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Critics Pan 'One-Note' Whitney Houston Biopic
Critics Pan 'One-Note'
Whitney Houston Biopic

Critics Pan 'One-Note' Whitney Houston Biopic

Still, star Naomi Ackie wins praise for a 'magnetic' performance

(Newser) - Audiences are loving I Wanna Dance With Somebody, a film tracing Whitney Houston's superstar rise and fall, giving it a 94% rating on Rotten Tomatoes . Not so much critics, whose 48% rating officially falls in the "rotten" category. The film from director Kasi Lemmons (Harriet) and screenwriter Anthony...

Dolly Parton: 'This Is the House That Whitney Built'

She invested profit from I Will Always Love You cover in Black neighborhood in Nashville

(Newser) - When Whitney Houston sang—and, in a way, reinvented—Dolly Parton’s I Will Always Love You, Parton made a lot of money. And that money got reinvested in the Black community. Houston recorded her cover for The Bodyguard in 1992, and it was a bigger hit for her than...

A Most Unusual Rock Hall Induction
A Most Unusual
Rock Hall Induction

A Most Unusual Rock Hall Induction

The pandemic forces the show to be a taped HBO special, continues to ruin basically everything

(Newser) - In a normal year, the newly inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class would have hit the stage and performed the songs that got them into the vaunted institution. Not 2020. Because of the pandemic, this year’s all-star group was inducted Saturday night in a taped HBO special...

In One New Ranking, Taylor Swift Is No. 1 in History

She has 47 cumulative weeks in the top spot on the Billboard music charts, best among women

(Newser) - Taylor Swift's Folklore is the No. 1 album on the Billboard charts for the seventh straight week. That's impressive, but more so is what that seventh week means: Swift now has 47 cumulative weeks at the No. 1 spot over the course of her career, which is tops...

Big Names Working on Whitney Houston Feature Film

Screenwriter for 'Bohemian Rhapsody' is on board

(Newser) - A feature film about Whitney Houston's life is in the works from the screenwriter of Bohemian Rhapsody. No word, though, on who will play the late megastar. The biopic is being shepherded by the Whitney Houston Estate, music producer Clive Davis, and Primary Wave Music. I Wanna Dance with ...

These Recordings Deemed Important to Our Soundscape

Dr. Dre album, Whitney Houston song make the cut

(Newser) - Dr. Dre's classic debut rap album The Chronic, Selena's sophomore release Ven Conmigo, and the worldwide disco hit "YMCA" by the Village People are among 25 recordings being inducted into the National Recording Registry. The Library of Congress announced Wednesday that Tina Turner's "Private Dancer,...

Rock Hall of Fame Picks Its New Class

Whitney, Notorious B.I.G. make the cut

(Newser) - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is out with its 2020 inductees, with six groups or individual artists making the cut, reports Billboard :
  • Who's in: Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, the Notorious B.I.G., Depeche Mode, the Doobie Brothers, and T. Rex.
  • Who didn't make it:

Whitney Houston's Best Friend Confirms Their Romance

Robyn Crawford is out with a memoir next week

(Newser) - Whitney Houston's best friend, Robyn Crawford, was more than just a friend, she reveals in her new memoir. Crawford says the two women, who met as teens in 1980, were in love, though the physical aspect of the relationship ended in 1982. Houston had just signed her record deal...

Rock Hall Gives Noms to 2 Late Stars

Whitney Houston, Notorious BIG among 16 possibles for the 2020 inductee class

(Newser) - The late musical icons Whitney Houston and the Notorious BIG are among the 16 acts nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame's 2020 class. The prestigious organization announced Tuesday that Dave Matthews Band, Motorhead, Pat Benatar, Soundgarden, the Doobie Brothers, T. Rex, and Thin Lizzy join Houston...

Costner Has Big Spoiler About Bodyguard Poster

'That wasn’t even Whitney actually'

(Newser) - Seven years after Whitney Houston's death and 27 years after the release of The Bodyguard, Kevin Costner has a bit of a spoiler: The shot of him carrying Houston on the smash hit's poster, well, wasn't exactly that, reports EW . "That wasn’t even Whitney actually,...

Kanye Pays $85K for Photo of Whitney Houston’s Bathroom

The image will be used for the cover of Pusha T's new album

(Newser) - Once again, Kanye West is going big. He just plunked down $85,000 to license a 2006 photo of Whitney Houston’s drug-strewn bathroom, reports People . The art is going on the cover of Pusha T’s new album, Daytona, which West produced. West tweeted the image here . The art...

Whitney Houston Documentary Spills Shocking Family Secret

Relatives say she was abused by famous cousin

(Newser) - Whitney Houston was a victim of sexual abuse as a child and she took that secret with her to her grave at age 48, family members reveal in a documentary that premiered at the Cannes festival Wednesday. In Whitney, half-brother Gary Garland says he was abused when he was young...

Lorde Posted a Pic of a Bathtub. Her Fans Were Outraged

They didn't like the apparent reference to Whitney Houston

(Newser) - There's apparently a lot of crossover between Lorde fans and Whitney Houston fans: The 21-year-old singer's followers were outraged Thursday when she posted on Instagram a picture of her waiting bath captioned with the Whitney lyric "And iiii will always love you," USA Today reports. They...

Aretha in Weird Feud With Dionne Over Whitney Houston

Franklin unhappy Warwick said she was Houston's godmother

(Newser) - Aretha Franklin is coming out swinging against fellow legend Dionne Warwick, accusing her of making up a story that Franklin was Whitney Houston's godmother, even though the alleged offense happened five years ago. "She blatantly lied on me ... fully well knowing what she was doing," Franklin said...

8 Celebrities Who Got Their Start as Backup Singers

Mariah Carey was a dancer, too

(Newser) - Not everyone skyrockets directly to fame: Ranker lists 24 celebrities who started out as backup singers. A sampling:
  • Katy Perry: When she still went by her birth name of Katy Hudson, she sang backup for P.O.D. and appeared in one of the band's 2006 music videos ("

Bobby Brown: Whitney Called Bobbi Kristina Home

Singer says he feels he could've prevented daughter's death

(Newser) - Bobby Brown is speaking out today about the death of his daughter, Bobbi Kristina, telling Fox talk show The Real that he cannot shake the feeling that her death could have been prevented. “If I could have been there two days before, it wouldn’t have went down like...

Whitney Houston Is Touring Next Year

In the form of a hologram

(Newser) - E! Online thinks it's going to be the "concert of the year"—a new Whitney Houston tour in 2016 thanks to the magic of hologram. The late singer will appear on stage and belt out her greatest hits, being joined by as-yet announced special guests, reports...

Family Feud Turns Nasty at Bobbi Kristina's Funeral

Bobby Brown's sister walks out

(Newser) - Tensions between the families of the late Whitney Houston and her ex-husband, R&B singer Bobby Brown, erupted today during a memorial service for their daughter, Bobbi Kristina, at the St. James United Methodist Church in Alpharetta, Ga. Leolah Brown, the sister of Bobby Brown, walked out of the church...

Bobby Brown 'Completely Numb' Over Death of 'Angel'

As initial autopsy turns up nothing in death of Bobbi Kristina Brown

(Newser) - R&B singer Bobby Brown said yesterday that his daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, or "Krissy," was "an angel" and that "I am completely numb at this time," he said in a statement. "My family must find a way to live with her in spirit...

RIP #BobbiKristina: 'She's With Her Mother'

Celebs salute Whitney Houston's only child

(Newser) - Condolences are continuing to pour in over the death of Bobbi Kristina Brown, the 22-year-old only child of Whitney Houston who passed away yesterday in Duluth, Ga., after being unconscious for nearly six months. Brown's father, Bobby Brown, has reportedly found some peace in the midst of his grief....

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