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Whitney Houston’s final song released

Whitney Houston's final song, "Celebrate," with Jordin Sparks, was released today.

Whitney Houston's final song, "Celebrate," with Jordin Sparks, was released today.

Whitney Houston’s final song,  a collaboration with Jordin Sparks from the “Sparkle” soundtrack, debuted on Ryan Seacrest’s radio show today.

 “Celebrate,” an uptempo jam with sunny, optimistic lyrics about shunning hate, urges listeners to “just cast your cares away.” The song’s bridge promises, “I’m gonna give you a reason why you should clap your hands and jump for joy.”

Houston sounds a bit husky, but her lower register contrasts well with Sparks’ girlish strains.

The song is the last Houston recorded before her death in February, and while it isn’t an instant classic, it’s a pleasant pop piffle that will be remembered for what it represents.

“Sparkle” opens in theaters Aug. 17. The soundtrack, expected to be released in late July, also features Houston singing “His Eyes on the Sparrow,” and includes several other Sparks songs and a contribution from Cee Lo Green (“I’m a Man”).

16 comments Add your comment

wally

May 21st, 2012
8:29 pm

who really cares about whitney?

antiwally

May 21st, 2012
8:51 pm

Wally, obviously you care about Whitney. You took the time to read the article. Then you took the extra time to make a comment. Stop suppressing your feelings for Whitney.

ocee

May 21st, 2012
9:19 pm

Who really cares. Once a crack head always a crack head.

eyes

May 21st, 2012
9:24 pm

Wally and Ocee you care, took the time to read and make comment….very proud that you both care for her!!!!

dre

May 21st, 2012
9:41 pm

Wasn’t her lasr recording called “Pop, Pop, Snort, Snort, Gurgle Gurgle?”

KimZ'sPackage

May 21st, 2012
9:55 pm

Did she WRITE the song? She never did anything but sing other people’s stuff and snort her money away. WHO CARES? Why should we care? She is just another person the Black Community calls a ROLE MODEL for little reason.

Camri

May 21st, 2012
10:31 pm

Although Whitney had her issues with drugs, that doesn’t give anyone the right to belittle her successful career. She had a unique voice & could sing her a** off. Even once she lost her high register, she still could out sing most other popular singers in her lower register. Her voice moved you. Her voice caused some type of emotion in most listeners. She was definitely blessed by a higher power to sing the way she did. She may never have wrote a song, but she darn sure brought many to life.

She wasn’t perfect & the fact that she was such a huge celebrity is why her drama was magnified & lived out in public. Who out here is perfect? Not you, not me & not her. We all have our issues, but I feel we should show some respect for the beautiful memories she left us in song. What is being so disrepectful of her memory getting any of you?

Stay blessed, Whitney. I, for one, will always love you.

Spread your wings & fly!

BON

May 22nd, 2012
12:10 am

Well stated!!! Amen to that Camri!!! I am glad someone out there is not ignorant.

Mr. Laidback

May 22nd, 2012
3:10 am

There’s always a hater in the midst!!! Whitney gets villafied by ignorant people like the ones above, but yet you praise the lil waynes (druggie), the lindsay lohans (druggie, alcholic) and all the rest of the pop starts and hip hop artists who do the same drugs…they just havent died from a overdose yet. Ignorance…gotta love it..or do we..can we just shoot them?

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Had E Nough

May 22nd, 2012
2:21 pm

It truly amazes me how an article speaking on a last song can turn into either a bashing of races or a bashing of a person. Since it seems as if we can never take the high road on the comments I’ll add one just like you . (no two wrongs never make a right, but maybe it will shut folks up like KimZPackage) This may prove that hate begets hate, because you asked for it. So

KimZ’sPackage

May 21st, 2012
9:55 pm
“Did she WRITE the song? She never did anything but sing other people’s stuff and snort her money away. WHO CARES? Why should we care? She is just another person the Black Community calls a ROLE MODEL for little reason.”

Elvis wrote none of his songs and even stole from the Black singing style and clothing, “It is now known fact the Elvis died as a result of drug addiction by self medicating on prescription drugs and very bad eating habits”, and he has been labeled the king and his home a shrine where folks from all over go to cry over his loss. So Shut it up and just enjoy the article for what it is worth.
Most artist black or white who have passed too soon have done crap that was detrimental to their lives. The fact is they are not loved for their personal lives, but the music that they brought to the world. No one gave a damn that Elvis, Whitney, Jimi, Janice Joplin, Amy etc. did drugs enough to help them stop , but we all sure loved their music. SMDH

Marc

May 22nd, 2012
4:16 pm

We are a sad society of ppl.

Mandech m muse

May 22nd, 2012
7:19 pm

you know only jalous persoon abuse Whitney, Whitney is nummer 1. like mj they are the greathst and best entertainer on the planeet. just show some respect dead people . i love whitney and michael jackson. they are winners and killers are the losers. mj is dead means music is dead because mj made music beautifull and interestring . every secret killer god will kill . you know if you kill someone you wil be killed too. that is reality. give them peace .

peace love and respect.

mandrch

glenh

May 22nd, 2012
7:21 pm

Let God be the judge…I am saddened by the death of Whitney,Elvis,Jimi.Janice and Amy. But who am I to judge. I enjoyed every minute of their season..and was saddened for the briefity.Judge not lest you be judged.

Daniel

May 25th, 2012
12:38 am

Did she write the song? Who cares? Did Aretha Franklin write Natural Woman? No. Carole King did. Did Billie Holliday write most of her songs? No, Gershwin did. Did Dionne Warwick write her songs? No. Burt Bacharach did. Ella? Etc.

Many songstresses did not write their material, Whitney was brilliant because she made someone else’s words sound like her own. People always quote Whitney when they reference “The Greatest Love of All,” even though she did not write it, she made you FEEL it.

Drugs, yeah, she did drugs. She still did more with her life than most people ever will. Her voice gave me joy and hope and she will always endure for years. A shame people are so sad and pathetic that they resort to stupid jokes about someone they never knew.

JD SMITH

May 28th, 2012
1:07 pm

Go Whitney !