Like everyone else familiar with the classics, Ciara was cruising down the road listening to Whitney Houston’s signature hit, “I Will Always Love You,” and decided to sing along with the late diva.
This would have been harmless if it were anyone else, but because Ciara is in the trinity of slander-prone women, alongside Ashanti and Keri Hilson, it would have been best if she just kept this tongue-in-cheek video in her phone. Read More
- If you thought Ciara putting her latest album on Groupon was the slander invite of the 99 and the 2000, wait until you hear what Ashanti did today on Instagram. The “Never Should Have” singer announced that her album wasn’t coming out on the day it was supposed to come out. She blamed it on “clearances and legalities” and compensated her fans with an incredible Robert Ector-captured photo. (I really wish I was making this up.)
- If you witnessed Chante Moore’s stirring performance of “Jesus, I Want You” on R&B Divas: LA, I have good news and bad news. The good: the song is featured on her new album, More Is Moore, which is available for stream on Soundcoud and purchase on Amazon; the bad: the live performance is much better than the studio version. Perhaps she should have ripped the audio and included it as a bonus track.
- Claudette Ortiz, the incredibly gorgeous member of now-dismantled group City High, was practically forced into reality TV, something she didn’t want any part of, after dealing with life’s lemons—aka struggling with bills and being homeless.
- Iyanla Vanzant failed to remedy Syleena Johnson and her sister’s toxic relationship with her parents on OWN’s highly popular Iyanla, Fix My Life. 26 years later, her father Syl still resents one of Syleena’s sister for getting pregnant at 17. The entire episode was an emotional roller coaster for Syleena and her sisters and was hard to watch for viewers. (For me, at least.)
- It can’t be stressed enough how blessed and anointed Fantasia is. She filled spirits with her God-given gift on BET’s Sunday Best. She performed Side Effects of You‘s “To the Heavens,” which tributes late legends including Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson, and “Pass Me Not,” which she dedicated to Nip.
- Melanie Fiona dropped “Cold Piece” last month, which she describes as “some good, 90s R&B/Hip-Hop shit that’s missing right now” on Hot 97. The Canadian talent is in the studio working on her “creatively honest” third album and will appear in a play titled Da Kink In My Hair this fall in Atlanta.
Clive Davis sat down with Wendy Williams for one of the most in-depth interviews her show has ever seen. They discussed his relationship with Whitney Houston, his thoughts on her drug addiction and if he could have done more to steer her in the right direction. He explained, well tried to explain, his controversial decision of not canceling the 2012 Pre-Grammy Gala, which was held feet below Whitney’s lifeless body. He also spoke on his ongoing quarrel with Kelly Clarkson and bisexual revelation. Read More
Whitney Houston met her tragic demise a year ago this week. Billboard continues its tribute by having younger talents that were inspired by Whitney put acoustic spins on her songs. Chrisette Michelle covered “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” and Melanie Fiona and American Idol’s Jessica Sanchez followed with grand renditions of “One Moment in Time” and “I Will Always Love You,” respectively. Read More
Yesterday marked the one-year anniversary of Whitney Houston’s tragic passing. The good people at Billboard are paying homage to the late chart titan with tributes from Melanie Fiona, Jessica Sanchez and Chrisette Michelle, three younger acts that were inspired by The Voice.
Chrisette, like many other singers, studies Whitney’s technique before taking center stage. Backed by a sole guitarist, the Jazzy songstress covered Houston’s ’87 smash “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)” and added a hint of “I Believe in You and Me,” a song Whitney covered for The Preacher’s Wife. Read More
February 11th will mark the one-year anniversary since the death of Whitney Houston. To promote her new memoir, Remembering Whitney, Cissy Houston, Whitney’s mother, sat down with Oprah for a very candid interview about her daughter’s drug use, death and relationship with ex-husband Bobby Brown and gay friend Robyn Crawford. She also claimed The Houstons: On Our Own exploited Bobbi Kristina and Oprah’s interview with the family was too soon. Read More
If the NYP’s allegations are accurate, Beyoncé’s dramatic earpiece removal during her flawless performance of the National Anthem at President Obama’s inauguration may earn her a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Musical.
In a previous article, I stated: “Cynical and pessimistic people revel at the downfall of unapologetic egomaniacs.” Apparently this is a general notion because there seems to be some sort of widespread gratification in learning Beyoncé may have–until President Obama confirms, it will remain alleged–lip-synced “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Read More
“Emotional Rollercoaster” Vivian Green recently played at New York City’s Highline Ballroom. Green integrated a Whitney Houston tribute in her set. The Philly native performed a short medley of “Why Does It Hurt So Bad” and “You Give Good Love.” Her voice, embellished with a noticeable raw texture, heightened the receptibility of the former, but flattened the significance of the latter. Read More