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As required for any BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge visit, a cover of a current hit must be performed. Little Mix chose to take on Jason Derulo’s massive hit, “Want To Want Me.” And it didn’t disappoint.

The performance starts off with some wicked harmonies from the ladies before kicking into high gear with an unexpected mashup with Whitney Houston’s iconic “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” Are you kidding? If that wasn’t enough, a gospel choir is thrown in the mix.

The British quartet also gave a killer acoustic performance of their current single “Black Magic.” Congrats go out to the girls for scoring their third UK chart-topper. Hopefully, the catchy pop track does well stateside as well. Check out both performances below. Their vocals are on point.

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I’m sure by now you’ve heard the sad news of Bobbi Kristina Brown’s tragic passing. The 22-year-old only daughter of Whitney Houston died Sunday in an Atlanta-area hospice nearly six months after she was found unresponsive in a bathtub.

“Bobbi Kristina Brown (March 4, 1993 – July 26, 2015). It is hard to say goodbye. On Sunday, July 26, Bobbi Kristina Brown made her transition peacefully. The family thanks everyone for their loving thoughts and prayers. As Bobbi Kristina would say: ‘The wind is behind me and the sun is in my face.’” – Posted on Whitney’s Official Facebook

If you recall, the “I Will Always Love You” singer drowned in a bathtub as well three years ago on the eve of her Grammy performance. Bobbi Kristina will be laid to rest alongside Whitney’s body in New Jersey.

Bobby Brown has broken his silence over the tragic death of his daughter. He spoke to Us Weekly.

“Krissy was and is an angel,” Bobby told Us Weekly. “I am completely numb at this time. My family must find a way to live with her in spirit and honor her memory. Our loss is unimaginable.”

Our condolences go out to Brown and Houston’s families. Check out more celeb reactions below, including tweets from Oprah Winfrey, Dionne Warwick and more.

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It’s my wildest gay dreams come true. Perhaps a slight exaggeration but you get my drift.

Ariana Grande headlined the 2015 New York Pride Dance on the Pier. The diminutive singer sang her hits “Break Free” and more to the 10,000 plus crowd. During her set, the 22-year-old chanteuse surprised everyone by performing a killer Whitney Houston/Madonna mashup.

Grande seamlessly blended “I’m Every Woman” with “Vogue.” This needs to be a bonus cut on a future LP and a permanent fixture on her tour. Watch the slayage below.

On a side note, Happy belated birthday to Miss Ariana. The singer just celebrated her birthday over the weekend just like yours truly on June 26.

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Not feeling the Pride spirit yet? Perhaps, Spotify’s new playlist just might do the trick. The service compiled the top streamed songs across pride-themed playlists in the United States.

After analyzing tens of thousands of pride playlists on Spotify, not surprisingly the Top 20 consists mostly of female artists. The gays certainly love their divas. The two male acts to make the cut were Scissor Sisters and Sam Smith. The latter singer’s two ballads “Stay With Me” and “I’m Not The Only One” surprisingly were included.

Which diva do you think reigns supreme? Is it Britney, Whitney, Beyonce, Rihanna, Lady Gaga, Cher or someone else? Maybe it’s drag icon RuPaul. Check out the entire list below to find out.

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Ariana Grande’s The Honeymoon Tour hits my neck of the woods next week and I can’t wait. The thousands of teen girls surrounding us will undoubtedly be annoying but I’ll be armed with six of my friends and a bit of alcohol in my system ;)

During her Inglewood, California spot, the 21-year-old singer covered the Whitney Houston classic, “I Have Nothing.” She absolutely slays it. David Foster who produced the track accompanied her by playing the piano alongside here. Hopefully, Ariana performs this or an equally impressive song cover when she hits Vancouver.

Justin Bieber who previously joined Grande on stage in Miami, once again made a surprise appearance. This time though, he remembered the lyrics to “Love Me Harder” when he duetted with Ariana. The Canadian singer also sang “As Long As You Love Me” and his new Jack U collaboration “Where Are U Now.” Check out all the performances below.

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The staying power of Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ collaboration is surprising to say the least. “Uptown Funk” notches its fourteenth week in pole position of the Billboard Hot 100. Currently, it’s in a seven-way tie with the likes of Black Eyed Peas and Whitney Houston.

If it can keep its grip for another week, it’ll be the second-longest running hit of all-time. Should it score two more weeks, it would tie the record of 16 weeks which Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men have held with “One Sweet Day” since 1996. How insane is that?

Never did I think “Uptown Funk” would have this sort of longevity. Truthfully, it’s not my favorite Mars hit and in fact, I kinda find it annoying.

Check out all the hits below that have scored 14 weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100. Do you think “Uptown Funk” can score two more weeks at No. 1? Which long-running No. 1 is your favorite? Weigh in below.

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CHVRCHES’ Incredible Whitney Houston Cover

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I’m always down for a Whitney Houston cover, especially when it’s from an artist I don’t expect. This is so right and definitely more than okay. CHVRCHES takes on the late great Whit’s 1999 classic “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay.”

The UK pop trio transform Dark Child’s production into a hypnotic synth piece of awesomeness. Lead vocalist Lauren Mayberry’s rendition almost gives the kiss-off anthem a sweet icy tone as opposed to Houston who was ready to cut a bitch with the original. God love her.

CHVRCHES are currently on a promotional tour to pimp out their debut album, The Bones of What You Believe, which features their latest single “Gun.” Their Houston cover premiered on Zane Lowe’s BBC Radio 1 show. Check out their wicked version below.

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In honor of Whitney Houston’s would-be 50th birthday and her remarkable career, I thought it was appropriate to re-post this article from years ago on Whitney’s best singles. Rather than arbitrarily ranking them on what I thought was the best, I decided to let my iTunes play count stats determine the ranking. Numbers don’t lie right? Let’s be real, if I ranked them solely based on my favorites the entire list would be made up entirely of all her amazing ballads. I know power ballads and Whitney are synonymous, but I’d thought I’d take a different approach.

I have to admit I was surprised by some of the outcome. A couple of years ago, I made a conscious effort to clean up my iTunes library and properly tag each song with the correct information and downloaded the respective cover art. It was a lot of work but well worth it in the end. Hope you enjoy the trip down memory lane.

Editor’s note: I originally compiled this list before Whitney’s last album. If I were to base the countdown on today’s stats, “Million Dollar Bill” would rank in the Top 5. Hope you enjoy my list.

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