It’s taken quite awhile for CBS’ We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston to
come around, given that the late great diva passed away way back in February. But it’s never too late to honor such a legend, as stars like Celine Dion
, and Jennifer Hudson
gathered to honor to the diva’s most iconic tracks. Watch the rest of the clips (and Britney Spears
‘ spoken tribute) after the jump! More »
Backtracking is our recurring look back at the pop music that shaped our lives. Friends may come and go, but we’ll be spinning our favorite albums forever.
The Bodyguard — the film and soundtrack — was arguably the zenith of Whitney Houston’s glittering career. She achieved a superhuman level of stardom in 1992 and 1993, ruling the box office and smashing chart records at will. The hits continued to flow for the rest of Nippy’s career, but she became a mere mortal in the years that followed that era. As such, the ultimate date movie and its unashamedly soppy soundtrack need to be celebrated as the last time we saw Whitney sparkle without the dark cloud of personal drama blocking her shine.
Whitney’s first film role was a risky proposition. Many a multi-Platinum-selling diva had tried their hand at acting. But, as Madonna would prove time and again, chart success does not equal box office receipts. That said, at that stage of her career, Whitney was immune to failure. The Bodyguard overcame negative reviews (it was, after all, nominated for seven Razzies) to become a box office phenomenon. More »
‘s posthumous greatest hits collection I Will Always Love You: The Best Of Whitney Houston
is due out on November 19, featuring a mix of her biggest singles
and previously unheard tracks. The latest to surface is the Jermaine Dupri-
produced “Never Give Up,” which premiered via a lyric video earlier today.
The track features raspy but still impressive vocals from Houston, who allegedly recorded the song during the sessions for her final studio album, 2009′s I Look To You; the fact that her once-immaculate voice sounds more wearied than in her earlier hits makes the inspirational message of “Never Give Up” all the more affecting. While the production doesn’t feel particularly fresh, it’s still a fine entry in Houston’s catalogue and a worthy testimony to her legacy. Listen to the track above.
A 30-second preview of Whitney Houston
‘s “Never Give Up” has popped up online. The Jermaine Dupri
-produced track is the only new song off the forthcoming greatest hits compilation I Will Always Love You — The Best of Whitney Houston
(out November 13). The fact that one of the last songs Whitney ever recorded has such an uplifting refrain makes her passing that much more heartbreaking. Hear the snippet after the jump. More »
Who better than Brandy
to cover the October/November issue of Vibe Vixen
? The “Wildest Dreams”
songbird is smoldering in her hot pants, high heels and leather jacket for the latest issue. (The belt-between-the-boobs look does remind us a bit of Nicki Minaj
‘s dominatrix leotard in “The Boys”
music video.) Below, the R&B siren speaks on the passing of Whitney Houston
, her latest album Two Eleven
and whether we can expect her to star in another sitcom. More »
Last night (October 15), Brandy
celebrated the release of her sixth LP Two Eleven
(which dropped today and which we love) with an intimate concert in New York City. The singer performed tracks from the new album as well as old hits, but perhaps the most exciting moment came when she honored Whitney Houston
. Brandy broke into a medley of three Whitney classics: “I’m Your Baby Tonight,” “How Will I Know” and “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me).” She also asked for a moment of silence for Whitney and said, “She is and will always be the greatest voice of all time. I’ll forever love her and forever miss her.” Check out the tribute up top.
The hour-long, star-studded TV special We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston
taped live at the Nokia Theater on October 11. And while the show won’t air on CBS until November 13 (the same day the compilation I Will Always Love You – The Best of Whitney Houston
will be released), footage of Usher
‘s tribute to the legend popped up online. The above video doesn’t give the best view of Usher performing Houston
‘s version of The Four Tops
‘ “I Believe In You And Me” — but the touching tribute’s audio is clear. More »