Whitney (album)

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Whitney
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 2, 1987
Recorded1986-1987
Genre
Length52:48
LabelArista
Producer
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: May 2, 1987
  2. "Didn't We Almost Have It All"
    Released: August 13, 1987
  3. "So Emotional"
    Released: October 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 (Germany)

Whitney is the second studio album by American singer Whitney Houston, released on June 2, 1987 by Arista Records as the follow-up to her self-titled debut album, Whitney Houston.[1]

The album features five top 10 hits on the US Billboard Hot 100, which also became international hits. The album's 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 hit number one on the US Hot 100, making her the first female singer to get four number one hits from one album. Along with three straight to number one singles from Houston's previous album, this gave the singer a seven consecutive number one hits, surpassing popular boy bands the Beatles and the Bee Gees, who each had six number one consecutive hits.[2][3][4]

Critical reception[change | change source]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
The Associated Press(mixed)[5]
AllMusic4/5 stars[6]
Robert ChristgauC+[7]
Los Angeles Times(mixed)[8]
The New York Times(negative)[9]
Rolling Stone(mixed)[10]
The San Diego Union-Tribune(favorable)[11]
St. Petersburg Times(favorable)[12]
Q4/5 stars[13]

When the album was released, the critical reviews of Whitney were mixed. Some liked the material released from the album and compared it to her 1985 self-titled debut album, whereas some felt that Houston was not able to show her individuality as a singer.[9][10][8]

Track listing[change | change source]

No. TitleProducer(s) Length
1. "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)"  Narada Michael Walden 4:51
2. "Just the Lonely Talking Again"  Narada Michael Walden 5:32
3. "Love Will Save the Day"  Jellybean 5:21
4. "Didn't We Almost Have It All"  Michael Masser 5:05
5. "So Emotional"  Narada Michael Walden 4:36
6. "Where You Are"  Kashif 4:10
7. "Love Is a Contact Sport"  Narada Michael Walden 4:19
8. "You're Still My Man"  Michael Masser 4:16
9. "For the Love of You"  Narada Michael Walden 5:31
10. "Where Do Broken Hearts Go"  Narada Michael Walden 4:37
11. "I Know Him So Well" (duet with Cissy Houston)Narada Michael Walden 4:30

Personnel[change | change source]

Charts[change | change source]

Certifications and sales[change | change source]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[42] 3× Platinum 210,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[43] 2× Platinum 100,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[44] 7× Platinum 700,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[45] Platinum 20,000double-dagger
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[46] Platinum 59,053[46]
France (SNEP)[47] Platinum 300,000*
Germany (BVMI)[48] Platinum 500,000^
Greece (IFPI Greece)[49] Gold 50,000^
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[50] Platinum Expression error: Missing operand for *.*
Italy (FIMI)[51] Gold 100,000*
Netherlands (NVPI)[52] Platinum 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[53] Platinum 15,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[49] Platinum 100,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[54] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Sweden (GLF)[55] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[56] 2× Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[58] 7× Platinum 2,237,603[57]
United States (RIAA)[59] Diamond 10,000,000double-dagger
Summaries
Worldwide 20,000,000[60]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

References[change | change source]

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