Whitney Houston’s double disc ”The Greatest Hits” debuts on Billboard’s album chart at No. 5 today, while the accompanying video/DVD enters the music video chart at No. 1. This success isn’t surprising given Houston’s track record for churning out hits. But what IS surprising is the candid glimpse of Houston and her husband, Bobby Brown, that viewers are treated to in the DVD’s special features section.
In the behind-the-scenes footage of Houston’s photo shoot with famed lensman David LaChappelle, Brown — who on Monday was ordered to remain in jail until a June 19 hearing, following his arrest for a probation violation — frequently meddles in the proceedings to the annoyance of Houston’s handlers. At one point, Brown starts fiddling with the waistband of his wife’s white satin pants, only to have a stylist shoo him away saying, ”I’ll fix it! I’ll fix it!”
Brown also interrupts music giant Clive Davis, who is playing new songs for Houston to consider recording. Brown, an oft-rumored womanizer, takes particular dislike to ”Think About Me” by producer Rodney Jerkins (Toni Braxton’s ”He Wasn’t Man Enough”), about a women and her philandering lover. ”It’s a killer track. It’s a hit track,” says Davis, who Houston has credited for picking the songs that earned her a record-setting 7 No. 1s. But Brown remains unconvinced and keeps whispering something inaudible in Houston’s ear. Finally, an exasperated Davis tells Brown, ”Let her listen.”
The DVD also offers lighter moments, including a funny look at Houston vamping for LaChapelle’s cameras while singing along to Faith Evan’s ”All Night Long” and Stevie Wonder’s ”Songs in the Key of Life” album. During one setup, the dolled-up diva strikes a glamour girl pose, then laughs and says, ”I feel like Mariah.” Hmmmm, isn’t Mariah divorced?