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Whitney Houston Set to Release First Studio Album in Eight Years on Nov. 17 hide


Top Contemporary Producers and Songwriters Contribute to the Landmark Album



First-Ever Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey Duet Highlighted on the Release

International superstar and Arista recording artist Whitney Houston will release her fourth studio album, "My Love Is Your Love," worldwide on Nov. 17. This marks Houston's first nonsoundtrack-related album release in eight years.

Top "A-List" producers and songwriters have contributed to the project, including the acclaimed Wyclef Jean; top hip hop star Missy Elliot, who penned and produced two tracks; Grammy Award-winning producers Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds and David Foster; and the young hit producer, Rodney Jerkins.

Summarizing the scope and impact this new release will have around the world, Arista Records President Clive Davis, the album's co-producer along with Whitney Houston, put it best: "Every one of Whitney's legions of fans marvel at her instrument and its range and depth, and truly never before has anyone heard her like this. "She swoops, she caresses, she hip hops and she belts -- never younger, more contemporary or more soulful. This bar none is the best album she has ever recorded and solidifies her legacy and her place in musical history," Davis added.

"My Love Is Your Love" is as diverse as Houston's five-octave range. Highlights of the 12 new cuts include the funky Soulshock & Karlin-produced "Heartbreak Hotel," which includes two of today's top female vocalists, Faith Evans and Kelly Price. David Foster produced a classic Whitney straight-from-the-heart ballad "I Learned From the Best," written by Diane Warren.

Talking about his experience working with Houston, David Foster said: "I like to describe it as: she's like a thoroughbred racehorse. She goes into the studio, she rips the jacket off, she steps up to the mic and she goes. She'll just go and go and go. It's an amazing thing to see."

Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds produced or co-produced four songs on the album including the remarkable Whitney Houston/Mariah Carey collaboration, "When You Believe (The Prince of Egypt)." Other Babyface tracks include the Diane Warren-written ballad "You'll Never Stand Alone" and his own stirring "Until You Come Back."

"Working with Whitney is always a fun thing," Babyface said. "Every time she sings, it's always on it. On this project she is in great voice and she's hitting those notes strong. You can't get much better when you're already the best."

Top record producer Rodney Jerkins delivered three tracks, including the infectious "It's Not Right, But It's Okay," the destined total worldwide dance anthem "If I Told You That," and the hot "Get It Back."

"When we wrote 'It's Not Right, But It's Okay,'" Jerkins commented, "I was like, this would be so hot for Whitney if she does this. It would be like another level. So I just kept imagining, everyday, 'What would she sound like on the record?' and then when we did the record ... BAM. I mean, it's like an explosion." Jerkins also co-produced with Babyface the Diane Warren-written track "I Bow Out" for the album.

Whitney Houston's contemporary and edgy side prevails with the Missy Elliot-written and -produced track, "In My Business" and the balland "Oh Yes," a classic side of Whitney rarely ever heard before. The title track of the album was produced by Wyclef Jean (of The Fugees). Its haunting and emotional lyrics are a vehicle for still another side of Whitney that the public hasn't experienced. "My Love Is Your Love" will be on the radio forever.

A special album premiere/international news conference has been set for Nov. 5 in New York City. The event will be beamed around the world via satellite and on the Internet as the album is unveiled and Whitney Houston, Clive Davis and others speak about this landmark project.

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