The next year, fans ecstatically received Whitney's first nonsoundtrack studio album in eight years, My Love Is Your Love (November 1998), which she produced with Clive Davis. Whitney proved her ability to stay absolutely contemporary with the first single, the number one R&B and number two pop "Heartbreak Hotel" featuring Faith Evans and Kelly Price. It was the beginning of a string of gold and platinum chart hit singles from the album spanning nearly a year and a half (into the spring 2000): the Grammy-winning "It's Not Right But It's Okay"; "When You Believe" (a duet with Mariah Carey, from The Prince of Egypt); the title tune "My Love Is Your Love"; and "I Learned from the Best" (written by Diane Warren, produced and arranged by David Foster).

The success of My Love Is Your Love kicked off a phenomenal year for Whitney. She stole the show at VH1's second annual Divas Live/'99, with a performance characterized as "invincible" by Jon Pareles in The New York Times. Sharing the stage with a lineup that included Cher, Tina Turner, Mary. J Blige and others, Whitney emerged as the star. VH1 announced that the show was the highest-rated telecast in its history.

At the same time, gold, platinum and multiplatinum album sales were certified in every corner of the globe: Austria, Belgium, Canada, England, France, Germany, Spain, Holland, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, Japan, Hong Kong, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa, Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore and more. In late June, as "It's Not Right But It's Okay" became the 17th top five pop hit of her career, Whitney commenced a successful world tour, playing 16 cities in North America. The tour concluded in Europe in November.  


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