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Whitney Houston's first studio album in almost seven years is released in the US and across most territories today.
Whitney Houston has filmed videos for 'Million Dollar Bill' and 'I Look To You' - both videos are being edited and are due to debut very soon.
Amazon.com feature an interview with Whitney Houston where she talks about her relationship with Clive Davis, some of the songs on the new album and the recording process. Whitney talks about how the first four songs, once recorded, helped define and inspire further material to come in for the album.
Whitney Houston is featured on the cover of the October issue of Ebony containing the headline "WHITNEY: I thank God for never letting me go".
preview to the magazine's interview quotes Whitney: "I shed a lot of
stuff, a lot of unnecessary weight in the last three or four years. I left a
lot of old luggage behind, and when I did, the blessings just started
pouring on me, and the light in my spirit started to lift again," she tells
the magazine. "I'm really humbled, and I thank God that people love me, but
I [really] thank God that God loves me. I thank Him for chastening my heart,
for never letting go. What I did sometimes ... I went off and did my thing,
As for her decision to stay out of the public eye for the last six years, she says, "I was just ready to lay back and raise my daughter and just watch her grow and nurture her. And my mother's getting older. I wanted to spend more time with my mom [because during] most of my 20s and 30s, [I] was dealing with making records and traveling the world and being this thing -- icon, you know -- whatever this has turned into."
Whitney says the time away has been good for her and16-year-old Bobbi Kristina, her daughter with Bobby Brown.
"She and I are not only mother and daughter, but we're good friends. I want her to trust me, to be able to trust in me, to know that I'm not going nowhere. If she knows that I'm there for her, she can depend on me. I'm the dependable one; she can depend on her mommy."
The October issue of Ebony featuring Whitney Houston will be on newsstands on Sept. 8.
Access Hollywood: Whitney says, ‘I thank God that people love me’
Whitney Houston’s self-imposed 7-year hiatus officially ends
today with the release of “I Look To You,” her sixth full-length studio
album. The album is getting mostly strong reviews so far
from critics, and now the singer has begun her media blitz, opening up first
to Ebony magazine.
But Houston continued to put up resistance, even saying to
Clive, “You have a great roster of people (Jennifer Hudson, Leona Lewis,
Monica). I said, ‘Do your thing.’”
Salon.com: Whitney Houston is back! Or is she?
Aug. 31, 2009 | Whitney Houston is back
... or at least that's what she and her record label want you to believe.
The pop diva who dominated the record charts in the '80s and '90s descended
into drug- and Bobby Brown-fueled infamy during the last decade. And her
last comeback, 2002's "Just Whitney," tanked commercially. After she gave an
interview to Diane Sawyer the same year -- in which she denied using crack,
saying she made too much money to use the drug -- the once-mighty Houston
seemed relegated to being little more than the butt of late-night jokes.
JON PARELES, NEW YORK TIMES
On Whitney's past:
"Without adversity, a diva is just a singer. It’s the back story, the tale
of struggle and tenacity, that draws audiences to read more than
musicianship into her performances."
ANN POWERS, LOS ANGELES
New York Daily News: Whitney's encore: A once-broken diva finds
the will - and voice - to step back into the spotlight
smile is radiant, her eyes no longer bloodshot and her once-skeletal frame
is elegant again.
n she wed Brown. Six
years her junior, the rapper had a bad-boy image at odds with his gorgeous
bride's. The union had mismatch written all over it.
Los Angeles Times: 'I Look to You' launches comeback for Whitney
You can read
these and more reviews in the
'I Look To You' album reviews page.
Review Roundup: Whitney
Houston – ‘I Look to You’
While Houston may not top her iconic performance of "I Will Always Love You," she more than holds her own on this R. Kelly-penned ballad about finding strength in the face of adversity. She gets her party swerve going on the album's standout cut, "Million Dollar Bill," produced by Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz.
Another keeper is the midtempo, relationship-themed "Like I Never Left" featuring Akon. Primarily comprising up- and midtempo selections -- including an amped cover of Leon Russell's "A Song for You" -- "I Look to You" finds Houston channeling the self-assured singer she exhibited on 1998's "My Love Is Your Love."
The set is a nice welcome back and a new beginning.
More reviews added to
'I Look To You' album reviews page.
'I Look To You' becomes available in parts of continental Europe today - Here's an exclusive look at the booklet of the CD:
I Look To You in stores in Rome:
Reuters: Label has high hopes for Whitney Houston comeback
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - "Don't call it a comeback. I've been here for years," Whitney Houston sings on what is, in fact, her latest comeback album.
The 46-year-old pop
singer, a long-term resident of the record charts during the 1980s and '90s,
officially ends a seven-year hiatus on Monday with the U.S. release of her
sixth studio album, "I Look To You."
For her part, Houston has
adopted a low profile. As with her 2002 album, she has consented to only one
big TV interview, this time on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," which will air on
September 14. Next Tuesday, she will tape a performance in New York's
Central Park for ABC's breakfast show "Good Morning America."
The Sun [Money Section]: Houston, We Have a Money Problem
Urbanbridgez.com: Whitney's 'I Look To You': In Her Own Words
In the twenty-five years
since she recorded her history-making debut album, Whitney Houston has
become a superstar, a legend, an icon. One of the bestselling female artists
of all time, she has sold over 140 million albums worldwide. She has been
cited as an influence by the likes of Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera,
Jennifer Hudson, and Leona Lewis, and last year, Rolling Stone listed
Houston as one of the “100 Greatest Singers of All Time.” But when her
longtime mentor Clive Davis, currently Chief Creative Officer of Sony Music
Entertainment Worldwide, first approached her about recording her first
album since 2002’s Just Whitney, Houston didn’t think that she wanted to get
back in the game.
The Billboard update for the week ending 5 September 2009:
MILLION DOLLAR BILL:
I LOOK TO YOU:
The great reviews for Whitney Houston's 'I Look To You' album are coming in fast - go to the 'I Look To You' Album Reviews page to read what Billboard, LA Times, Entertainment Weekly, USA Today and Chicago Sun Times had to say.
USA Today: Music industry looks to Whitney, likes what it hears
Whitney Houston's first album in seven years arrives Monday, it'll launch
what's sure to be one of the most closely watched comeback campaigns in
Whitney Houston looking stunning in this promotional advertisement for 'I Look To You':
Variety: New 'Look' for Whitney Houston
looking to fashion a narrative for Whitney Houston on the eve of the release
of her first album of new material in seven years need look no further than
the songs on "I Look to You."
As he did with her first
album -- "Whitney Houston" (1985), which topped the Billboard 200 chart for
14 consecutive weeks, making it the bestselling debut album by a female
artist -- Davis spent more than 2½ years compiling material for the new
package designed to best showcase her talents. "What we have tried to stand
for is great songs done by a great vocalist," he said. "If it ain't broke,
don't fix it."
Whitney Houston pictured on the set of her new video, 'Million Dollar Bill':
US store Walmart have confirmed they will be stocking
Whitney Houston's 'I Look To You' next week after initial concerns they
would withold the sale of the album. A Walmart rep confirmed
“Walmart will in fact be selling Whitney’s new album in all stores 8/31.
We’re excited about Whitney’s new album!” via Twitter.
Whitney Houston's 'I Look To You' can be heard in its entirety at her newly designed official site, www.whitneyhouston.com - check it out.
This new promotional picture of Whitney Houston has been made available today - expect it to feature in the artwork of the new album out next week in the US and in most countries around the world.
'Million Dollar Bill' is available from today itunes in the US to download.
Los Angeles Times: Whitney Houston's 'I Look to You': Instant
Just in time for Grammy
consideration, and a week earlier than expected, Whitney Houston’s comeback
effort, “I Look to You,” has made its way to the Web as an official stream.
The album will officially be available on Aug. 31.
Billboard: Whitney Houston's 'I Look To You': First Listen
Finally, the moment is
almost here: the release of Whitney Houston's long-anticipated new studio
album after a seven-year break. "I Look to You" (Arista/RCA Music Group)
will arrive in stores Aug. 31.
Sony have released a free iPhone/iPod Touch Whitney Houston application that features a discography, latest news and biography - as well as counts down the final few days until the release of 'I Look To You'. Download it from itunes:
Whitney Houston is set to appear on Germany's biggest TV show, 'Wetten, dass..?' on 3 October and is expected to perform 'Million Dollar Bill'.
The Billboard update for the week ending 29 August 2009:
MILLION DOLLAR BILL:
I LOOK TO YOU:
Whitney Houston is featured on the cover of Spanish magazine, Shangay.
Whitney Houston -- I'm Your Crazy Tonight!
Whitney and daughter Bobbi Kristina plowed through the airport with their little doggie, where she joked about her appearance. We thought she looked pretty good.
pictured Thursday night flying into LaGuardia Airport, New York.
BBC News: Whitney Set for Oprah Interview
Singer Whitney Houston is
to appear on the Oprah Winfrey Show, giving her first full-length interview
in almost seven years. The 46-year-old will be the first guest of the
US chat show's new series on 14 September to promote her new album, I Look
New York Newsday: Whitney Houston looks to get a jump on Grammy race
With this year's pushed-up
Grammy deadline arriving Aug. 31, a lot of last-minute contenders will be
landing this week and next in hopes of snagging some of that Grammy gold.
UK Press Association: Whitney Houston on The X Factor?
New York Daily News: Oprah Winfrey will interview Whitney Houston to
open new season of hit daytime talk show
Whitney Houston speaks! And she will probably sing, too, when the trouble-plagued songstress goes head-to-head with daytime queen Oprah Winfrey in September.
Winfrey will launch the 24th season of her hit daytime talk show Sept. 14 (seen locally on WABC/Ch. 7, at 4 p.m.) with an exclusive interview of Houston. Winfrey called the visit "the most anticipated music interview of the decade." She's not lying.
Houston, once one of the biggest stars in music who also made a foray into acting, has been plagued by tabloid tales and a troubled marriage to Bobby Brown. Indeed, she's made more ugly headlines than anything else in recent years. The Winfrey appearance — and confessional, some watchers no doubt hope — is her first interview in nearly seven years. Her last, the memorable sitdown with Diane Sawyer on ABC in 2002, had Houston dealing with allegations of drug use and more.
"First of all, let's get one thing straight," Houston responded to Sawyer's questions about drug addiction. "Crack is cheap. I make too much money to ever smoke crack. Let's get that straight. Okay? We don't do crack. We don't do that. Crack is wack."
Houston, one of the biggest selling music artists in the world, divorced Brown in 2007 and has been attempting to rebuild her singing career since.
Houston's new CD, "I Look To You," hits stores Aug. 31 and is already being billed as her big comeback.
Rap-Up.com: R. Kelly's Advice for Whitney Houston: 'Go Get Clean'
R. Kelly and Whitney
Houston may have their differences, but at the end of the day, it’s all
New York Daily News features a small segment about Whitney's 'I Look To You' release in a report by gossip columnists Laura Schreffler and Amanda Sidman. The relevant excerpt about Whitney reads:
Houston is hoping the record's second single, the Alicia
Keys/Swizz Beatz-penned track "Million Dollar Bill," will make her some big
bucks - it's being released just five weeks after "I Look to You."
'Salute', the R Kelly penned track from Whitney's upcoming 'I Look To You' CD has leaked today - the song is getting positive press from fans and bloggers.
Digital Spy: So, this new Whitney Houston single...
were rumours that a Diane Warren ballad called 'I Didn't Know My Own
Strength' was going to be Whitney's comeback single, but thankfully that
turns out to have been rubbish or Clive changed his mind or Whitney put her
foot down... Whatever, her actual new single is called 'Million Dollar Bill'
and it's out in the UK on October 5.
'Million Dollar Bill' is scheduled for UK single release on 5 October, two weeks ahead of the album which, as reported here last week, is now released in the UK on 19 October.
Exclusive: the Sound Off Music Blog by DJ Taj features the following remixes for you to stream/listen to:
I Didn’t Know My Own
Strength (Peter Rauhofer Remix)
DJ Taj comments: Ladies & gentlemen, the remixes have arrived!!! Whitney Houston has just released a remix package for her dance music fans with 2 new remixes of “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength” (produced by Peter Rauhofer & Daddy’s Groove) and a Jody Den Broeder/Warren Rigg Club Mega-Mix. This is what we’ve been waiting for from Whitney!!! All 3 of these remixes are BLAZIN’ HOT and take Whitney to that next level that has been lacking with the original version of her new music. Goes to show how much of a difference a good producer can make.
The mixes featured come from an upcoming digital remix pack that is due with the following tracks:
- I Didn't Know My Own
Strength (Peter Rauhofer Club Mix) (7:41)
Expect a Whitney Houston video soon - Arista have been reviewing ideas from different directors in recent days.
Detroit Free Press: Whitney Houston's Sounding Good
The first thing you notice about Whitney Houston's new single is that you've never noticed a Whitney Houston single like this before.
With a bright, organic vibe lifted
straight from late-'70s R&B, "Million Dollar Bill" promptly makes its point:
After seven tumultuous years off the recording scene, Houston intends to
return with a fiery grace.
whitneyhouston.com: New Whitney Photo
whitneyhouston.com: More Details on Whitney's GMA Performance!
We have some additional details of Whitney's anticipated performance on Good
Morning America this September. Be sure to mark your calendars for this once
in a lifetime event!
Amazon UK are previewing 30 second clips of all the songs from the new 'I Look To You' set. Follow the link if you can't 'stay strong'.
MATERIAL GIRL VS. EVERY
Ask Billboard: Madonna vs. Whitney: Who's Sold More?
MATERIAL GIRL VS. EVERY
WOMAN - Below is an extract from 'Ask Billboard' where a reader is
asking about album sales by Whitney Houston and Madonna:
The Billboard update for the week ending 22 August 2009:
MILLION DOLLAR BILL:
I LOOK TO YOU:
Billboard Chart Beat:
STILL IN VOGUE:
Madonna and Whitney Houston arrive on the Billboard Hot 100, upping their
already impressive counts for career chart appearances.
TMZ: Usher & Whitney 'Will Be There' for Jacko
No need to call a doctor -- Michael Jackson is about to be remade again ... but this time by John Mayer*, Lionel Richie and Whitney Houston.
Larry King's wife Shawn
tells us Usher, Dionne Warwick, Wyclef and Jermaine Jackson are joining
Mayer, Richie and Houston in recording a remake of Jacko's "Will You Be
There." Shawn, who is spearheading the tribute and sings on it as well,
tells us she's not sure if Jennifer Hudson -- who sang the song at Michael's
over-the-top memorial last month -- will be involved with the project, as
she just gave birth.
Telegraph: Madonna and Robbie Williams sign up for X Factor
Madonna and Robbie Williams will make appearances in the new season of The X Factor
The choreographer for the
television talent show has reportedly let slip that the singers will act as
mentors to contestants during filming.
A source told The Sun that
the details had not yet been officially revealed but Mr Friedman, 32, could
not resist "blabbing" about the signings.
Good Morning America: Grammy Award-Winning Superstar Whitney Houston's New Album, Legendary Career
The Multi-Talented Singer Will Perform on 'Good Morning America' on Sept. 2
The one and only Whitney
Houston is coming to "GMA"! Houston, whose new album "I Look to You" will be
released on Aug. 31, will perform on "Good Morning America."
"The time that I first saw
her singing in her mother's act in a club called Sweet Waters right here in
Manhattan ... it was such a stunning impact," Davis told "Good Morning
America" anchor Diane Sawyer. "To hear this young girl breathe such fire
into this song. I mean, it really sent the proverbial tingles up my spine."
The man who discovered her says he wants to show that Houston "still stands for the best of song writing, the best of singing -- and we know the public wants it."
"You won't forget it after you hear it," Davis said, calling the album a labor of love for all involved. "There is a song on this album which is called 'I Didn't Know My Own Strength' and it really speaks for Whitney. She tumbled but she didn't crumble."
Kevin Costner, her co-star from "The Bodyguard" says we'll be glad she's back.
"I knew this day was coming for her," he said.
whitneyhouston.com: GMA Dedicates Entire Page to Whitney!
On the heels of Whitney's highly-anticipated new album, I Look To You, Good Morning America has put together an entire page focusing on the upcoming release and legendary career of Whitney Houston. The page is full of great Whitney videos, a "Whitney Through The Years" photo gallery and different news articles about her new album. If that's not enough to keep you busy, they also have a great teaser of Whitney's GMA performance for this September!
Both HMV & Amazon UK report 'I Look To You' will receive its UK release on 19 October, 7 weeks after the US/International release of the album. More details on the marketing plan that supports the delayed release to come soon.
World Entertainment News Network: Madonna & Houston Deny Jackson Concert Reports
star-studded tribute concert honouring late superstar MICHAEL JACKSON has been thrown into jeopardy after representatives for WHITNEY HOUSTON and MADONNA denied the singers have signed up to headline the show.
Plans to honour the late King Of Pop with a gig in Vienna, Austria next month (Sep09) were confirmed by Jermaine Jackson earlier this week (10Aug09). Jackson is co-ordinating the event with talk show host Larry King's wife Shawn.
Usher, Lionel Richie and Whitney Houston were all confirmed as performers at the memorial show, in the grounds of the city's former imperial Schoenbrunn Palace, by Shawn King's spokesman Howard Rubenstein.
Producer Georg Kindel from World Awards Media, the company behind the event, also hinted that Queen Of Pop Madonna was set to pay tribute to the Thriller hitmaker.
But spokespersons for
Houston and the Holiday hitmaker have hit back at reports of the stars'
participation in the extravaganza, according to New York gossip column
12 AUGUST 2009
Billboard: 'I Look To You' Single Review
On the lead single from her first album in seven years, Whitney Houston is both vulnerable and in control. The singer re-enters the spotlight with a stoic ballad about rising again after a fall from grace, with all the literal resonance that brings. "As I lay me down/Heaven hear me now," Houston sings, punctuating each syllable with strong-willed aplomb. "After all that I've been through/ Who can I turn to?" The lyrics are penned by R. Kelly, himself no stranger to career downturns and revivals. And the minimalist production, which features a lone, sullen piano and soft synths, exists purely to cushion Houston's moving vocal performance. "I Look to You" stands firmly in the tradition of her most emotive hits ("Greatest Love of All," "I Will Always Love You") and signals the long-awaited return of a true diva - Monica Herrera
Whitney Houston's fans at Classic Whitney wish her a very Happy Birthday and a fantastic year ahead.
Whitney Houston's 'Million Dollar Bill' will be released to US radio stations tomorrow, 7 August. The song is already creating a buzz tonight over the internet. 'Million Dollar Bill; is the second single from the upcoming album, 'I Look To You' and was written by Alicia Keys and produced by Swizz Beatz.
The Billboard update for the week ending 15 August 2009:
I LOOK TO YOU:
whitneyhouston.com: Rolling Stone Preview's I Look To You
Rolling Stone features a great article on Whitney's new album I Look To You, available everywhere August 31st. The preview article gives a snapshot into the many different producers and songwriters who contributed to the new album and insight into a few album tracks. Check it out below!
MTV: Jacko Tribute
Album? Stars to cover MJ's greatest hits for King of Pop tribute album...
A hoard of stars including
Madonna and Beyonce have been rumoured to appear on a tribute album for
5 AUGUST 2009
New York Daily News: Whitney Houston's 'I Look to You' figures for a
strong radio reception
Houston conquered every corner of radio on her first go-round, which it's
hard to believe started 25 years ago.
3 AUGUST 2009
E! Online: Whitney Houston, We Have a Problem...With the Alarm Clock!
Morning America can't get a rise out of Whitney Houston. According to Page
Six, Whitney isn't a morning person. News flash, right? A source tells the
gossip spillers that "lots of singers don't like to perform at 7:30 in the
morning," though lesser stars often get their arms (and vocal cords) twisted
2 AUGUST 2009
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