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December 18, 2002
Whitney's Biggest Debut Ever!

[from the Platinum Club] Whitney didn't just land but rather burst onto the charts in the Top 10 with her highest career debut scans:

*Top Albums: #9 selling 205,147 in her first week!

*This shatters her old best debut of 177,284 for Waiting To Exhale, 6 years ago.

*Despite all the ink she has recently received, her fans came out and showed their love & support in record first week numbers.

*On top of that, orders just crossed 1 million, so Just Whitney is yet another Platinum album in Whitney's storied career!

*Whitney also triumphed on the R&B Albums Chart with a powerful #3 entry.

Other statistics you should know:

Best Ranks
#1: Atlanta
#2: New York, Chicago , DC, Miami, Richmond, Columbia,
#3: LA
#4: New Orleans
#5: Detroit

Top Albums Retail: Debut #6

Store Strata:
Chains: 40%
Indy: 12%
Mass Merchant: 45%
Non Trad: 3%

City: 31%
Suburb: 47%
Rural: 22%

Arista Press Release Just-In!

ABC "Primetime Live" interview and "Good Morning America" street-date mini-concert broadcast kick off 205,000 unit first week sales feat and Top 10 debut!!!

(December 18, 2002 - New York, NY) Arista recording artist Whitney Houston's brand new album JUST WHITNEY... (in-store December 10th) has won the highest first-week sales of her career with a Soundscan total in excess of 205,000 units this past week, entering the Billboard 200 Album chart at #9 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart at #3, it was announced today by Antonio "L.A." Reid, President and CEO, Arista Records. Bolstered by phenomenal reaction to her recent appearance on ABC's "Primetime Live" with Diane Sawyer and a live street-date performance of four songs taped outside New York's Lincoln Center and broadcast on ABC's "Good Morning America," including the album's current hit single, "One Of Those Days," Whitney has re-established her sales base in a big way.

"Whitney's core following of loyal fans have rallied behind her in a way that underscores a profound love affair with their favorite singer," said Mr. Reid. "Their support of Whitney has resulted in another crowning achievement in a career already filled with amazing accomplishments. I am thrilled that JUST WHITNEY... is an album that has more than fulfilled expectations of fans all over the world."

Whitney's unprecedented one-hour interview on ABC's "Primetime Live" (broadcast on Wednesday night, December 4th) was the highest-rated show of the evening, pulling in more than 24 million viewers. Four days later, more than 5,000 fans braved frigid temperatures to attend the Sunday afternoon outdoor mini-concert taping at Lincoln Center, mc'd by "Good Morning America" co-anchor Diane Sawyer. Whitney's four-song set was broadcast on "GMA" on Tuesday, December 10th, the first day that JUST WHITNEY... went on sale.

Whitney's previous first week highest sales debuts during the Soundscan era (which began in 1991) include 1995's Waiting To Exhale motion picture soundtrack (177,000 copies), 2000's Greatest Hits (158,000 copies), 1992's The Bodyguard soundtrack (145,000 copies), and 1998's My Love Is Your Love (123,000). At the same time, news has poured in that JUST WHITNEY... shipped gold in France, Italy, Switzerland, and Brazil and has sold over a million units internationally.

December 18, 2002
'Just Whitney' at US No. 9

205,147 copies of 'Just Whitney' were sold on its first week in stores in the US. This is Whitney's best selling first week during the Soundscan era (which began in 1991). The album should debut at No. 9 Thursday on the Billboard Albums Chart.

Here is a reminder of Whitney's First Week Sales (and Debut Position) since 1991:

  • "The Greatest Hits", 158,000 (No. 5 - 06/03/00)
  • "My Love Is Your Love", 123,000 (No. 13 - 12/05/98)
  • "Preacher's Wife"Soundtrack, 90,500 (No. 12 - 12/14/96)
  • "Waiting to Exhale" Soundtrack, 177,000 (No. 3 - 12/02/95)
  • "Bodyguard" Soundtrack, 144,500 (No. 2 - 12/05/92)

December 16, 2002
'Just Whitney' CD/DVD in stores!

[U.S. fans] Be sure to pick up Whitney's limited-edition CD/DVD [132,000 units] that was released to stores on the same day as Just Whitney, her new album which hit stores December 10. The limited-edition CD/DVD contains special artwork, two videos - for "Whatchulookinat" and "One Of Those Days" - and a mega-mix of Whitney's hit videos from throughout her career. The CD/DVD also contains behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the video for "Whatchulookinat." The CD/DVD is labeled as "Just For The Fans." Be sure to pick up your copy of this must have Whitney limited-edition CD/DVD! [from the Platinum Club]

December 12, 2002
BET appearance

Click the links below to download and view a RealVideo of Whitney's interview on BET's "106 & Park" yesterday. She came in with her dog, and talked a little about the interview with Diane Sawyer, about the making of 'One of Those Days' (the song and the video), the new album and announced she would tour with Bobby next spring-summer.

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3

December 11, 2002
'Just Whitney' exploding!

[from the Platinum Club] Whitney's new album had an outstanding debut - a career high selling over 200,000 copies its first day in stores! Her prior debut, "Waiting To Exhale," sold 177,284 copies in its first day. Make Whitney number one - buy your copy of Just Whitney today!

Note: Sales reports from 'Hits Daily Double', a reliable sales projector based on first day sales, suggest this Platinum Club report is incorrect to state first day sales of 200,000. They expect 'Just Whitney' to sell in the 200K range in its first week based on opening numbers, not its first day. thanks Antonio

TV Appearance!
Whitney will appear on BET's "106 & Park" today from 6-7:30 p.m. ET. The show will re-air December 12 at 11:30 a.m. ET. Below is what BET posted at its web site last week to promote the show-- Whitney Houston, the diva of all music divas will be making her way to BET studios and needs your questions for her. Here's your chance to ask her what you've always wanted to know. We'll search her out whereever she's hiding and put the camera on her. Whitney is a legend folks and there's tons of stuff to ask her!

December 10, 2002
Watch the New York concert!

Whitney's performance at Lincoln Center, in support of her new album, aired today on ABC's "Good Morning America". Click the links below to download and view/listen. many thanks to Steve

Part 1 (One of those Days) (9,2 Mo)
Part 2 (Tell Me No) (7,5 Mo)
Part 3 (Do You Hear...) (7,1 Mo)
Part 4 (Jesus Loves Me) (3,5 Mo)

December 9, 2002
New York concert - Whitney Wows 'Em

[From New York Daily News] -Whitney still hits a high note - By ELIZABETH HAYS and BILL HUTCHINSON, DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS

She was nearly an hour late and stumbled a little on one song, but Whitney Houston belted out a performance yesterday in Lincoln Center Plaza that signaled she still has some dynamite diva in her.

The afternoon miniconcert for about 3,000 people was Houston's first live public performance in the United States in 15 months and marked a giant step in her comeback from her hazy days of drugs.

"I love you, each and every one of you. I truly do," Houston said as she took the stage blowing kisses to the adoring crowd.

The Grammy Award-winner appeared much healthier than in September 2001, when she last performed in the United States looking like a famine victim during a Michael Jackson tribute at Madison Square Garden.

Yesterday, the 39-year-old entertainer wore form-fitting designer jeans and a floor-length suede coat over a sheer white turtleneck top. Her hair was in curls with red highlights, and she beamed smiles at fans - some of whom had waited for hours to hear her.

Houston showed up 50 minutes late because she got caught in traffic, her spokeswoman said. But once on stage, she proved she hadn't lost the magic that made her a platinum-selling songbird.

She flawlessly performed two songs from her new album, titled "Just Whitney." The performance will air tomorrow on ABC's "Good Morning America." Houston received deafening rounds of applause after singing "One of Those Days" and "Tell Me No."

Her only miscue came when the 35-member choir from Talent Unlimited High School on W. 68th St. joined her in a gospel rendition of "Do You Hear What I Hear?"

After a few verses, Houston suddenly shouted, "Stop! Stop! We're going to start this again." Then she and the choir took it from the top and ended up hitting all the right notes, and had the crowd singing along.

It marked Houston's first public appearance since her interview on ABC's "PrimeTime Live" last week. Houston admitted to using a smorgasbord of illegal drugs and hinted that she had nearly died from overdoses.

Concert Photos!
Click here to view photos of Whitney performing in Lincoln Center Plaza, New York yesterday!

Artist of the Day
Whitney is Billboard Magazine's Artist of the Day, with this report describing the making of the 'Just Whitney...' album, including several quotes from Whitney.

Nelly Remix
Click here if you want to listen to the Nelly remix of 'One Of Those Days'. thanks whitney-fan

December 6, 2002

According to an article published today by Billboard Magazine, ' a number of non-album projects will soon pair Houston with other hot artists. [Arista Records president] Reid is working on a "One of Those Days" remix with Nelly, while Houston is recording a song with Brandy. Neither track is slated to be on the new album, although Reid says of the Brandy pairing, "When it's finished, I'll find a home for it." Reid is also considering using Santana on a single version of another album track, the rock-tinged "Tell Me No." '

US 'Just Whitney' DVD
Here is information about the 'Just Whitney' limited edition CD/DVD that will be released in the US (from Billboard): "(...) A limited-edition CD/DVD in a limited run of 132,000 units arrives in the U.S. the same day as the album [Dec. 10]. Priced at $22, it features two videos -for "Whatchulookinat" and "One of Those Days"- plus special artwork and a mega-mix of Houston's hit videos. The DVD also contains behind-the-scenes footage from the making of the "Whatchulookinat" videoclip."

December 5, 2002
Primetime Ratings Winner!

Whitney Houston's Primetime interview with Diane Sawyer was the number one show overall yesterday night. 15.1 million televisions were tuned into the broadcast (22% of all televisions that were on at the time). This is about 21.3 million viewers, making it the highest-rated show of the night and the most-watched newsmagazine show in over a year. source: Nielsen

December 4, 2002
Primetime Interview!

From - Dec. 3 - Whitney Houston Acknowledges Drug Abuse - Whitney Houston admits she's abused drugs in the past, but says she's gotten beyond that experience through prayer. The Grammy-winning singer also discusses the pressures of stardom and her decade-long marriage to fellow performer Bobby Brown in an interview with Diane Sawyer on "Primetime," scheduled to air at 9 p.m. EST tomorrow (Dec. 4) on ABC.

When Sawyer asks her, "Is it alcohol? Is it marijuana? Is it cocaine? Is it pills?" Houston responds, "It has been at times." "All?" Sawyer asks. "At times," Houston says. "Uh-hm."

The 39-year-old concedes she's "addicted to a few things." "Making love," Houston says. "I don't like to think of myself addicted. I like to think ... I had a bad habit ... which can be broken."

Houston's shockingly thin frame at last year's Michael Jackson tribute sparked reports that she was ill, which she vehemently denies. She also says she's not anorexic or bulimic. "Let's get that straight. I am not sick. OK?" she says. "I've always been a thin girl. I am not going to be fat, ever. Let's get that straight. Whitney is not going to be fat, ever."

Brown also appears in the interview, and says he's frequently used marijuana because he's been diagnosed as bipolar. The 33-year-old was arrested last month in Atlanta on drug and traffic charges. "Me and drugs. We're not friends. We're not friends at all," Brown says. "I'm a very high-strung person. ... [Marijuana] seems to help me ... from going up and down."

Houston says she's done partying now, and has found strength through daily prayer. Her new Arista album, "Just Whitney," is due Dec. 10. "I'm not the strongest every day, but I'm not the weakest, either," she says. "And I won't break." thanks Antonio

You can read a transcript of the full interview here

December 2, 2002
Rumors, Rumors, Rumors.....

[from Arista mailing list]
Don't Believe the Whitney Rumors,
Album Just Whitney In [US] Stores 12.10.02 -

.....Rumors, Rumors, Rumors......
Don't Believe Everything You Hear Or Read
Whitney Houston's New Release
Just Whitney...

Whitney Houston to perform...

On Sunday, December 8, Whitney Houston will perform three songs outside in the plaza at Lincoln Center on Sunday, December 8 at 3:00 p.m. to air on ABC's "Good Morning America" on Tuesday, December 10. Houston will perform songs from her upcoming album - "Just Whitney..." - in stores on Tuesday, December 10. Whitney Houston will speak with ABC News' Diane Sawyer during a special edition of "Primetime" at 9:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 4. [from Arista]

ABC News "Good Morning America" is a two-hour, live program, co-anchored by Charles Gibson and Diane Sawyer, airing MONDAY - FRIDAY (7:00 - 9:00 a.m., ET), on the ABC Television Network.

"Just Whitney..." is Whitney Houston's first album under her historic $100 million deal with Arista -- thought to be the largest recording contract in history

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