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WHITNEY HOUSTON'S "I Will Always Love You" becomes the second single of the year to reach No. 1 on the Hot 100, R&B, and adult contemporary charts (following Vanessa Williams' "Save The Best For Last"). The smash, featured in "The Bodyguard," is Houston's fourth single to achieve this triple-crown, following "Saving All My Love For You," "Greatest Love Of All," and "All The Man That I Need." Only Lionel Richie has had more triple-crown No. 1 singles: Riche topped the Hot 100, R&B and AC charts with five hits from 1978 to 1986.

Dolly Parton's original version of "I Will Always Love You" topped the country chart in 1974 and again in 1982. The bittersweet ballad is only the second song to reach No. 1 on all four of these key charts. It follows Don Gibson's "I Can't Stop Loving You," which was a No. 1 pop/R&B/AC champ in 1962 for Ray Charles and No. 1 country hit in 1972 for Conway Twitty.

"I Will Always Love You" is in its fourth week atop the Hot 100, which makes it Houston's longest-running No. 1 hit to date. In addition, it ties Dionne & Friends' "That's What Friends Are For" as the longest-running No. 1 hit in Arista's 18-year history.

In addition to Houston's triple-crown smash, Arista has this week's No. 1 country hit, Alan Jackson's "She's Got The Rhythm (And I Got The Blues)." Arista is the first label in more than two years to simultaneously hold the top spot on the Hot 100, R&B, AC and country charts. Columbia achieved the feat in August 1990 with Mariah Carey's "Vision of Love" and, in country, Shenandoah's "Next To You, Next To Me."

"The Bodyguard" soundtrack tops The Billboard 200 for the second straight week. Another AC-leaning album, Michael Bolton's "Timeless (The Classics)," rebounds to No. 2. That's a double dose of good news for David Foster, who produced four tracks of "The Bodyguard" and co-produced six cuts on "Timeless." With conspicuous success at such high-profile projects, Foster could be headed for his second straight Grammy as producer of the year. No one has ever won that prize two years running.

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