Whitney: The Greatest Hits

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Whitney: The Greatest Hits
Whitney Houston- Greatest Hits Cover.jpg
Greatest hits album by Whitney Houston
Released May 16, 2000 (2000-05-16)
(see release history)
Recorded 1984–March 2000
Genre
Label Arista
Producer
Whitney Houston chronology
My Love Is Your Love
(1998)
Whitney: The Greatest Hits
(2000)
Love, Whitney
(2001)
Singles from Whitney: The Greatest Hits
  1. "Could I Have This Kiss Forever"
    Released: July 25, 2000
  2. "If I Told You That"
    Released: August 8, 2000
  3. "Same Script, Different Cast"
    Released: October 10, 2000
  4. "Fine"
    Released: November 14, 2000

Whitney: The Greatest Hits is a compilation album by American singer Whitney Houston, released in May 2000. The set consists of disc one with ballads and disc two with uptempo numbers and remixes. Houston's performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl XXV, and 1988 Olympics tribute "One Moment in Time" are also included in the set. The collection includes four new songs—"Could I Have This Kiss Forever", duet with Enrique Iglesias, "If I Told You That", duet with George Michael, "Same Script, Different Cast", duet with Deborah Cox and "Fine"—all of which were released as singles. It also includes three other songs that had never appeared on a Houston album: "One Moment in Time", "The Star Spangled Banner", and "If You Say My Eyes Are Beautiful", a duet with Jermaine Jackson from his 1986 Precious Moments album. Along with the album, an accompanying VHS and DVD was released featuring the music videos to Houston's greatest hits, as well as several hard-to-find live performances including her 1983 debut on The Merv Griffin Show, and interviews.[1]

Upon its release Whitney: The Greatest Hits was a commercial success, but it received mixed reviews from music critics. Many complained about the inclusion of remixes on disc two, instead of their original versions. It peaked within top ten in most European countries, United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and received numerous platinum and multiplatinum awards.The IFPI also certified it three times platinum in 2000 for sales exceeding three million copies in Europe.

After Houston's passing in February 2012, it saw resurgence in sales and re-entered album charts in many countries in Europe and in North America. In the United States, it reached a new peak of number two on the Billboard 200. In July 2012, it was certified five times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales exceeding 2.5 million in the United States. Worldwide the album has sold an estimated twelve million copies to date.[2]

In the United States, copies sold at Circuit City stores included a third disc containing new club remixes. Whitney: The Unreleased Mixes is a limited-edition four-record vinyl set, containing eight full club versions of selected remixes found on the American release. In June 2006, it was released digitally and re-titled Dance Vault Mixes: Whitney Houston – The Unreleased Mixes (Collector's Edition). In January 2011, the album was re-issued in Europe, Canada, Australia and New Zealand with the international track listing, but the set was re-titled as The Essential Whitney Houston, as part of Sony Legacy's The Essential series.[3] In addition to the title change, the re-release also features different artwork. The cover picture of the original release was taken by David LaChapelle.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Whitney: The Greatest Hits
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[5]
Entertainment Weekly C+[6]
Newsweek 4/5 stars[7]
New York Daily News 2/5 stars (First LP)[8]
4/5 stars (Second LP)[8]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[9]
CANOE Positive[10]
USA Today 4/5 stars[11]
Billboard Positive[12]
NME 5/5 stars[13]
The Baltimore Sun 2.5/5 stars[14]
The Essential
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[15]

Upon its release, Whitney: The Greatest Hits received generally mixed reviews from music critics. CANOE reviewer Jane Stevenson felt that it is "a greatest hits package that makes good listening sense."[10] Steve Huey from AllMusic showed his dissatisfaction with Arista's choice for the accompanying second disc included their remix instead of the original version, stating "the Greatest Hits disc amply reinforces once again what a fine singles artist Houston has been for the entirety of her career. Still and all, though, it's a frustrating package marred by record company greed."[5] Unlike Huey, Jim Farber of New York Daily News rated the second disc more highly than the first which "recycles Houston's boring old ballads." He commented: "In her dance mixes, she exudes an erotic dynamism that no one else has the lung power to match. This album['s second disc] isn't just an ecstatic piece of party music ― it utterly redefines Houston as an artist."[8] Newsweek‍ '​s Allison Samuels wrote "No one of her generation sings with more character and conviction," giving the album four stars out of five.[7] Ken Tucker from Entertainment Weekly commented harshly on the album: "To listen to the two discs is to hear the sound of a gift being squandered," advising her "Continually pursuing mega record sales at the expense of invention, Houston needs to exhale — to loosen up and put more shoop-shoop R&B into her creative life." A reviewer from The Guardian commented that "[disc two] is eminently more listenable. The likes of I Will Always Love You and Greatest Love of All weren't just a waste of one of the potentially great soul voices; they opened the door for Celine Dion. But Houston remembers her gospel and R&B roots often enough to counterbalance the slush with rootsier offerings like I'm Your Baby Tonight and It's Not Right But It's Okay. New duets with George Michael and (especially titanically) Enrique Iglesias complete a couple of hours of diva-style fun."[9] Steve Jones form USA Today rated the album four stars out of four, commenting that "Whitney: The Greatest Hits [...] puts its subject in context by smartly arranging the material so it's easy to follow Whitney Houston's 15 year progression from ingenue to mature singer. [...] The set does its job well, encapsulating a career that's still a work in progress."[11] Billboard called it "quite [a] stellar collection", adding that "timing couldn't be better for this [...] career retrospective."[12] In contrast, according to NME "[t]he timing couldn't be worse. Issuing a double CD of Whitney Houston's finest moments was intended to shore up her rapidly eroding soul diva supremacy against the rising tide of clued-up, modern successors to her throne – Missy Elliott, Lauren Hill, Kelis."[13] It rated the collection, however, five stars out of five.[13] LA Weekly reviewed the collection negatively, stating that "it's damn near unlistenable. The first of the two discs is the Cool Down side, i.e., the ballads. One track slides too smoothly into the next, with Whitney's voice — so strong, so assured, so boring — anchoring saccharine production and even sappier songwriting. [...] The 'Throw Down' disc is filled with astonishingly bad dance remixes of old hits[.]"[16] According to Ebony, "Whitney: The Greatest Hits reminds listeners of the enormous talent this artist demonstrated on "You Give Good Love" 15 years ago, how she has grown, and the fact she has a long career road ahead."[17] Sonia Murray from Atlanta Journal and Constitution graded the album B+, commenting that "What makes Whitney Houston's first collection of hits great is her. Not the songs. [...] On the first CD there's her masterfully manipulated big pop confections ("I Will Always Love You"), the occasional, really soulful R&B tunes ("Saving All My Love for You") and new radio-ready duets with Whitney-in-training Deborah Cox and Latin smolderer Enrique Iglesias. The second CD of dance remixes is an appropriate nod to an artist who has held sway over so many genres. But without a gospel single from "The Preacher's Wife" soundtrack --- some of her most emotive work --- this isn't Whitney at her best."[18] AllMusic reviewer Stephen Thomas Erlewine felt that "The Essential Whitney Houston plays much like The Greatest Hits; even if it has a handful of songs not on the 2000 collection, it covers the same territory equally well and equally entertainingly."[15] The Orlando Sentinel wrote that the "double album contains almost all of her hit singles from the past 15 years".[19]

Commercial performance[edit]

In February 2012, following Houston's death, the album re-entered the Billboard 200 at number 6 with 64,000 copies sold.[20] It sold 886,000 copies in 2012; all but 2,500 were sold after her death. The album had previously sold 1,738,000 copies prior to 2012.[21]

In Canada, the album jumped up to number 3 with 7,800 copies sold.[22] On February 29, Houston became the first woman to place three albums in the top 10 of the Billboard 200 chart at the same time (Whitney: the Greatest Hits at #2, The Bodyguard at #6 and Whitney Houston at #9).[23] On March 7, 2012, Houston set two Billboard chart records; she became the second female artist after Adele to place two albums in the top five of the Billboard 200 with Whitney: The Greatest Hits at #2 and The Bodyguard at #5, and the first female to place nine albums within the top 100[24](with Whitney: The Greatest Hits at #2, The Bodyguard at #5, Whitney Houston at #10, I Look to You at #13, Triple Feature at #21, My Love Is Your Love at #31, I'm Your Baby Tonight at #32, Just Whitney at #50 and The Preacher's Wife at #80).[25][26]

According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), Whitney: The Greatest Hits was the 32nd global best-selling album of 2012 with sales of one million copies.[27]

Track listings[edit]

North American release[edit]

International and European edition[edit]

DVD[edit]

Whitney: The Unreleased Mixes[edit]

Promotional concerts[edit]

Following the release of her Greatest Hits album, Houston promoted it by performing three sold-out shows at Caesars in Atlantic City from June 30 to July 3, 2000.[28] She performed an additional date during the fall on November 10, at the Aladdin Theater in Las Vegas, with husband at that time, Bobby Brown opening the show.[29] Brown performed a few of his hit songs, both performers closed the show singing their hit duet, "Something in Common".

Set list[edit]

Dates[edit]

Date City Venue
June 30, 2000 Atlantic City, New Jersey Caesars Atlantic City
July 1, 2000
July 3, 2000
November 10, 2000 Las Vegas, Nevada Aladdin Theater

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart procession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
Play by Moby
Irish Albums Chart number-one album
May 15, 2000 – June 11, 2000
Succeeded by
Play by Moby
Preceded by
Reload by Tom Jones
UK Albums Chart number-one album
May 27, 2000 – June 9, 2000
Succeeded by
Crush by Bon Jovi

Certifications[edit]

Accolades[edit]

2000[edit]

Awards show or organization Nomination(s) Categories Result(s)
The 3rd DiVi Awards[123]
(The International Recording Media Association)
Whitney: The Greatest Hits (DVD) Best Music Release Nominated
M6 Awards 2000[124] Whitney Houston (herself) Artiste Féminine Internationale de l'Année (International Female Artist of the Year) Nominated
The 1st My VH1 Music Awards[125][126] Whitney Houston vs. Honolulu Airport security Most Entertaining Public Feud Nominated

2001[edit]

Awards show or organization Nomination(s) Categories Result(s)
The 10th Echo Awards[127] Whitney: The Greatest Hits Künstlerin des Jahres International (Best International Female Rock/Pop Artist) Nominated
2001 Meteor Ireland Music Awards[128] Whitney: The Greatest Hits Best International Female Won
The 7th Blockbuster Entertainment Awards[129] Whitney: The Greatest Hits Favorite Female Artist — R&B Nominated
The 1st BET Awards[130][131] BET Lifetime Achievement Award Won
The 16th Japan Gold Disc Awards[132] Whitney: The Greatest Hits Pop Album of the Year (International) Won

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label
United States May 16, 2000 Arista
The Unreleased Mixes
Worldwide June 6, 2006 J Records
The Essential
United Kingdom January 10, 2011 Sony

See also[edit]

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