Whitney Houston: A Life In Music
Whitney Houston's stunning death in Beverly Hills has sparked a wave of grief among music fans all over the world. While Houston's life had its heartbreaking moments, she left an indelible mark on the face of music.
Back in the charts
- Whitney Houston: 6.723% increase in chart position for Houston' signature single, "I Will Always Love You" after the death.
Social media effect
- Twitter buzzed with mentions of Houston in the hours after the death.
- More than 2.5 million people tweeted about her within a couple of hours of her death.
- Aug. 9, 1963: Whitney Elizabeth Houston is born in Newark, NJ, to Cissy and John Houston. her mother and a cousin, Dionne Warwick are noted singers. As a child, Houston is exposed to a variety of styles, most notably gospel
music. Age 11: Houston sings her first solo in the church choir, performing "Guide me, O Thou Great Jehovah".
- 1978: A 15-year-old Houston sings backup on Chaka Khan's "I'm Every Woman", a song Houston herself later would cover with much success. she also sings background on albums by Lou Rawls and Jermaine Jackson.
- Early 1980's: Houston begins a career as a model, eventually becoming one of the first African-American women to appear on the cover of Seventeen magazine. She also appears in Glamour and Cosmopolitan magazines at a time
when women of color are not featured prominently.
- 1983: Arista records head Clive Davis heard Houston perform and urges her to sign his label.
- 1985: Her debut album, Whitney Houston, is released. The single "Saving All My Love For You" becomes her first #1 hit. She also tops the Billboard charts with "How Will I Know".
- 1986: A year after her debut, her freshman album his 31 on the Billboard 200 charts. The final single, "The Greatest Love Of All", hits #1, giving the album three #1 hits and making it the first by a female artist to produce three #1's.
- 1987: Her second album, Whitney, debuts as the top album on the Billboard charts, a first for a female artist. Whitney yields four #1 hits, including "I Wanna Dance With Somebody".
- 1991: Houston's rousing Super Bowl XXV performance of the "Star-Spangled banner", due to overwhelming response from music fans, is released as a single. The song later would be re-released to commemorate the Sept. 11
- 1992: After dating for three years, Houston marries R&B Bobby Brown. The union seems an odd one for Houston's fans, as her public persona is quite disparate from Brown's bad-boy antics. Houston finds wild success in film with
the release of "The Bodyguard", which earns more than $120 million at the US box office. The film's soundtrack becomes a massive hit, reaching the top of the charts and staying there for 20 non-consecutive weeks. It also
produces Houston's signature song, "I Will Always You You", a remake of Dolly Parton's 1974 song.
- 1993: Brown and Houston have a daughter, Bobbi Kristina.
- Late 1990's, early 2000's: reports about Houston's struggles with drug addiction, health problems and her rocky marriage with Brown begin to surface. Album sales drop off, and her voice begins to show signs of wear. "My Love Is
Your Love", Houston's first audio album in eight years, peaks at 13 on the Billboard 200 in 1998.
- 2002: Houston appears on a TV interview in which she admits to alcohol, marijuana and cocaine and abusing prescription drugs but denies smoking crack. She now infamously declares: 'Crack is cheap. I make too much for me to
ever smoke crack. Let's get that straight, OK? I don't do crack. I don't do that. Crack is whack."
- 2003: Police respond to a domestic violence call from Houston, who says Brown assaulted her. Houston has a cut on her lip and a bruised cheek.
- 2004: Houston checks into a rehab center to treat drug addiction. She does another rehab stint the following year.
- 2005: Houston is featured in reality TV show starring her husband. "being Bobby Brown" paints a frequently bizarre and troubling picture of life inside the Brown-Houston household.
- 2006: Brown and Houston separate.
- 2007: Houston's divorce from Brown becomes final. She is awarded custody of their daughter.
- 2009: Houston releases "I Look To You", her first album in seven years. Whitney Houston's "I Look To You" sells 2.5 million copies worldwide.
- 2010: The singer embarks on a concert tour, but the shows are met with mixed reviews.
- 2011: Houston again seeks treatment for addiction, this time through an outpatient program
- 2001, 2012: Houston begins work on "Sparkle", a remake of the 1976 film loosely inspired by the career of the Supremes. The film is expected to be released this year.
- Feb. 11 2012: Houston is found dead in a Beverly Hills hotel room, the day before the Grammy awards. She is 48 years old.
- Feb. 18 2012: Mourners pack Houston's childhood church. New Hope baptist church in Newark, for the funeral. Eulogizers include actor Kevin Costner, filmmaker Tyler Perry, music mogul Clive Davis. Singers Alicia Keys,
Stevie Wonder and BeBe Winans perform.
- 1992: "The Bodyguard" - 44 million.
- 1998: "My Love Is Your Love" - 13 million.
- 2000: "Whitney: Greatest Hits" - 10 million.
- 1985: "Whitney Houston" - 25 million.
- 1987: "Whitney" - 20 million.
- 1990: "I'm Your Baby Tonight" - 12 million.
- American Music awards- 20.
- Billboard Music awards - 30.
- Emmy awards - 1.
- Grammy awards - 6.
- NAACP Image awards - 16.
- People's Choice awards - 6.
- Houston's greatest hits compilation re-entered the Billboard charts at n0.6 after selling 64.000 copies following the singer's untimely death.
- Her recording of "I Will Always Love You" recorded the highest one-week sales by a female artist 632.000 during the week of Dec. 27, 1992.
- The soundtrack album to "The Bodyguard" was the first album to sell more than 1 million copies in a week.
- Houston's rendition of the national anthem is the only version of the song to be certified platinum.
Top-selling female artists
- Barbra Streisand - 71.5 million.
- Madonna - 64 million.
- Mariah Carey - 63.5 million.
- Whitney Houston - 55 million.
- Celine Dion - 50 million.
- Shania Twain - 48 million.
- Reba McEntire - 41 million.
- Britney Spears - 33 million.
- Dixie Chicks - 30.5 million.
- Linda Ronstadt - 30 million.
Riches to rags?
- Houston meteoric rise to musical success gave her a comfortable lifestyle, but her years of drug abuse and bizarre public behavior damaged her reputation and career.
- She failed fo fulfill a $100 million recording deal with Arista, and most of her biggest hits were written by others, meaning that even of though her music is rising again in popularity, her estate will likely see a somewhat limited
- It's not clear whether Houston was in debt at the time of her death, but she lost homes in Georgia and New Jersey to foreclosure a few days years ago. Some recent reports claimed she'd tried to borrow small amounts from friends.
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