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For the upcoming Lifetime Whitney Houston biopic, the legendary singer’s life will be told but her voice won’t be heard. I assume it’s due to legal issues as to why Whit’s original recordings won’t be used. To circumvent this sticky issue, producers have enlisted Deborah Cox to cover Houston’s classic tracks.

TMZ got their sneaky little hands of Cox singing “I Will Always Love You” in the recording studio. As expected, Deborah does an impeccable job of covering the ballad. I’m sure Whit would approve. After all, the two collaborated on the underrated duet “Same Script, Different Cast.” Give Deborah’s cover a listen below and weigh in afterward.

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First Look At Whitney Houston Lifetime Biopic

In: Donovan, Movies
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During her time on America’s Next Top Model, Yaya DaCosta proved she could take a fierce photo. Had there been a challenge during her cycle where contestants had to emulate a celebrity, DaCosta would’ve won hands down. I had to do a double take of Yaya posing as Whitney Houston. She may not have the legendary singer’s pipes, but man, does she have her look down pat.

Lifetime’s upcoming Houston biopic, directed by Angela Bassett, just started shooting but the first official promo photo has been released. Entertainment Weekly snagged the first look. Yaya recreates Houston’s iconic album cover for her sophomore effort. “I just looked at the picture and did the pose,” says Yaya to EW.com. Check it out below.

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Believe it or not, “Party In The USA” by Miley Cyrus makes Spotify’s list. In fact, it’s the most popular Fourth of July-related song in North Dakota, New Hampshire and Maine. Hilarious, right?

While some state’s “distinctive” patriotic songs are predictable (Utah: ”The Star Spangled Banner” Mormon Tabernacle Choir) others are quite surprising. For instance, The Beach Boys and Macklemore make the cut for “Surfin’ USA” and “American” respectively, but not for California and Washington as you would think.

Whitney Houston, David Bowie, Miranda Lambert and Bruce Springsteen also make the list. Even “America F–k Yeah” Team America Tribute clocked in, resonating with three states. Overwhelming though, Lee Greenwood’s “Good Bless The USA” is by far the most popular choice, especially in the Midwest and more conservative states. Check out the entire list below.

check out each state’s favorite after the jump

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I’m always down for a Whitney Houston cover. But when it’s by the sensation that is Sam Smith, my excitement hits a whole new level.

The male Adele teased his “How Will I Know” rendition when it appeared on an episode of Grey’s Anatomy. Ever since, fans have been eagerly waiting to hear the entire version. Their wishes were granted this week. Smith performed it for SiriusXM listeners. It’s astonishing how he transforms a peppy 80s pop song into a yearning love ballad. I’m even more obsessed with Sam after this, if that’s possible. Give it a view below.

watch it after the jump

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She may not have won America’s Next Top Model but Yaya DaCosta has carved quite a decent post-ANTM career for herself. The 31 year-old stunner has landed ads for Garnier Fructis, Sephora and Oil of Olay to name a few.

In addition to her modeling gigs, she’s done relatively well in acting as well. Her small screen credits include All My Children, Ugly Betty, House and Law & Order: SVU. On the big screen Yaya appeared in The Kids Are All Right, Tron: Legacy, The Butler and In Time.

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Lifetime Announces Whitney Houston Biopic

In: Donovan, TV Shows
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It was bound to happen and now it’s official. Lifetime is making a Whitney Houston movie. After producing biopics about Donatella Versace, Anna Nicole Smith and countless other biopics, inevitably the network was bound to tell Houston’s story. And that time is here.

“Whitney Houston chronicles the headline-making relationship between the iconic singer, actress, producer and model, and singer, songwriter Bobby Brown — from the time they first met at the very height of their celebrity, to their courtship and tumultuous marriage. Throughout it all, difficulties followed the superstar couple while they dealt with the overwhelming rewards and consequences of the fame and fortune created by Whitney’s meteoric rise that would soon overshadow them both.” – Lifetime

As much as I love a good trashy Lifetime movie, I was hoping Whit’s life would get a big budget theatreal adaptation instead of being regulated to the small screen. The only saving grace of Lifetime’s project is who is at the helm. Houston’s Waiting To Exhale co-star Angela Bassett is directing the movie. THIS. JUST. GOT. INTERESTING!!!. Find out what Bassett said in the official press release.

read Bassett’s thoughts after the jump

CHVRCHES’ Incredible Whitney Houston Cover

In: Donovan, Music

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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