WHITNEY HOUSTON

Release: February 1985

Executive Producer: Clive Davis

 

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 (with Jermaine Jackson)

06. How Will I Know

07. All At Once

08. Take Good Care Of My Heart (with Jermaine Jackson)

09. Greatest Love Of All

10. Hold Me (with Teddy Pendergrass)

 

Whitney Houston, her debut album, was released on February 14, 1985 by Arista Records. The album initially had a slow commercial response but began getting more popular since the summer of 1985. Eventually it topped the Billboard 200 for fourteen weeks in 1986 and generated three number-one singles - "Saving All My Love For You", "How Will I Know" and "Greatest Love Of All", making it the first debut album and the first album by a female artist to achieve that. The album was one of those very rare cases that enjoyed global success by a new black female artist, topping the charts in many countries such as Canada, Australia, Norway and Sweden, peaking at #2 in the United Kingdom, Germany and Switzerland. The album was certified with Diamond for shipments of 10 million units or more on March 16, 1999, and later thirteen times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America on July 29, 1999. It has sold over 25 million copies worldwide, becoming one of the best-selling albums of all time.

 

At the 1986 Grammy Awards, Whitney Houston received four nominations including 'Album Of The Year' and won 'Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female' for "Saving All My Love For You". In 1987, the album earned another nomination for "Greatest Love Of All" as 'Record Of The Year'.

 

Released on February 14, 1985, Whitney Houston debuted on the Billboard 200 the week of March 30, 1985, at number 166. Sales were low initially. However, with the success of the first single "You Give Good Love", the album began climbing the charts and finally reached the number one on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart (formerly "Top Black Albums") in June and the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 (formerly "Top Pop Albums") in August 1985. Thanks to successive hit singles and winning at the Grammys, eventually Whitney Houston topped the Billboard 200 in March 1986. With the album taking 50 weeks to hit the number one, it became the slowest climb to the top of the charts since Fleetwood Mac took 58 weeks to reach the top in 1976, with the band's second eponymous album. Whitney Houston spent fourteen non-consecutive weeks at the top of Billboard 200 from March until late June 1986, which was one week short of tying Carole King's record of fifteen weeks for the longest stay at #1 by a female artist on the album chart (Houston would gain the title when "The Bodyguard Original Soundtrack Album" spent 20 weeks at #1). It was the second-longest running #1 album among the debut albums in Billboard history, behind Men At Work's "Business As Usual", which had fifteen weeks on top in 1982-83. The album exhibited massive staying power, remaining on the Billboard 200 for 162 weeks. It also spent a record 46 weeks in the Top 10, beating Carole King's record with "Tapestry". But the record was later broken by some artists in 1990s. Whitney's debut was the best-selling album of 1986 in the United States and the "#1 Album Of The Year" on 1986 Billboard Year-End Charts, making her the first female artist to earn that distinction. She became also the "#1 Pop Artist Of The Year". The Recording Industry Association Of America certified it with Diamond on March 16, 1999 and later thirteen times platinum on July 29, 1999, for shipments of 13,000,000 copies of the album in United States. The album was successful worldwide. In the United Kingdom, it peaked at #2 and spending 119 weeks on the charts. It was certified six times platinum for shipments of 1,800,000 units of the album, becoming the fifth best-selling album of 1986. In Canada, the album reached the top spot and remained there for seventeen weeks to become the longest stay at the summit by a female artist. On March 31, 1987, it was certified ten times platinum for sales of over one million copies, making it the best-selling album of 1986, and later certified with Diamond. Whitney Houston was also the 1986's Top Selling Album in Australia, staying at number one for eleven weeks, the longest stay by a female artist at the time. It became the first time an African American artist had a #1 Album in Australia. In Japan, the album was ranked #2 on list of the 1986's best-selling album by a foreign artist, with a total of 450,000 units, only behind Madonna's "True Blue". Besides, the album reached the number one spot in Norway for ten weeks and in Sweden for six weeks, the #2 in Germany, Switzerland, and the #3 in Austria and New Zealand. Worldwide, Whitney Houston has sold over 25 million copies, becoming one of the best-selling albums in the 1980s.

 

The label wanting Whitney to have a solid urban fanbase first, released "You Give Good Love" as the first single. The soulful ballad would top the R&B Chart and surprise the label by crossing over and reaching #3 on the Pop Chart while the singer was playing at nightclubs in the United States. The jazzy-pop "Saving All My Love For You" was released next and really put her on the map. The single was an even bigger success hitting number one on the Billboard Hot 100. It would reach number one in the United Kingdom and was successful around the world. With her first number one, Whitney began appearing on high profile talk shows and became the opening act for Jeffrey Osborne and Luther Vandross. "Thinking About You" was released as the single only to R&B-oriented radio stations. It peaked at #10 on the Hot Black Singles Chart and at #24 on the Hot Dance/Disco Club Play Chart. In the late 1985, "How Will I Know" was released as the third single officially. With its colorful and energetic video, the song brought the singer to the teens and MTV, which black artists have traditionally found tough to crack. It became another number one single for Whitney, topping the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Black Singles Chart respectively. The final single,"Greatest Love Of All", would become the biggest hit off the album with a three week stay atop the Hot 100. As a result, it became the first debut album - and the first album by a female artist - ever to generate three number one singles. With "Greatest Love Of All" and Houston's debut album both at #1 on the Singles and Albums Chart, respectively, she became the first female artist to have the #1 Pop Single and Album simultaneously since Kim Carnes in 1982 with "Bette Davis Eyes" and "Mistaken Identity". "All At Once" was released only to Adult Contemporary and Urban AC stations as a radio airplay-only single later in 1986. It received heavy airplay and can still be heard on AC stations. However the single received an official release in Japan and many European countries.

 

WHITNEY

Release: June 1987

Executive Producer: Clive Davis

 

01. I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)

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 (with Cissy Houston)

 

Whitney, her second studio album, was released in the United States on June 2, 1987 by Arista Records as the follow-up to the best selling debut album. The album met the expectations of many people and was sensationally popular after its release. With this album, Whitney set historic records on the charts. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 the issue of June 27, 1987, becoming the first album by a female artist, and only the fifth album by a solo artist. The album remained at the top for eleven consecutive weeks, creating a record; the most cumulative weeks (twenty-five weeks) at number one on the Billboard 200 by a female artist during 1980s. Its first four singles - "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)", "Didn't We Almost Have It All", "So Emotional" and "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" all peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, making her the first female artist to achieve that. In addition, along with three straight number one singles from the debut album, those of which that established an unprecedented seven consecutive number-one hits by a performer, surpassing the Beatles and the Bee Gees. As well as in United States, the album and the first single, "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)", were enormous hits worldwide, topping the charts in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and mainland Europe. She became an international star with this album, which made her the era's top female star. Whitney was certified nine times platinum on November 29, 1995.

 

At the 1988 Grammy Awards, the album received three nominations including 'Album Of The Year', winning her second Grammy for 'Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female' ("I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)".

 

With the highly anticipated release of her second album Whitney, Houston became the first female artist to debut at number one in the history of the Billboard 200 (formerly the "Top Pop Albums" chart). It made her the fourth artist to achieve that overall. The album topped the chart for eleven consecutive weeks, the longest run among the releases that reached peak position of the year. The album was Whitney's fastest-selling album in the United States at that time, with four million copies shipped within the first three months of its release. It was certified nine times platinum for shipping 9 million copies in the United States alone on November 29, 1995. Whitney was a smash hit worldwide. In the United Kingdom, the album debuted at number one on June 13, 1987 and remained there for six weeks. There through, Whitney became the first album to debut at number one in the U.S. and in the UK both. It was the 1987's third best-selling album in the UK, and was ranked number six on the list of "The Best-Selling Albums of the 1980s in the UK". In Canada, the album topped the charts for eleven weeks, being the third best-selling album in 1987. In addition, it peaked at number one in Germany for eleven weeks, Italy for five weeks, Norway for eleven weeks, the Netherlands for six weeks, Switzerland for eleven weeks, Austria for two weeks, Sweden for four weeks, Australia for three weeks, New Zealand for two weeks. As a result of massive popularity across Europe, the album topped the European Top 100 Albums Chart for eight weeks in 1987. In Japan, with sales of 384,000 copies, the album became the third best-selling album of 1987. In 1988, "Whitney" was certified six times platinum in Canada. It was also certified platinum in Germany, the Netherlands and Finland, respectively, two times platinum in Switzerland, Austria and Sweden, respectively. In November 2006, Whitney was ranked number fourty-seven for sales of 2.2 million, making it her biggest-selling album in the UK, on list of "100 Best-Selling Albums Of All Time".

 

Whitney produced a then-record-equalling four number one singles from one album, making it the first album by a female artist, and overall only the second album by a solo artist, behind Michael Jackson's "Bad", yielded five number ones. The album is one of only seven albums in music history to generate at least four number one Hot 100 hits from the same album. With the three number ones from her debut album, also gave Whitney seven consecutive number one songs; a record for the most consecutive number ones by any musical act. The most consecutive #1's title was previously held by both the Beatles and the Bee Gees with six each. The first single released from the album, "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)", made its debut at #38, her highest debut at the time, on the Billboard Hot 100, the issue dated May 16, 1987, and reached the top position in six weeks later, becoming her fourth number one hit. The single was a massive success globally, becoming one of her signature song. In the United Kingdom, it entered the UK Singles Chart at #10 on May 23, 1987 and reached the number one two weeks later, staying there for two weeks. It sold 760,000 copies and became her best-selling single in the country at the point. The single also peaked at number one in Australia for five weeks, Belgium for three weeks, Canada for a week, Germany for five weeks, Italy for one week, the Netherlands for four weeks, New Zealand for four weeks, Norway for seven weeks, Sweden for six weeks, and Switzerland for six weeks. Thanks to its strong sales and airplay across Europe, it went to top position of the European Hot 100 Singles Chart and remained at the summit for eight weeks. In addition, it was certified Gold in UK, Canada, and Sweden. At the time, it was her biggest hit single, selling 4.2 million copies worldwide. The power ballad "Didn't We Almost Have It All", was released as the album's second single in August 1987. It peaked at number one on the Hot 100 chart on September 26, 1987 and stayed on the top for two weeks. It also topped the Hot Adult Contemporary Chart for three weeks, becoming her fifth chart-topper. The album's third and fourth singles, "So Emotional" and "Where Do Broken Hearts Go", both reached the number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1988, becoming her sixth and seventh number one hits, respectively. The former became her second number one hit on Hot Dance Club Songs Chart and was certified Gold for shipments of 500,000 copies by the RIAA on December 6, 1995. The latter peaked at number one Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Chart for three weeks. The fifth and final single to be released off the album, "Love Will Save The Day" peaked at #9 on the Hot 100. "I Know Him So Well" was released as a single in Australia, Germany, Netherlands and Spain.

 

Whitney Houston once again graced the music masses with her vibrant presence and astounding vocal abilities. This formidable combination led to the creation of an album that would redefine music industry standards for a recording artist and ultimately her legacy.

Whitney returned to the studio determined to capitalize on her newfound stardom as a solo recording artist on one of the most prominent music labels in the country. Her show stopping talents were on full display and she more than lived up to the extraordinary expectations placed on her after her groundbreaking debut effort.

This album would see Houston’s career ascend to heights unknown by not only a female recording artist, but a Black recording artist. Her popularity among the new MTV generation was at an all-time high and the demand to have more Black recording artists featured on the channel became a priority. With her model physique and soul stirring vocal capabilities, Whitney was able to open doors for other Black artists during this time period in the same vein as Michael Jackson.

Under the tutelage of the legendary Clive Davis, her music would evolve into a more pop friendly direction. Following a similar format from her debut album, Davis enlisted the help of legendary producers Narada Michael Walden, Kashif, Michael Masser and Jellybean to solidify Whitney as the single biggest act in the recording industry. Houston’s incomparable vocals were showcased on a stellar mixture of up tempo songs and ballads. As a result, Whitney remained a dominant force on the Pop and R&B music charts.

Between the months of September 1986 and February 1987 Whitney was recorded at Tarpan Studios in San Rafael, California and various studios in New York, New York. Two years after releasing her debut, Whitney would become one of the greatest recording artists on the planet.

Narada Michael Walden, the producer of seven tracks for the album share his vision for creating a definitive record. Walden recalls how he first became involved with Whitney on her previous album and how he was chosen to do more production work for her follow up.

"It’s very simple really," says Walden. "How Will I Know" was the fourth single and the fastest rising single off of Whitney’s first album. It was done very quickly by us and it was appreciated by Clive Davis. Jerry Griffith and Clive were happy that I could work with her so quickly. When the time came to do the second album, Clive began to show me songs that he was liking. We took those songs and moved quickly because they wanted a fast, but quality turn around on the product. Where they were at during that time it would have taken them years and years to make an album. So we worked quickly on the songs they were choosing. I remember Whitney really wanted to record a cover version of "For The Love Of You". It was the first song we cut for that album here at Tarpan Studios. She came in and we started doing her background vocals on the Isely Brothers track ‘For The Love Of You’ and it sounded so heavenly hearing her sing all of her own background parts. This is how we started making the second album."

Walden discusses how arduous the process was during the making of the album and how easy it was working with Whitney.

"It was a lot of work putting together this album," says Walden. "One day, she would come into the studio at 4pm and sing from 7 to 8 pm. I would be there much earlier working on other things. After she would be done singing, I would get as much as I could from a production standpoint and stay until 1 or 2 am. I would put all of the best bits together and leave. I would tell my engineer to stay from 1 or 2 am until 6 am to bring it all together so it would be a seamless transition once I received the tapes from the recording in my hotel room when I’d wake up the next morning. I’d wake up at 8 or 9 am in the hotel to study all of that tape to return to the studio at 12 in the afternoon to tweak everything before she returned to work with us again at 4pm. So when she’d hear it all the next day she’d say, "Wow that sounds incredible! It sounds done." It was indeed done and we just had to add a little riff or harmony here and there to finish up the record. All of the raw energy she had from the day before would be in the recording, but it took us a lot of time to put together in one day because we had to stay up all hours of the night to edit it. But that was the best way to get the results out of Whitney so she wouldn’t lose momentum. If you do things quickly with her, she would stay excited and couldn’t wait to try the next parts. That was the trick for her. Everyone has a different type of psyche. Speed for Whitney was important. It stayed fun for her and it didn’t become a drag. She could hit all of the notes, but then the trick became putting all of the pieces of the puzzle together. Making records are like putting together puzzles because when one line ends it goes into another. It’s important that everything ties in together. To work with her was a great tool. She was wonderful in taking direction as well. We were an excellent team together and I’m very happy with the results of our collaborations. We just had that certain type of magic."

Walden spoke on his mindset as a producer when it came to producing songs for the album.

"You pray to God for the right inspirations," says Walden. "And with the songs Clive and them were picking you want to do your best to make them turn out great. My goal in producing a pop song is making it for everyone. I want to make it work for the people in the ghettos, Whites, Blacks, and just people all over the world."

Walden remembers how the lead single "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" came to fruition.

"On ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ I brought in the handclaps and things that really make the song swing for everyone," says Walden. "I brought out the 808 bass drums, which were brand new at that time to bring in some more flavor for the record. I had to think about how to make the sound unique and how it was going to work with a hit chorus. I also had to think about how it was going to hit on the dance floors in New York, Detroit and Europe. Good things usually happens when you get a good spirit of happiness and a dose of funk in the music. If you have the funk, then the rhythm can travel around and around and it will effect you. When I received "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" it was a pop demo so I had to try to make it more ghetto. Ghetto meaning more Black, more rough and more ready for the club. I brought in Randy Jackson to play the mote bass on the record and the guitar part is being really funked out by Corrado Rustici. Preston Glass was involved with helping me program some of the drum machines at that time. Whitney sang the song beautifully. I recall when we got to the ending where she was singing, ‘Say you want to dance, don't you want to dance, say you want to dance,’ I thought it was great for a B chorus idea and it turned into a chant. The chant took the song up another notch and it became a number one smash hit across the entire world."

"I Wanna Dance With Somebody" went on to peak at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, #2 on the Billboard R&B Singles Chart and #1 on the UK Singles Chart. It helped to generate steam for the sales of Whitney after its release. This single soared to the top of the charts in 11 different countries during the calendar year of 1987 and it became one of Houston’s signature songs across the globe.

The second single to be released from the album would be the heartfelt ballad, "Didn’t We Almost Have It All". It was written and produced by Michael Masser. "Didn’t We Almost Have It All" peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, #2 on the Billboard R&B Singles Chart and #14 on the UK Singles Chart.

The next song to be released from the album would be the infectious up tempo record, "So Emotional". Walden briefly recalls why it was chosen to be on the album; "The song ‘So Emotional’ is one song I remember Clive Davis picking because he thought it was going to be a number one record."

"So Emotional" was written by Billy Steinberg and Tom Kelly and it became the third consecutive number one record from this album for Houston placing her in esteemed company. This song became her sixth number one record tying a previous mark set by the Beatles and the Bee Gees. It peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, #2 on the Billboard R&B Singles Chart and #5 on the UK Singles Chart.

The next single to be released from the album would be the iconic "Where Do Broken Hearts Go". Walden spoke on the historical significance of the record and the inspiration behind it.

"’Where Do Broken Hearts Go’ was the seventh number one song in a row for Whitney," says Walden. "This song beat the Beatles record of having six number one songs in a row. This triumph made not only Clive Davis proud, but everyone who was associated in making the record. This song once again visited the topic of going deep into your heart where it’s hurt and how do you transfer that pain so people can feel it like when you hear Jimmy Ruffin’s old Motown hit, ‘What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted.’ See, this is how I get my inspiration. I think of records from other eras that really touched me because of how they felt. I tried to duplicate it in a song such as ‘Where Do Broken Hearts Go.’ It has be that kind of heart wrenching request to God asking, ‘Where can this pain go?” It’s one of the reasons why it feels so beautiful because it’s the honest request and an honest answer."

"Where Do Broken Hearts Go" peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, #2 on the Billboard R&B Singles Chart and #14 on the UK Singles Chart.

The final two singles to be released from the album would be the dance record "Love Will Save The Day" written by Toni C. and produced by John "Jellybean" Benitez and "I Know Him So Well" written by Tim Rice, Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus and produced by Narada Michael Walden.

"Love Will Save The Day" peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, #5 on the Billboard R&B Singles Chart and #10 on the UK Singles Chart.

Walden recollects the experience of working with Houston and her mother during the recording of "I Know Him So Well" and a story of working with her previously.

"I Know Him So Well" came from a play called Chess," says Walden. "This song was also chosen by Clive Davis. He was touched by the song when he heard it during the play and he wanted Whitney to record the song. I was so grateful to have Cissy Houston and Whitney come here to record the song with me. It was a knock out to hear the mother singing to the daughter and the daughter singing to the mother about God."

"I Know Him So Well" was only released as a single in Australia, Germany, Netherlands and Spain.

Walden provides insight on how the remaining songs of the album came together.

"’Just The Lonely Talking Again’ was a song chosen by Clive Davis and he was crazy about that song," says Walden. "He said he had to have that intimate feel on the record. I broke out the brushes out on my snare drums and gave that type of vibe throughout the entire song. Everything on the record was very delicate and her vocals were seamless. I was really trying to make the song smoky."

"’Love Is a Contact Sport’ was a song written by the great Preston Glass. He helped bring that song to us and Clive loved it. We were off to the races after we received the green light from Clive. We sought out to make the song smoking hot for Whitney. Whitney’s vocals on that record and on all of the records were just so powerful. She had a sound and a bolt of electricity in her voice and soul that was so easy to feel in her every move. It’s one of the many reasons why she has become the star she is not to mention she’s absolutely gorgeous to look at."

"’For The Love Of You’ is a song Whitney wanted to record badly. It was the first song we cut for the album. All of the background vocal parts were so intricate that we had to get those done first. Kenny G played a saxophone solo on this record as well."

The remaining songs on the album were "Where You Are" written by LeMel and Dyan Humes and James Calabrese and produced by Kashif and "You’re Still My Man" written by Gerry Goffin and Michael Masser and produced by Michael Masser.

Walden remembers a brief conversation about how Whitney felt before the release of the album.

"I recall asking Whitney when we were in New York was she nervous about the second album coming out," says Walden. "She told me, ‘No, I’m not nervous because if they loved me the first time, they will love me now.’ I was so taken aback by her confidence and I told her she was a whole new breed of artist."

Whitney peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200 in the early summer of 1987 and it found its way to the top of the charts in ten different countries. Houston became the first female recording artist to have an album debut at #1 on the Billboard Music Charts. It stayed atop the charts for eleven consecutive weeks and on the Billboard 200 for an unprecedented seventy five weeks between 1987 and 1988. The album has achieved multi-platinum status in 12 countries and its lasting effect on popular culture is undeniable. To this day, it’s regarded as the one of the greatest albums from the 1980s and remains one the highest selling albums of her career. This album earned a plethora of Grammy, Billboard, American Music Award and Soul Train Music Award nominations and wins for Houston. "Whitney" set the standard for other Pop infused R&B records for not only the remainder of the 1980s, but to present day. Every aspiring female vocalist in any genre has been influenced by the vocal prowess of Houston. This album has been recognized for every award under the sun and rightfully so. It contains all of the essential ingredients for a classic album and it shall be remembered as being one of the greatest albums ever recorded.

Walden mentions how important Whitney was in shaping the sound of the next generation.

"She was truly a phenomenon," says Walden. "Every now and then someone like a Whitney Houston will come along and change everything. There was a new standard to aspire to when Whitney arrived on the scene. There was also a new standard on how to sing a ballad, how to produce a ballad, how to have number one records with a ballad and how to have number one records with dance songs. Every now and then there is a new step for humanity. I think Whitney forged new ground with her performances and just overall. We had a new way to look at this whole music game. She took from the elegance of Diana Ross, the power of Aretha Franklin mixed with some Lena Horne, Josephine Baker and her cousin Dionne Warwick. When you put all of those factors together, you get Whitney Houston. We all had to surrender to her talent. She had a gift that God put together in his own unique and special way."

 

I'M YOUR BABY TONIGHT

Release: November 1990

Executive Producer: Clive Davis

 

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 Do You Love

09. We Didn't Know (with Stevie Wonder)

10. After We Make Love

11. I'm Knockin' 

 

I'm Your Baby Tonight, Whitney's third studio album, was released by Arista Records on November 6, 1990. Following the run of this album, Whitney 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 would not be followed up with another studio album until 1998's My Love Is Your Love.

 

In the United States, I'm Your Baby Tonight debuted at #22 on the Billboard 200, the issue dated November 24, 1990. In its second week, it leaped to #5 and the following week reached its peak position at #3. The album spent twenty-two weeks in the Top 10 and was on the chart for a total of fifty-one weeks. It also debuted at #10 on the Billboard Top R&B Albums Chart, the issue date of December 1, 1990, and reached the number one three weeks later. It stayed on the top of the chart for eight non-consecutive weeks and was present on the chart for a total of fifty-three weeks. Due to its great performance on the chart, it became #1 R&B Album on the 1991's Billboard Year-End Charts. The album was certified four times platinum on April 5, 1995. The album was a hit internationally though its sales didn't reach the level as high as the previous two albums, boosting Houston to global super-stardom. In the UK, it entered the UK Albums Chart at #6 on November 17, 1990 and peaked at #4 nine weeks later. In Germany, the album peaked at #3 in 1991. It also reached the Top 5 in other countries such as Austria, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland. To date the album has sold approximately 12.5 million copies worldwide.

 

I'm Your Baby Tonight yielded four and six Top 20 singles including two number ones, on the Hot 100 Singles and Hot R&B Singles Chart, respectively from the late of 1990 to the middle of 1992. Thanks to these great success on the Billboard Singles Charts, Whitney became #3 Pop Singles Artist and #1 R&B Singles Artist on the 1991's Billboard Year-End Charts. The title track, "I'm Your Baby Tonight", was released as the first single from the album in October 1990. While L.A. Reid/Babyface mix version was released in the United States, Yvonne Turner mix version, called as 'international version', in other countries. The single debuted at #42 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending October 20, 1990. In six weeks later, the issue dated December 1, 1990, it reached the number one and stayed there for a week, becoming Whitney's eighth number-one single on the chart. Worldwide it was a big hit during her European promotion in November-December 1990. In Italy, it reached the number one on the Musica e dischi Singles Chart in November 1990 and remained on top for five weeks, becoming her second number-one song on the chart, after 1987's "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)". In the United Kingdom, the single entered the UK Singles Chart at #16 on October 20, 1990, and peaked at #5 in two weeks later, becoming her eighth Top 10 hit. It also reached the Top 5 in many countries such as Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, and Switzerland. It went to the Top 10 in Australia and Ireland. Whitney's another remake hit and an outsize ballad, "All the Man That I Need" was the album's second single, released in December 1990. The single achieved great success on the Billboard Charts. It debuted at #53 on the Hot 100 Singles on December 22, 1990 and topped the chart nine weeks later, the issue dated February 23, 1991. Unlike the United States, it was a modest hit globally. It peaked at number one on the Canadian Top 100 Singles Chart for one week and #10 on Belgian VRT Top 30 Chart. However, it only reached the Top 20 in Ireland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom. With this song, she got a nomination for "Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female" at the 34th Grammy Awards in 1992, which was her fifth nomination for that category. After the release of "The Star Spangled Banner", "Miracle" was released as the third single from the album in April 1991. It peaked at #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 on June 8, 1991, becoming her thirteenth Top 10 hit on the chart. The album's fourth single "My Name Is Not Susan" was released in July 1991. In September, the song peaked at #20 on the Hot 100. The fifth single, "I Belong To You", became a Top 10 R&B single, and garnered Whitney a Grammy Award nomination for "Best Female R&B Vocal Performance" at the 35th Grammy Awards. "We Didn't Know", a duet with Stevie Wonder was the sixth and final single from the album, released only for R&B market in April 1992. It went to its peak position, the #20 on the Hot R&B Singles Chart, the issue date of July 4, 1992. Included on the track listing of the albums Japanese edition is a cover of Stevie Winwood's "Higher Love" and "Takin' A Chance", the latter became a chart topping single in Japan.

 

THE BODYGUARD O.S.T.

Release: November 1992

Executive Album Producers:

Clive Davis and Whitney Houston

 

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

 

The Bodyguard Original Soundtrack Album from the movie with the same name was released on November 17, 1992, on Arista Records and features songs by Whitney Houston, as well as songs from various other artists. The album was co-executive produced by Whitney Houston and Clive Davis. With this album, Whitney became the first act (solo or group, male or female) to sell more than a million copies of an album within a single week period. The soundtrack later went on to win a Grammy Award for "Album Of The Year" and was certified 17 x platinum by the Recording Industry Association Of America on November 1, 1999. To date, it has sold over 44 million copies worldwide, becoming the best-selling soundtrack album of all time.

 

The Bodyguard Original Soundtrack Album debuted at #2 on the Billboard 200 and the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart, selling 144,500 copies in its first week, the issue dated December 5, 1992. In its second week, the album topped both of the charts, with sales of 292,000 units. While the album stayed the summit on the charts, it broke the record for the most one-week sales twice. In its fifth week, it sold 831,000 copies, smashing the old sales record of 770,000 set by Guns N' Roses' "Use Your Illusion II" in the fall of 1991. The following week once again, the album set a record for the most albums sold in a single week, with sales of 1,061,000 copies, becoming the first album sold over 1 million in a week. However, the record was later broken by Garth Brooks' "Double Live", sold 1,085,000 copies in November 1998. Thanks to strong sales continuously, the soundtrack stayed at number one for twenty non-consecutive weeks on the Billboard 200 and for eight consecutive weeks on the Top R&B Albums Chart, remaining on the charts for a total 141 weeks and 122 weeks, respectively. The album holds the record for the most weeks at number one and for the most non-consecutive chart-topping weeks on the Billboard 200 in the Nielsen SoundScan era. Due to its incredible staying power on the charts, it was ranked #1 in several categories of 1993 Billboard Year-End Charts. In addition, the album was only the first album in Nielsen SoundScan history to rank among the year's top three albums twice (#3 for 1992, #1 for 1993), and the best-selling soundtrack in 1993-1994. It was certified seventeen times platinum by the RIAA on November 1, 1999, becoming the best-selling soundtrack album of all time in United States. According to the Nielsen SoundScan, as of 2010, it sold 11,815,000 copies, becoming the fifth best-selling album of SoundScan era in the United States. In 1992-1993, with the huge commercial success of the film "The Bodyguard", the soundtrack was also a phenomenal hit worldwide. The album reached the number one in almost all countries. It topped the albums chart in Australia for five weeks, Austria for nine weeks, Canada for twelve weeks, France for eight weeks, Germany for eleven weeks, Hungary for two weeks, Italy for two weeks, Japan for two weeks, the Netherlands for six weeks, New Zealand" for eight weeks, Norway for six weeks, Sweden for four weeks, Switzerland for nine weeks. In the United Kingdom, the album didn't chart on the main albums chart because compilation albums were excluded from the main albums chart from January 1989. Instead, the album reached the top on the official compilation albums chart and stayed there for eleven weeks, spending sixty non-consecutive weeks in the Top 10 and for a total of 107 weeks on the chart. Through its massive success across Europe, it topped the European Top 100 Albums Chart for fifteen non-consecutive weeks. In the UK, the album was certified seven times platinum on January 1, 1994, and has sold 2,138,030 copies, landing at #53 on the list of UK's 100 best-selling albums of all time. In Japan, it was certified two million in 1994, for the first time to achieve that by a foreign artist in Japanese music history, and became the best-selling foreign album with 2.8 million copies sold. The record was later broken by Mariah Carey's "#1's", certified 3 million in 1998. In Germany, the album has sold more than 1.7 million, earning three times platinum awards. In addition, it was awarded Diamond for the sales of over 1.4 million and 1 million in France and Canada, respectively. Whitney had the best sales record with the album in several countries. It has sold 1.1 million in Brazil, becoming the best-selling international album by a female artist, and set a record for the best-selling foreign album with the sales of 1.2 million in South Korea. In Australia, it became the best selling album of 1993. In Mexico, the soundtrack sold more than 500,000 copies, making it the best-selling, English-language record ever in 1994. To date, the album has sold over 44 million copies worldwide, becoming the best-selling soundtrack of all time.

 

The album is most notable for Whitney's version of "I Will Always Love You". The song received huge airplay in the U.S. and spent 14 weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. "I Will Always Love You" was also successful worldwide, peaking at number one for 10 weeks in the UK, for 8 weeks in Switzerland, for 5 weeks in Austria, for 8 weeks in France, for 6 weeks in the Netherlands, for 3 weeks in Sweden, for 9 weeks in Norway, for 10 weeks in Australia, for 11 weeks in New Zealand. With the next two Top 5 singles "I'm Every Woman" and "I Have Nothing", following on the heels of "I Will Always Love You", Whitney became the first female act to have three songs in the Top 20 simultaneously. Two songs, "Run To You" and "I Have Nothing", were each nominated for the Academy Award for 'Best Original Song', but lost out to "A Whole New World". The same two songs were also nominated for a Grammy Award. Other songs garnering significant radio airplay included "Jesus Loves Me" on gospel stations and "Queen Of The Night" on pop and dance stations.

 

WAITING TO EXHALE O.S.T.

Release: November 1995

Executive Album Producers:

Kenneth Babyface Edmonds,

Whitney Houston and Clive Davis

 

01. Exhale (Shoop Shoop)

02. Why Does It Hurt So Bad

03. Count On Me (with Ce Ce Winans)

 

The Waiting To Exhale Original Soundtrack Album from the movie with the same name was released in 1995. The soundtrack became a huge hit featuring appearances by some of the biggest names in the industry, including Whitney Houston, Brandy, Toni Braxton, Aretha Franklin, Patti LaBelle, Mary J. Blige, SWV and TLC. All the main performers on the soundtrack are African American women. The album remained at number one on the Billboard 200 for five weeks, going seven times platinum on Sep 4, 1996. It spawned the #1 hits; "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" and "Let It Flow", the #2 hits "Sittin' Up In My Room" and "Not Gon' Cry" and the #8 hit "Count On Me". All songs were written and produced by Babyface, except for "My Funny Valentine". The album received a total of eleven Grammy nominations including 'Album Of The Year".

 

The Waiting To Exhale Original Soundtrack Album entered on the Billboard 200 at #3 with 177,248 copies sold in its initial week. In its 3rd week, the album reached the number one on the Billboard Top R&B Albums chart, selling 200,000 copies, and stayed there for ten non-consecutive weeks. It also topped the Billboard 200 in its 8th week, the issue date of January 20, 1996, with 231,000 units sold, and spent five consecutive weeks at number one. The album stayed for a total of forty-nine weeks and seventy weeks, on the Billboard 200 and the Top R&B Albums chart respectively. With this success on the charts and strong sales, it became 1996's "No. 1 Soundtrack Album" on the Billboard Year-End Charts and the "Best-Selling Soundtrack Recording" in 1995-1996. The soundtrack album was certified seven times platinum for shipping 7 million copies in the United States alone. Worldwide, sales exceed 13 million copies.

 

"Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" performed by Whitney Houston, was released as the lead single from the soundtrack in November 1995. Billboard (magazine) called the song "a surprisingly understated shuffle-ballad with soul and far more interesting vocal colors than all the shrieking can provide". The single debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, selling 125,000 units in its first week. It became the third single to achieve that in Billboard history. In addition, it became Whitney's eleventh and seventh number one single, on the Hot 100 Singles Chart and the Hot R&B Singles Chart, respectively. After the single stayed at the top for just one week on the Hot 100, it spent eleven consecutive weeks at number two from December 2, 1995 to February 10, 1996, setting the record for the longest stay in the runner-up position. However, on the Hot R&B Singles Chart, "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" remained at the summit for eight consecutive weeks since its debut week. It sold over 1,500,000 copies in 1995-1996 and was certified Platinum. The fourth single from the soundtrack, "Count On Me" performed by Whitney Houston and Ce Ce Winans, was released in March 1996. Billboard, in their review for the single, referred it as "a buddy song for the diva generation", and complimented both singers on their excellent vocal, commenting "Houston dominates the track, though Winans makes a strong-enough impression that those who have yet to hear her fine recordings will yearn to hear more." The single debuted at #32 and #11, on the Hot 100 and Hot R&B Singles Chart, the issue of March 23, 1996, respevtively. And it peaked at #8 on the Hot 100 and #7 on the Hot R&B Singles Chart in May 1996, in addition to reaching #4 on the Adult Contemporary chart. "Why Does It Hurt So Bad" by Whitney Houston became the seventh and final single to be released off the album in July, 1996. Time (magazine) commented "Houston more than holds her own, particularly on [this], with its masterly balance of pop zip and soulful melancholy". At the time the single was issued, Billboard said "this should have been the follow-up to 'Exhale (Shoop Shoop)' and added "she [Houston] was positively luminous on this heartbreak ballad". On August 3, 1996, the single debuted at #60 and #34, on the Hot 100 and Hot R&B Singles Chart, respectively. In a few weeks later, it peaked at #26 on the Hot 100.

 

THE PREACHER'S WIFE O.S.T.

Release: November 1996

Executive Album Producers:

Whitney Houston and Clive Davis

 

01. I Believe In You And Me

02. Step By Step

03. Joy

04. Hold On, Help Is On The Way

05. I Go To 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 (Teddy Riley Remix)

12. Who Would Imagine A King

13. He's All Over Me

14. The Lord Is My Shepherd (Cissy Houston)

15. Joy To The World

 

The Preacher's Wife Original Soundtrack Album from the movie with the same name, features songs performed by Whitney Houston, who also stars in the film. It is the best-selling gospel album of all time, and has sold an estimated 6.0 million copies worldwide. The lead single, "I Believe In You And Me", became a Top 5 hit in the U.S. and was nominated for a Grammy Award for 'Best Female R&B Vocal Performance', as well as for 'Best R&B Album'. "Step by Step" was another hit single, peaking at #15 on the Billboard Hot 100. "My Heart Is Calling" became the soundtrack's final release.

 

Released on November 26, 1996, The Preacher's Wife Original Soundtrack Album debuted at #12 on the Billboard 200 on the issue dated December 14, 1996, selling 90,500 units in the first week. On its second week, the album jumped to #4 on the chart with the greatest gainer mark, and the following week reached the #3, which was the album's peak position. The album also debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, and in three weeks later, peaked at the number one and remained there for two weeks, becoming her fourth number one album on the chart. In addition, The Preacher's Wife Original Soundtrack Album was more successful on the Billboard Top Gospel Albums Chart than on any other chart. The album debuted straight at number one on the chart and spent twenty-six consecutive weeks at the top from December 14, 1996 to June 7, 1997. Eventually the album became number one gospel album on the 1997 Billboard Top Gospel Albums Year-End Chart and also "Best-Selling Gospel Recording". It was certified three times platinum for shipping 3 million copies in the United States alone by the Recording Industry Association of America on June 30, 1998.

 

MY LOVE IS YOUR LOVE

Release: November 1998

Executive Producers:

Clive Davis and Whitney Houston

 

01. It's Not Right But It's Okay

02. Heartbreak Hotel (feat. Faith Evans & Kelly Price)

03. My Love Is Your Love

04. When You Believe (with Mariah Carey)

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

13. I Was Made To Love Him (feat. Lauryn Hill)

 

My Love Is Your Love, Whitney's fourth studio album, was released worldwide on November 17, 1998. The album, her first studio album in eight years since I'm Your Baby Tonight, was produced by different musicians such as Rodney Jerkins, Soulshock & Karlin, Wyclef Jean, David Foster and Babyface. The album peaked at #13 on the Billboard 200 and was a hit globally, with successful world tour in support of the album. In particular, it was a hit in Europe, topping the charts in Austria, the Netherlands, and Switzerland. It also reached the Top 5 in other European countries like Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Norway and the United Kingdom. The album generated three Top 5 hits; "Heartbreak Hotel", "It's Not Right But It's Okay" and the title track "My Love Is Your Love", became Whitney's third best-selling single ever. Worldwide the album has sold over 12 million copies. With its commercial success, My Love Is Your Love received rave reviews from many critics, regarded as one of her best works. At the 2000 Grammy Awards, the album got seven nominations including "Best R&B Album" and two "Best R&B Songs". Whitney won her sixth Grammy Award for "Best Female R&B Vocal Performance".

 

WHITNEY - THE GREATEST HITS

Release: May 2000

Executive Producers:

Clive Davis and Whitney Houston

 

DISC ONE  

01. Saving All My Love For You

02. Greatest Love Of All

03. One Moment In Time

04. I Have Nothing

05. I Will Always Love You

06. Run To You

07. You Give Good Love

08. All At Once

09. Where Do Broken Hearts Go

10. If You Say My Eyes Are Beautiful (with Jermaine Jackson)

11. Didn`t We Almost Have It All

12. All The Man That I Need

13. Exhale (Shoop Shoop)

14. Count On Me (with Ce Ce Winans)

15. I Believe In You And Me

16. I Learned From The Best

17. Same Script, Different Cast (with Deborah Cox)

18. Could I Have This Kiss Forever (with Enrique Iglesias)

 

DISC TWO

01. If I Told You That (with George Michael)

02. Fine

03. My Love Is Your Love

04. It's Not Right But It's Okay

05. Heartbreak Hotel (feat. Faith Evans & Kelly Price)

06. Step By Step

07. Queen Of The Night (CJ Mackintosh Mix)

08. I'm Every Woman

09. Love Will Save The Day

10. I'm Your Baby Tonight

11. So Emotional

12. I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)

13. How Will I Know

14. I Will Always Love You (Hex Hector Mix)

15. Greatest Love Of All (Club 69 Mix)

16. It's Not Right But It's Okay (Thunderpuss Mix)

17. I'm Your Baby Tonight (Dronez Mix)

 

Whitney - The Greatest Hits is a compilation and was released in 2000. The set consists of disc one with ballads and disc two with uptempo numbers and remixes. Whitney's performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl XXV, and 1988 Summer Olympics tribute "One Moment In Time" are also included in the set. The release is also on DVD format which includes music videos of past hits, as well as live performances and interviews. Worldwide the album has sold an estimated 12.5 million copies to date.

 

LOVE, WHITNEY

Release: November 2001 (Non-Worldwide Release)

Executive Producer: Antonio L. A. Reid

 

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

 

Love, Whitney is another compilation and was released in the United Kingdom in 2001. It was the follow-up to Whitney's multi-platinum greatest hits collection Whitney - The Greatest Hits (2000). Love, Whitney is a collection of ballads that have become her trademark over the years and includes nine Top 20 hits.

 

JUST WHITNEY

Release: December 2002

Executive Producer: Antonio L. A. Reid

 

01. Whatchulookinat

02. Tell Me No

03. One Of Those Days

04. Things You Say

05. My Love (with Bobby Brown)

06. Love That Man

07. Try It On My Own

08. Dear John Letter

09. Unashamed

10. You Light Up My Life

11. Whatchulookinat (P. Diddy Remix)

 

Just Whitney, Whitney's fifth studio album was released on December 10, 2002 in North America by Arista Records. The album was the first studio album in four years, since her 1998 set My Love Is Your Love, and after signing her new $100 million Arista contract. It received mixed reviews from critics, and debuted at #9 on the Billboard 200 and at #3 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, with sales of 205,147 copies in the first week, not only beating her previous high first-week sales of 177,284 units with the Waiting To Exhale Original Soundtrack Album, but also logged her highest debut sales out of her solo albums. It spawned four official singles - three were Hot Dance Club Play toppers. Since its release, Just Whitney has gone onto sell/ship more than 2.5 million units worldwide and has also earned platinum certification in the U.S. and Switzerland and Gold in France, Brazil and other countries.

 

ONE WISH - THE HOLIDAY ALBUM

Release: November 2003

 

01. The First Noel

02. The Christmas Song

03. Little Drummer Boy (feat. Bobbi Kristina Brown)

04. One Wish (For Christmas)

05. Cantique De Noel (O Holy Night)

06. I'll Be Home For Christmas

07. Deck The Halls/Silent Night

08. Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas

09. O Come O Come Emanuel

10. Who Would Imagine A King

11. Joy To The World 

 

One Wish - The Holiday Album is Whitney's first Christmas album and was released in 2003. The album featured the single "One Wish (For Christmas)", which reached the Top 20 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Chart. The album spent six weeks on The Billboard 200 and has sold 477,464 copies to date. The New York Times noted the "lavish swoops, the sultry whispers, the gospelly asides and the meteoric crescendos" from Houston. The album also features a duet with Whitney's daughter Bobbi Kristina on "The Little Drummer Boy". The album also re-uses "Joy To The World" and "Who Would Imagine A King" from 1996's The Preacher's Wife Original Soundtrack Album.

 

THE ARTIST COLLECTION

Release: October 2004 (Non-Worldwide Release)

Executive Producer: Stuart Rubin

 

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 (Who Loves Me)

06. I Was Made To Love Him (feat. Lauryn Hill)

07. Where You Are

08. You're Still My Man

09. For The Love Of You

10. I'm Your Baby Tonight

11. Miracle

12. Whatchulookinat (P. Diddy Remix)

13. Hold Me (with Teddy Pendergrass)

14. It's Not Right But It's Okay

 

THE ULTIMATE COLLECTION

Release: October 2007 (Non-Worldwide Release)

Executive Producer: Clive Davis

 

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
(with Mariah Carey)
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
(with George Michael)
15. I Have Nothing
16. I'm Every Woman
17. It's Not Right But It's Okay
18. My Love Is Your Love

 

The Ultimate Collection is a Whitney Houston greatest hits compilation, released on October 29, 2007. For the first time, a single CD of Whitney's hit singles is released. It debuted at #5 in the UK, with sales of 37,228. It climbed to #3 in its second week on the chart. In Brazil, the album was released as Whitney Houston – The Best So Far.

 

I LOOK TO YOU

Release: August 2009

Executive Producers:

Clive Davis, Whitney Houston and Larry Jackson

 

01. Million Dollar Bill
02. Nothin' But Love
03. Call You Tonight
04. I Look To You
05. Like I Never Left (feat. Akon)
06. A Song For You
07. I Didn't Know My Own Strength
08. Worth It
09. For The Lovers
10. I Got You
11. Salute

 

I Look To You, Whitney's seventh studio album, was released on August 31, 2009. The album is Houston's first studio album since "One Wish: The Holiday Album" (2003). It received favorable reviews from music critics, based on an aggregate score of 66/100 from "Metacritic". It has spawned two official singles: "I Look To You", which became a U.S. R&B hit, and the international single "Million Dollar Bill", which hit the Top 10 in several countries worldwide.

 

I Look To You debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 with sales of 305,000 copies and is to date Houston's best opening week sales as well as the second best opening sales by a female artist for 2009. The album is Houston's fourth number one album overall, and the first since The Bodyguard Original Soundtrack Album (1992). The album also debuted at number one on the U.S. R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Week three sales spiked to 156,000 following Houston's appearance on "The Oprah Winfrey Show". On December 1, 2009, the album was certified platinum by the RIAA for shipping one million copies. In several countries, the album attained gold status within a month of its release. In Canada, the album shot to the top of the charts, selling 10,000 copies in its first week according to Nielsen SoundScan data, Houston's best opening totals since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991. Her last album, Just Whitney, debuted at number 85 with just 3,000 in sales. After three weeks the album had sold around 26,000 copies in Canada. According to Arista Records, the album also debuted at number one in the Netherlands, Poland, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. In the UK, the album debuted at three with first week sales of 51,632. The album also debuted at three in France with first week sales of 9,000. In Korea the album reached number one on the monthly chart and sold 2,429 copies. According to Houston's official website, the album and singles combined have sold a total of 500,000 copies in the UK and Ireland. The album also finished the 29th biggest selling album of 2009 in the United States.

 

I Look To You

 

WHITNEY HOUSTON

THE DELUXE ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Release: January 2010

 

DISC ONE

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 (with Jermaine Jackson)

06. How Will I Know

07. All At Once

08. Take Good Care Of My Heart (with Jermaine Jackson)

09. Greatest Love Of All

10. Hold Me (with Teddy Pendergrass)

**BONUS TRACKS**

11. Thinking About You (Remix by Bruce Forest)

12. Someone For Me (Remix by Alan Coulthard)

13. How Will I Know (Acappella)

14. How Will I Know (Remix by Jellybean)

15. Greatest Love Of All (Live Version from Radio City Music Hall, 1990)

 

DISC TWO (DVD)

01. Conversations with Whitney Houston and Clive Davis

02. Home

Live from The Merv Griffin Show, 1983

03. I Am Changing

Live from the Arista Records 10th Anniversary celebration, 1985

04. You Give Good Love

Live from the 1st Annual Soul Train Awards Show, 1987

05. You Give Good Love (Music Video)

06. Saving All My Love For You (Music Video)

07. How Will I Know (Music Video)

08. Greatest Love Of All (Music Video)

 

THE ESSENTIAL WHITNEY HOUSTON

Release: January 2011 (Non-Worldwide Release)

Executive Producers:

Clive Davis and Whitney Houston

 

DISC ONE  

01. Saving All My Love For You

02. Greatest Love Of All

03. One Moment In Time

04. I Have Nothing

05. I Will Always Love You

06. Run To You

07. You Give Good Love

08. All At Once

09. Where Do Broken Hearts Go

10. If You Say My Eyes Are Beautiful (with Jermaine Jackson)

11. Didn't We Almost Have It All

12. All The Man That I Need

13. Exhale (Shoop Shoop)

14. Count On Me (with Ce Ce Winans)

15. I Believe In You And Me

16. I Learned From The Best

17. Same Script Different Cast (with Deborah Cox)

18. Could I Have This Kiss Forever (with Enrique Iglesias)

 

DISC TWO

01. If I Told You That (with George Michael)

02. Fine

03. My Love Is Your Love

04. It's Not Right But It's Okay

05. Heartbreak Hotel (feat. Faith Evans & Kelly Price)

06. Step By Step

07. Queen Of The Night (CJ Mackintosh Mix)

08. I'm Every Woman

09. Love Will Save The Day

10. I'm Your Baby Tonight

11. So Emotional

12. I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)

13. How Will I Know

14. I Will Always Love You (Hex Hector Mix)

15. Greatest Love Of All (Club 69 Mix)

16. It's Not Right But It's Okay (Thunderpuss Mix)

17. I'm Your Baby Tonight (Dronez Mix)

 

SPARKLE O.S.T.

Release: July 2012

 

01. Celebrate (with Jordin Sparks)

02. His Eye Is On The Sparrow

 

I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU

THE BEST OF WHITNEY HOUSTON

Release: November 2012

Executive Producer: Clive Davis

 

 01. You Give Good Love

02. Saving All My Love For You

03. How Will I Know

04. Greatest Love Of All

05. I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)

06. Didn't We Almost Have It All

07. So Emotional

08. Where Do Broken Hearts Go

09. I'm Your Baby Tonight

10. All The Man That I Need

11. I Will Always Love You

12. I'm Every Woman

13. I Have Nothing

14. Exhale (Shoop Shoop)

15. I Believe In You And Me

16. My Love Is Your Love

17. I Look To You (with R. Kelly)

18. Never Give Up

 

WHITNEY HOUSTON LIVE:

HER GREATEST PERFORMANCES

Release: November 2014

Executive Producer: Clive Davis

 

DISC ONE

01. Home

(The Merv Griffin Show, 1983)
02. You Give Good Love

(The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, 1985)
03. How Will I Know

(The BRIT Awards, 1987)
04. One Moment In Time

(The 31st Annual GRAMMY® Awards, 1989)
05. Greatest Love Of All

(Arista Records 15th Anniversary Concert, 1990)
06. I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)

(Arista Records 15th Anniversary Concert, 1990)
07. The Star Spangled Banner

(Super Bowl XXV, 1991)
08. All The Man That I Need

(Welcome Home Heroes, 1991)
09. I’m Your Baby Tonight

(Welcome Home Heroes, 1991)
10. A Song For You

(Welcome Home Heroes, 1991)
11. Medley: I Love You, Porgy/And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going/I Have Nothing

(The 21st Annual American Music Awards, 1994)
12. I’m Every Woman

(The Concert For A New South Africa, 1994)
13. I Will Always Love You

(The Concert For A New South Africa, 1994)
14. My Love Is Your Love

(Late Show With David Letterman, 1998)
15. I Believe In You And Me

(The 16th Annual World Music Awards, 2004)
16. I Didn’t Know My Own Strength

(The Oprah Winfrey Show, 2009)

 

DISC TWO (DVD)

01. Home

(The Merv Griffin Show, 1983)
02. You Give Good Love

(The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, 1985)
03. How Will I Know

(The BRIT Awards, 1987)
04. One Moment In Time

(The 31st Annual GRAMMY® Awards, 1989)
05. Greatest Love Of All

(Arista Records 15th Anniversary Concert, 1990)
06. I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)

(Arista Records 15th Anniversary Concert, 1990)
07. The Star Spangled Banner

(Super Bowl XXV, 1991)
08. All The Man That I Need

(Welcome Home Heroes, 1991)
09. I’m Your Baby Tonight

(Welcome Home Heroes, 1991)
10. A Song For You

(Welcome Home Heroes, 1991)
11. Medley: I Love You, Porgy/And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going/I Have Nothing

(The 21st Annual American Music Awards, 1994)
12. I’m Every Woman

(The Concert For A New South Africa, 1994)
13. I Will Always Love You

(The Concert For A New South Africa, 1994)
14. My Love Is Your Love

(Music Video)
15. My Love Is Your Love

(Late Show With David Letterman, 1998)
16. When You Believe (with Mariah Carey)

(The 71st Annual Academy Awards®, 1999)
17. I Believe In You And Me

(The 16th Annual World Music Awards, 2004)
18. I Didn’t Know My Own Strength

(The Oprah Winfrey Show, 2009)