A Bunch of Ageing Celebs Attend Whitney Listening Party

(RCA) Arista Records hosted a second star-studded listening event this week for the Whitney Houston album "I Look To You" on July 23rd at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. Whitney Houston's album "I Look To You" is scheduled for release September 1, 2009 on Arista Records.

An exclusive, VIP (or is it AARP?) crowd gathered at the famed Beverly Hilton to enjoy an evening hosted by Clive Davis, Chief Creative Officer of Sony Music Entertainment Worldwide, to celebrate the upcoming release of Whitney Houston's new album.

Celebrity attendees included Halle Berry, Stevie Wonder, Barry Manilow, Jane Fonda, Penny Marshall, Magic Johnson, Beverly Johnson, Jackie Collins, Garcelle Beauvais, Brian McKnight, Brett Ratner, Pleasure P, BC Jean; as well as album collaborators David Foster, Diane Warren, Claude Kelly, Johnta Austin, Harvey Mason, Jr., among others. Notable entertainment industry heavyweights included Neil Portnow, Suzanne de Passe, Ricky Minor, Peter Lopez, Amanda Brooks, Warren Boyd, Arnold Steifel, Garry Kief, Clarence Avant, Barbara Davis, Randy Phillips, Patrick Whitesell, Dave Wirtschafter, and many more.

Guests arrived to a cocktail reception. Tom Corson, Executive Vice President and GM of RCA Label Group, kicked off the evening, introducing Clive Davis who presented several tracks from album. Whitney Houston was greeted by a standing ovation as she took the stage to thank the crowd for their incredible reaction to the album and shared anecdotes about the recording process.

Previous listening events were held at Allen Room at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City and the Mandarin Oriental in London.

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