Wednesday, April 17, 2024

We Will Always Love Her: Whitney Houston Single Hits Number 1 Seven Years After Death, Full Album is Coming (Exclusive)


Whitney Houston is number 1. On Saturday morning, Whitney’s cover of Steve Winwood’s “Higher Love,” remixed by Kygo, hit the top of the iTunes charts.

This morning the single is number 3. But it’s a solid hit, streaming like crazy according to Spotify, on their US and Global charts.

I am told EXCLUSIVELY that an album will follow later this year with other unreleased and live tracks remixed.

The idea for “Higher Love” came from a meeting Whitney’s team had with the folks at Larry Mestel’s Primary Wave music publishers.  “Seth Faber suggested we get Kygo to listen to some tracks,” says a source. “And it just went from there.”

Originally the meeting was for remixes for Sony’s Legacy label, which has had a lot of success with Bob Dylan reissues and so on. But once everyone heard “Higher Love,” the project moved to sister label RCA, which could manage radio play for an actual chart hit. Kygo, as it happened, is on RCA.

Of course, Clive Davis, Whitney’s impresario, gave his blessing and signed off on the project.

What a lovely turn of events for Whitney, her family and fans. She sounds fresh as a daisy on the single, recorded in 1990 when her voice was at its very best. and she was healthy and free of scandal. It’s the way she should be remembered, as the greatest voice of her generation.

Hey–about a Record of the Year nomination from the Grammys?

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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