Throwback Review: «The Bodyguard (Soundtrack)»

TheBodyguardSoundtrackAfter being discovered by Clive Davis (CEO of Arista Records), who fell in love with the sweetness and impressive vocal skills of the young singer, Whitney Houston signed by his discography and made her music debut in 1995 with the homonymous title album. This album achieved an incredible success: it sold 20 million copies worldwide, topped the American chart for fourteen weeks and generated three #1 singles: the up-tempo track How Will I Know, and the romantic ballads Saving All My Love For You and Greatest Love of All (my favorite song of that album). «Whitney Houston» was a mixture of romantic Soul/R&B ballads and up-tempo dance-pop songs, and it was well received by the music critics, who were impressed with Whitney’s amazing voice and the album’s content. Her sophomore effort, «Whitney», was released two years later and repeated the success of the first album, sold 10 million copies in the United States (20 millions worldwide) and generated four #1 singles, including the ballad Where Do Broken Hearts Go, and the dance-pop/R&B numbers So Emotional and I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me), one of the most iconic songs of Whitney’s career. In 1990, Whitney released her third album, «I’m Your Baby Tonight», which showed a more mature side of the singer. Whitney had more creative control over the content of this album and worked with big names of the music industry like Babyface, L.A. Reid or Stevie Wonder. Although «I’m Your Baby Tonight» failed to overcome the success of the two first albums (it debuted at #3 in the US chart and sold 4 million copies in that country), it still was successful on the major music markets. In 1992, Whitney Houston made her debut as an actress with the film The Bodyguard, starred Kevin Costner. The original soundtrack of the film featured 6 songs of Whitney and several tracks from another artists like Lisa Stansfield or Kenny G. The first single of the soundtrack was I Will Always Love You, a Pop/Soul ballad originally performed  by Dolly Parton. This single made an strong impact on the charts worldwide and reached the #1 position in every country it charted, and became the singer’s more famous and successful song. The powerful R&B/Soul ballad I Have Nothing, written by David Foster, was the next single off the album and experienced a great success, reaching the top 5 in United States, Canada and United Kingdom. Whitney’s contribution of the album consisted on the aforementioned songs plus the romantic ballad Run To You, which was a moderate success because at the time of its release, the Gospel-inspired ballad ‘Jesus Loves Me’, and two up-tempo tracks: the version of Chaka Khan’s I’m Every Woman, an inspirational Disco number, and the rock-influenced song Queen of The Night, a moderate hit in the UK chart. Although the previous Whitney albums were very successful, this album propelled Whitney Houston to the superstardom worldwide. With 45 million copies sold worldwide (more than 13 millions only in the United States), The Bodyguard OST is the most successful album of 1996, the best-selling soundtrack of all-time, and one of the most successful albums in the music history.

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