Whitney Elizabeth Houston (August 9, 1963– February 11, 2012) was an American singer, performer, producer, and model. In 2009, “Guinness World Records” mentioned her as the most awarded female performance ever. Houston was among the planet ‘s best selling music artists, having sold over 200 million records world-wide. She released six studio albums, one vacation record and three film soundtrack records, which have diamond, multi-platinum, platinum or gold certification.
Houston is the sole artist to chart seven consecutive No. 1 “Billboard” Hot 100 hits. She’s the next artist behind Elton John and also the single girl to get two number one “Billboard” 200 Record awards (previously “Top Pop Albums”) on the “Billboard” magazine year end charts. Houston’s 1985 debut album “Whitney Houston” became the best selling debut record with a female ever. “Rolling Stone” named it the greatest record of 1986, and rated it at number 254 to the magazine’s list of the 500 Best Albums Ever.
Its lead single “I’ll Always Love You”, became the best selling single with a female in music history. Using the record, Houston became the very first act (solo or group, male or female) to sell over a million copies of an album within one week interval under Nielsen SoundScan system. The record makes her the top female performance in the top ten list of the bestselling records ever, at number four. Houston continued to star in pictures and give to their own soundtracks, including the pictures “Waiting to Exhale” (1995) and “The Preacher’s Wife” (1996). “The Preacher’s Wife” soundtrack became the best selling gospel record ever.
On February 11, 2012, Houston was discovered dead in her guest room in The Beverly Hilton, in Beverly Hills, California. The official coroner’s report revealed that she’d accidentally drowned in the tub, with cardiovascular disease and cocaine use recorded as contributing factors.