In the attached story this blogger claims that Whitney Houston did not own any of her own publishing rights. The blogger got her information from a website called iVillage which claims that Whitney died without any publishing rights because she did not write any of her own songs. Both the blogger and iVillage are absolutely, positively, WRONG!!!
All of the hoopla began over the fact that Dolly Parton would be the one to receive performance (publishing) royalties for Whitney Houston’s version of the song “I Will Always Love You”, because Dolly was the song’s composer (songwriter), NOT Whitney. Although this is true, neither iVillage, the blogger, nor either of the two people I found who copied this story bothered to check the facts any further.
Although its true that Whitney was not a prolific songwriter, she was registered as a writer with ASCAP and even owned her own publishing company, Nippy Music Inc. In an ASCAP title search I found 8 songs listed under the name Whitney Houston. It would seem that Whitney co-wrote a handful of songs, including “Something in Common” a duet with her then husband Bobby Brown, and two extremely successful songs, one from The Bodyguard soundtrack: “Queen of the Night” and one from the film Waiting to Exhale: “Count on Me”. So unless she sold or otherwise transferred those rights, which we have no facts to support, her estate will continue to receive her writer’s share of royalties on those and at least five other songs; not to mention two additional songs from her new album “I Look to You“, entitled “Like I Never Left” and “I Got You” which were not listed in ASCAP’s database.
How’s that for setting the record straight? Please let’s stop sensationalizing the news by exaggerating and/or making up so-called “facts”, then repeating them without first checking to make sure whether they’re true. I’m not even a journalist and I had sense enough to figure that out. But then again, I’m in the music business, I understand publishing, I believe in the truth and I loved Whitney. I’m also tired of rumors and lies being attached to her name and others like her who are no longer here to defend themselves, just so somebody can sell some magazines or some airtime.
My mission is to protect those who can’t protect themselves. But then again, that’s what Super Hero’s do! PROFESSOR BUTLER TO THE RESCUE!