Sunday, 12 February 2012

Whitney Houston (1963-2012)

Whitney Houston’s music probably first entered my ears during the “slow dance” at my primary school disco’s. She had the ability to be a pop artist with credibility, a woman renowned for her voice and not her attitude. While few survived the awful mainstream pop culture of the 80’s, Houston’s career continued its momentum into the 90’s, with arguably her biggest hit being the theme from The Bodyguard, “I Will Always Love You”, which sold in excess of 12 million copies. The soundtrack album itself has sold more than 45 million units worldwide, making it one of the most successful of all time.

Alongside a glittering singing career spanning 7 albums, 11 US number one singles, she holds the Guinness World Record for being the most awarded artist of all time: 2 Emmy Awards, 6 Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards, among a total of 415 career awards as of 2010.

In her acting career, she had lead roles in The Bodyguard and The Preacher's Wife to name just two, guested in several US TV shows (both as herself and characters), was the voice of the Coca-Cola adverts in the late 80’s, and began to produce films in the early part of the 2000’s.

Having had her problems (drugs and personal), she remained one of the few artists who could truly capture the spirit of a lyric, whether her own or penned by someone else. Her most recent album had sold around 2.5 million copies at the time of her death, topping the chart in 10 countries.

One Moment In Time (Live at The Grammy’s): http://youtu.be/tYFHAvULvJ0

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