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People love to hate Simon Cowell — for pioneering TV singing contests with The X Factor and American Idol and/or for playing the role of resident asshole on those shows — but give the guy credit for this much: In this era of rampant individualism, he sees the enduring value of a team. We saw… More »

It was just over two years ago that Glasgow trio Chvrches first tapped their synth keys into our hearts with their dark, romantic pop. Aside from their Recover EP and full-length debut The Bones Of What You Believe, the band has given us a lot of listening material, covering songs by many other artists at… More »

Barely 24 hours before this year’s Grammy Awards ceremony began, Whitney Houston, a woman who’d once seemed like a cyborg engineered to win as many Grammys as possible, was found dead in a Los Angeles hotel room. Houston was exactly the sort of artist who the Grammys are built to honor — enormously talented, ridiculously… More »

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Feud Between Whitney Houston And Bobby Brown’s Families Erupts At Bobbi Kristina’s Funeral

Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston, passed away last Sunday at 22, six months after being found unresponsive in a bathtub in her Georgia home. Today’s funeral service at Alpharetta, Georgia’s St. James United Methodist Church was marred by tension between her parents’ families. As the BBC reports, Bobbi… More »

By: Peter Helman / August 1, 2015 - 6:28 pm

Bobby Brown Releases Statement About Daughter Bobbi Kristina’s Death

Bobbi Kristina Brown, the daughter of Bobby Brown and the late Whitney Houston, passed away yesterday at the age of 22, as People reports. She never fully regained consciousness after being found unresponsive in a bathtub in her Roswell, Georgia home nearly six months ago, and she was transferred to hospice care last month. More »

By: Peter Helman / July 27, 2015 - 6:47 pm

Whitney Houston’s Estate Issues Statement Criticizing Lifetime Biopic

Last night Lifetime aired Whitney, a Whitney Houston biopic starring and directed by Angela Bassett. Bassett and Houston costarred in Waiting To Exhale, and Bassett considers herself a friend to the late singer. But Houston’s estate did not find the movie very friendly. Before the film even aired, Houston’s sister-in-law Pat Houston issued a scathingMore »

By: Chris DeVille / January 18, 2015 - 9:56 am

Watch The Trailer For Lifetime’s Whitney Houston Biopic

Last month, Lifetime aired an Aaliyah biopic that was so bad it sent Timbaland on an Instagram rampage. Next month, the network will air Whitney, its Whitney Houston biopic, and the movie’s mere existence is a warning sign. Still, this one could turn out differently. It has a star, Yaya Dacosta, who appeared on a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 5, 2014 - 8:35 am

Watch Sam Smith Cover Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know”

Back when people actually watched American Idol, one of the classic mistakes a contestant could make was covering Whitney Houston. The judges would always caution singers, tell them that there was no way their versions could stack up to the original. (Maybe they still do this? It’s been a while since I watched that show.)… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 20, 2014 - 12:11 pm

Chvrches – “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay” (Whitney Houston Cover)

This week, the Scottish synthpop trio Chvrches released their debut album The Bones Of What You Believe, and we made it our Album Of The Week. And in a recent BBC radio session for Zane Lowe, the group affirmed their starry-eyed pop-music credentials by covering a classic of the form: Whitney Houston’s heart-scraped 1999 tech-soul… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 27, 2013 - 9:55 am

Watch Kanye, D’Angelo, More Play B.E.T. Awards 2012

Last night, BET broadcasted their BET Awards, a ceremony that went down at L.A.’s the Shrine Auditorium and featured a star-studded performance lineup as folks like Kanye West and G.O.O.D Music, D’Angelo, Usher, Nicki Minaj and many more took the stage. Notably, Kanye & G.O.O.D. played “Mercy,” “Cold,” and unveiled “New God Flow,” D’Angelo did… More »

By: Corban Goble / July 2, 2012 - 9:06 am

Watch R. Kelly & Stevie Wonder Perform At Whitney Houston’s Memorial Service

There’s a lot to be said about the fucked-upedness of airing a goddam funeral across multiple television networks, but Saturday’s Whitney Houston memorial service did, at the very least, provide for a couple of truly moving musical moments. During the service, R. Kelly, possibly the one single person on Earth who can best relate with… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 20, 2012 - 9:24 am

Chris Cornell Breaks Up Airport Fight, Covers Whitney Houston

Last month, Chris Cornell compared Kanye West’s soundcheck to “retarded children” at an Australian festival. This week, he broke up a fight in an airport lounge by stepping straight up in the face of a businessman who used an anti-gay slur. Chris Cornell: He contains multitudes! More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 17, 2012 - 1:21 pm

Download 3 Great Whitney Houston Mashups

In the days after Whitney Houston’s untimely death, the Internet sprang to action to find ways to pay tribute to her immense, singular talent and the music it produced. None were better than the isolated Houston vocal from “How Will I Know,” but below we have three other mash-ups featuring Whitney’s music that have made… More »

By: Corban Goble / February 15, 2012 - 10:00 am

Girls Cover Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”

At the Laneway Festival in Singapore this past weekend, Girls frontman Christopher Owens paid tribute to the fallen Whitney Houston by playing a solo version of “I Will Always Love You,” the Dolly Parton song that has belonged almost entirely to Whitney since 1992. Big singalong on this one, naturally, and Owens deserves credit for… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 13, 2012 - 12:59 pm

Grammys 2012 Comment Party!!

It’s the 2012 Grammys! The Stereogum crew is over at my house, there may or may not be pizza and beer involved, and on the off chance you are experiencing something similar at yours, we have decided to put up a post for us all to congregate and talk shit about Adam Levine. This year’… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 12, 2012 - 7:55 pm

R.I.P. Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston, one of the biggest pop stars of the ’80s and ’90s, has died, as ABC News reports. The cause and location (UPDATE: location was the Beverly Hilton Hotel) of her death haven’t been reported yet. She was 48, which is just impossibly sad.

Houston comes from a musical family; mother Cissy… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 11, 2012 - 9:03 pm

Watch Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Cover Whitney Houston

A tipster recently let us know that Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. covered Whitney Houston’s 1987 nugget “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me),” quite possibly my wife’s favorite song in the entire history of the universe, at a recent Bowery Ballroom show. As it turns out, Dale have been covering the track live for… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 26, 2011 - 5:28 pm

My Brightest Diamond Sings Whitney Houston

You know how when you’re at the karaoke bar and your one friend that really thinks she can sing grabs the mic and does some Whitney and thinks its gonna sound really good but it really doesn’t? Well, then you’re one friend isn’t Shara Worden. Reader David sent this clip of MBD down in Brazil… More »

By: Stereogum / June 14, 2007 - 9:32 am

Don’t Call Me, Whitney

AP reports that Bobby Brown will no longer be sticking his hand up Whitney Houston’s constipated ass. So to speak. Their fourteen-year marriage “which withstood drug addiction, Brown’s numerous arrests, the decline of Houston’s once-sparkling image and domestic abuse allegations” is over. Hell to the yes.

It’s not all frowns for Whitney… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / September 13, 2006 - 8:39 pm

Osama Hearts Whitney

If you thought you heard all the crazy Whitney Houston stories, check out today’s NY Post:Osama bin Laden has more on his mind than just the destruction of the United States – the world’s most wanted terrorist is obsessed with Whitney Houston, so much so that he’s even mulled a hit on her hubby, Bobby… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 21, 2006 - 10:18 am
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