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Independent: Whitney Houston fills the O2 hole left by death of Jackson
Comeback concerts mark
American singer's return from drug addiction
billed as the ultimate comeback tour, but when Michael Jackson died last
month from a suspected heart attack at just 50 it was not only the millions
of fans that were left heartbroken. The King of Pop's death also meant one
of America's largest entertainment giants suddenly -needed to find a
replacement for Jackson's 50-date tour at London's O2 Arena.
Both pop stars have multi-
platinum careers to their names and a musical style well-suited to selling
out high-capacity stadiums. They have also both been through turbulent times
in recent years and are keen to relaunch their careers after strings of
headlines that tended not to revolve around their musical abilities.
Telegraph: Robbie Williams and Whitney Houston 'to step in for Michael Jackson at O2'
Robbie Williams and Whitney Houston
have been lined up to fill Michael Jackson's cancelled dates at the O2
arena, it has been claimed.
The promoters AEG hope that both stars will
launch their comeback tours at the 20,000 venue in Greenwich, south east
AEG refunded all tickets after the King of
Pop's death last month and faced a bill of up to £300 million for the
31 JULY 2009
London Evening Standard: Houston (and Robbie), you have solved O2’s problem
Williams and Whitney Houston are set to make their respective comebacks with
a series of concerts at the O2 arena early next year.
Billboard: Chart Beat Thursday: Whitney Houston, Black Eyed Peas, Demi
MANY HAPPY RETURNS: A host
of veterans enjoy warm welcomes back to Billboard charts this week.
The Billboard update for the week ending 8 August 2009:
I LOOK TO YOU:
LIKE I NEVER LEFT (Featuring Akon):
The Wait Is Over...
San Francisco Chronical: Whitney Houston: The Wait is Over
This past weekend, I was
in L.A. where I attended a listening party for Whitney Houston's new album,
"I Look To You" which was held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. Hosted by my
cousin, Clive Davis, this event came on the heels of listening parties in
London and New York. The album drops September 1st. Whitney was wore a black
Armani sheath dress with stunning diamonds earrings that looked absolutely
Los Angeles Times: Earlier release date puts Whitney Houston and 'I Look to You' into Grammys race
Whitney Houston could contend for this year's Grammy Awards now that "I Look to You" is being released on Aug. 31, the last day of eligibility. Plans had been to drop this disc the next day – Sept. 1 – which as a Tuesday is the traditional time for new releases. However, good buzz is building about Houston's first studio album in six years, with well-attended listening parties in L.A. and Gotham. The title track is available both for streaming and as a free download until July 31 at Houston's official
Houston first came to fame
with a self-titled debut disc in 1985 that won her a Grammy Award for best
pop vocal performance and contended for the top prize of album of the year
(Phil Collins won for "No Jacket Required"). And she earned an Emmy for her
performance of "Saving All My Love For You" on that Grammycast. Her single
"The Greatest Love of All" lost record of the year the following year to
"Higher Love" by Steve Winwood.
29 JULY 2009
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Release Date Brought Forward...
whitneyhouston.com: Whitney Houston's Album Moved Up to August 31st Release
(New York, NY -July 28,
2009) Fueled by the continuous excitement from last week's much-buzzed about
Whitney Houston album listening events in New York and Los Angeles, Arista
Records has moved the release date of I Look To You up to August 31st.
An Interesting Mix of Partners...
MTV: Whitney Houston Talks Hooking Up With Akon, Alicia Keys
The singer chooses an interesting mix
of partners for I Look to You.
Houston wasn't too sure about working with rapper/singer/producer Akon for
her new album, I Look to You, when her label president, Clive Davis,
suggested him as a suitable collaborator.
ABC News: Costner on Houston's New Album: 'I Knew This Day Was Coming'
Kevin Costner and
Whitney Houston Made Movie Magic in 'The Bodyguard'
Whitney Houston, the beauty with the megawatt voice, and Kevin Costner, Hollywood's iconic superstar actor, made screen history in "The Bodyguard." 17 years later, Costner still remembers the decision to cast Houston in the film.
"I remember Whitney before
she was in the movie," Costner said. "And I just looked at her and I said,
'Oh man, this girl really -- she just really has it.'"
The film's screenwriter
Larry Kasdan, producer Jim Wilson and studio Warner Brothers agreed.
"I didn't want to
duplicate that," Costner said. "Dolly's song just was a song that I'd always
really, really loved."
When the characters kissed in the movie, Costner said it "was just about good old fashioned chemistry. Boy-girl stuff."
"That kiss was all about
that," he said. "That was about a man and a woman saying thank you to each
Legendary producer Clive
Davis told "Good Morning America" that one song on the new album called "I
Didn't Know My Own Strength" speaks to Houston's resilience. Costner also
pointed to his former co-star's ability to bounce back.
28 JULY 2009
MTV: Whitney Houston's I Look To You Addresses Her 'Ups And Downs'
'I kept my faith and I
kept my head up and I took my time,' she says of putting together her first
studio album in seven years.
On Whitney Houston's new
album, I Look to You, fans can expect to hear Houston singing all about the
ups and downs of her life over the past few years. The album, which hits
stores in September, will reflect the events and emotions that she has gone
through since her last release in 2002.
26 JULY 2009
New York Post: Houston Has No Problem
WHITNEY Houston broke
seven years of musical silence this week, unveiling nine of the 11 tracks
for her much delayed album "I Look to You."
25 JULY 2009
Rap-Up.com: Whitney Houston's LA Album Listening
From London to New York to
Los Angeles. Whitney Houston touched down in Beverly Hills on Thursday to
preview her new album I Look to You in front of a few hundred invited guests
at the Beverly Hilton.
Rap-Up.com: Preview - Whitney Houston 'I Look To You'
“The Wait Is Over…” read the monitors inside the ballroom at
the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills on Thursday (July 23). Whitney Houston
heralded her return to music with the last of three ritzy listening sessions
for her first studio album in seven years, I Look to You.
Rap-Up.com: Whitney Houston Steps Into R. Kelly's World
A diva like Whitney Houston always get her way, but not when
it comes to working with R. Kelly.
Whitney Houston's comeback
album drops in just six weeks.
CNN: Houston makes a comeback with first album in seven years
Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA (CNN) -- Whitney Houston swept into the room in full diva mode -- hair, makeup and entourage. She looked the part. She smiled and cooed over mentor Clive Davis, calling him "Big Papa" and "Daddy" while the music mogul patted her arm like a proud parent.
The pair was in a side room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel just before the Los Angeles, California, listening session for "I Look to You," Houston's first album in seven years, scheduled to be released Sept. 1.
"I just took a break, which sometimes you have to," said Houston, 45, looking elegant in diamonds and a black Prada dress. "You have to know when to slow that train down and kind of just sit back and relax for a minute."
This was definitely the
old Whitney -- pre-troubled marriage to Bobby Brown and pre-comment to Diane
Sawyer that "crack is wack."
Heads bobbed while the songs thumped over the loudspeakers, with applause and cheers erupting after each cut. To the amusement of those seated in the audience, even Davis shook his shoulders behind his podium and pumped his fist to the beat from time-to-time.
A ballad on the new disc, "I Didn't Know My Own Strength," alludes to Houston's personal troubles in recent years.
The song, written especially for Houston by Diane Warren, includes the lyrics: I didn't know my own strength, And I crashed down and I tumbled, But I did not crumble.
Houston deftly steered the focus away from herself, saying she identified with the lyrics because everyone has been through ups and downs in life. At the end of the session, Houston stepped from the wings to a standing ovation.
"I'm humbled," she said, her hand on her heart. "There's so much love in the room." Then she joked, "Jane Fonda's at my listening party? How cool am I?"
AEG chairman and CEO Randy Phillips also was hanging around, no doubt ready to pounce on a chance to promote her next tour.
I think it's the biggest hit she's had," Barry Manilow said.
"It was really, really good," Stevie Wonder said. "God takes care of his children."
Coming Out Party...
Los Angeles Times: Whitney Houston enjoys a coming-out party
Whitney Houston did not have to sing a note Thursday night to spark a
rousing ovation from a crowd of celebrities and record-industry
"God bless you all," Houston said, blowing kisses and stretching her hands
out to the crowd. "I am humbled. Thank you all for coming." She seemed
particularly excited when she spotted Berry and Fonda ("I almost croaked
when I found out Jane Fonda was coming to my listening party. How cool am
24 JULY 2009
MTV: Swizz Beatz 'So Excited' To Work With Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys
'I was super happy,' Beatz
says of the reaction his 'Million Dollar Bill' got at Houston's recent
NEW YORK — Swizz Beatz's
music is about to hit hard again with tracks on upcoming albums by Jay-Z,
DMX, Eve and, of course, Whitney Houston. Swizz was at Lincoln Center on
Tuesday (July 21) as one of the attendees at the listening party for
Houston's upcoming I Look to You. Swizz and Alicia Keys crafted a track for
the project called "Million Dollar Bill," which is just screaming to be a
MTV: Whitney Houston 'Truly Humbled' By Listening-Party Turnout'
Houston looked great and sounded even better Tuesday night in New York at
her listening party for I Look to You. Houston waited until all nine new
tracks were previewed at the event before she came out and addressed the
Associated Press: Whitney Houston previews her new CD
Whitney Houston says her
daughter's support helped fuel her as she geared up for her comeback record.
People: Whitney Houston Previews New Album
Houston's much-anticipated new album, I Look to You, doesn't hit stores
until Sept. 1, but the singer gave a star-studded audience a sneak preview
of nine songs on Tuesday night.
Extra TV: Whitney Houston is Back!
The songstress sat down
with "Extra" and confessed that making music after a long break was a little
uncomfortable at first. "When I first stepped into the studio, it felt a
little funny. Like, 'I remember this. I know how to do this.' It felt good.
I felt blessed," she recalled.
Face it, the world has made tons of far-our promises -- flying cars, robot maids, food pills -- only to deliver in the crappiest way possible. However, fresh from its hazy, lazy hibernation of lies, the future is finally ready to deliver on one promise: the guaranteed diva resurgence that comes in the form of 11 new full-of-fierce Whitney Houston tracks.
Last night, PopWrap was invited to a special listening event, where a stunning Whitney previewed nine tracks from her upcoming comeback album, "I Look To You." The 200-person crowd consisted of Alicia Keys, Benny Medina, Gayle King, L.A. Reid, Martha Stewart, Steve Harvey, Vivica A. Fox, Diane Sawyer, and of course her mentor Clive Davis.
Right out of the gate, we
heard "Million Dollar Bill," which displayed Houston's billion-dollar voice
over a convertible-top-down Swizz Beats track. Blending a rough-riding thump
with classic R&B elements, we knew in that instant: She. Was. Back.
We Look to NYC for Whitney Houston's Album Party; Yes, She's Looking Good.
Same Goes For the Music
"You could feel she was in
the room before you saw her, and you knew she was gone even if you hadn't
seen her leave": That's what David Foster -- the producer behind hits such
as "I Have Nothing" once said of Whitney Houston.
22 JULY 2009
Rolling Stone: Whitney Houston Returns: Diva Debuts “I Look to
You” in New York
New York Listening Event...
MTV: Whitney Houston Debuts I Look To You At NYC Listening Party
NEW YORK — Swizz Beatz has
a thing for millions. He produced and is featured on Maino's "Million
Bucks," and now the superproducer has given Whitney Houston a beat for the
song "Million Dollar Bill."
Whitney Houston and Clive Davis talk to ET at the New York Listening Event for 'I Look To You':
Showbiz411 Roger Friedman: Whitney Houston Debuts New CD, Gets ABC
Whitney Houston’s new CD,
“I Look to You,” got the star treatment tonight. Music mogul Clive Davis
played nine tracks from the album, due Sept. 1, for an A-list audience at
Jazz at Lincoln Center. When he was done, Houston walked out and got a
standing ovation and cheers.
21 JULY 2009
whitneyhouston.com: "I Look To You" Album Sequence!
Whitney's new album, "I Look To You," will feature 11 brand new tracks along
with a star-studded list of contributers. Remember to join Whitney's Email
List to be the first to get album updates and more!
whitneyhouston.com: Whitney and Clive in London as they unveil Whitney's
long-awaited release, "I Look To You."
Guardian: Houston, I'm Back From Space
The Voice, as she is also known, makes an exclusive London appearance to premiere her comeback album. Tim Adams sneaks past the limo to get a listen
Tuesday evening in a chandeliered conference room at the Mandarin Oriental
hotel on Knightsbridge in London, a gathering from the music industry was
packed in, sipping champagne, waiting to hear The Voice. The Voice had been
silent for five years and the crowd was here for a reason: could The Voice,
after all it had been through, still do its thing?
Sunday Mirror: Dean Piper - My preview of the new Whitney Houston album
I managed to bag an invite to one of the biggest and
most exciting events of the year so far - the exclusive playback of Whitney
Houston's eagerly awaited new album I Look To You.
19 JULY 2009
Telegraph: Whitney Houston: The Comeback
the last couple of weeks in pop music have been dominated by the death of a
superstar, this week marked at least the beginning of the return of another.
Whitney Houston was in London for a playback of tracks from her forthcoming
album, ‘I Look At You’, her first release since 2003.
London Evening Standard: Sir Philip Green opens up Topshop for Whitney Houston
Billionaire Sir Philip Green opened the doors of his flagship Topshop store so that Whitney Houston could have a private shopping spree. The retail mogul handed the Oxford Street store over to the singer, who was allowed to take as much as she wanted for free.
Whitney, 45, had just showcased her comeback album to a select audience
in Knightsbridge, and wound down with some extreme retail therapy.
“Whitney invited him to
the exclusive playback of her new album at the Mandarin Oriental hotel last
night, and he was so impressed that he offered her the VIP Topshop trip.”
Songs & Cover Debuted...
Rolling Stone: Whitney Houston Debuts “I Look To You” Songs, Album Cover
premiered tracks from her upcoming album I Look To You last night at
London’s Mandarin Oriental Hotel. Clive Davis, who discovered the singer and
shepherded her career, was also on hand to present nine unfinished songs
from the LP, Billboard reports. Houston also officially unveiled the album’s
cover art today (see above). As Rolling Stone previously reported, I Look To
You — Houston’s first non-Christmas LP since 2002’s Just Whitney — will be
released September 1st.
Billboard: Whitney Houston Premieres New Album In London
Whitney Houston appeared
at the world premiere of her new album, "I Look to You" (Arista), in London
last night (July 14).
"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."
The Sun: Whit a minute, that's Houston
By TIM NIXON, Published: 15 Jul 2009
HOUSTON is clearly ready to dance with somebody again.
whitneyhouston.com: Check Out the Press Highlights from Whitney's Listening Event in London!
Whitney's listening event in London last night
was a star-studded affair, filled with VIP and Press. The event was a
massive success, but don't take our word for it... here's what the press had
Whitney Houston pictured flying out of London Heathrow Airport earlier today:
TMZ: Madge & Whitney: 2 Divas, 1 Dress
My full account of the day and initial observations of the nine songs that were played can be read here.
Daily Mail: Dazzling Whitney Houston makes a triumphant return to spotlight after seven years
By Lizzie Smith
The 45-year-old arrived
last night to launch I Look To You, her first studio CD in seven years, at
the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in London's Knightsbridge. She wore a black
belted mac which she removed once inside to reveal a flattering black and
white Dolce & Gabbana dress. The crowd, including Top Shop billionaire Sir
Phillip Green, gave Whitney a standing ovation.
Despite her denials, she
checked into rehab in Georgia two years later. But 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 Davis. And anyone can win her fans back it should be
Grammy-winner Whitney. She 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
whitneyhouston.com: Clive Davis Talks About New Whitney Album on GMA!
Clive Davis sat down with Good Morning America this week to discuss Whitney Houston's exciting new album, I Look To You. Whitney will be launching this year's Fall Concert Series on GMA with a special performance of songs from the new album. This is the show you don't want to miss! Click here to watch a video for Whitney's highly anticipated GMA performance.
ABC News: Clive Davis: 'You Won't Forget' Whitney Houston's New Album
By MICHELLE MAJOR
Whitney Houston is the most honored female artist of all
time. She's the only artist ever to have seven consecutive multi-platinum
albums, beating out even the Beatles. And now the man who has been with her
from the start is talking about her comeback and sharing his memories of her
Houston was also the first artist to make a chart-topping hit out of the
national anthem. Her performance of "The
Star Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl XXV in 1991 was recorded and sold as a
fundraising effort for Gulf War soldiers, and it hit number 20 on the
Billboard charts. "Certainly, 'The Star
Spangled Banner' is one of those vivid memories of America, indeed everyone
everywhere, of hearing our national anthem performed in that manner," Davis
said. "It was a stunning memory."
"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."
Whitney Houston was snapped at Los Angeles International airport today taking a Delta flight out:
ABC: Grammy Award-Winning Superstar Whitney Houston Is Coming to
This morning, "Good Morning America" announced that the one and only Whitney Houston is coming to "GMA"! Houston will kickoff "Good Morning America's" fall concert series in September!
Stay tuned to ABCNews.com for updates and more information about Whitney Houston on "GMA" this fall.
Click here to see ABC's promotional video which includes a segment by Whitney herself announcing her upcoming concert appearance for GMA.
'I Didn't Know My Own Strength' has leaked tonight - no word just yet on what the first single from the album, 'I Look To You' will be.
whitneyhouston.com: Enter for a Chance to Win Entry to a Whitney Houston Listening Event!
In advance of her new album, I
Look To You, there will be two listening events in mid-July for VIP
Guests. As a special gift to the fans, we're giving you a chance to attend
one of these events in either New York City on July 21 or in Los Angeles on
July 23. Here's how you can enter:
Michael Clavell-Bate is a lawyer that is
the senior partner of Eversheds' Manchester office and in a
recent interview for the Manchester Evening News he is quoted as saying
"back in the 1990s, when Whitney Houston undertook a tour of the UK, I was
one of the lawyers who was kept on standby just in case any of her entourage
got into any scrapes. I never met her while she was in this country,
but it was fascinating to work closely with those close to her."
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