Oprah Winfrey marks the 24th season premiere of her daytime show by having a sit down interview with none other than Miss Whitney Houston. The interview will mark Whitney’s first interview in over seven years. Oprah is calling it “the most anticipated music interview of the decade” which will air on Monday September 14th. Mark your calendars as this must-see event with the legendary musical icon will be water cooler fodder the next day- you wouldn’t want to be left out. I have loved Whit since her first single, the “Preacher’s Wife” mess and even during her “crack is whack” phase. For years, I have hoped she would get her act together and dominate the charts once again so I can have new ballads to butcher during my road trips.
After a seven year hiatus, Houston is trying to make a comeback with her seventh studio album, “I Look To You” which drops August 31, 2009. To start building buzz, Whitney along with her mentor Clive Davis have held listening parties in Los Angeles, New York City and London. Though I’m not a fan of her lead-off single (I’m waiting for a good remix ya’ll), I’ve heard a couple of other leaked tracks and they sound amazing- vintage Whitney in all her glory.
Here are some of Whitney Houston’s achievements during her remarkable career:
- Cited by the Guinness World Records as music’s “most awarded female artist of all time,” with an unsurpassed tally of 411 awards, inclusive of six Grammys, two Emmys, 23 American Music Awards and 16 Billboard Music Awards.
- The world’s biggest selling soundtrack is The Bodyguard with over 42 million units sold
- “I Will Always Love You” is the best-selling single by a female artist, and the biggest-selling non-charity single of all time, with world sales of over 10 million copies.
- Whitney has the most number-one covers. She’s covered the songs “Saving All My Love for You”, “Greatest Love of All”, “All The Man That I Need”, and “I Will Always Love You”.
- Whitney is the most covered artist on the TV Show American Idol with over 1,150 of 70,000 auditions being songs of hers during the show’s third season. The song “I Have Nothing” has been performed in the finals 6 times, more than any other song.
- Whitney holds the record for having the most consecutive number one singles on The Billboard Hot 100. Those seven number ones were: “Saving All My Love for You” (1985), “How Will I Know” (1986), “Greatest Love of All” (1986), “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” (1987), “Didn’t We Almost Have It All” (1987), “So Emotional” (1987) and “Where Do Broken Hearts Go” (1988).
- For a complete list of chart records and achievements, click here.
Here’s a video from the New York City listening party.