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Clive Davis previews Whitney Houston comeback

Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston

Music mogul Clive Davis appeared on “Good Morning America” Tuesday to preview Whitney Houston’s much-anticipated new album, “I Look to You” due out Sept. 1.

“You won’t forget it after you hear it,” Davis told “GMA” co-anchor Diane Sawyer. Not coincidentally, the ABC morning show has landed Houston’s comeback concert appearance this fall, timed to the release of the album, the first new studio project by the former Atlantan in seven years.

Davis, who discovered Houston 25 years ago, re-teamed with her two years ago to work on a comeback that will hopefully make fans forget about the tabloid headlines, her high-profile divorce from Bobby Brown and her, um, memorable cameos on the televised trainwreck “Being Bobby Brown.”

Of Houston’s new single, Davis previewed: “There’s a song on the album called ‘I Didn’t Know My Own Strength.’ And it really speaks for Whitney. She tumbled but she didn’t crumble.”

Even as the hype machine spins into overdrive for “I Look to You,” industry insiders wonder if those trademark Houston pipes, reportedly ravaged from years of abuse, remain intact for a comeback. In the age of the digital download, artists depend more heavily on touring for revenue than ever before.

And unlike Britney Spears, who has staged a successful comeback this year via the live spectacle “Circus” tour, Houston made her mark in music based on her amazing vocal prowess.

It’s doubtful that fans would plunk down top dollar in this economy for a lip-syncing Houston. Complicating matters further, a fresh generation of divas, led by Beyonce and Ciara, now dominate the spotlight. Even Houston’s 1980s peer Janet Jackson, with a top record producer like Jermaine Dupri at the helm, has recently encountered trouble re-gaining her “Control” era chart-topping numbers.

What’s your take? Are you booking a flight to New York City this fall to scream down front at the “GMA” Whitney Houston concert? Will you at least slide a copy of “I Look to You” into your cart while browsing the aisles of Target? Or have you musically moved on in 2009?

176 comments Add your comment

Whit Fan Forever

July 14th, 2009
1:19 pm

Turd Ferguson before you put someone in hell just make sure you’re not going also!!!!!

kaos0302

July 14th, 2009
1:23 pm

i always support whitney…it’s real easy to look at someone and pass judgement…we are all frontin in some sort of way…imagine if all of your problems were public knowledge?????how many of you could handle that???

beyonce and ciara are studio singers…the technology today can make ANYONE sound good

Beyonce just shakes her behind….ciara is a broke A## janet jackson

Theodis

July 14th, 2009
1:27 pm

Whitney is a far cry from anytang worth watching or listening too. I just hope she is gonna give Bobby a cut of the profits…if they is any.

jerome

July 14th, 2009
1:28 pm

Absolutely. None of those other girls you mentioned would even have a career if it were not for Whitney. How many times does she have to prove herself? The girl can still sing circles around everyone out there. The Grammy party was proof positive. It is not all about high notes and being half dressed.

VonTavius

July 14th, 2009
1:29 pm

Whitney has reduced herself to nothing more than Skeletor. I wont buy nothing from dat skinny beeeeatch!!

joyce

July 14th, 2009
1:50 pm

why are some of you bloggers making this sector abour race. It was about Whitney making a comeback.

JB

July 14th, 2009
1:55 pm

Give me a breack C – Don’t you dare put down Jennifer Hudson’s singing and performing, she can hold her own with the Best of singers.

Lost my virginity to Whitney or was that Anita Baker

July 14th, 2009
1:59 pm

Both of them give Good Loving!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Best of luck. She can Blow. Everyone makes a mistake. some bigger than others. “Good week all!”

Cletux

July 14th, 2009
1:59 pm

jerome the dumbbell writes about none of these girls gettin anywhere wifout whitney? LMAO…what about Ella F, Arethra, Dionne Warwick, Gladys Knight, Diana Ross, etc? I would rather hear any of them as opposed to ole tired whitney,

Not Disappointed

July 14th, 2009
2:03 pm

Joyce – Maybe some people make it’s about race, because they’re hurting and want others to hurt as well.
Only 17 muscles to smile. Over four hundred to frown. That must stress and they wonder why they have high blood pressure. I’m with the virgin lady. “Have a good week all!”
Good luck Whitney. My ex had a crush on you.

IRISH25

July 14th, 2009
2:08 pm

Can’t give up on anyone, does GOD??? I hope the new album and her life are successful!!

cookie

July 14th, 2009
2:16 pm

I would like to hear keishia cole and whitney do a duet,new school talent and classic talent. Have to admit they can both sing. whitney and Janet are the foundations these new kids started on.

KC

July 14th, 2009
2:17 pm

Ok Black man with a masters, I guess this is why this is America. Freedom of speech, I can respect you for your comments, and with that being said it’s ok to agree to disagree.

Peace be with you my brother(all races)

Tami

July 14th, 2009
2:18 pm

I’m wishing Whitney all the best. However, I’d want to SEE her concert on TV before I committed to buying any downloads, etc. I do not wish to invest in any lip-synching performer myself. Since Whitney is a contemporary of mine & I loved her in her heyday, I’m willing to allow a little leeway. But only a little. I am not planning to plunk down the dollars to go to NYC just to see her perform. But, the same goes for almost any artist. I simply don’t have the money. I must spend what money I do have wisely with uncertainty in my job as well.

KC

July 14th, 2009
2:19 pm

oh and I am by all means none of those in previous post that you mentioned!

SillyMe

July 14th, 2009
2:19 pm

Black man with Masters Degree ~ Betcha err one har ain’t black!

Black man with Masters Degree

July 14th, 2009
2:20 pm

Here here KC! Best of luck to you and yours!!

Leggs

July 14th, 2009
2:20 pm

@cookie, that would be tight. Keyshia Cole and Whitney. Love Keyshia’s voice!

KC

July 14th, 2009
2:22 pm

As well BMWMD!

whitmetoo

July 14th, 2009
2:30 pm

when whitney has “crashdown” I crash wiht her when she “tumbled” i tumbled wiht her and now she is back strength i am still wiht her . I love you whitney all the best.

john

July 14th, 2009
2:33 pm

WHITNEY!…WHITNEY!…WHITNEY!…Welcome back! Show the rest of these heffas how its done with their non singing asses

girlmusician

July 14th, 2009
2:37 pm

WE CAN’T WAIT UNTIL YOU COME BACK TO ATLANTA!!!!!!!!!!!!

Leggs

July 14th, 2009
2:52 pm

When Whitney first got started I saw her in concert at, I believe, The Moonshadow for $6.00. Yes, $6.00.

Sandy

July 14th, 2009
2:52 pm

We should all be willing to forget & forgive; She hasn’t caused anyone any harm other than her self. Hey! if you don’t like her music don’t buy it. She can make with your purchase of a $14.00 CD. You People always find fault in people of color, is the the purpose of the web site!! NO! Dummies!!!

Steve

July 14th, 2009
2:56 pm

Whitney got pretty scary looking there for a while. I hope she is more at peace with her life.
Janet Jackson…can any of you people understand what she is saying? She had a song come out last year called “Feedback” and for the longest time I thought she was singing “Fleabag…Fleabag.” I could not figure out what she was saying. Janet has the hot kitten sound but she can’t really sing. Her kitten whisper songs and dancing days are going to be winding down soon. (she’s forty something years old now). Whats she going to do next? Become a news anchor on CNN?

The Truth

July 14th, 2009
3:09 pm

Won’t buy the CD or download anything from iTunes for this comeback. I would go see her in Vegas if she put together a nice show a la Celine, Bette, or even Toni Braxton. Sorry, her day has passed. Leave the radio to the kids.

Turd Ferguson

July 14th, 2009
3:11 pm

This will be so funny. Whitneys new CD is gonna suck OUTRIGHT and you people are gonna plunk down good money for same. I suggest you save that money and make your leased pontiac payment or pay some on your cheap rooms to go furniture bill.

Miss Davis

July 14th, 2009
3:16 pm

Turd?!!! That name speaks for itself…LOL. You are what your name is!!!!

Turd Ferguson

July 14th, 2009
3:20 pm

LOL…Davis, cant you come up with anything better than that? You are a quite sad. Your witless attack reflects what a thorough dullard you are.

chiefodude

July 14th, 2009
3:22 pm

I can’t wait to buy the new album!! We’ve all be waiting a looong time to hear new material from the VOICE. Hands down, Whitney’s the best female vocalist out there!!!

Anna Banana in Decatur

July 14th, 2009
3:37 pm

Back in the day, Whitney could SANG! I hope she still can and I wish her well and hope that her new CD is successful.

Regarding the likes of Ciara, Beyonce, etc. What are they going to when they are to old to wear skimpy clothes and shake a booty? They’d better hope they can stand on their talent. Beyonce may be able to, but Ciara? Not! Look at REAL talented ladies like Chaka Khan, Patti LaBelle, Gladys Knight. They can still sing way past their days of skimpy outfits and seductive dancing — THAT’S talent I can get with.

Decatur housewife

July 14th, 2009
3:59 pm

Excuse me Mr. Blackman with Masters Degree, who are you to state that we are hood rats and halfwits just because we are fans of Whitney and/or MJ? I read this article re Whitney and posted a comment because I AM a fan of Whitney’s. Why sir did you read it if you detest her and/or MJ? You obviously have self-esteem issues, otherwise, why feel the need to state you have a masters degree? Simply write an intelligent post and let that speak for you! Just sayin’!

socialgal

July 14th, 2009
4:00 pm

Bring it girl! I will definitely be buying the CD come Sept. I’ve been looking forward to her comeback. These so called divas don’t even come close to the likes of Whitney. Beyonce is an entertainer not a great singer, getting tips from Madonna I suppose. She struts herself with less clothes every time she takes the stage. Ciara doesn’t have the power in her voice. Jennifer Hudson has pipes but still lacks what Whitney had and hopefully still has. Wish her the best and thankful she learned from those mistakes.

gifted52

July 14th, 2009
4:08 pm

Whitney is a total musical genius. Even if she doesn’t know it. Her voice octave is pure gold and she can always deliver excellent voice quality in any song. She is different because she can actually sing without intstruments and sound good. Most singers now days cannot sing without instruments. That ’s the difference. I’ll buy it!!!

KenFromCalifornia

July 14th, 2009
4:17 pm

i’ve moved on. you need only listen to whitney’s christmas cd to see how far her voice has fallen. and that cd was recorded several years ago (unfortunately, it wasn’t recorded early in her career when she had her pipes).

check out roy jones’ boxing match at radio city music hall from a few years ago and listen to whitney sing the national anthem there. after that train wreck, even her publicist couldn’t deny the drug rumors any longer.

l.a. reid lost his job because of her…the clive davis who is praising whitney now, he is the same clive davis who fired reid for giving whitney a zillion-dollar advance when everyone knew the public was tuning her out.

the last time she came to northern california, she cancelled her concert 2 hours before it was scheduled to start. the city of concord even tried to sue her to recover their police costs from that fiasco.

prince can still sell out a basketball arena, even in this economy. but whitney’s day is done.

Home N ATL

July 14th, 2009
4:24 pm

Can’t wait…. Miss you Whitney. I only care about the music, your life is yours to live and I am in no position to judge.

Uncle Tom

July 14th, 2009
4:36 pm

I’m ready for Ms. Houston’s comeback! I’m getting sick of hearing about “Beyonka” all the cotton-pickin’ time. Ciara is alright I suppose, for the two songs of hers I downloaded. Britney spears is alright, but I wouldn’t pay to see her in concert–ditto with Beyonka.

Uncle Tom

July 14th, 2009
4:42 pm

Apparently “Turd” is just looking for attention…the kind of attention no one around him/her will give. Ah well.

cocobrown

July 14th, 2009
4:49 pm

Whitney has always and always be the #1 Diva and Queen how dare you even compare her to Bey or Ciarra you need a drug test. Go Whitney!

PB

July 14th, 2009
5:02 pm

THE BOOTLEG FIRST! Then maybe…I’m sure she can still blow, but I need to hear the production FIRST. The real problem is what a record company thinks is hot v.s. what the People think. Pairing with hot producers does not make ones record hot. How many times has that failed?

Mary

July 14th, 2009
5:31 pm

As a girl, I loved Whitney’s music. I grew up listening to her, so it is her music that plays in the background of episodes in my life. Her personal life aside, and I hope she’s taking care of herself, her voice was angelic back then and we shall see. I’ll give her a listen, for sure. God bless you, Whitney!

James

July 14th, 2009
6:17 pm

Whitney was the best back in the 80’s and 90’s. A real class act. Amazing style and voice. Much better quality than many of the singers today. Beyonce? Mediocre. Ciara? Mediocre. Britney? Double-Mediocre. Jennifer Hudson? Just a step above mediocre. Madonna? When she’s live she is downright scary. Janet Jackson? Can’t understand a word. Rhianna? Mediocre.
I’m not sure people even know what true talent is anymore.

pat

July 14th, 2009
6:49 pm

I have been waiting for this day and I thank God that she had a prayerful family around her and Clive Davis who never gave up on her. I will purchase this cd and support her. She is a diva and has earned that status. Even at her worse, she never lip synced and I appreciate that. Handle your bizness Whitney, keep your head up, stay humble and things will work out.

We need to support our icons…we just lost one in Michael Jackson, appreciate the ones we have.

TINA

July 14th, 2009
6:59 pm

YES I WILL BUY IT AND WILL GO SEE HER IN NY. I LUV HER SHE IS THE GREATEST

Ishmael

July 14th, 2009
7:07 pm

I would go “W” is the best !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A

July 14th, 2009
7:50 pm

Whitney can sing circles around Beyonce and Ciara !! Her CD will indeed be in my shopping cart.

WesSoHood

July 14th, 2009
8:29 pm

All the best to all the singers. Spread Love

AC

July 14th, 2009
8:31 pm

Re: Whitney, I never moved in, no need to move on. Never understood the hype regarding her music, don’t own any of her albums and I am an avid music listener.

Re: “The only thing that I dont like is that Whitney is still hanging with Ray J”. You obviously haven’t seen the tape. I’m lookin’ for RayJ my dam* self!

Southern Girl

July 14th, 2009
8:32 pm

Of course I’ll support Whitney and any note worthy artist that has talent. Her past has little to do with the fact that she could use her pipes, gracefully with such sweet melody. Go Whitney – I wish you the very best and may you prove to be better than before!!!!!!!

Atl Girl

July 14th, 2009
9:01 pm

on her worst day Ms. Houston can out sing half the female artist out today. good luck Ms. Houston.