May 16, 2013 |
On Feb. 9, 2012, Brian McKnight attended record producer Clive Davis's pre-Grammy party at the Beverly Hilton and ran into his old friend Whitney Houston . Two days later, Houston was dead. "She looked good, and I should have told her that," the R&B singer-songwriter recalls. "I don't like to be saying the same thing to her that everyone else is always saying, but when she passed, I thought maybe I should have said it anyway. "To me, when she was at her best, she was the greatest female singer...
April 15, 2013 |
Even when she sings about the flames of passion, Alicia Keys's veins pump ice water. The 32-year-old R&B star was deft and meticulous at the Verizon Center on Sunday night, ruminating on the hottest of human emotions with cool precision. The performance lacked personality and spontaneity, but in her finest moments, Keys's moderation felt like elegance. And that's rare. Pop concerts of this scale are often compromises — singers either sacrifice the actual singing for breath-depleting choreography, or they plant...
March 18, 2013 |
The initial media attention surrounding Clive Davis's " The Soundtrack of My Life " implied that the well-known record executive's autobiography overflows with dishy, music-industry gossip. Davis's decision to appear on Katie Couric's talk show and drop one of his memoir's key bombshells — that he's bisexual — helped foster that impression. So did Kelly Clarkson 's headline-generating denial of the tome's assertion that she "burst into hysterical sobbing" during a business meeting with Davis after he...
September 27, 2012 |
It's raining Whitney Houston memorials! Two days after Lifetime announced that it bought a one-hour Houston special "Remembering Whitney" — and about seven months after Houston's death — CBS announced that it will air a one-hour Houston special, "We Will Always Love You: A Grammy Salute to Whitney Houston," during the November sweeps. Lifetime's special boasts never-before-seen family photos and "candid insights" from Houston family members; those same relatives are starring in Lifetime's...
August 16, 2012 |
A sudsy, eye-catching bauble that should have been a pop-infused piece of escapism but instead turned into an unwitting elegy, " Sparkle " arrives freighted with more than its share of expectations. A remake of the beloved 1976 musical starring Irene Cara (and, not incidentally, featuring the music of Curtis Mayfield ), the updated version will forever be known as the final screen appearance of Whitney Houston , who died in February during post-production. ...
August 14, 2012 |
In his new book, "The Whitney I Knew," gospel artist BeBe Winans describes his 28-year friendship with singer Whitney Houston. Winans, 49, and his sister CeCe, performed with Houston, and sang at her funeral in February. His older brother, Marvin, gave the eulogy for Houston at New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J. In an interview, Winans talked about the faith of the woman known just as "Whitney," and why he won't rush to see her in "Sparkle," the movie that opens Friday (Aug.