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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.

watch the music video after the jump

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.

check out my countdown after the jump

She’s not related to either diva, but Ariana Grande has the vocal range that made Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston legends. The 19-year-old is best known for her role on Nickelodeon’s Victorious, but with the launch of her recording career, she’s quickly attracted Carey comparisons and rightfully so. “The Way” featuring Mac Miller definitely reminds me of vintage Mariah with its bouncy pop beat and smooth vocal acrobatics. The track peaked at No. 10 on Billboard’s Hot 100 while the music video has over 15 million views to date.

Ariana recently uploaded a cover of Houston’s “I Believe In You And Me” and girl slays it. The audio quality is a bit echo-y and it starts out slow, but then she lets loose and her powerful pipes shine. She definitely does the song justice.

Grande has also appeared on MIKA’s “Popular” which offers a fresh twist on the track featured in the hit Broadway musical Wicked. It was the first time composer Stephen Schwartz authorized the usage of his music. Check out all three tracks below.

check out her videos after the jump

While I love hearing all the juicy tidbits from celeb autobiographies, I’m never tempted to pick one up and read it in its entirety. For Clive Davis’ The Soundtrack of My Life which is out today, I just might have to change that. Not only do I respect the music legend, but I’d love to hear his insights on the superstars he’s made including Janis Joplin, Alicia Keys and Bruce Springsteen to name a few. And the cherry on top, Clive Davis comes out as a bisexual. I never would’ve guessed.

The 80-year-old reveals his first same-sex experience took place during the Studio 54 era in the 70s. It wasn’t until he divorced his second wife in 1985 that he began serious relations with men. Davis shares he was in a monogamous one with a male doctor from 1990 to 2004. Even though he’s currently in an other committed relationship with a man, he considers himself a bisexual. Tomato, tomahto.

In addition to all his personal anecdotes, Clive discusses his professional relationships with the superstars he’s worked with. From concerns he had with Whitney Houston’s lifestyle to his infamous battle with Kelly Clarkson on her third studio album, My December, he dishes it all out. As part of his publicity book tour, he stopped by Katie Couric’s daytime talk show to chat. Check out a couple of clips below from the episode which airs today. I wonder why Usher is there. Hmmmmmm ;)

check out a few clips after the jump

Donna Summer, Etta James and Whitney Houston are arguably three of the biggest names the music industry lost in 2012. That’s just the tip of the iceberg as they say. I had no idea just how many artists passed away this year until I saw this video posted by the New York Times. Their four-minute long clip titled “The Music They Made” perfectly captures the enormity of talent lost.

Included in the clip are Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys, Norah Jones’ dad sitar player Ravi Shankar, Davy Jones of the Monkees and Fleetwood Mac member Bob Welch to name a few. There are plenty more talented individuals featured in the clip. Check out the video montage below to hear some of the music these legends made throughout their career.

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Every year, Google releases their Zeitgeist report showing what the world was searching for. This year, with 1.2 trillion searches and 146 languages, the lists have just been revealed.

Topping the list of most popular searches with the late Whitney Houston, followed by the most popular music video on YouTube ever, “Gangnam Style.” The top ten list for overall searches is listed below:

  • 1. Whitney Houston
  • 2. Gangnam Style
  • 3. Hurricane Sandy
  • 4. iPad 3
  • 5. Diablo 3
  • 6. Kate Middleton
  • 7. Olympics 2012
  • 8. Amanda Todd
  • 9. Michael Clarke Duncan
  • 10. BBB12

Below I’ve also included the lists for top searches in Images, Athletes, Events, People, Feature Films, TV Shows, and Performing Artists. I’ve also included their annual “Year In Review” compilation that highlights all of these searches in a touching, reflective, and inspiring video. These videos get me every time. Enjoy!

Lists & video after the jump…

2012 VH1 Divas Host & Line-Up Announced

In: Donovan, Music, TV Shows

At first glance, this year’s performers might have you scratching your head. Miley Cyrus a Diva? Demi Lovato a Diva? Jordin Sparks a Diva? While talented in their own right, they’re a far cry from the hey day of the VH1 annual event when Mariah Carey, Shania Twain, Tina Turner and Whitney Houston headlined the show. But when you delve into this year’s theme for the show, the line-up makes perfect sense.

Last year, VH1 Divas Live paid tribute to the great cities of Soul Music. This time, the Divas are heading to the dance floor. Ciara, Kelly Rowland, Cyrus, Lovato and Sparks will pay homage to the greatest divas of dance music with performances featuring current and classic dance hits.

In the spirit of celebration and appreciation, the concert special will include a tribute to two divas we lost this past year, whose voices always lead us straight to the dance floor, Whitney Houston and Donna Summer. FIERCE. Side note, how many tribute specials have there been since Whit’s untimely death in February? Given the dance theme of the evening, have any guesses on who’ll host the event? Here’s a hint. It’s not a DIVA but a DIVO. Find out below.

find out who the host is after the jump

I Will Always Love You – The Best of Whitney Houston hits the streets next week. The posthumous album will include Houston’s biggest smashes along with a reworked version of “I Look To You” featuring a duet with R. Kelly. A previously unreleased single will also be part of the compilation. The full-length version of the new track debuted online yesterday. If you’re a Whit fan, you’re definitely going to enjoy it.

Never Give Up” showcases the late singer’s soulful pipes as she belts out positive inspiring words to those on the verge of giving up. Produced by Jermaine Dupri and Bryan-Michael Cox, the track was originally planned to be part of Houston’s 2009 album, I Look To You. As a hardcore fan of Whitney, I’m glad we finally get to hear it. Any new material is alright by me. Check out the lyric video below.

listen to Whitney’s track after the jump

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