Whitney Houston

Born 9 August 1963. Died 11 February 2012.
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Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963 – February 11, 2012) was an American singer, actress, producer, and model. In 2009, Guinness World Records cited her as the most awarded female act of all time. Houston was one of the world's best-selling music artists, having sold over 200 million records worldwide. She released six studio albums, one holiday album and three movie soundtrack albums, all of which have diamond, multi-platinum, platinum or gold certification. Houston's crossover appeal on the popular music charts, as well as her prominence on MTV, starting with her video for "How Will I Know", influenced several African American women artists who follow in her footsteps.

Houston is the only artist to chart seven consecutive No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hits. She is the second artist behind Elton John and the only woman to have two number-one Billboard 200 Album awards (formerly "Top Pop Albums") on the Billboard magazine year-end charts. Houston's 1985 debut album Whitney Houston became the best-selling debut album by a woman in history. Rolling Stone named it the best album of 1986, and ranked it at number 254 on the magazine's list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. Her second studio album Whitney (1987) became the first album by a woman to debut at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

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  1. Review of I Look To You

    I Look To You 2009

    Reviewed by Lloyd Bradley
    It’s good to have her back in the spotlight for the right reasons.
  2. Review of Just Whitney

    Just Whitney 2002

    Reviewed by Keysha Davis
    The diva returns to her former glory with a combination of high-voltage ballads and...
  3. Review of My Love Is Your Love

    My Love Is Your Love 1999

    Reviewed by Dan Cocker
    Whitney's fourth breaks all the records...
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