Whitney Houston makes history again. Along with her other many achievements, Houston’s 2nd studio effort, Whitney, is certified Diamond.
Whitney Houston’s “Whitney” Album Becomes Third RIAA-Diamond Certified
As reported by Billboard, Sony Music announces that Houston officially became the first Black recording artist (male, female, solo or group) to generate 3 RIAA Diamond-certified (10x Platinum) albums!
After a mega-successful campaign by studio head Clive Davis, her first album cemented her position in the hearts of millions of her fans. After that release, her second studio album was “Whitney“.
On October 28th, her 2nd album joined her other 2 albums, “Whitney Houston” and “The Bodyguard” soundtrack in reaching Diamond status.
The Tale Of Three Albums
If you are a true Whitney Houston fan, then you already know. So rather than list her many achievements, let’s just jump straight to the music. Prepare yourself for a ride down memory lane.
Live Performances From Her Debut Album, Whitney Houston –
Though she is no longer here with us, Ms. Whitney left us a treasure trove of performances to keep up entertained for hours upon hours. Let’s enjoy her many live performances showing off her beautiful voice. Here are my favorites from her debut album, “Whitney Houston”.
My personal introduction to Ms. Houston was this song, “Saving All My Love For You”
“How Will I Know” another favorite of mine.
My personal favorite, “You Give Good Love”
LIVE Performances From Her 2nd Studio Album, “Whitney“
My Favorites From Her Sophomore Efforts, Which Has Grabbed Headlines Today For Making Whitney The First Black Recording Artist To Reach 3X Diamond Status Include –
There was “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Love Me)”
And “Didn’t We Have It All”
Live Performances From “The BodyGuard” Soundtrack
Later, came the uber-successful 1992 soundtrack to The Bodyguard. Offering old and new fans alike something to smile about –
“I Have Nothing” – another fave.
Whitney Houston’s “I’m Every Woman” Live.
If you’ve never heard this snippet of “Jesus Loves Me” which she sang in Germany, you are about to be schooled. It’s only 47 seconds long, but all the glory of her voice is displayed in this 47 second clip.
With multiple hit songs, it was the ever-popular “I Will Always Love You” that catapulted her to super-duper status. This one song alone garnered one billion views of the official music video on YouTube. That’s billion, y’all, with a B. Here’s one of her live versions –
There have only been 3 black artists that have had 2 Diamond Albums, the incomparable Michael Jackson and songbird, Mariah Carey.
Whitney Houston To Be Inducted Into the 35th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame
Scheduled to air on HBO on Nov. 7th, Ms. Houston will be honored when inducted into the 35th Annual Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame.
Also announced by The Houston estate, they will be teaming up with Clive Davis, Pat Houston, Larry Mestel of Primary Wave Music, Dennis O’ Sullivan, and Jeff Kalligheri. “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”, will be an official Houston biopic to be ready to hit theatres by 2022.
Let’s trust that this biopic will do her life justice. We will always love you, Whitney Houston!
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