Whitney (album)

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Whitney
Studio album by Whitney Houston
Released June 2, 1987
Recorded September 1986 – February 1987
Genre Pop, R&B, dance,[1] adult contemporary[2]
Length 53:09
Label Arista
Producer Narada Michael Walden,
Michael Masser,
Jellybean Benitez,
Kashif
Whitney Houston chronology
Whitney Dancin' Special
(1986)
Whitney
(1987)
I'm Your Baby Tonight
(1990)
Singles from Whitney
  1. "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)"
    Released: April 30, 1987
  2. "Didn't We Almost Have It All"
    Released: August 13, 1987
  3. "So Emotional"
    Released: November 12, 1987
  4. "Where Do Broken Hearts Go"
    Released: February 25, 1988
  5. "Love Will Save the Day"
    Released: July 5, 1988
  6. "I Know Him So Well"
    Released: November 30, 1988

Whitney is the second studio album by American R&B/pop singer Whitney Houston, released in the United States on June 2, 1987 by Arista Records as the follow-up to her best selling debut album, Whitney Houston. She became an international star with this album, which made her the era's top female star.[3] Whitney was certified 9× platinum by the RIAA on November 29, 1995.[4]

The album met the expectations of many people and was sensationally popular after its release.[5] With this album, Houston set historic records on the charts. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart the issue of June 27, 1987, becoming the first album by a female artist, and only the fifth album by a solo artist. The album remained at the top for eleven consecutive weeks, creating a record; the most cumulative weeks (25 weeks) at number one on the albums chart by a female artist during the 1980s.[6][7]

Its first four singles—"I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)", "Didn't We Almost Have It All," "So Emotional" and "Where Do Broken Hearts Go"—all peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making her the first female artist to achieve that feat. Along with three straight number one singles from the debut album, they established an unprecedented seven consecutive number one hits by a performer, surpassing the Beatles and the Bee Gees.[8][9][10] As well as in United States, the album and the first single, "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)," were enormous hits worldwide, topping the charts in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and mainland Europe.

At the 30th Grammy Awards of 1988, the album received three nominations including Album of the Year, winning her second Grammy, "Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female" for "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)."[11] It has been announced that it will be re-released as a special anniversary edition by Legacy Recordings alongside "The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album". The album has sold over 25 million copies World Wide.

Production[edit]

The album had a more pop feel than the first album. Narada Michael Walden who produced the infectious "How Will I Know," on the first album produced seven of the Whitney album's eleven tracks, three of which became Number 1's on Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart in 1987 and 1988. Kashif, the producer of "You Give Good Love" contributed "Where You Are". Michael Masser who was responsible for several hits from Whitney's debut album, contributed number 1 hit single "Didn't We Almost Have It All" and "You're Still My Man." "You're Still My Man" was originally recorded for the first album but was left off because Clive Davis felt it would be too much pop. Finally, Jellybean Benitez contributed "Love Will Save the Day."

Commercial performance[edit]

With the highly anticipated release of her second album Whitney,[12] Houston became the first female artist to debut at number one in the history of Billboard 200 chart (formerly the "Top Pop Albums" chart).[6] It made her the fourth artist to achieve that feat overall, behind Elton John with Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy and Rock of the Westies, Stevie Wonder with Songs in the Key of Life and Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band with Live/1975–85.[13] On June 27, 1987 the album topped the chart and remained there for eleven consecutive weeks, the longest run among the releases that reached peak position of the year.[7] It also debuted at number fourteen on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart (formerly the "Top Black Albums" chart) and peaked at the number two, staying on the chart for a total of seventy-five weeks.[14] The album was Houston's fastest-selling album in the United States at that time, with four million copies shipped within the first three months of its release.[15] It was certified 9× Platinum for shipping 9 million copies in the United States alone by the Recording Industry Association of America on November 29, 1995.[4] The album has sold over 9,253,000 copies in the US to date since May 14, 2012. The album re-entered the Billboard 200 on week February 12, 2012 the following day after Houston's death at number 87 the album remained in the chart for 11 more weeks making 86 weeks on the Billboard 200 to date. The album has sold nearly 289,000 copies more since its re entry in 2012. Whitney was a smash hit worldwide. In the United Kingdom, the album debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart on June 13, 1987 and remained there for six weeks.[16] There·through, Whitney became the first album to debut at number one in the U.S. and in the UK both. It was 1987's third best-selling album in the UK, behind Michael Jackson's Bad and U2's The Joshua Tree, and was ranked number six on list of "The Best-Selling Albums of the 1980s in UK". With 1.2 million copies sold there, it would become the biggest selling album by a female artist in the UK, a record that has since been broken. With her debut also selling over a million copies, this would make Houston the first female artist to have two albums sell over a million copies in the UK.[17] With current sales of over 2.2 million, the album was the first album by an African-American woman to sell over 2 million in the UK. In Canada, the album topped the albums chart for eleven weeks, being the third best-selling album in 1987, behind U2's The Joshua Tree and Bon Jovi's Slippery When Wet.[18][19] In addition, it peaked at number one in Germany for eleven weeks,[20] Italy for five weeks,[21] Norway for eleven weeks,[22] Netherlands for six weeks, Switzerland for eleven weeks,[23] Austria for two weeks,[24] Sweden for four weeks,[25] Australia for three weeks,[26] New Zealand for two weeks,[27] Spain, Finland, Taiwan, and so on. As a result of massive popularity across Europe, the album topped the European Hot 100 Albums chart for eight weeks in 1987. In Japan, with sales of 384,000 copies combined of LP, CD and Compact Cassette, the album became the third best-selling album of 1987, behind Top Gun Soundtrack Album and Michael Jackson's Bad.[28] In 1988, Whitney was certified 6× Platinum[A]by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) and 7× Platinum for shipments of 700,000 copies of the album by the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA), respectively.[29][30] It was also certified Platinum in Germany, Netherlands and Finland, respectively,[31][32][33] 2× Platinum in Switzerland, Austria and Sweden, respectively.[34][35][36] In November 2006, Whitney was ranked number forty-seven for sales of 2.2 million, making it her biggest-selling album in the UK, on list of "100 Best Selling Albums of All Time in the UK" announced by The Official UK Charts Company.[37] The album has sold over 20 million copies WorldWide.

Note:

Singles[edit]

Whitney produced a then-record-equalling four number one singles from one album, making it the first album by a female artist, and overall only the second album by a solo artist, behind Michael Jackson's Bad, yielded five number ones. The album is one of only seven albums in music history to generate at least four number one Hot 100 hits from the same album. This feat, with the three number ones from her debut album, also gave Houston seven consecutive number one songs; a record for the most consecutive number ones by any musical act. The most consecutive #1's title was previously held by both The Beatles and the Bee Gees with six each.[8]

The first single released from the album, "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)," made its debut at number 38, her highest debut at the time, on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, the issue dated May 16, 1987, and reached the top position in six weeks later, becoming her fourth number one hit.[38] It also topped the Hot Adult Contemporary chart for three weeks.[39] The single was a massive success globally, becoming one of her signature songs. In the United Kingdom, it entered the UK Singles Chart at number 10 on May 23, 1987 and reached the number one in two weeks later, staying there for two weeks.[40][41] According to the Official Charts Company, it sold 760,000 copies and became her best-selling single in the country at the point. The single also peaked at number one of the singles charts in Australia for five weeks,[26] Belgium for three weeks,[42] Canada for a week,[43] Germany for five weeks,[44] Italy for one week,[45] the Netherlands for four weeks,[46] New Zealand for four weeks,[47] Norway for seven weeks,[48] Sweden for six weeks,[49] and Switzerland for six weeks.[50] Thanks to its strong sales and airplay across Europe, it went to top position of European Hot 100 Singles chart and remained at the summit for eight weeks. The single was certified Gold^ by the RIAA on July 28, 1987, for sales of one million more in the United States[51]―the requirement for a Gold single prior to 1989, and re-certified Platinum for the same sales on February 13, 1989.[51] In addition, it was certified Gold in UK, Canada, and Sweden.[29][30][36] At the time, it was her biggest hit single, selling 4.2 million copies worldwide.[52]

The power ballad, "Didn't We Almost Have It All," was released as the album's second single in August 1987. It peaked at number one on the Hot 100 chart on September 26, 1987 and stayed on the top for two weeks.[53] It also topped the Hot Adult Contemporary chart for three weeks, becoming her fifth chart-topper.[54] The single peaked at number two in Canada.[55]

The album's third and fourth singles, "So Emotional" and "Where Do Broken Hearts Go," both reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart in 1988, becoming her sixth and seventh number one hits, respectively. The former became her second number one hit on Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play chart and was certified Gold for shipments of 500,000 copies by the RIAA on December 6, 1995.[56] The latter peaked at number one Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary chart for three weeks.

The fifth and final single to be released off the album, "Love Will Save the Day," peaked at number nine on the Hot 100 Singles chart.[57] All five singles were top 5 Hot Black Singles hits, though none of them reached number one.[58][59][60][61][62] "I Know Him So Well" was released as a single in Australia, Germany, Netherlands, and Spain.

Note: ^ It was a certification according to old criteria. In 1989, the sales thresholds for singles were reduced to 500,000 for Gold and 1,000,000 for Platinum, reflecting a decrease in sales of singles.[63]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
The Associated Press (mixed)[64]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[65]
Robert Christgau C+[66]
Los Angeles Times (mixed)[2]
The New York Times (negative)[1]
Rolling Stone (mixed)[67]
The San Diego Union-Tribune (favorable)[68]
St. Petersburg Times (favorable)[69]
Q 4/5 stars[70]

Upon the album's debut, the critical receptions of Whitney were mixed. Most of critics admitted the commercial value of the album, but were critical of its standard pattern followed the predecessor's winning formula and the materials failed to reveal Houston's individuality. Jon Pareles of The New York Times criticized for something as formulaic on the album, stating that: "Whitney plays everything safe. It uses three of the debut album's producers. [...] There are bouncy, tinkly songs aimed at teen-agers, [...] and slow tunes aimed at sentimental adults, as before. Even the album title fits in with an Arista Records custom of separating female singers—Dionne, Aretha, Carly—from their last names." He was not positive of her vocals on it, commenting "What's more unsettling is that in the two years since Whitney Houston was released, the singer hasn't gotten much more expressive. For too many songs, she takes the patched-together style of the debut album further [...] as if she were singing in a second language." He added that "For all the passionate avowals of the lyrics, Ms. Houston and her producers keep emotion at bay."[1]

Vince Aletti from Rolling Stone also gave an unfavorable review, stating "the formula is more rigorously locked in than before, and the range so tightly circumscribed that Houston's potential seems to have shrunk rather than expanded" and the record is "smug, repressive and ridiculously safe." Also, he made some sarcastic comments about the first single, "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)", calling it "How Will I Know II", spoken at Hollywood's blockbuster sequels.[67] Robert Hilburn, in his review for Los Angeles Times, regarded the album as "another commercial blockbuster", writing that the record is "a series of highly accessible selections that will work on a variety of radio formats." However, he expressed his considerable disappointment that Whitney did precious little to define the singer's vision, adding that she had a sensational voice but didn't assert much vocal character on it.[2] Dolores Barclay of The Associated Press complimented Houston on her excellent vocal ability: "Whitney Houston has a fine instrument and uses it well. Her voice takes us to places we know and to places we might want to forget and to places we dream about." But she, like other critics, was critical of the song material on the record, commenting "There is no depth, and not much excitement. Nor does this extremely talented song stylist and Grammy winner take risks and try something just a little daring."[64] St. Petersburg Times showed a favorable attitude toward her new album at large, stating "[Whitney] is, first and foremost, a product. It has been carefully designed, manufactured and packaged. As such, it's easy to be cynical about. But as products go, this is a pretty good one." They also praised her vocal sounds as follows: "Houston's voice sounds good, real good. [...] She's firmer, more confident. [...] Along with crystalline belting, Houston growls and scats and varies her timbre and phrasing."[69]

Promotions and appearances[edit]

Date Title Details
May 21, 1987
(Air Date)
Top of the Pops
(UK's Music Chart TV programme)
August 2, 1987 The Special Olympics
Summer Games Opening Ceremonies
September 11, 1987 The 4th MTV Video Music Awards
January 25, 1988 The 15th American Music Awards
March 2, 1988 The 30th Grammy Awards

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)"   George Merrill, Shannon Rubicam Narada Michael Walden 4:52
2. "Just the Lonely Talking Again"   Sam Dees Narada Michael Walden 5:34
3. "Love Will Save the Day"   Toni C. Jellybean 5:25
4. "Didn't We Almost Have It All"   Michael Masser, Will Jennings Michael Masser 5:07
5. "So Emotional"   Billy Steinberg, Tom Kelly Narada Michael Walden 4:37
6. "Where You Are"   LeMel Humes, James Calabrese, Dyan Humes Kashif 4:11
7. "Love Is a Contact Sport"   Preston Glass Narada Michael Walden 4:19
8. "You're Still My Man"   Michael Masser, Gerry Goffin Michael Masser 4:18
9. "For the Love of You"   O'Kelly Isley, Ronald Isley, Marvin Isley, Chris Jasper Narada Michael Walden 5:33
10. "Where Do Broken Hearts Go"   Frank Wildhorn, Chuck Jackson Narada Michael Walden 4:38
11. "I Know Him So Well" (duet with Cissy Houston) Tim Rice, Benny Andersson, Björn Ulvaeus Narada Michael Walden 4:30

Charts and certifications[edit]

Singles chart positions[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
US
[94]
US R&B
[94]
US AC
[94]
US Dance
[94]
CAN
[95]
UK
[96]
AUS
[97]
BEL
[98]
FRA
[99]
GER
[100]
IRL
[101]
ITA
[102]
NED
[103]
NZ
[104]
SWE
[105]
SWI
[106]
1987 "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 15 1 2 1 1 1 1 1
"Didn't We Almost Have It All" 1 2 1 2 14 27 14 20 4 34 17 49 18
"So Emotional" 1 5 8 1 9 5 26 17 21 3 28 18 47 30
1988 "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" 1 2 1 6 14 48 2 24 47 23
"Love Will Save the Day" 9 5 10 1 8 10 77 8 48 37 8 6 18
"I Know Him So Well" 46 16
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Chart procession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
The Joshua Tree by U2
Billboard 200 number-one album
June 27 – September 11, 1987 (11 weeks)
Succeeded by
La Bamba Soundtrack by Various artists
Preceded by
The Joshua Tree by U2
European Top 100 Albums chart number-one album
August 1 – September 25, 1987 (8 weeks)
Succeeded by
Who's That Girl Soundtrack by Madonna
Preceded by
Live in the City of Light by Simple Minds
UK Albums Chart number one album
June 13 – July 24, 1987 (6 weeks)
Succeeded by
Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby by Terence Trent D'Arby
Preceded by
Crowded House by Crowded House
Australian Kent Music Report number-one album
June 22 – July 12, 1987 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi
Preceded by
The Joshua Tree by U2
Austrian Albums Chart number-one album
July 1–31, 1987 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
The Joshua Tree by U2
Preceded by
The Joshua Tree by U2
Canadian RPM Top 100 Albums Chart number-one album
June 27 – September 11, 1987 (11 weeks)
Succeeded by
La Bamba Soundtrack by Various artists
Preceded by
The Joshua Tree by U2
German Media Control Top 100 number-one album
June 22 – September 6, 1987 (11 weeks)
Succeeded by
Who's That Girl Soundtrack by Madonna
Preceded by
Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi
New Zealand's Albums Chart number-one album
July 5–18, 1987 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
Slippery When Wet by Bon Jovi
Preceded by
The Joshua Tree by U2
Italian Albums Chart number-one album
June 13 – July 17, 1987 (5 weeks)
Succeeded by
Blue's by Zucchero
Preceded by
Tell No Tales by TNT
Norwegian Albums Chart number-one album
June 13 – August 28, 1987 (11 weeks)
Succeeded by
Hysteria by Def Leppard
Preceded by
Tango in the Night by Fleetwood Mac
Swedish Albums Chart number-one album
June 17 – September 1, 1987 (11 weeks)
Succeeded by
Solitude Standing by Suzanne Vega
Preceded by
Sign 'O' the Times by Prince
Swiss Albums Chart number-one album
June 17 – August 29, 1987 (11 weeks)
Succeeded by
Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby by Terence Trent D'Arby

See also[edit]

Accolades[edit]

American Black Achievement Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
1987 Whitney Houston (herself) The Music Award (shared with Luther Vandross)[107] Won
1988 Whitney Houston (herself) The Music Award[108] Nominated

American Music Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
1988 Whitney Houston (herself) Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist[109] Won
"I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" Favorite Pop/Rock Single[109] Won
Whitney Houston (herself) Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist[110] Nominated
1989 Whitney Houston (herself) Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist[111] Won
Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist[111] Won

Billboard Music Awards[edit]

The Billboard Music Awards, based on Billboard magazine's year-end charts, was not held before 1990. Nominated categories were those of which were ranked in Top 5 on the year-end charts. This is based on general numbers of nomination at the Billboard Music Awards.

Year Recipient Award Result
1987 Whitney Houston (herself) Top Pop Artist of the Year[112] Nominated
Top Pop Albums Artist[113] Nominated
Top Pop Singles Artist[113] Nominated
"I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" Top Pop Single[114] Nominated
Whitney Houston (herself) Top Pop Album Artist – Female[115] Won
Top Pop Singles Artist – Female[115] Nominated
"I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" Top Hot Crossover Single[116] Nominated
Whitney Houston (herself) Top Hot Crossover Artist[116] Nominated
Top Adult Contemporary Artist[117] Nominated
1988 Whitney Houston (herself) Top Black Artist of the Year Nominated
Top Pop Singles Artist Nominated
Top Pop Album Artist – Female Nominated
Top Pop Singles Artist – Female Won
Whitney Top Black Album Nominated
Whitney Houston (herself) Top Black Album Artist Nominated
"So Emotional" (Remix) Top Dance Club Play Single Nominated
Whitney Houston (herself) Top Dance Club Play Artist Nominated
"Where Do Broken Hearts Go" Top Adult Contemporary Single Nominated
Whitney Houston (herself) Top Adult Contemporary Artist Nominated
Top Hot Crossover Artist Nominated

BRAVO Magazine's Bravo Otto Awards[edit]

BRAVO is the largest teen magazine within the German-language sphere. Since 1957, the magazine has distributed its "Bravo Otto" awards based on the readers' vote in different categories each year.

Year Recipient Award Result
1988 Whitney Houston (herself) Female Singer – Silver Otto Award[118][119] Won

BRIT Awards (formerly "BPI Awards")[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
1988 Whitney Houston (herself) Best International Solo Artist[120] Nominated
1989 Whitney Houston (herself) Best International Female Artist[121] Nominated

The Garden State Music Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
1988 Whitney Houston (herself) Best Female Vocalist, Rock/Pop[122] Won
Whitney Best Album, Rock/Pop[122] Won
"So Emotional" Best Single, Rock/Pop[122] Won
Whitney Houston (herself) Best Female Vocalist, R&B/Dance[122] Won
Whitney Best Album, R&B/Dance[122] Won
"So Emotional" Best Single, R&B/Dance[122] Won
"I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" Best Music Video[122] Won

Grammy Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
1988 Whitney Album of the Year[123] Nominated
"I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female[11] Won
"For the Love of You" Best R&B Vocal Performance, Female[124] Nominated
"Didn't We Almost Have It All" Song of the Year (the songwriters: Michael Masser, Will Jennings)[125] Nominated

NAACP Image Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
1987 Whitney Outstanding Female Recording Artist[126] Nominated

People's Choice Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
1988 Whitney Houston (herself) Favorite Female Musical Performer[127] Won
1989 Whitney Houston (herself) Favorite Female Musical Performer[128] Won

Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) Awards[edit]

Year Date Title Format(s) Award Description(s) Result(s)
1987 July 28 Whitney Album Gold[129] Won
Whitney Album Platinum[129] Won
Whitney Album 2× Multi-Platinum[129] Won
"I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" Single Gold[129] Won
August 4 Whitney Album 3× Multi-Platinum[129] Won
September 30 Whitney Album 4× Multi-Platinum[129] Won
November 20 Whitney Album 5× Multi-Platinum[129] Won
1988 April 18 Whitney Album 6× Multi-Platinum[129] Won
1989 February 13 "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" Single Platinum[129] Won
1993 June 23 Whitney Album 7× Multi-Platinum[130] Won
1994 November 29 Whitney Album 8× Multi-Platinum[130] Won
1995 November 29 Whitney Album 9× Multi-Platinum[131] Won
December 6 "So Emotional" Single Gold[131] Won

Soul Train Music Awards[edit]

Year Recipient Award Result
1988 Whitney Album of the Year, Female[132] Won
"I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" Best Music Video[133] Nominated
1989 "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" Best R&B/Urban Contemporary Single, Female Nominated

Billboard Magazine Year-End Charts[edit]

Categories which Houston was ranked No. 1, were excluded. See above awards list if you want to know her #1-ranked-categories.

Year Category Work Position
1987 Top Pop Artists of the Year[112] total five charted albums & singles #3
Top Black Artists of the Year[112] total five charted albums & singles #9
Top Pop Albums[134] Whitney #23
Top Pop Albums Artists[113] two charted albums #3
Top Pop Singles[114] "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" #4
"Didn't We Almost Have It All" #22
Top Pop Singles Artists – Female[115] three charted singels #2
Top Black Albums[135] Whitney #20
Top Black Album Artists[135] two charted albums #10
Top Black Singles[136] "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) #24
"Didn't We Almost Have It All" #38
Top Black Singles Artists[136] three charted singles #14
Top Dance Sales 12-inch Singles[137] "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) (Remix) #24
Top Dance Club Play Singles[137] "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me) (Remix) #14
Top Adult Contemporary Singles[138] "Didn't We Almost Have It All" #7
"I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" #9
Top Adult Contemporary Artists[117] three charted singles #4
Top Hot Crossover Singles[116] "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" #4
"Didn't We Almost Have It All" #16
Top Hot Crossover Artists[116] three charted singles #3
Top Pop Compact Disks[116] Whitney #7
1988 Top Pop Artists of the Year total six charted albums & singles #7
Top Black Artists of the Year total six charted albums & singles #5
Top Pop Albums Whitney #12
Top Pop Album Artists two charted albums #11
Top Pop Album Artists – Female two charted albums #3
Top Pop Singles "So Emotional" #6
"Where Do Broken Hearts Go" #33
"One Moment in Time" #89
Top Pop Singles Artists four charted singles #4
Top Black Albums Whitney #5
Top Black Album Artists two charted albums #5
Top Black Singles "So Emotional" #46
"Where Do Broken Hearts Go" #47
"Love Will Save the Day" #74
Top Dance Club Play Singles "So Emotional" (Remix) #4
Top Dance Club Play Artists two charted singles #2
Top Adult Contemporary Singles "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" #2
"One Moment in Time" #50
Top Adult Contemporary Artists four charted singles #3
Top Hot Crossover Artists four charted singles #3

Credits[edit]

1 Produced and arranged by Narada Michael Walden

  • Recorded and mixed by David Frazer
  • Assistant engineer – Dana Jon Chappelle
  • Additional engineers – Lincoln Clapp, Gordon Lyon, Jay Rifkin, Ken Kessie, Maureen Droney
  • Additional assistant engineers – Gordon Lyon, Stuart Hirotsu, Paul "Goatee" Hamingson, Noah Baron, Bill "Sweet William" Miranda, Ross Williams, Rob Beaton

2 Produced by Jellybean Benitez

  • Arranged by Jack Waldman and Toni C.
  • Engineers – Michael Hutchinson, Doc Dougherty
  • Additional engineer – Dennis McKay
  • Assistant engineers – Nick Delre, Toni Greene, Jay Healy, Fernando Kral, Tony Maserati, Paul Pesce, Don Peterkofsky, Tim Reppert, Mark Roule, Craig Vogel
  • Mix engineer – Michael Hutchinson

3 Produced by Michael Masser

  • Engineers – Michael DeLugg, Dean Burt, Jim Boyer, Mike Mancini, Russ Terrano, Fred Law
  • Assistant engineers – Fernando Kral, Tony Maserati
  • Mix engineer – Russ Torrano
  • Production coordinator – Alicia Winfield

4 Produced by Kashif

  • Engineer – Darroll Gustamachio
  • Additional engineers – Russ Terrana, Calvin Harris
  • Assistant engineers – Larry Smith, Dennis Mitchell, Bob Loftus, Steve MacMillian, Mike Ross, Mike Dotson, Amy Ziffer, Milton Chan, John Drankchak
  • Mix engineer – Darroll Gustamachio
  • Production coordinator – Russell Sidelsky
  • Mastered at Sterling Sound by George Marino
Vocal arrangements by Whitney Houston
Executive producer – Clive Davis

Other credits[edit]

  • Front cover and inner sleeve photographs by Richard Avedon
  • Design by Marl Larson
  • Hand lettering by Bernard Maisner
  • Art production – Milton Sincoff

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