Whitney Elizabeth Houston, known as Whitney Houston ( Newark , 9 August 1963 ), is a singer and actress American .
Is recognized as one of the most famous, iconic and talented singers of all time, often called simply “The Voice” (ie “The Voice”) and power, purity and perfection of her voice.
His great success in the eighties led to the opening of markets hitherto closed to singers of color. His first two albums, Whitney Houston and Whitney , in fact, are among the best-selling female album in history. With them, the singer has dominated the world rankings, particularly the Billboard Hot 100 , which has placed seven singles in a row at number one, beating the record of five belonging to Diana Ross & The Supremes and the Beatles . In total, he collected 11 hits in the U.S. charts.
It is also one of the most successful women record: it is the fourth woman in the number of sales in the United States , with approximately 55 million records certified by the RIAA and its famous cover of I Will Always Love You by Dolly Parton , sandwiched the soundtrack to the film The Bodyguard , is the biggest selling single in history by a woman, having certified more than 16 million copies sold, and the sixth best-selling in history. He also holds the second place in the artists’ color of the most successful, after Michael Jackson . It is estimated to have sold 180 million albums in total between disks and.
In 2008 the Guinness Book of World Records said Whitney the most awarded and popular artist in the world. The artist has won six Grammy Awards and holds the record for number of American Music Awards , having received 22 in all.
Whitney Houston was inserted by the Rolling Stones list of 100 greatest singers of all time.
After a period of decline in the 2000s due to a severe life events and lawsuits against former husband in June 2009, the record label Arista Records announced Whitney’s new album titled I Look To You , released in August 28, 2009 Italy and Germany and the United States on August 31.
Daughter of singer Cissy Houston (member of the group The Sweet Inspirations) and grandson of the famous Dionne Warwick . The Whitney Young, after a stint as a model , sprang to fame thanks to his world music debut album of 1985 , entitled Whitney Houston (which contained a cover of Diana Ross ‘s 1983 , In Your Arms ), which entered at number 1 of the U.S. charts, staying there for 14 consecutive weeks and entering the Guinness Book of Records as the biggest selling album debut by a singer (almost 29 million copies). Second in the standings Britney Spears in 1999 with the album … Baby One More Time which sold nearly 25 million copies worldwide.
Two years later, in 1987 , is back with Whitney , preceded by the international hit I Want to Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me) The album includes fruit a dizzying series of firsts for sale. In 1988 affects One Moment in Time , anthem of the Olympic Games in Seoul . In 1990 released their third album I’m Your Baby Tonight , driven mainly by the title track . In 1992 , debuted at the cinema , the film The Bodyguard , co-starring with Kevin Costner . The carrier of the soundtrack song, I Will Always Love You , cover a piece of Dolly Parton , gets an unparalleled global success. The soundtrack became the best selling of all time, with 42 million copies worldwide.
In 1995 starred in Women – Waiting to Exhale , and in 1996 starred in The Preacher’s Wife alongside Denzel Washington , participating in the soundtrack for both films.
Whitney launched in 1998 his fourth album, My Love Is Your Love , with the hit It’s Not Right But It’s Okay , the title track and Heartbreak Hotel , together with “soulsisters” Faith Evans and Kelly Price . The album also includes a duet with Mariah Carey , entitled When You Believe , which also serves as the soundtrack to the animated film of DreamWorks’ The Prince of Egypt , from the collection of a number of Carey # 1′s , and who wins ‘s Oscar for best original song.
In 2000 they released their first Greatest Hits , Double CD anthology containing some new songs, including If I Told You That with George Michael and Could I Have This Kiss Forever by Enrique Iglesias . The album sold more than 8 million copies and is one of the 20 biggest selling album in British chart history.
In 2002 , public Just Whitney , the fifth solo album, preceded by the single Whatchulookinat .
The following year, in 2003 , as Toni Braxton , Barbra Streisand , Celine Dion , Gloria Estefan , Mariah Carey, Destiny’s Child and other renowned artists, including Whitney decided to launch a Christmas album, entitled One Wish: The Holiday Album . The disc is also a duet between the artist and his daughter.
From 2004 to 2006 the career of Whitney undergoes a shutdown due to serious family problems, problems that they see a solution only in September of 2006, when Whitney divorce from husband Bobby Brown .
In 2007 Whitney returns to the music by signing a contract with his record of all time, Clive Davis , and December of that year he performed in concert during the event Live & Loud 2007, Kuala Lumpur . Subsequent concerts were held in Tobago in Morocco and Kazakhstan .
On February 7 Whitney performs at the gala evening which anticipates Grammyovvero the Pre-Grammy Party, organized by his mentor and producer Clive Davis. Dedicated to him the performance of 4 of his biggest hits including: I Will Always Love You , I Believe in You and Me , It’s Not Right But It’s Okay and I’m Every Woman . Clive Davis announces that Whitney is ready to return on the scene and recorded a song with producer / singer R. Kelly called I Look To You and the week following the Grammy comes into the studio with David Foster to record the song “I Did not Know My Own Strength” written by Diane Warren .
‘S Feb. 8 Whitney made a surprise appearance at the Grammy  . The singer after receiving an emotional standing ovation presents the award for Best Album R & B to an excited Jennifer Hudson .