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Whitney Soars In Our Hearts

February 13, 2012

There is no doubt Whitney Houston was, is and always shall be a simply monumental artist.  As a pop female solo recording artist, she has the RIAA’s highest certified album of all time, with “The Bodyguard” at 17 million units sold.  Until the launch of the RIAA’s digital certification program in 2004, she reigned as the QUEEN of singles, having sold more than any other female solo artist in history, with 16.5 million units sold.

With THAT VOICE, Whitney made YOU feel what she felt, what she sang.  When she wanted to “Dance with Somebody,” we did.  When her voice reflected her feeling like a “Million Dollar Bill,” WE did.  That voice.  You could get lost in it, listen to it endlessly, never grow tired of it – or ever crack the code of what made it so completely singular.  Songs like “You Give Good Love,” “Where Do Broken Hearts Go,” “Saving All My Love” or “Didn’t We Almost Have it All” could be studied, imitated, emulated – but never, ever matched.  Every song on the “My Love is Your Love” album got you moving and feeling something – whether it was hurt, vulnerability, sass, fun, loyalty or ultimately triumph.

But . . . it was when Whitney SOARED that we soared.  Grounded in Earth but reaching to the sky, her “National Anthem” summoned our pride.  Her 1988 Summer Olympics song “One Moment in Time” made us wish for our own someday.  But, we were glad it was hers, that so many were hers.  And they always will be.

Joel Flatow

GM, West Coast Operations

Sr VP, Artist & Industry Relations

RIAA