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    Whitney Houston Dead:

    Singer Dies At 48..


    Whitney Houston is dead at 48
    years old.
    The superstar singer and
    actress's publicist, Kristin Foster,broke the news of Houston's passing to the AP. She was found and pronounced dead at the Beverly Hills Hilton on
    Saturday 11th february afternoon; thus far, no cause of death has been revealed. In recent years, she struggled with drug abuse.
    Her self-titled debut album,
    released in 1985, sold 25 million copies worldwide. In total, she released seven albums and
    three film soundtracks; a
    winner of six Grammys,
    Houston sold over 200 million
    albums and singles worldwide.
    She earned 30 Billboard Awards,
    22 American Music Awards and
    two Emmy Awards.

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    "I am absolutely heartbroken at the news of Whitney's passing,"..music producer Quincy Jones said in a written statement. "I always regretted not having had the opportunity to work
    with her. She was a true original and a talent beyond compare. I will miss her terribly."
    At her peak, Houston the golden
    girl of the music industry. From
    the middle 1980s to the late
    1990s, she was one of the
    world's best-selling artists. She
    wowed audiences with
    effortless, powerful, and
    peerless vocals that were
    rooted in the black church but
    made palatable to the masses
    with a pop sheen.
    Her success carried her beyond
    music to movies, where she
    starred in hits like "The
    Bodyguard" and "Waiting to
    Exhale."
    She had the he perfect voice,
    and the perfect image: a
    gorgeous singer who had sex
    appeal but was never overtly
    sexual, who maintained perfect
    poise.
    She influenced a generation of
    younger singers, from Christina
    Aguilera to Mariah Carey, who
    when she first came out
    sounded so much like Houston
    that many thought it was
    Houston.
    But by the end of her career,
    Houston became a stunning
    cautionary tale of the toll of
    drug use. Her album sales
    plummeted and the hits stopped
    coming; her once serene image
    was shattered by a wild
    demeanor and bizarre public
    appearances. She confessed to
    abusing cocaine, marijuana and
    pills, and her once pristine voice
    became raspy and hoarse,
    unable to hit the high notes as
    she had during her prime.
    "The biggest devil is me. I'm
    either my best friend or my
    worst enemy," Houston told
    ABC's Diane Sawyer in an
    infamous 2002 interview with
    then-husband Brown by her
    side.
    It was a tragic fall for a
    superstar who was one of the
    top-selling artists in pop music
    history, with more than 55
    million records sold in the
    United States alone.
    She seemed to be born into
    greatness. She was the
    daughter of gospel singer Cissy
    Houston, the cousin of 1960s
    pop diva Dionne Warwick and
    the goddaughter of Aretha
    Franklin.
    Houston first started singing in
    the church as a child. In her
    teens, she sang backup for
    Chaka Khan, Jermaine Jackson
    and others, in addition to
    modeling. It was around that
    time when music mogul Clive
    Davis first heard Houston
    perform.
    "The time that I first saw her
    singing in her mother's act in a
    club ... it was such a stunning
    impact," Davis told "Good
    Morning America."
    "To hear this young girl breathe
    such fire into this song. I mean,
    it really sent the proverbial
    tingles up my spine," he added.
    Before long, the rest of the
    country would feel it, too.
    Houston made her album debut
    in 1985 with "Whitney
    Houston," which sold millions
    and spawned hit after hit.
    "Saving All My Love for You"
    brought her her first Grammy,
    for best female pop vocal. "How
    Will I Know," ''You Give Good
    Love" and "The Greatest Love of
    All" also became hit singles.
    Another multiplatinum album,
    "Whitney," came out in 1987
    and included hits like "Where Do
    Broken Hearts Go" and "I Wanna
    Dance With Somebody."
    The New York Times wrote that
    Houston "possesses one of her
    generation's most powerful
    gospel-trained voices, but she
    eschews many of the churchier
    mannerisms of her forerunners.
    She uses ornamental gospel
    phrasing only sparingly, and
    instead of projecting an earthy,
    tearful vulnerability,
    communicates cool self-
    assurance and strength,
    building pop ballads to majestic,
    sustained peaks of intensity."
    Her decision not to follow the
    more soulful inflections of
    singers like Franklin drew
    criticism by some who saw her
    as playing down her black roots
    to go pop and reach white
    audiences. The criticism would
    become a constant refrain
    through much of her career. She
    was even booed during the
    "Soul Train Awards" in 1989.
    "Sometimes it gets down to that,
    you know?" she told Katie
    Couric in 1996. "You're not
    black enough for them. I don't
    know. You're not R&B enough.
    You're very pop. The white
    audience has taken you away
    from them."
    Some saw her 1992 marriage to
    former New Edition member
    and soul crooner Bobby Brown
    as an attempt to refute those
    critics. It seemed to be an odd
    union; she was seen as pop's
    pure princess while he had a
    bad-boy image, and already had
    children of his own. (The couple
    had a daughter, Bobbi Kristina,
    in 1993.) Over the years, he
    would be arrested several times,
    on charges ranging from DUI to
    failure to pay child support.
    But Houston said their true
    personalities were not as far
    apart as people may have
    believed.
    "When you love, you love. I
    mean, do you stop loving
    somebody because you have
    different images? You know,
    Bobby and I basically come
    from the same place," she told
    Rolling Stone in 1993. "You see
    somebody, and you deal with
    their image, that's their image.
    It's part of them, it's not the
    whole picture. I am not always
    in a sequined gown. I am
    nobody's angel. I can get down
    and dirty. I can get raunchy."
    It would take several years,
    however, for the public to see
    that side of Houston. Her
    moving 1991 rendition of "The
    Star Spangled Banner" at the
    Super Bowl, amid the first Gulf
    War, set a new standard and
    once again reaffirmed her as
    America's sweetheart.
    In 1992, she became a star in
    the acting world with "The
    Bodyguard." Despite mixed
    reviews, the story of a singer
    (Houston) guarded by a former
    Secret Service agent (Kevin
    Costner) was an international
    success.
    It also gave her perhaps her
    most memorable hit: a searing,
    stunning rendition of Dolly
    Parton's "I Will Always Love
    You," which sat atop the charts
    for weeks. It was Grammy's
    record of the year and best
    female pop vocal, and the
    "Bodyguard" soundtrack was
    named album of the year.
    She returned to the big screen
    in 1995-96 with "Waiting to
    Exhale" and "The Preacher's
    Wife." Both spawned
    soundtrack albums, and another
    hit studio album, "My Love Is
    Your Love," in 1998, brought
    her a Grammy for best female
    R&B vocal for the cut "It's Not
    Right But It's Okay."
    But during these career and
    personal highs, Houston was
    using drugs. In an interview
    with Oprah Winfrey in 2010,
    she said by the time "The
    Preacher's Wife" was released,
    "(doing drugs) was an
    everyday thing. ... I would do
    my work, but after I did my
    work, for a whole year or two,
    it was every day. ... I wasn't
    happy by that point in time. I
    was losing myself."
    In the interview, Houston
    blamed her rocky marriage to
    Brown, which included a charge
    of domestic abuse against
    Brown in 1993. They divorced
    in 2007.
    Houston would go to rehab
    twice before she would declare
    herself drug-free to Winfrey in
    2010. But in the interim, there
    were missed concert dates, a
    stop at an airport due to drugs,
    and public meltdowns.
    She was so startlingly thin
    during a 2001 Michael Jackson
    tribute concert that rumors
    spread she had died the next
    day. Her crude behavior and
    jittery appearance on Brown's
    reality show, "Being Bobby
    Brown," was an example of her
    sad decline. Her Sawyer
    interview, where she declared
    "crack is whack," was often
    parodied. She dropped out of
    the spotlight for a few years.
    Houston staged what seemed to
    be a successful comeback with
    the 2009 album "I Look To You."
    The album debuted on the top
    of the charts, and would
    eventually go platinum.
    Things soon fell apart. A concert
    to promote the album on "Good Morning America" went awry as Houston's voice sounded ragged and off-key. She blamed an interview with Winfrey for
    straining her voice.
    A world tour launched overseas, however, only confirmed suspicions that Houston had lost her treasured gift, as she failed to hit notes and left many fans unimpressed; some walked out. Canceled concert dates raised speculation that she may have been abusing drugs, but she denied those claims and said she was in great shape, blaming illness for cancellations.
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    Too bad...
    Anoda great one lost

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