Clive Davis discusses Whitney Houston’s comeback album. He discusses the material, the album going number one, working with Whitney over the years, her recent live performances and more.
Archive for September 9th, 2009
Here is the promo video for singer/songwriter Corte Ellis debut single, “Money On The Floor”. 18 & Over here folks…
On Monday (Sept 7th), Jennifer Hudson took to the stage for the first time since giving birth to her son. Oprah threw a block party on Michigan Avenue in Chicago and Jen (alongside The Black Eyed Peas) was one of few acts who helped the Queen of chat celebrate her 24th season premiere. The 27-year-old performed her hits ‘Spotlight’ and ‘If This Isn’t Love’ along with her rendition of her idol Whitney Houston’s classic – ‘I’m Every Woman’ and ‘Best Of My Love’. Here is some decent footage. The show airs tomorrow, September 10th. We will post HQ footage when available.
Like a true diva, Whitney Houston returns to the Billboard 200 in grand style. “I Look To You” becomes Houston’s fourth No. 1 album on the chart, debuting with 305,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan. It’s by far Houston’s best opening sales week since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking data in 1991. Her previous best opening week since that year came when 2002′s “Just Whitney” bowed at No. 9 in the thick of the Christmas holiday shopping season with 205,000.
“I Look To You” is also the singer’s first chart-topper since the Houston-fueled “The Bodyguard” soundtrack spent 20 weeks at No. 1 in 1993. “Look” and “Bodyguard” are joined by Houston’s two previous toppers: her self-titled set in 1986, and her 1987 sophomore set, “Whitney.” The latter was also the first album from a woman to debut at No. 1, which it did did on the Billboard 200 chart dated June 27, 1987.
In addition to Houston’s return, Trey Songz’s “Ready” is the second-biggest bow of the week, starting at No. 3 with 131,000, This is Trey’s highest first week opening in his career. His debut had poor opening sales of 10k and his last album ‘Trey Day’ faired better with opening sales in excess of 73K.
Last week Trey Songz dropped one of the hottest R&B albums in a long time, selling around 115k his first week. Impressive numbers in a slumping market, coming second to only Whitney Houston. I had the chance to interview Trey about a bunch of topics, including R-Kelly, his alleged relationship with Necole Bitchie, his friendship with Drake and more.
In my last blog, on globalgrind recapping his concert at Canal Room, where Drake introduced him as “The Greatest R&B Singer of Our Generation”, I asked him about that moment and how it made him feel here is what he had to say:
TREY: “It made me feel great, Drakes my brother so he’s going to say that about me. I’ll do whatever it takes to make his words and to bring his words to life.”
Here is the official video for Dirty Money’s (Diddy, Dawn Richard & Kaleena) first record “Angels”. I haven’t posted everything to date regarding Dirty Money, but from now on we will be, and what better way to start off than the video. In the words of Sean Combs, Let’s Work!!!