the high profile singers who will perform at the televised Whitney Houston
tribute concert “We Will Always Love You: A GRAMMY Salute to Whitney Houston” on October 11. The special takes place at the Nokia Theatre in LA next month and will air as part of a one-hour special on CBS in November. R. Kelly
is expected to perform as well, most likely for a live rendition of the slightly disappointing duet version of “I Look To You”
, which appears on the compilation I Will Always Love You – The Best of Whitney Houston
(out November 13).
‘s upcoming hits collection hasn’t had the most auspicious start, with the disappointing R. Kelly
collaboration “I Look to You”
dropping this morning. Luckily, it’s impossible to mess with the perfection of most of Houston’s hits, which is why I Will Always Love You — The Best of Whitney Houston
will probably still deliver the goods in a major way. The compilation, which hits retailers November 13, will feature remastered versions of her biggest singles, plus the R. Kelly duet and a new track, “Never Give Up.” The latter was produced by Jermaine Dupri
and Bryan-Michael Cox
. Click below for the full tracklisting. More »
‘s “I Look To You”
— which served as the title track to her sixth and final studio album in 2009 — isn’t one of the legendary vocalist’s most iconic ballads, but it is one of her finest. The sparse, restrained production never spills over into histrionics, and her voice, which by that point had gone huskier than in her prime, fits perfectly with the song’s inspirational bent.
The track was penned by R. Kelly, who lends his vocals to a retooled version for her posthumous greatest hits album I Will Always Love You — The Best of Whitney Houston. Watch the lyric video above. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Mariah Carey is bound to feel more triumphant than usual when she performs during the NFL pre-game show on September 5, showing off her powerful pipes before the New York Giants take on the Dallas Cowboys. No Doubt will also be on hand to perform their single “Settle Down”. [Rap-Up]
:: Britney Spears‘ newest Twitter buddy just happens to be Curiosity, NASA’s Mars rover. Makes sense, as they’ve both spent some quality time on Mars. (Plus, the rover is obviously named after Brit’s debut fragrance, right?) [Buzzfeed]
:: According to this 30-second spot, the next season of Glee promises more leeching off the Hot 100, scenes with Kate Hudson, and more racism disguised as humor. Uh, can’t wait? [Vulture]
:: Leona Lewis is collaborating with Childish Gambino for her new single, “Trouble”, which was written by Emeli Sandé. And according to Popjustice, it’s “moody, amazing and not a ballad.” And you’ll get to hear it next week. [Popjustice]
:: The new Whitney Houston exhibit at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles features pictures, posters, costumes, Grammy awards and other memorabilia from the late singer’s lengthy career. [Pink Is The New Blog]
After the jump, find out which music acts you can find on the tube today. More »
As any Whitney Houston
fan will tell you, Friday (Aug. 17) marks the release of the late pop icon’s final appearance on the silver screen in Sparkle
. Simultaneously, it’s also American Idol
alum Jordin Sparks
‘ big movie debut. The film is a remake of the 1976 original and follows three sisters who rise to fame in 1960s Detroit, with Whitney playing their overprotective mother, Emma. While the reviews aren’t in yet, we’ve already got our tickets to Friday’s screening! Once again
we’ll settle in to the back row of the movie theater — far from any other patrons — with smartphone in hand (a package of Red Vines in the other) as we live tweet the film. And you can join in with us!
We’ll be kicking off our session at 8:25 p.m. EST. And we promise not to spoil any of Sparkle‘s, well, sparkle or reveal anything that isn’t in the trailer. Till then, make sure to follow @Idolator on Twitter. More »
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?