Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins has been churning out mega-hits in the music industry for 20 years now and to celebrate the anniversary, the producer/songwriter is working on a commemorative album which will see current artists covering some of his most famous work. So far Rodney has revealed that that pop vixens Ariana Grande & Jessie J have teamed up to remake Brandy & Monica’s smash “The Boy Is Mine” and soul singer Sam Smith has reinterpretedWhitney Houston’s “It’s Not Right But It’s OK“. According to Rodney, Sam more than insisted on doing “It’s Not Right…” and confessed that it was “the song that made him want to sing“. You and every other queen at the gay bar Sam!
This isn’t the first time Mr. Smith has covered the late-great Whitney… Earlier this summer, he covered “How Will I Know” and gave it his signature soul-ballad makeover. I am highly anticipating this new Rodney Jerkins project and very curious as to which of his other hit songs end up getting a cover treatment.
Well it’s #TBT and I’m in a Whitney Houston kind of mood today, so let’s relive her incomparable performance of “All The Man I Need” which was recorded live at the Welcome Home Heroes concert in 1991. We really lost a national treasure when we lost Whitney. Maybe she wasn’t capable of giving us this kind of flawless vocal performance in her later years but man do I miss her!
So I’m sure you guys have all heard about the controversial Angela Bassett produced Whitney Houston biopic that has been causing quite a stir. Whitney’s family apparently aren’t completely onboard with this Lifetime movie so they’ve denied the studio the use of Whitney’s voice for the film that’s currently in production. Making a movie about one of the most influential and recognizable voices of our time without being able to actually use that artist’s voice sounds like a total production nightmare right? Luckily for us, Bassett and co. got the next best thing to Whitney to step in and tackle those powerhouse vocal like no one else could… DEBORAH COX has been cast as Whitney’s singing voice.
I honestly could not think of a better person to honor the late, great diva! Sure we have Jennifer Hudson, Beyonce and all these other WhitneyHouston wannabes but Deborah’s voice, in my humble opinion, is the closest thing we have to Whitney! Ok, maybe Beyonce is a close second but Deborah has actually recorded a duet with Whitney before so it’s only proper to keep it in the family!
I was only half interested in the movie before but now with the surfacing of this terrific news… I’m a really excited to see how it turns out!! And I pray to the God of DJs to get some stellar official remixes out of the new Deborah/Whitney covers!! I hope you’re listening production team… Whitney would want it to happen!!
Sam Smith, the Jesus Christ of pop music, can literally do no wrong at the moment! For example, he can take an upbeat Whitney Houston dance classic, transform it into a whiney, emo ballad and still manage to make me love it just as much as the original! For his next act, he’ll be walking on water – I’m sure! Check out Sam’s cover of “How Will I Know“…
She may no longer be with us, but we will always celebrate the late and great Whitney Houston’s birthday on this blog. Whitney would have turned 50 years old today! Feel free to share you favorite Whitney Houston music moments in the comment section in celebration of her life! Here’s one of mine from later in her career…
A few weeks ago I posted a clip of a new Whitney Houston track called “Never Give Up” which will be released on her forthcoming greatest hits album. The Jermaine Dupri produced song is believed to be a left-over track from her final album I Turn To You. While it was evident from her last album that Whitney’s voice wasn’t as strong as use to be in her prime, I think most of the songs that were included in the final track-listing worked pretty well with her vocal capabilities of her later years. This song however does not showcase her “new” voice as well as the songs that made the cut on the I Look To You album and it was a wise decision to not include it in the set. I will admit however that now that she is no longer with us, it is nice to hear something new from the late singer! Take a listen to “Never Give Up” in full and let me know what you think… Should have this been released or kept in the vault?
I never thought I would ever write the words “new music” and “Whitney Houston” side by side with one another ever again, but looks like the late diva has a few unreleased tracks here and there that will eventually see the light of day! For example, take a listen to this preview of the Jermaine Dupri produced track “Never Give Up” which will appear on Whitney’s forthcoming I Will Always Love You- The Best Of Whitney Houston album. Vocally it is apparent that this track was recorded in Whitney’s later years… Maybe even right before her passing. From the preview it doesn’t sound like a ‘classic’ or a runaway postmortem hit for the icon, but it’s always nice to hear something new from the “Million Dollar Bill” singer. Take a listen…
As many of you may have already heard, CBS is planning on airing a Whitney Houston ‘Grammy Salute’ in November which will be a long overdue tribute to the late artist and will feature special performances by artists such as Jennifer Hudson, Britney Spears, Halle Berry and LL Cool J, just to name a few…
Usher is another star that will be paying tribute to the “I Will Always Love You” singer with a rendition of the Whitney Houston classic “I Believe In You & Me“. Footage of Usher’s performance has already leaked online and though no one quite does it like Whitney… Usher impressively held his own with the number and delivered a pretty solid take on the song!
IT’S A SPICE GIRLS MUSICAL REUNION!!! Well, two out of the 5 ain’t so bad is it? Take a listen to this sneak peek of a new Mel C (Sporty Spice) & Emma Bunton (Baby Spice) duet that will be lifted off of Mel C’s forthcoming album titled Stages which will be a collection of musical theater covers that Mel hand-picked because they played an important role at different stages of her life. The song is titled “I Know Him So Well” from the musical Chess. It’s really nice to hear their two voices back together again and only makes me long for all 5 of the girls to reunite in the studio that much more ! Take a listen…
Not a day goes by that I’m not missing the late, great Whitney Houston. Today fans of the vocal powerhouse (such as myself) were treated to probably one of the last official music videos that we will see from the “I Will Always Love You” singer. It’s the visual treatment for song “Celebrate” in which Whitney duets with American Idol alumn, Jordin Sparks. The song acts as the lead single from the movie Sparkle that both ladies star in. Whitney’s presence in the video basically comes from a montage of clips from the film. The clip also features some non-movie footage staring Sparks and a gang of other actors from the film. Very uplifting and fun song/video but I can’t help but notice the absence of Whitney in the new scenes and miss her even more. Check it out…
Are you guys ready for some more new Whitney Houston?! Here is the other track that Whitney recorded for the Sparkle movie soundtrack titled “His Eye Is On The Sparrow“. Good ol’ Whit is taking us to church on this beautiful gospel number that will appear in a scene in her movie. If I’m not mistaken, I believe this is the one of only two tracks that Whitney recorded for the soundtrack so between this gem and “Celebrate,” I don’t think fans will have any more new music to look forward to. But to look at the brighter side of things; What an absolutely beautiful & appropriate grande finale that she left us with to hear! God bless you Whitney… We miss you!
Whitney Houston – His Eye Is On The Sparrow:
The last official recording by Whitney Houston for her movie Sparkle has come to light today! The R Kelly penned feel-gooder titled “Celebrate” finds Whitney duetting with her Sparkle co-star Jordin Sparks over an uptempo dance beat. I know that some of you will want to point out that her voice on the track may not be in the best shape that we’ve from her in the past, but I think we can agree that it’s nice to have a new Whitney Houston song in our lives! Check it out…
Whitney Houston & Jodrin Sparks – Celebrate:
There doesn’t seem to be a shortage of Whitney Houston remixes popping up these days which believe me, I’m NOT complaining about!! Check out this new mashup remix of “It’s Not Right But It’s OK” that I recently stumbled upon. I know that nothing remotely touches the original Thunderpuss remix of the club anthem, but this new electro version is a fresh take on the song that might fit better into modern DJ sets. Check it out…
It’s been over a month since the passing of Whitney Houston and while many of us having been revisiting the discography she left behind, we still have something to look forward to. Check out this newly released trailer for Whitney’s final film “Sparkle” in which she also recorded new music for! One of those tracks can be heard in the clip… Enjoy.
Ever since Whitney Houston passed away last month, there has been a lot of speculation as to how the music legend passed. Many people were quick to judge Whitney and instantly blame her very publicized battle with drug addiction as the reason for her untimely demise. Others, such as myself, held out before making such rash speculations and whole heartedly believed that Whitney’s death was an accident and not a result of the demons of her past. Well today the LA Coroner’s office has issued a toxicology report this afternoon which revealed the cause of Whitney’s. Accord to their report, both reasons were correct… Whitney’s death was an ‘accidental drowning’ which they say was brought about due to heart disease and cocaine usage.
“Drowning and effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use were contributing factors to Whitney’s demise.
Cocaine and metabolites were identified and were contributory to the death. Marijuana, Alprazolam (Xanax), Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) and Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) were identified but did not contribute to the death.
It should be noted that investigators found no traces of cocaine in the hotel room in which she was found.”
While I am disheartened that Whitney fell victim to her battle with drugs, I think it is important to keep in prospective that why she died isn’t as important as the fact that she is no longer with us and that the music industry has suffered a tragic loss. R.I.P. Whitney.