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Jordin Sparks Thinks It’s Hilarious Irene Cara From Original Sparkle Movie Didn’t Know Who She Was

Today is the day to flock to theaters to see our beloved Whitney Houston in her last performance on screen in the remake of the 1976 film Sparkle. Alongside Whitney is the star of the film, Jordin Sparks, who plays Sparkle. The American Idol winner chatted with VH1 about what she learned from Whitney and if she’d ever met Irene Cara who played Sparkle in the original. Read more…

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Jordin Sparks Praises Whitney Houston For Being Down-To-Earth And Cool Despite Her ‘Supernova Superstar’ Status

In an ideal world we’d celebrate Whiney Houston‘s legacy every day. On her 49th birthday today we’re obviously grooving to the 11 videos of her No. 1 hits. As we dance as much as we can in our chairs to “I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me),” we also think about how loved Whitney was by her fans and everyone that knew her. We chatted with Jordin Sparks about working with Whitney on Sparkle. She reveled in Whitney’s ability to light up a room any room she walked in. The two formed a bond on the set of 1976 remake of Sparkle, which debuts August 17th, and led to the duet “Celebrate.” Read more…

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We Will Always Love You: Celebrating Whitney Houston’s 49th Birthday With No. 1 Hits’ Videos

Whitney Houston's 49th Birthday

Whitney Houston would have celebrated her 49th birthday today. Six months after her sudden death and we’re still coping with the loss of a tremendous once-in-a-lifetime vocal talent. On her born day we’re going to celebrate the life she lived through her music. Her flawless voice carried her hit singles to the top of Billboard charts, breaking records once held by only The Beatles and The Bee Gees. Through Whitney’s incomparable gift she touched millions. Whether it was the uptempo feel good “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” or the love ballad “I Will Always Love You,” Whitney’s beautiful spirit shined through and made us feel as bright of a star as she was.  Enjoy the videos to her 11 No. 1 hits. Happy Birthday, Whitney!

Song: “Saving All My Love For You”
Released: August 24, 1985
Peak Position: #1 for 1 week

Song: “How Will I Know”
Released: December 28, 1985
Peak Position: #1 for 2 weeks

Song: “Greatest Love Of All”
Released: April 5, 1986
Peak Position: #1 for 3 weeks

Song: “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)”
Released: May 16, 1987
Peak Position: #1 for 2 weeks

Song: “Didn’t We Almost Have It All”
Released: August 8, 1987
Peak Position: #1 for 2 weeks

Song: “So Emotional”
Released: November 12, 1987
Peak Position: #1 for 3 weeks

Song: “Where Do Broken Hearts Go”
Released: November 14, 1992
Peak Position: #1 for 2 weeks

Song: “I’m Your Baby Tonight”
Released: October 27, 1990
Peak Position: #1 for 1 week

Song: “All The Man That I Need”
Released: January 5, 1991
Peak Position: #1 for 1 week

Song: “I Will Always Love You”
Released: November 14, 1992
Peak Position: #1 for 14 weeks

Song: “Exhale (Shoop Shoop)”
Released: November 25, 1995
Peak Position: #1 for 1 week

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Kelly Clarkson’s Top Five Covers This Year

Kelly Clarkson Best Covers

It doesn’t matter if Kelly Clarkson were to sing the phone book. We’d want to hear it. When Clarkson put out the call to fans asking what songs they’d like her to cover the online requests flooded in. The Stronger tour that ended in April produced amazing covers of an array of musical genres. And like the great vocalist she is, Clarkson showed her range nailing everything from the Rolling Stones‘ “Wild Horses” to Bruno Mars‘ “It Will Rain.” When the tour ended our sad faces began, but luckily for us her Summer 2012 tour with The Fray has reignited the covers we were so obsessed with. Because we know you love the covers as much as we do, we’ve chosen the best five covers from Kelly Clarkson’s tour and concerts this year. Enjoy! Read more…

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Jordin Sparks On Whitney Houston Teaching Her Not To Be Ashamed Of Your Past

Jordin Sparks has come a long way from belting out Celine Dion‘s “Because You Love Me” in her audition for American Idol at 16. At 17, she won that very season. Five years later the big voiced singer has landed the role of a lifetime as Sparkle Williams in the 1976 remake of Sparkle and her duet with Whitney Houston,”Celebrate,” is the lead single from the upcoming film. And in her wildest dreams she never imagined working with the indelible Houston who plays her mother Emma. Although Whitney’s time may have been cut short from us here on earth, we talked to Jordin Sparks about the invaluable lessons she learned from the woman often referred to as The Voice. Read more…

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Brandy “Put(s) It Down” All Over The Stage

Brandy Performs Put It Down in D.C.

Ponder on this: Brandy was 15-years-old when her debut self-titled album Brandy dropped. At 33 the R&B songstress still has the powerful voice beautiful enough to put goosebumps on your arms. At 93.9 WKYS’s free concert held at the Howard Theatre in D.C., Brandy performed Put It Down in a royal blue romper. Brandy is back like she never left! Along with a couple backup dancers, B puts the ‘umph’ in every choreographed move hitting each gyration flawlessly. Similar to her BET Awards tribute to Whitney Houston, it’s obvious Brandy is here to win. The vocals? My god. Like every time Brandy opens her mouth (remember her singing Sam Cooke’s “A Change Is Gonna Come” in her bathroom acapella?), even performing a song about putting it down between the sheets, she reminds you why she’s a true vocalist to the core. Read more…

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Music Royalty And Heartfelt Tributes Close Out Essence Music Fest


After an already action-packed weekend of Superlounge performances, empowerment panels, and headline-grabbing mainstage sets, Essence Music Festival came to a close last night in New Orleans. Like many other festivals, Essence is notorious for headlining sets extending late into the early morning of the next day, but when the artists performing are esteemed members of music’s nobility, you stay put!

Kirk Franklin kicked off the festival’s third and final night, handing the mic off to VH1 star Fantasia before soulful crooner Anthony Hamilton and his phenomenal back-up vocalists transformed the Mercedes Benz Superdome into a refreshing gospel experience. The big-ticket performers – Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin and Queen of Funk Chaka Khan – would soon follow.

As the first woman inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, Aretha Franklin has free reign to pretty much do whatever she wants on stage, and did just that. She’d open her mouth, and magic would pour out; graciously bestowing gifts like “(Your Love has Lifted me) Higher and Higher,” “Natural Woman,” “Think,” and “Something He Can Feel,” the 18-time Grammy winner who sang at President Obama’s inauguration was met with a respectful, hyper-attentive audience that contrasted the normal bustling-in-and-out-of-their-seats EMF crowd. Despite the fact that she would at times meander into telling stories and jokes, appropriating an audience-member’s fedora, complaining about the venue’s sound, and acknowledging friends of hers that were in the crowd by asking them to stand, Franklin’s lengthy 90-minute set was any music fan’s dream even that late in the evening.

While Franklin changed her wardrobe from an orange gown to a green and gold frock mid-performance, a presentation was held in her honor, giving Queen of Soul a key to the city of New Orleans by its mayor Mitch Landrieu, a state award by Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, and the Essence Power Award from Essence Communications President, Michelle Ebanks. Representing “entertainment, empowerment and elegance,” Franklin was clearly the ideal choice for this year’s awards, and once the Queen of Soul returned to the EMF stage, she performed crowd favorite “Chain of Fools,” sang from what she called “the book of Simon and Garfunkel,” performing a cover of “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” and even found time to pay tribute to the late and legendary Whitney Houston. “She was beautiful, she was warm, she was real,” recounted Franklin of her beloved “Christian sister” as she took to the piano to execute a rendition of Houston’s heart-wrenching “I Will Always Love You.”

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33 GIFs Of Famous Musicians Saluting The Stars And Stripes In Their Music Videos

It’s the 4th of July, which means that it’s time to wish another happy birthday to the US of A! In honor of our country’s 236th bday, we’ve put together this spectacular, über-patriotic GIF Wall featuring some of the music industry’s biggest stars paying salute the stars and stripes, everyone from chart legends like Bruce Springsteen and Madonna to up-and-comers like Lana Del Rey and Azealia Banks. Ain’t that America?
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Beyonce And Jay-Z Are Headed To The BET Awards, Will Bey Give A Surprise Tribute To Whitney Houston?

Beyonce & Jay-Z To Attend BET Awards

For the rest of the year the most anticipated moment of any music award show is going to be the Whitney Houston tribute. It’s no different with this Sunday’s BET Awards. The Associated Press reported that both Beyonce and her husband Jay-Z have been confirmed as guests for the big night. The power couple haven’t attended the award show in years. This year the Carters will be in the building ladies and gentleman. Read more…

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It’s Time To “Celebrate” In Jordin Sparks And Whitney Houston Video

Whitney Houston may be missing from the “Celebrate” video, the last song she ever recorded, but her presence is felt. Jordin Sparks and Houston collaborated on “Celebrate” for their upcoming remake of the 1976 film Sparkle. Since Houston couldn’t appear in the video as originally planned, Sparks and her Sparkle co-stars turn “Celebrate” into a tribute to the one and only Whitney Houston. One can easily catch themselves snapping to the catchy upbeat tune. The dancing and laughing shown in video makes one want to have a celebration of their own. Whitney may not be present physically, but scenes from Sparkle show her just the way we’d like to remember her–happy! Read more…