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Photo: Whitney Houston In ‘Waiting To Exhale’

Here is Whitney as her character “Savannah Jackson” in the film Waiting To Exhale. The movie was released on Dec. 22, 1995. The soundtrack was released 20 years ago this past week (Nov. 14) and became a huge hit featuring appearances by some of the biggest names in the industry, including Whitney Houston, Toni Braxton, TLC, Brandy, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Faith Evans, Patti LaBelle, SWV and Mary J. Blige.

The soundtrack is unique in that it consists of African American female R&B artists only. The album remained at #1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 album chart for five weeks and Top R&B Albums chart for 10 weeks, going 7x Platinum, on Sep. 4, 1996. It spawned the #1 hits; “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)” and “Let It Flow,” the #2 hits “Sittin’ Up in My Room” and “Not Gon’ Cry” and the #8 hit “Count on Me.” [“Exhale (Shoop Shoop),” “Let It Flow” and “Not Gon’ Cry” all topped the R&B hits chart.] All songs were written and produced by Babyface, except for “My Funny Valentine.”

Whitney Houston in Waiting To Exhale

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