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Monday, August 31, 2009

Whitney Prime for a Comeback


R&B songstress and diva extraordinaire Whitney Houston released her new album, I Look To You, today. This album marks Houston’s return to the music scene after a seven year absence.

Houston reached meteoric fame in the ‘80s and ‘90s with songs like “I Will Always Love You” from the “Bodyguard” soundtrack. She also starred in the 1992 film alongside Kevin Costner. It was also in 1992 that Houston married Bobby Brown, then member of R&B group New Edition, and, shall we say, shit got weird.

Houston’s personal life became stranger and stranger with the arrest of her husband and allegations that both she and Brown were using crack cocaine. Who can forget the infamous "Primetime" interview with Diane Sawyer from 2002 in which a raspy-voiced, defensive Houston refuted those drug-use rumors by saying, “I make too much money to ever smoke crack. . . Crack is whack.” Well then.

But Houston is finally starting to smarten up. The former ATLien divorced Brown and moved to L.A. to get her career back on track and record her new album. Hopefully the new and improved Whitney will thrill us once again with her powerful voice – which is what we loved her for in the first place.

The album features tracks called, “I Didn’t Know My Own Strength” and “Worth It,” which makes me think Houston’s feeling empowered. And by the looks of it she’s maybe had some plastic surgery? Whatever it takes, I guess.

I Look To You is available in stores and on iTunes now.

-Kristen Callihan
currently listening to “My Valuable Hunting Knife” by Guided By Voices

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