The extraordinary performance of Houston's new "Whitney" LP puts her in a very elite group, because only three others--Stevie Wonder, Elton John and Bruce Springsteen--have had enough star power to score an "instant" No. 1. However, none was able to do it as quickly as Houston, who at age 23 is by far the youngest in the club.
But the chart records set by "Whitney" are just part of this week's Houston blitz. She also made history on the singles' list, where "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" moved into the top spot and established her as the first female performer to score four consecutive No. 1 hits. (The others were "Greatest Love of All," "How Will I Know" and "Saving All My Love for You.)