Signed to Arista Records in 1983 by music executive Clive Davis, Houston, then 19, released her self-titled debut two years later. The album was a hit, producing several chart-topping singles both domestically and internationally. She broke records along the way, becoming the first female artist with three No. 1 hits. Based on the discâ€™s success, Houston became the first Black female artist to get consistent airtime on MTV. Going on to sell more than 25 million copies, Houstonâ€™s LP was the best-selling debut album by a female act at the time of its release. A year after its release, Whitney Houston was No.1 on the charts and remained there for 14 consecutive weeks.