Whitney Houston's last recording - a new duet with "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks - was released on Monday ahead of the singer's upcoming film, "Sparkle." "Celebrate," produced by R. Kelly for "Sparkle" which will hit movie theaters on August 17, was recorded by Houston shortly before her sudden death aged 48 in February. The uptempo track features disco beats and a positive message, as Sparks and Houston sing lyrics such as "I'm going to celebrate, celebrate you." Sparks throws in "We love you Whitney" at the end of the song. Sparks on Sunday delivered a heart-felt tribute to Houston at the Billboard Music Awards. She sang a rousing rendition of "I Will Always Love You," before presenting a posthumous award to Houston's teenage daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown. "Sparkle," a remake of the 1976 film of the same name, tells the story of three sisters who become Motown stars who have to deal with the pressures of fame. Houston plays Sparks' mother. The role was Houston's … [Read more...] about Whitney Houston’s last record released for “Sparkle”
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The charts suggest we are programmed to prefer melancholy music. But is this really the case? Greg Kot investigates. is shaping up as the year's mega hit: it has already risen to number one in 23 countries. But it's also something of a rarity - a critically acclaimed song that is light, catchy and seemingly without 'deep' meaning. Consider that of the nine best-selling songs of all time, most brim with melancholy, if not sadness and despair. Bing Crosby's White Christmas, Elton John's Candle in the Wind, Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You, Celine Dion's My Heart Will Go On,- to paraphrase Elton, sad songs not only say so much, they sell really, really well. But do listeners really prefer melancholy music, and if so why? Is Williams' hit destined to lose its lustre when, years from now, we look back on the songs that mattered most in 2014? The charts suggest we love tunes that rip our hearts out. The last blockbuster song that found success across genre, gender and … [Read more...] about Are sad songs better?
Van Mai Huong, 17, was runner-up in last year's Viet Nam Idol. She was unfazed by losing out to Uyen Linh, and has since gone on to become a singing sensation. She shares with An Vu her philosophy on life. Inner Sanctum: When you competed in the contest, were you under any pressure from your family and other competitors? From the beginning, I joined the contest out of fun and a desire to learn from others, so I didn't feel any pressure at all. Besides, I received heaps of encouragement from my parents who always understood me and stand by my side. Before I joined the competition, my father even wished me luck and good health. Other competitors were kind to me, so I totally forgot all my worries. Some have become my good friends. Inner Sanctum: Could you tell me about one of your memories or experiences relating to the contest? My most unforgettable memory is the surprise birthday party my friends threw for me. To be honest, I almost forgot my birthday until my parents called me. … [Read more...] about Starlet takes the rough with the groove
Stars, family and friends mourned Whitney Houston in a spirited Baptist funeral service at her hometown church on Saturday, a week after the death of the singer whose spectacular voice made her one of the biggest pop stars of her era. Gospel and soul music greats, celebrities and family members swayed to gospel hits and delivered tributes both sung and spoken to the crowded New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, where Houston honed her wide vocal range as a young choral singer with her mother Cissy Houston, a backup singer for Aretha Franklin. "Whitney returns home today to the place where it all began," said actor Kevin Costner, who starred opposite Houston in the 1992 hit film, "The Bodyguard." He urged those around the world to "dry our tears, suspend our sorrow - and perhaps our anger - just long enough, just long enough to remember the sweet miracle of Whitney." Houston, who died in a Beverly Hills hotel room last week, recorded stirring love songs and vibrant dance tunes during … [Read more...] about Stars mourn Whitney Houston at rousing New Jersey funeral