Whitney Houston: Don’t Call It A Comeback
Whitney Houston’s new album, I Look To You
Coming off of a seven-year hiatus during a time when the music industry as a whole is struggling, R&B diva Whitney Houston has somehow managed to stage a triumphant return with her new album, I Look To You (Arista Records).
Released on August 29, Houston’s I Look To You debuted atop the Billboard charts with first-week sales of 305,000 – beating her previous career best of 205,000.
Fast forward a month later and the album is now certified gold – so why does there seem to be such a lull in excitement?
Perhaps it’s because you won’t find Houston’s videos making their way up any countdowns, there hasn’t been much buzz in the blogosphere and without a single in the Hot 100, it’s likely that many have yet to even hear the new material.
Certainly no one appears lost for words at the mention of Ms. Houston’s name, though most would rather speak on her dark and troubled past than her possibility of a bright future. One of the best-selling artists of all time, the later years of Whitney’s career have been overshadowed by a struggle with drugs as well as a tumultuous marriage and divorce with singer Bobby Brown.
Houston’s “crack is wack” line still lives in infamy, but the days in which she said it are far behind her. In 2009 we aren’t seeing the same artist from 20 years ago, but the smooth mezzo-soprano can still soar high above notes and deliver them with a strength rarely seen in today’s industry. After years of media scrutiny and personal hardships it appears as though Whitney Houston is finally putting her life and career back together, but can anyone ever fully recover from a life of such disrepute?
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