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Friday, July 17, 2009

WHITNEY HOUSTON'S TRIUMPHANT COMEBACK! NEW ALBUM, CLASSIC VIDEO!

July 17, 2009
Receiving standing ovations and critical acclaim, the fabulicious diva Whitney Houston dazzled her VIP guests at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in London Tuesday night as she unveiled her upcoming album, I Look to You.
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Photo of Whitney Houston arriving to make her big comeback 7-14-09 at the The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in London
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The Daily Mail and Billboard Magazine report that after seven years on the wrong track, her life fraught with drugs and a downward spiral, the 45-year old Grammy-winning singer appeared fit, healthy, and beautiful. She was once again the polished professional entertainer who brought us such classics as “I Will Always Love You,” “Queen of the Night,” and many other great songs.
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Viva la difference! Whitney Houston looking ravaged in 2006 photo
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Since splitting from ex-husband Bobby Brown in 2006 and winning custody of their daughter Bobbi Kristina, Houston has been steadily planning her comeback with the help of J Records boss Clive Davis.
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Whitney Houston making her triumphant comeback in London 7-14-09 photo
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Houston thanked Davis for his work on the album, saying: "When Clive called me I was ready to buy my island home and retire but he said, 'No, you're going to sing again, people want to hear you.'" Describing the album as "a labor of love" she said, "I hope that these songs stay with you for a lifetime."
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Whitney Houston never looked better! 7-14-09 photo
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Davis, who worked with Houston for the first time in 10 years on the new CD, stressed the album, scheduled for a September 1 release, is "by no means done," while many of the songs played are still in unfinished form. "We didn't try to fit Whitney Houston into the market," Davis said. "The copyrights associated with Whitney in the 1980s and '90s are part of the fabric of music today."
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Whitney Houston being overwhelmed by album launch reception 7-14-09 photo
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Nonetheless, collaborators on the album read like a who's who of contemporary pop/R&B, with songwriters and producers including Alicia Keys, Diane Warren, Stargate, R Kelly and Akon, who duets with Houston on "Like I Never Left."
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Whitney gets a hug from Top Shop billionaire Sir Phillip Green in London 6-14-09 photo
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The tracks played were "Million Dollar Bill," "Nuthin' But Love," "Call You Tonight" (which Davis said was a likely lead single), "I Didn't Know My Own Strength," "Like I Never Left," "For the Lovers," "I Look to You," "Worth It" and a cover of Leon Russell's "A Song for You."
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Whitney's album got a standing ovation from the invited guests in London 6-14-09 photo
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The overall feel of the album was notably contemporary, while retaining Houston's trademark vocal flourishes. The up-tempo songs "Nuthin' But Love" and "A Song for You" received the best reaction from the invited audience of international media, while Davis particularly praised slower songs like the Warren-penned ballad "I Didn't Know My Own Strength" and R Kelly's title track, hailing Houston as "the premium balladeer of our time."
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Whitney Houston smiling in London 7-14-09 photo
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Whitney is the only artist ever to have had seven consecutive multi-platinum albums, beating even the Beatles. Worldwide she has sold 140 million albums and 50 million singles, with “I Will Always Love You,” released in 1993, becoming one of the biggest selling records of all time.
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Whitney Houston speaking at The Mandarin Oriental Hotel in London to launch her new album I Look To You photo July 14 2009
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Welcome back, Whitney! We've always loved you!
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The Comeback Kid Whitney Houston waves to fans 7-14-09 photo
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Here’s a Whitney Houston Widget for pre-ordering her new album I Look to You:

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For your viewing and listening pleasure, I’ve compiled a few videos of some of Whitney Houston’s best classic hits. Enjoy!
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Watch the official Whitney Houston “The Wait is Over” video album promo:


Here’s a video of my favorite Whitney Houston song “Queen of the Night”:


Check out this Whitney Houston “I Learned from the Best” Video:


Enjoy this great Whitney Houston duet with George Michael “If I Told You That” Video:


Watch this video of Whitney Houston singing “It’s Not Right but it’s OK”:


Here’s Whitney Houston’s “Didn’t We Almost Have it All?” Video:


And finally, enjoy this Whitney Houston “Where Do Broken Hearts Go?” Video:




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