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Whitney Houston Signed Her First Record Deal In April 1983

Whitney Houston and Clive Davis photographed at the signing of her contract with Arista Records at the Arista Studio in New York, on April 10, 1983

April 1983 – (38 years ago) – Whitney signed her first record deal with Clive Davis and Arista Records and the rest is history! She would become the label’s best-selling artist and one of the most successful and influential female recording artists in history. Her incredible list of accomplishments includes:

  • Over 200 million albums, singles and videos combined sold worldwide
  • Three RIAA Diamond Certified albums
  • 22 American Music Awards
  • 6 GRAMMYs and 2 GRAMMY Hall of Fame inductions
  • 7 consecutive #1 singles, the most by any artist to date
  • A legendary Super Bowl performance of “The Star Spangled Banner”
  • Multiple Billboard Music Awards, Soul Train Music Awards, World Music Awards, People’s Choice Awards, BRIT Awards, and many more


Photo by Ebet Roberts

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