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February 20, 2003
Greatest Gainer/Hot Shot Debut !

Whitney's "Try It On My Own" debuts as Greatest Gainer on the Adult Contemporary Singles chart in the current issue of Billboard Magazine. Last week, 'Try It On My Own' was the Hot Shot Debut on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play Chart! You can read the chart positions for 'Try It On My Own" here.

February 14, 2003
Whitney, the No. 1 diva

Whitney was voted best diva on the web site by MTV France viewers. The poll was conducted for MTV's "Top 10 at 10" Divas Special, which aired on Wednesday (February 12) on MTV France. Viewers could choose between fifteen top divas, including Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Toni Braxton and Janet Jackson, but Whitney won by far, as 41.6 % of the votes went to her. Below are the full results :

  • 1 - 41.46% WHITNEY HOUSTON
  • 2 - 25.97% MARIAH CAREY
    Through The Rain
  • 3 - 15.49% CELINE DION
    A New Day Has Come
  • 4 - 9.26% AALIYAH
    More Than A Woman
  • 5 - 3.89% MARY J BLIGE
    Family Affair
  • 6 - 2.06% EVE/ALICIA KEYS
    Gangsta Lovin'
  • 7 - 0.73% ALICIA KEYS
  • 8 - 0.45% LAURYN HILL
    Killing Me Softly
  • 9 - 0.26% DESTINY'S CHILD
  • 11 - 0.08% MADONNA
    Die Another Day
  • 12 - 0.06% JENNIFER LOPEZ
    Jenny From The Block
  • 13 - 0.05% TONI BRAXTON
    Hit The Freeway
  • 14 - 0.02% JANET JACKSON
    Son Of A Gun
  • 15 - 0.02% ANASTACIA
    Why'D You Lie To Me

February 8, 2003
Whitney's grave choice

By Joanna Molloy

Whitney Houston got the last word in her feud with her dad - skipping out on her father's funeral yesterday.

Houston's spokeswoman confirmed the pop diva's absence, saying she chose to grieve privately.

But mourners who filled St. James AME Church in Newark to remember John Houston couldn't help but notice that his famous daughter was missing.

Father and daughter had been embroiled in a lawsuit since August, when John Houston sued Whitney for $100 million, arguing he had saved her career after she was charged with pot possession in Hawaii in January 2000. The charge was ultimately dropped.

The 39-year-old recording star - who admitted drug use in a nationally televised interview in December - and her husband, singer Bobby Brown, did attend the wake Thursday at the Whigham Funeral Home in Newark, Houston spokeswoman Nancy Seltzer said.

'Very emotional'

"Whitney spent the majority of the day with her father yesterday, privately, in the viewing room of the funeral home," Seltzer said.

"She attended the wake ceremony later that night in the church. Today, she chose to grieve privately."

Seltzer said Houston was not simply trying to avoid the glaring lenses of paparazzi in front of the church.

"The truth is it was very difficult, very emotional and very powerful," Seltzer said.

In spite of the lawsuit, "Whitney saw him before he died, and they were never estranged," Seltzer said. "John and Whitney loved each other and always will."

John Houston, a World War II veteran, died Feb. 2 of cardiac arrest.

He was buried at Fairview Cemetery in Westfield, N.J., with full military honors.

Whitney's mother, singer Cissy Houston, was front and center at both the service and the burial, even though she and John Houston had been separated since 1980 and divorced since 1993.

Dionne Warwick, Cissy's cousin, attended the funeral. Aretha Franklin, a longtime family friend, sent a recording of "Amazing Grace," along with words of praise for what a "great father" the 82-year-old music manager had been.

Originally published on February 8, 2003

February 3, 2003
Whitney's father passes

from - Sunday was an especially sad day for Whitney as her father, John Houston, passed away at the age of 82. Our prayers and deepest sympathy go out to Whitney and her entire family. To leave your words of sympathy for Whitney, click here.

Radio Promotion
Last week, Whitney was interviewed by several radio stations in America because of the release of her new single 'Try It On My Own' and the 'Just Whitney' album. She spoke over the phone to DJs in New York, Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles.

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