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Feb 11 12 8:20 PM
Feb 11 12 8:21 PM
Whitney Houston, who reigned as pop music's queen until her majestic
voice and regal image were ravaged by drug use, erratic behavior and a
tumultuous marriage to singer Bobby Brown, has died. She was 48.
Publicist Kristen Foster said Saturday that the singer had died, but the cause and the location of her death were unknown.
At her peak, Houston the golden girl of the music industry. From the
middle 1980s to the late 1990s, she was one of the world's best-selling
artists. She wowed audiences with effortless, powerful, and peerless
vocals that were rooted in the black church but made palatable to the
masses with a pop sheen.
Her success carried her beyond music to movies, where she starred in hits like "The Bodyguard" and "Waiting to Exhale."
She had the he perfect voice, and the perfect image: a gorgeous singer
who had sex appeal but was never overtly sexual, who maintained perfect
She influenced a generation of younger singers, from Christina Aguilera
to Mariah Carey, who when she first came out sounded so much like
Houston that many thought it was Houston.
But by the end of her career, Houston became a stunning cautionary tale
of the toll of drug use. Her album sales plummeted and the hits stopped
coming; her once serene image was shattered by a wild demeanor and
bizarre public appearances. She confessed to abusing cocaine, marijuana
and pills, and her once pristine voice became raspy and hoarse, unable
to hit the high notes as she had during her prime.
"The biggest devil is me. I'm either my best friend or my worst enemy,"
Houston told ABC's Diane Sawyer in an infamous 2002 interview with
then-husband Brown by her side.
It was a tragic fall for a superstar who was one of the top-selling
artists in pop music history, with more than 55 million records sold in
the United States alone.
She seemed to be born into greatness. She was the daughter of gospel
singer Cissy Houston, the cousin of 1960s pop diva Dionne Warwick and
the goddaughter of Aretha Franklin.
Houston first started singing in the church as a child. In her teens,
she sang backup for Chaka Khan, Jermaine Jackson and others, in addition
to modeling. It was around that time when music mogul Clive Davis first
heard Houston perform.
"The time that I first saw her singing in her mother's act in a club ...
it was such a stunning impact," Davis told "Good Morning America."
"To hear this young girl breathe such fire into this song. I mean, it really sent the proverbial tingles up my spine," he added.
Before long, the rest of the country would feel it, too. Houston made
her album debut in 1985 with "Whitney Houston," which sold millions and
spawned hit after hit. "Saving All My Love for You" brought her her
first Grammy, for best female pop vocal. "How Will I Know," ''You Give
Good Love" and "The Greatest Love of All" also became hit singles.
Another multiplatinum album, "Whitney," came out in 1987 and included
hits like "Where Do Broken Hearts Go" and "I Wanna Dance With Somebody."
The New York Times wrote that Houston "possesses one of her generation's
most powerful gospel-trained voices, but she eschews many of the
churchier mannerisms of her forerunners. She uses ornamental gospel
phrasing only sparingly, and instead of projecting an earthy, tearful
vulnerability, communicates cool self-assurance and strength, building
pop ballads to majestic, sustained peaks of intensity."
Feb 11 12 8:23 PM
Feb 11 12 8:24 PM
MissyJG wrote:Please please let this be fake! Let this somehow be a false report!!!
Feb 11 12 8:25 PM
Feb 11 12 8:26 PM
socubos wrote:Wikipedia also stated shes dead.. No NO...
I cry like baby... its nightmare... Hope i wake up and its not true
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