well


Album: I'm Your Baby Tonight (1990)


01. I'm Your Baby Tonight
02. My Name Is Not Susan
03. All The Man That I Need
04. Lover For Life
05. Anymore
06. Miracle
07. I Belong To You
08. Who Did You Love
09. We Didn't Know
10. After We Make Love
11. I'm Knockin'


Album: The Bodyguard (1992)


01. I Will Always Love You
02. I Have Nothing
03. I'm Every Woman
04. Run To You
05. Queen Of The Night
06. Jesus Loves Me
07. Even If My Heart Would Break
08. Someday(I'm Coming Back)
09. It's Gonna Be A Lovely Day
10. (What's So Funny 'bout)Peace,Love And Understanding
11. Waiting For You
12. Trust In Me
13. Theme From The Bodyguard


Album: The Preacher's Wife (1996)


01. I Believe In You And Me
02. Step By Step
03. Joy
04. Hold On, Help Is On The Way
05. I Got The Rock
06. I Love The Lord
07. Somebody Bigger Than You And I
08. You Were Loved
09. My Heart Is Calling
10. I Believe In You And Me (Single Version)
11. Step By Step (Remix)
12. Who Would Imagine A King
13. HeВґS All Over Me
14. The Lord Is My Shepard
15. Joy To The World


Album: My Love Is Your Love (1998)


01. It's Not Right But It's Okay
02. Heartbreak Hotel
03. My Love Is Your Love
04. When You Believe
05. If I Told You That
06. In My Business
07. I Learned From The Best
08. Oh Yes
09. Get It Back
10. Until You Come Back
11. I Bow Out
12. You'll Never Stand Alone


Album: Greatest Hits (2000)



01. You Give Good Love
02. Saving All My Love for You
03. Greatest Love of All
04. All at Once
05. If You Say My Eyes Are Beautiful
06. Didn't We Almost Have It All
07. Where Do Broken Hearts Go
08. All The Man That I Need
09. Run To You
10. I Have Nothing
11. I Will Always Love You
12. Exhale (Shoop, Shoop)
13. Why Does It Hurt So Bad
14. I Believe In You And Me
15. Heartbreak Hotel
16. My Love Is Your Love
17. Same Script, Different Cast
18. Could I Have This Kiss Forever


01. Fine
02. If I Told You That
03. It's Not Right But It's Okay
04. My Love Is Your Love
05. Heartbreak Hotel (Hex Nector Mix)
06. I Learned From The Best (HQ2 Mix)
07. Step By Step (Junour Vasquez Mix)
08. I'm Every Woman (Clivilles & Cole Mix)
09. Queen Of The Night (CJ MacIntosh Mix)
10. I Will Always Love You (Hex Rector Mix)
11. Love Will Save The Day (Jellybean & David Morales Mix)
12. I'm Your Baby Tonight (Dronez Mix)
13. So Emotional (David Morales Mix)
14. I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) (Junior Vasquez Mix)
15. How Will I Know (Junior Vasquez Mix)
16. Greatest Love Of All (Juniour Vasquez Mix)
17. One Moment In Time
18. The Star Spangled Banner (Performed Live 12791 at Super Bowl XXV)


Album: Love, Whitney (2001)


01. Until You Come Back
02. I Have Nothing
03. Why Does It Hurt So Bad
04. You Give Good Love
05. All the Man That I Need
06. Where Do Broken Hearts Go
07. Just the Lonely Talking Again
08. Exhale (Shoop Shoop)
09. Miracle
10. For the Love of You
11. Saving All My Love for You
12. Run to You
13. I Believe in You and Me
14. Didn't We Almost Have It All
15. All at Once
16. I Will Always Love You


Album: Just Whitney (2002)


01. One Of Those Days
02. Tell Me No
03. Things You Say
04. My Love
05. Love That Man
06. Try It On My Own
07. Dear John Letter
08. Unashamed
09. You Light Up My Life
10. Whatchulookinat
11. Whatchalookinat (P. Diddy Remix)


Album: Artist Collection (2004)


01. Saving All My Love For You
02. Someone For Me
03. You Give Good Love
04. Greatest Love Of All
05. I Wanna Dance With Somebody
06. I Was Made To Love Him
07. Where Are You
08. You're Still My Man
09. For The Love Of You
10. I'm Your Baby Tonight
11. Miracle
12. Whatchalookinat
13. Hold Me
14. Its Not Right But Its Ok


Album: The Ultimate Collection (2007)


01. I Will Always Love You
02. Saving All My Love for You
03. Greatest Love of All
04. One Moment in Time
05. I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)
06. How Will I Know
07. So Emotional
08. When You Believe
09. Where Do Broken Hearts Go
10. I'm Your Baby Tonight
11. Didn't We Almost Have it All
12. Run to You
13. Exhale (Shoop Shoop)
14. If I Told You That
15. I Have Nothing
16. I'm Every Woman
17. It's Not Right But It's Okay
18. My Love is Your Love


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