Whitney Houston


Whitney Houston (born 9.8.1963 - died 11.2.2012)
Whitney Houston was a multi-award winning American pop and soul singer, as well as an actress and former fashion model.

Whitney Houston: Net worth
At the time of her death, Whitney Houston was broke according to Celebrity Net Worth. However, the sale of her estate left her heir with $20 million.

Whitney Houston: Childhood
Whitney Houston was raised in a poor area of Newark, New Jersey, by her father, John Houston and her mother Cissy Houston. Along with her mother, her cousins Dee Warwick and Dionne Warwick and her godmother, Aretha Franklin, Whitney is a notable figure in a number of genres, including pop, soul, gospel and rhythm and blues.
Following the Newark riots in 1967, the Houston family moved to West Orange, a more middle class part of New Jersey.
Whitney began performing at the age of 11, when she started to perform as a soloist at the New Hope Baptist Church's junior gospel choir. As a child, she was influenced by the music of Chaka Khan, Roberta Flack and Gladys Knight.

Whitney Houston: Music & Film Career
At the age of 14, Whitney Houston was the lead vocalist on the Michael Zager band's 'Life's A Party', then sang backing vocals on Chaka Khan's 'I'm Every Woman' (which would later become a massive solo hit for Whitney). She also sang backing vocals for Jermaine Jackson and Lou Rawls as well as taking on lead vocals on the album Paul Jabara and Friends: Featuring The Weather Girls, Leata Galloway & Whitney Houston.
Clive Davis, the head of Arista Records, was so impressed with a live performance of Whitney's, that he immediately offered her a worldwide recording contract. Whitney's self-titled debut album was released in 1985, with slow-burning global success. Both 'How Will I Know?' and 'Greatest Love Of All' became number one hits for Whitney Houston. At the time, it was the fastest selling debut album by a solo female, though Britney Spears has since taken that title.
Houston's second album, Whitney, was released in 1987 and featured four number one singles including 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)' and 'Didn't We Almost Have It All'. She became the second highest African-American entertainer in the US, after Bill Cosby.
Released in 1990, Whitney Houston's third album, I'm Your Baby Tonight had a more urban sound and featured Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Babyface and L.A. Reid.
In 1992, Whitney Houston starred in The Bodyguard, opposite Kevin Costner. The film was a massive global success, as was its soundtrack, which featured Whitney singing 'I Will Always Love You' (originally written and recorded by Dolly Parton). She was promptly ranked third behind Oprah Winfrey and Barbra Streisand in Forbes' list of top earning female entertainers.
Three years later, Whitney Houston starred opposite Loretta Devine, Lela Rochon and Angela Bassett in Waiting to Exhale. The soundtrack album featured Mary J. Blige, Brandy, Patti Labelle, Toni Braxton and Aretha Franklin.
In 1996, Houston starred in The Preacher's Wife, a comedy starring Denzel Washington and Courtney B. Vance. She went on to feature in an African-American remake of Cinderella, which starred Whoopi Goldberg and Bernadette Peters.
Whitney Houston returned to the recording studio with the release of My Love Is Your Love, in November 1998. The album was produced by Missy Elliott, Wyclef Jean and Rodney Jerkins and featured a duet with Mariah Carey, 'When You Believe' and another with Faith Evans and Kelly Price, 'Heartbreak Hotel'.
2002 saw the release of Whitney's fifth studio album, Just Whitney. Her husband at the time, Bobby Brown contributed to the production of the album.
Following years of speculation regarding her health, her marriage and possible drug use, Whitney Houston released a new album in August 2009. Entitled The Ultimate Collection, the album features the singles 'Million Dollar Bill' and 'I Look To You'. Whitney Houston performed live on UK TV, as a guest performer on an episode of X Factor, which is judged by Simon Cowell, Cheryl Cole, Louis Walsh and Dannii Minogue.
In 2010, she went on her Nothing But Love World Tour - her first in more than a decade. That year she was honoured at the BET Awards for her lifetime achievements in music.
The following year, she starred in the remake of 1976 film 'Sparkle' alongside Jordin Sparks. The pair collaborated on the single 'Celebrate' for the movie's soundtrack.

Whitney Houston: Personal Life
Having previously been romantically linked to the actor Eddie Murphy and American Footballer Randall Cunningham, Whitney Houston went on to marry Bobby Brown in 1992. Their marriage ended in February 2007, when a divorce was finalized, amid years of speculation regarding abuse within the marriage and drug use by both parties. The pair had one child together, daughter Bobbi Kristina Houston Brown, who was born in 1993.
During the 90s, Houston began to struggle with substance abuse including cocaine and marijuana. She was often late for events and lost a lot of weight. In 2000, marijuana was found in Houston and Brown's luggage at a Hawaii airport, though they were not charged.
In 2011, it was reported that she was undergoing rehab as an out-patient but the following year she was found dead in her hotel bathtub having drowned under the influence of various drugs.

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Controversial Whitney Houston Biopic Brings In Big Ratings For Lifetime

by Stephanie Chase | News | Movies / TV / Theatre | 20th January 2015

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by Stephanie Chase | News | Movies / TV / Theatre | 17th January 2015

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by Stephen Caswell | News | Movies / TV / Theatre | 7th January 2015

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by Stephanie Chase | News | Movies / TV / Theatre | 6th December 2014

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Whitney Houston - How Will I Know

Video | 24th October 2014

Whitney Houston performs her 1985 number one single 'How Will I Know' in live archival footage.

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Whitney Houston - All The Man That I Need [Live]

Video | 2nd October 2014

Whitney Houston recorded a live performance for her December 1990 single, 'All the Man That I Need' for her third studio album, 'I'm Your Baby Tonight', in the same year.

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by Elinor Cosgrave | News | Lifestyle / Showbiz | 27th September 2014

Randy Jackson's wife has reportedly filed for divorce. Erika Jackson has filed the paperwork to end their 18 year relationship citing irreconcilable differences. Randy Jackson and his wife Erika are reportedly divorcing.Read More: On...

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Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston: Her Greatest Performances (trailer)

Video | 17th September 2014

Newly released is the trailer for the late Whitney Houston's first ever live album 'Whitney Houston: Her Greatest Performances'.

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First Ever Whitney Houston Live Album To Be Released In November

by Nick Hill | News | Music / Festivals | 17th September 2014

For the first time ever, fans of the beloved singer Whitney Houston will get to see and hear the late singer perform live almost three years after her tragic death through a CD/DVD live album...

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Angela Bassett To Make Best Of Whitney Houston Biopic, Despite Protests

by Victoria Pavlova | News | Movies / TV / Theatre | 24th July 2014

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by Stephanie Chase | News | Movies / TV / Theatre | 16th July 2014

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by Lauren James | News | Movies / TV / Theatre | 16th July 2014

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Yaya DaCosta To Play Whitney Houston In Lifetime Biopic

by Elinor Cosgrave | News | Lifestyle / Showbiz | 8th June 2014

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Angela Bassett To Direct Lifetime Whitney Houston Biopic

by Elinor Cosgrave | News | Movies / TV / Theatre | 25th May 2014

Lifetime has announced it will be producing and broadcasting a film biopic of Whitney Houston and actress Angela Bassett will be directing.Whitney Houston pictured in 2011.Houston, who died in 2012 aged 48, led a turbulent...

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Bobbi Kristina Brown & Nick Gordon Marry In Secret?

by Elinor Cosgrave | News | Lifestyle / Showbiz | 11th January 2014

Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, may well have married her fiancé Nick Gordon in a secret ceremony. 20-year-old Brown tweeted on Thursday (9th January) a picture of her and...

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Drake Releases 'Nothing Was The Same': Another Strong Rap Album For 2013?

by Lauren James | News | Music / Festivals | 25th September 2013

Three albums in and Drake has firmly found his place within the rap world. Not only does his latest record, Nothing Was The Same, deliver a self-assured sound and confident lyrics but it also marks...

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Ray J Loses It After Cops Jeer At Whitney Houston Corpse

by Lauren James | News | Lifestyle / Showbiz | 20th September 2013

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LAPD Officer Accused Of Commenting Inappropriately On Whitney Houston's Dead Body

by Elinor Cosgrave | News | Lifestyle / Showbiz | 20th September 2013

A complaint has been filed by former LAPD SWAT sergeant Brian Weir, which alleges, that one of his former colleagues, Detective Sergeant Terry Nutall, made inappropriate comments about Whitney Houston's dead body.Whitney Houston photographed in...

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Ray J Furious After Cop's Lewd Remarks On Whitney Houston's Corpse

by Lauren James | News | Lifestyle / Showbiz | 19th September 2013

There is mounting evidence that there was severe police misconduct upon the discovery of legendary singer Whitney Houston's dead body. Houston died on 11th February 2012 after what was discovered to be an accidental drowning...

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Whitney Houston Death, Awful Cop Behaviour Alleged

by Jack de Aguilar | News | Movies / TV / Theatre | 18th September 2013

A rather disturbing story has emerged regarding Whitney Houston, 1 year and 7 month after the singer died in a bathtub at The Beverly Hilton hotel in 2012. It is alleged that a police officer...

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Ariana Grande Recovering From Vocal Cord Haemorrhage As Debut Album Hits No.1

by Lauren James | News | Music / Festivals | 12th September 2013

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Fans Remember Whitney Houston On Her Would-Be 50th Birthday

by Lauren James | News | Lifestyle / Showbiz | 12th August 2013

Last week, 9th August 2013, would have marked Whitney Houston's 50th birthday had she still been alive. Instead, the occasion has been used by her many fans to remember one of the world's most talented...

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Whitney Houston's Daughter Bobbi Kristina Engaged To Houston's "Son" Nick Gordon

by Elinor Cosgrave | News | Lifestyle / Showbiz | 10th July 2013

Bobbi Kristina, the daughter of Whitney Houston, announced she is engaged to Nick Gordon. The 20-year-old announced the engagement via Facebook but emphasised she and Gordon are not related.Bobbi Kristina and Nick Gordon posing in...

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Whitney Houston Fan Causes Plane To Emergency Land After Incessant Singing [Video]

by Jack de Aguilar | News | Lifestyle / Showbiz | 14th May 2013

Sometimes you just get that urge to sing; it can grab you anywhere: in the supermarket buying milk, at home while you microwave a pizza roll, or on a plane, thousands of feet up in...

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How Did Dionne Warwick End Up With Debts Of $10 Million?

by Michael West | News | Music / Festivals | 27th March 2013

Dionne Warwick, one of the biggest names in soul music history, has filed for bankruptcy in the US after racking up worrying debts of $10 million in taxes, since 1991. It's becoming an all too...

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Whitney Houston FBI Files Reveal Potential Extortion Cases

by Contributor | News | Music / Festivals | 5th March 2013

Whitney Houston FBI files have been released by the American government agency in agreement with the Freedom Of Information Act, with the consequently public documents revealing several investigations into extortion, while they also contain several...

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FBI Release 128 Page Dossier Of Whitney Houston Threats, Bribes And Extortion Attempts

by Hayley Avron | News | Music / Festivals | 5th March 2013

In her prime, Whitney Houston was one of the biggest stars on the planet, let alone the entertainment industry. As we all know, with great fame, comes crazy fans and Houston was not short of...

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Whitney Houston FBI Files Released By Government Agency

by Contributor | News | Lifestyle / Showbiz | 4th March 2013

Whitney Houston FBI files have been released by the American government service in compliance with the Freedom Of Information Act.The FBI are known for their surveillance of many top stars, and Houston was evidently no...

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Who Knew?! Twice Married Clive Davis Comes Out As Bisexual In Memoir

by Michael West | News | Music / Festivals | 20th February 2013

The twice-married and twice-divorced record executive Clive Davis has come out as bisexual in his new memoir The Soundtrack Of My Life. The 80-year-old has never before publically addressed his sexuality, though refers to his...

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obiajulu's picture


whitney this is just a trying moment.for the fact that u are still alive today means that God loves u.it will soon be over.i love ur musics.i am praying for u.it will soon be over.remember jesus is still the answer.so turn to him,he will make u whiter than snow.its well with u.

8 years 8 months ago
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tusana wille

waoo thanx god ur back, i luv and i wish u all the best on ur singing career

7 years 10 months ago
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I'm new to this site and am writing from New Zealand.I've been a big fan of Whitney since the 80's.Although she's had a whirlwind life with husband Bobby I believe that whatever she's been through can only make her a stronger person both professionally and personally. I still get goose bumps when I hear her "I will always love you" and "You give good love" Tracks.And her beauty, charisma and singing abilities are unmatched.

9 years 1 month ago
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Please Whitney ignore all who rise up against U read Psalms 27 and Romans 8:28. The devil is a liar and the father of such. I encourage U 2 seek God Matthew 6:33. He is waiting 2 hear from U. He wants 2 heal U. He wants U 2 B a great testimony 2 the World that Whitney Houston shall rise again and sing 4 His glory. There are many, many , many people praying 4 U. B encouraged my Sister and B strong.MisieLondon, UK

8 years 9 months ago
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Hi Whitney !!!We hope you're very fine everyday . Please ignore those write ups against you. What matter is how you helped and inspired a lot through your songs . Also, we hope that you'll record a new album very soon . A great comeback for a great artist . Suggestion for your next album : inspirational songs and some revivals like "don't cry out loud" ( i think this song fits with your very powerful voice) thanks and God Bless

8 years 7 months ago
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Miss Whitney. You've been blessed with an amazing voice, acting talents and priveledged into super stardom. If you could turn back the hand of time, what would you do? Because you believed the children are the future. You always said you could give good love. And you promised that you'd be saving all your love for us. But if you could be in One moment in time, I hope that time will bring you Joy and happiness, but above all of this we your fans wish you Love. But How will I know? But just remember that your love is my love and it would take an eternity to break us, and the chains of amistad couldn't hold us.Fight the demons that hold you back, come back to us.Please.Stace.

8 years 10 months ago
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WOOOW,,i'm shockced,,surprized and heartbroken,,Whitney everyday i log in to inernet hoping to find goog news and it only gets worse..anywayz i don't know what to right but let me tell u this,,i lost my parents scince i was a baby i never saw them or even have any memory of them which makes me an orphan,,and i was 11 when they told me that i was like:yea so what,,like i didn't care and now i'm turning 19 and every single i'm hurt and sad cuz i dunno yhem,,but i swear i realized that i'm hurt more when i hear these heartbreaking news about u,,u know why cuz ur my savior,,my mom brought me to light and left me and u kept me alive,,so please keep e alive and breathing,,and the music bussines is so wrong without u,,so get ur mind right and come back..And i'll keep telling u this as long as i'm breathing: I Need You,We Need You..Luv Ya AlwaysUr #1 Loyal Fan..Salam

8 years 9 months ago
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Finally good news,,finally i'm smiling..Mis. Whitney you did a very good thing for u and for ur family,,and keep it on n never look back..Goodluck from the bottom of my heart..ur loyal #1 fanNadaSalam

8 years 9 months ago
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WOW! Whitneys looking good, she was in good shape at the BET awards, loved her hair.She is now stronger than ever. It's good to see she's back in the studio woking on her new album with longtime record producer Clive David. She will be back on top off the charts before you know it it's were she belongs. she is going to be the biggest comeback artist next year. goooo Whitney!

9 years 2 months ago
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you cant get better when you already are the best.Whitney Houston "the Diva of all times".

9 years 3 months ago
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