Whitney Houston

~ Person


In memory of Whitney Elizabeth Houston (Obituary and Guest Book)
(born in East Orange, New Jersey, USA, died in Beverly Hills, CA, USA)

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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 is one of pop music's best-selling music artists of all-time, with an estimated 170–200 million records sold worldwide. She released seven studio albums and two 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 debut album, Whitney Houston (1985), 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.

Houston's first acting role was as the star of the feature film The Bodyguard (1992). The film's original soundtrack won the 1994 Grammy Award for Album of the Year. Its lead single, "I Will Always Love You", won the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and became the best-selling single by a woman in music history. With the album, Houston became the first act (solo or group, male or female) to sell more than a million copies of an album within a single week period under Nielsen SoundScan system. The album makes her the top female act in the top 10 list of the best-selling albums of all time, at number four. Houston continued to star in movies and contribute to their soundtracks, including the films Waiting to Exhale (1995) and The Preacher's Wife (1996). The Preacher's Wife soundtrack became the best-selling gospel album in history.

On February 11, 2012, Houston was found dead in her guest room at the Beverly Hilton, in Beverly Hills, California. The official coroner's report showed that she had accidentally drowned in the bathtub, with heart disease and cocaine use listed as contributing factors. News of her death coincided with the 2012 Grammy Awards and featured prominently in American and international media.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 Whitney Houston Whitney Houston 5 12
1987 Whitney Whitney Houston 3 8
1990 I'm Your Baby Tonight Whitney Houston 2.5 5
1998 My Love Is Your Love Whitney Houston 3 5
2002 Just Whitney... Whitney Houston 3 3
2003 One Wish: The Holiday Album Whitney Houston 5 1
2009 I Look to You Whitney Houston 5 4

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1988 Dancin' Special Whitney Houston 5 1
2000 The Greatest Hits Whitney Houston 2.5 6
2001 Love, Whitney Whitney Houston 3 2
2007 The Ultimate Collection Whitney Houston 5 1
2010 The Essential Whitney Houston Whitney Houston 5 2
2011 All Time Best Whitney Houston 1
2012 I Will Always Love You: The Best of Whitney Houston Whitney Houston 3

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2014 Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances Whitney Houston 1

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1996 The Preacher's Wife Whitney Houston 3 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1985 How Will I Know Whitney Houston 3 3
1987 I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) Whitney Houston 3 3
1987 Memories Material, Whitney Houston feat. Archie Shepp 1 1
1987 So Emotional Whitney Houston 1
1990 All the Man That I Need Whitney Houston 5 1
1990 I'm Your Baby Tonight Whitney Houston 4 2
1991 My Name Is Not Susan Whitney Houston 3 2
1992 I Will Always Love You Whitney Houston 1 3
1993 I'm Every Woman Whitney Houston 2 4
1993 I Have Nothing Whitney Houston 1
1993 Queen of the Night Whitney Houston 1
1995 Exhale (Shoop Shoop) Whitney Houston 4 3
1996 Count on Me Whitney Houston & CeCe Winans 2 1
1996 Step by Step Whitney Houston 5 2
1998 When You Believe Mariah Carey & Whitney Houston 3
1999 It's Not Right but It's Okay Whitney Houston 6
1999 My Love Is Your Love Whitney Houston 5 7
1999 Heartbreak Hotel Whitney Houston 2 2
1999 I Learned From The Best Whitney Houston 1 2
1999 My Love Is Your Love Whitney Houston 1 1
2000 Could I Have This Kiss Forever Whitney Houston & Enrique Iglesias 5 1
2000 If I Told You That Whitney Houston & George Michael 5 1
2001 The Star Spangled Banner Whitney Houston 1
2003 Love That Man Whitney Houston 5 1
2009 Million Dollar Bill Whitney Houston 3 2

Single + Soundtrack

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2012 Celebrate Whitney Houston 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Platinum Collection 2000 Whitney Houston 1

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