Whitney Elizabeth Houston was born in Newark, New Jersey, on August 9, 1963 to gospel and R&B singer Cissy Houston. “By age 11, Houston was performing as a soloist in the junior gospel choir at her Baptist church. As a teenager, she began accompanying her mother in concert, and went on to back artists like Lou Rawls and Chaka Khan” (Huey, Steve). Houston is now described as one of the biggest female pop stars of all time. Over her twenty-seven years in the spotlight that began in 1984, Houston has progressed to become a well-known and admirable icon in both music and film. She has proven herself to be an extraordinary hit maker. Throughout years in stardom, she collectively has sold over 120 million albums worldwide. She also reached “a film box office total of over a half billion dollars” (D., Lisa). She was the only artist to chart seven consecutive #1 Billboard Hot 100 hits, with songs such as “Greatest Love of All”; the first female artist to enter the Billboard 200 album chart at #1 with her second album, Whitney; and the only artist with seven consecutive multi-platinum albums. Although Houston has had numerous amounts of accomplishments throughout her stardom, her breakout performance would be her work done on The Bodyguard soundtrack with her hit “I Will Always Love You”.
The movement behind Houston’s famous hit “I Will Always Love You” began in 1992, when she co-stared in her first movie role in The Bodyguard beside actor Kevin Costner. The movie went on to breaking box office records, grossing over $121 million in the United States alone and over three times that amount worldwide at $410 million. The movie has proven to be a great unleashing of Houston acting career. However, it was the soundtrack that helped enhance Houston’s fame.
At seventeen times platinum in the U.S., The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album has become the biggest-selling album of the 1990s and the most successful soundtrack of all time, also selling over 42 million...
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