Next up on Whitney’s video countdown is “Exhale (Shoop Shoop).” If any Whitney Houston video could possibly be called ‘simple,’ then “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” is it, as the clip consists mostly of close-ups – albeit stunningly beautiful ones – of Whitney as she relates the song’s shrewd post-breakup advice, intercut with scenes from her blockbuster 1995 film, Waiting to Exhale. Also featured on the movie’s soundtrack, naturally, the song written and produced by Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds became only the 3rd single in U.S. history to enter the Billboard Hot 100 Chart at #1, spent 20 weeks in the Top 40, was duly certified platinum, and later won the Grammy Award for ‘Best R&B Song.’
Perhaps more than any other video and single from Whitney’s self-titled first album, “How Will I Know,” helped make the budding superstar a staple on MTV. Directed by Brian Grant, the high energy clip featured Whitney interacting with animated dancers against a backdrop of vivid colors, and if you watch closely the final time that Whitney sings “I’m asking you ’cause you know about these things,” you’ll get a glimpse of her Godmother, the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin! Released in November 1985, the single reached the top of the Billboard Singles Chart by February 15, becoming Whitney’s second #1 single, and, ironically, displacing her cousin, Dionne Warwick’s “That’s What Friends Are For.”
“My Love Is Your Love” is the next video up in Whitney’s countdown. With its mid-tempo, reggae-influenced groove and production courtesy of Wyclef Jean (who also made a cameo in its fun-loving video), “My Love Is Your Love” was the title track and fourth single taken from Whitney’s blockbuster 1998 album, which would go on to sell an estimated 10 million copies worldwide. In fact, after hitting the Top Ten in nearly two dozen countries, “My Love Is Your Love” also became one of Whitney’s biggest worldwide hits, trailing only “I Will Always Love You” and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” with its more than 3 million units sold.
“It is so hard to express in words what Michael Jackson meant to me. He was my friend. He was one of the reasons I got into the music business. He inspired me. He taught me. He laughed with me. He paved the way for African American artists to be played on MTV which was huge. My heart is full of grief for his family and his children and I pray that they take solace in the incredible legacy of his music and art.”