It’s Tuesday and that means it’s time for The Drop
, our Soundbytes
segment that reviews all the hottest releases of the week. Making these August days even hotter is a country-fried rapper formerly of Ludacris
‘ crew, now stepping out on his own with a new name and his first solo record. We’re talking about 2 Chainz
and Based On A T.R.U. Story
, an album with more cameos than a Scary Movie
sequel. Joining him on our roundup is another star-powered vehicle, Sparkle
, the major motion picture that hits theaters on Friday (Aug. 17). Hit play to preview both releases and to find out if either is worth your hard-earned dollars.
Agree/disagree with our reviews? Sound off in the comments below, or on Twitter and Facebook.
paid tribute her father Michael Jackson
with a photo shrine in her bedroom
, and now another daughter of a music icon is honoring their dearly departed parent in a big way. Whitney Houston
‘s daughter, Bobbi Kristina
, got a tattoo of her mother’s initials on what would have been Whitney’s 49th birthday (August 9).
“Now your truly ALWAYS with us mommy (: we love you… always&forever,” the 19-year-old tweeted, along with an Instagram of her new tattoo: Whitney’s initials, paired with four doves, on her wrists. Her boyfriend, Nick Gordon (who is also her “adopted” brother and former fiance) got a matching tattoo on his wrist as well.
What do you think of Bobbi Kristina’s inked tribute to her mother? Let us know what you think on Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments below.
‘s 2000 collection Whitney — The Greatest Hits
may be the fourth-best-selling album of the year
after fans flocked to it in the wake of the singer’s death
, but many who’ve purchased the compilation over the past 12 years have held the complaint that the upbeat tracks appear in remix form, rather than their familiar radio versions. But today, on what would have been Houston’s 49th birthday
, RCA Records announced that a career-spanning Whitney hits collection (yes, including the original versions you know and love) is due out this fall.
Billboard reports that a release date, tracklist and title for the set has yet to be announced, but this would be the first Whitney hits collection since the release of her LPs Just Whitney… (2002) and I Look To You (2009). Might we suggest the label take a close look at our own 10 Best Whitney Houston Songs That Radio Forgot list for an idea of which tracks to include?
was affectionally referred to as “The Voice” throughout her career, but the icon was also a pretty great actress, too. Today, on what would have been her 49th birthday — and one week before the release of her final film, Sparkle —
we took a look back at Houston’s TV and film appearances throughout her career. Surprisingly, for a woman with such charisma, beauty and confidence on-screen, we’re surprised at just how few roles she took on.
Head below to travel through Whitney’s journey through Hollywood. (Note: we’re just focusing on Whitney as an actress — which means we’re skipping any film and TV appearances where she played herself. Or whatever version of herself was on Being Bobby Brown.) More »
Had her life not taken that tragic turn on Feb. 11, Whitney Houston
would have celebrated her 49th birthday today. Nearly six months to the day of her passing
, the legendary diva is still at the front of our thoughts, not only because the tributes continue to pour in
, but because were she alive, Whitney would be kicking up her heels at the red carpet premiere of what became her final film, Sparkle
For our inaugural Soundbytes segment Extended Cut — where we deep-dive into the biggest news story of the week — we’re highlighting Whitney’s last, sparkling achievement and her enduring legacy. Lift up her voice with us, won’t you?
Well, now we know where Alphabeat
went on holiday following their previous single “Vacation”
— to the “Love Sea”, naturally. The Danish pop act have teased a minute of the second single from their upcoming third album by noting that the song will be released in full in 10 days (on August 13). And judging by the sound of things, the band was in full-on Whitney Houston
mode when they recorded it.
From the opening pop guitar licks to the vocal melody of the “come on closer” refrain, Alphabeat’s “Love Sea” plays like an homage to Whit’s 1985 classic “How Will I Know”. Give the upbeat “Love Sea” a spin above and see if you agree.
hits theaters August 17 (a week after what would have been Whitney Houston
‘s 49th birthday on August 9), the film’s soundtrack
will drop on July 31. But why wait til then to give it a listen? The entire soundtrack — including “I’m A Man” performed by Cee Lo Green
, “Something He Can Feel” (popularized by En Vogue
‘s 1992 cover) and a whole slew of Jordin Sparks
solo numbers — is available for streaming online right now. Head to the film’s Soundcloud page
to listen to the 11-song soundtrack, but first, hop below to hear Houston perform one of her last recordings, the gospel tune “His Eye Is On The Sparrow”. More »
Did You Hear?
:: One year after Amy Winehouse‘s untimely death, The Amy Winehouse Foundation announced its plan to build a children’s hospice in north London. [NME]
:: Everyone’s favorite vacation exhibitionist, Rihanna, filmed an interview with Oprah in her native Barbados, airing Sunday, August 19 on the OWN network. And its new 15-second video trailer makes it sound like the Most. Exciting. Interview. Ever. [Punchbowl Blog]
:: Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift probably celebrated after their big wins at the 2012 Teen Choice Awards, but another pop star didn’t even realize she’d won. Nicki Minaj first heard about her surfboards (including one for Choice R&B/Hip Hop Artist) via Twitter, even tweeting “Did I really?” after one fan sent his congratulations. [Popdust]
:: Although Kelly Clarkson has no plans to return to American Idol as a judge, the “Dark Side” singer is offering her own suggestion to join Mariah Carey at the judge’s table: fellow Idol winner Carrie Underwood! [Us Weekly]
:: Recent bikini babe Jordin Sparks talks about having to believe in herself after getting cast in Sparkle, and opens about about Whitney Houston‘s final months on set. [AOL Music]
After the jump, find out which music acts you can find on the tube today. More »
Sony Electronics and the Nielsen television research company released a study of TV’s Most Impactful Moments of the past 50 years on Wednesday. The survey was conducted in February of this year via an online questionnaire of 1,077 adults, and the resultant televised events were ranked by whether people remembered watching them (hence the oldest event being the JFK assassination in 1963), if they recalled where they watched it, who they were with and whether they talked to other people about what they had seen. More »
co-stars paid tribute to her in the “Celebrate” video
, and now you, too, can honor the iconic singer’s talent by picking up Sparkle: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
on July 31. The 11-track compilation features Houston on two songs, the gospel number “His Eye Is On The Sparrow” as well as the R. Kelly
-produced “Celebrate”. Cee Lo Green
drops in on opening track “I’m A Man”, and Jordin Sparks
is the star of the hour, appearing on more than half the movie musical soundtrack’s tunes. Check out the full tracklist below. More »