In an issue of XXL , Ludacris was placed in the number nine spot for the most anticipated albums of , for Release Therapy.
The album Release Therapy was released on September 26, Guest appearances include Pharrell Williams , R. Kelly , Young Jeezy , Mary J. The first single, " Money Maker ", which features Williams, was released to U.
It then went to become the rapper's second number-one single after 6 years [ citation needed ]. His second single, " Grew Up a Screw Up ", featuring Young Jeezy , dispels rumors that the two are or ever were in a dispute.
His third single, " Runaway Love ", soon peaked at number one on the U. His album then reached number one on the Billboard album charts with sales of , in its first week. With the release of this album, Ludacris marked a change in style in his career with his musical style.
The new album itself features a departure of the lighthearted mood of his previous albums, and introduces a darker side. A change of hair accompanied this as he cut off his trademark braids for a more conventional "fade" cut. To promote the album, Ludacris returned to Saturday Night Live as both host and musical guest on November 18, The Preview , a mixtape to preview the album was released on July 28, Theater of the Mind was released on November 24, , and in April , the single "Let's Stay Together" appeared on xxlmag.
A song with Small World called "Pinky Shinin" was expected to be on the album, but it was dropped. The album debuted at number five on the Billboard with , sold first week. The third official single is " Nasty Girl ", featuring Plies. He confirmed a "sequel" titled Ludaversal  due to be released September 11, Ludacris' eighth studio album was released on March 9, , with his first promotional single for the album being "Everybody Drunk" which features Callum Smith, originally featuring Shawnna.
The first concept idea of the album was to have Ludacris and Shawnna battle it out on the album back—to—back, but this was later axed upon Shawnna's departure from Disturbing tha Peace , ending her contract on Ludacris' label and joining T-Pain 's Nappy Boy Entertainment label.
The first official single released from Battle of the Sexes was " How Low ", which was released on December 8, The follow—up single was " My Chick Bad ", released on February 23, The third single is " Sex Room ", peaking at number 69 on the Billboard Hot Ludacris's Battle of the Sexes entered the chart at number one, with , sales in the first week.
The album is currently certified gold. Throughout , Ludacris released 3 singles: "Stairway To Heaven ", Representin and Rest of My Life , all of which were scrapped after the songs underperformed and the recording process for his upcoming album Ludaversal stalled.
These songs, in order of release, were "Raised in the South" featuring rapper Young Jeezy , released on April The last song was released a week before the release of the mixtape. The mixtape had almost 60, downloads via datpiff. Ludacris had this to say about his upcoming new album: "I think every album is like a progression, I'm working with different producers.
Usher, We definitely have this album which is a great thing. It's called 'Representing'". Yeah, Anita Baker is definitely on the album," admitted Luda.
The song takes a cue from Aqua 's song " Barbie Girl "; however, the single did not appear on the new album. Due to its moderate success, "Good Lovin" would go on to serve as the first single from Ludaversal.
In March , Ludacris confirmed that he was working on his tenth studio album in an interview with Complex magazine. In , Ludacris hosted YouTube's Best. Ever show. In , he was featured on country singer Carrie Underwood 's single " The Champion ". Ludacris has a daughter named Karma Bridges born August from a relationship with an attorney from Atlanta.
In January , Ludacris acquired Gabonese citizenship along with his mother and two daughters. Ludacris is the founder of his own record label, Disturbing tha Peace , an imprint distributed by Def Jam Recordings.
He is the co-owner of Conjure Cognac liquor. In , Ludacris appeared in a television and print advertising campaign for Puma , which released 3 limited edition models of a "Clyde x Luda" Puma Clyde sneaker, with Ludacris' image on the heel of the insole and "DTP" for Disturbing tha Peace on the heel window.
He filmed a public service announcement in support of the Epic Book Drive. Chris "Ludacris" Bridges also started the Ludacris Foundation at the beginning of his music career in The aim of the foundation is to inspire the youth through education, memorable experiences and helping the youth help themselves.
Tensions began when T. Later, G-Unit artist Young Buck asked these two fellow Southern rappers to appear on his new record on the track "Stomp". Young Buck spoke to Ludacris about his interpretation of the event. Ludacris then later recorded a verse that can be found on the album " Straight Outta Cashville ". I's record company wanted Ludacris to change his verse before they sanctioned it but Ludacris refused and T.
I totally looked forward to doing my alter-ego band sessions after Daydream each night. Carey's subsequent musical releases followed the trend that began with Daydream. Carey described Mottola as increasingly controlling, and viewed her newfound independence as a new lease on life.
Butterfly introduced a more subdued style of singing, with critics noting Carey's incorporation of breathy vocals. In their review of the album, Rolling Stone wrote "[It's] not as if Carey has totally dispensed with her old saccharine, Houston-style balladry [ With only one album left to fulfill her contract with Sony, and with a burning desire to separate herself professionally from the record label her ex-husband still headed, Carey completed the album in three months in mid Rainbow became Carey's first album to not feature a collaboration with her longtime writing partner, Walter Afanasieff , instead choosing to work with David Foster and Diane Warren.
Carey was given full conceptual and creative control over the project. Carey's three-year relationship with Latin singer Luis Miguel ended. She began posting a series of disturbing messages on her official website, and displayed erratic behavior on several live promotional outings.
What I'd like to do is just a take a little break or at least get one night of sleep without someone popping up about a video. All I really want is [to] just be me and that's what I should have done in the first place I don't say this much but guess what, I don't take care of myself.
On July 26, Carey was hospitalized, citing "extreme exhaustion" and a "physical and emotional breakdown. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch dismissed it as "an absolute mess that'll go down as an annoying blemish on [her] career.
I learned a big lesson from that. Carey's father, Alfred Roy, with whom she had little contact since childhood, died of cancer that year. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival , and received generally negative critical response, though Carey's portrayal of the character was praised; Roger Friedman of Fox News referred to her as "a Thelma Ritter for the new millennium," and wrote, "Her line delivery is sharp and she manages to get the right laughs.
In December , Carey released her ninth studio album Charmbracelet , which she said marked "a new lease on life" for her. Joan Anderson from The Boston Globe declared the album "the worst of her career, and revealed a voice [that is] no longer capable of either gravity-defying gymnastics or soft coos,"  while AllMusic editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine wrote, "Mariah's voice is shot, sounding in tatters throughout the record.
She can no longer coo or softly croon nor can she perform her trademark gravity-defying vocal runs. She described the show as "much more intimate so you'll feel like you had an experience. You experience a night with me. She described the album as "very much like a party record [ Caroline Sullivan of The Guardian defined it as "cool, focused and urban [ During the week of September 25, , Carey set another record, becoming the first female to occupy the first two spots atop the Hot , as "We Belong Together" remained at number one, and her next single, " Shake It Off ", moved into the number two spot Ashanti had topped the chart in while being a "featured" singer on the number two single.
The Emancipation of Mimi earned ten Grammy Award nominations: eight in for the original release the most received by Carey in a single year ,  and two in for the Ultra Platinum Edition from which " Don't Forget About Us " became her seventeenth number-one hit. It was the first album by a solo female artist to become the year's best-selling album since Alanis Morissette 's Jagged Little Pill in Additionally, it gave Carey her 79th week atop the Hot , tying her with Presley as the artist with the most weeks at number one in the Billboard chart history.
In , she appeared as a social worker in Precious , the movie adaptation of the novel Push by Sapphire. The film garnered mostly positive reviews from critics, also for Carey's performance. Reception for the album was mostly mixed; Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic called it "her most interesting album in a decade,"  while Jon Caramanica from The New York Times criticized Carey's vocal performances, decrying her overuse of her softer vocal registers at the expense of her more powerful lower and upper registers.
The song spent 27 weeks atop the Brasil Hot Airplay , making it the longest running song in the chart's history. Following the cancellation of Angels Advocate , it was announced that Carey would return to the studio to start work on her thirteenth studio album. A new song titled "Bring It On Home", which Carey wrote for the event to show her support for Obama's re-election campaign, was also performed. The video was directed by photographer David LaChapelle.
Carey told Billboard : "It's about making sure I have tons of good music, because at the end of the day that's the most important thing There are a lot more raw ballads than people might expect The lead single, " Beautiful " featuring singer Miguel , was released on May 6, , and peaked at number 15 on the Hot I can't even express this properly but I feel like this is gonna be my favorite album. I Am Mariah The Elusive Chanteuse was released on May 27, Reid and Sony Music via Epic Records.
Filming for the project took place during October Four stops included shows in South Africa. Carey told The New York Times , "I thought it would be a good opportunity to kind of, like, show my personality and who I am, even though I feel like my real fans have an idea of who I am A lot of people have misperceptions about this and that. In , Carey signed a worldwide deal with Live Nation Entertainment.
On November 1, , Carey re-released her holiday album Merry Christmas for its 25th anniversary. The album package included the original album and another disc which include live performances from Carey's concert at St.
The album includes rare and unreleased songs that Carey recorded at various stages of her career. I grew up with this music. During Carey's career, her vocal and musical style, along with her level of success, has been compared to Whitney Houston , whom she has also cited as an influence,  and Celine Dion.
Carey and her peers, according to Garry Mulholland, are "the princesses of wails [ Love is the subject of the majority of Carey's lyrics, although she has written about themes such as loss, sex, race, abuse and spirituality. Her songs are often sugary and artificial— NutraSweet soul. But her life has passion and conflict," applying it to the first stages of her career. He commented that as her albums progressed, so too her songwriting and music blossomed into more mature and meaningful material.
Singing, to her, represents a physical challenge, not an emotional unburdening. Nowadays it's the Christina Aguileras and Jessica Simpsons who awkwardly oversing, while the women with roof-raising lung power keep it in check when tune or lyric demands.
Carey's output makes use of electronic instruments such as drum machines ,  keyboards and synthesizers. Carey began commissioning remixes of her material early in her career and helped to spearhead the practice of recording entirely new vocals for remixes.
In an article in The New York Times , writer David Browne discusses how the once-ubiquitous melisma pop style was heavily popularized by singers such as Carey. Browne commented, "beginning [in ], melisma overtook pop in a way it hadn't before.
Mariah Carey's debut hit from , "Vision of Love", [set] the bar insanely high for notes stretched louder, longer and knottier than most pop fans had ever heard. Men like Brian McKnight and Tyrese also indulged in it, but women tended to dominate the form. Carey possesses a five-octave vocal range ,    and has the ability to hit notes beyond the seventh octave. Carey said of the poll: "What it really means is voice of the MTV generation.
Of course, it's an enormous compliment, but I don't feel that way about myself. Regarding her voice type , Carey said that she is an alto , though several critics have described her as a coloratura soprano.
However, tiredness and sleep deprivation can affect her vocals due to the nodules, and Carey explained that she went through a lot of practice to maintain a balance during singing. Jon Pareles of The New York Times described Carey's lower register as a "rich, husky alto" that extends to "dog-whistle high notes.
Sasha Frere-Jones of The New Yorker adds her timbre possesses various colors, saying, "Carey's sound changes with nearly every line, mutating from a steely tone to a vibrating growl and then to a humid, breathy coo. Her wide vocal range allows Carey to take melodies from alto bottom notes to coloratura soprano upper register.
Then, after a quick breath, she goes for the stratosphere, with a sound that nearly changes the barometric pressure in the room. In one brief swoop, she seems to squeal and roar at the same time. Although now anyone is free to use this idea, the success of The Emancipation of Mimi suggests that it still belongs to Carey. Carey pioneered a subgenre that some people call the thug-love duet. Nowadays clean-cut pop stars are expected to collaborate with roughneck rappers, but when Ms.
At 32, she is already a living legend —even if she never sings another note. Carey is also credited for popularizing and redefining the practice of remixing within the music industry.
When other big artists saw what I did with Mariah, they wanted that. Carey is considered a pop icon  and has been labeled a "diva" for her stardom and persona. I guess it's a little intense, because I come from a true diva: My mother is an opera singer. And that's a real diva, you know - Juilliard diva. And I mean it as a compliment, or I wouldn't be the person I am without experiencing that.
She has also been cited as a sex symbol. She is recognized as a gay icon and her song "Hero" is regarded as an anthem among the gay community as it touches upon themes of embracing individuality and overcoming self-doubt. In her speech she thanked the community, "For the unconditional love because it's very difficult for me to have that. I haven't experienced much of it I wish all of you love, peace, [and] harmony Carey's vocal style, as well as her singing ability, have significantly impacted popular and contemporary music.
She has consistently been cited as one of the greatest and most influential vocalists of all time. As music critic G. Brown from The Denver Post wrote, "For better or worse, Mariah Carey's five-octave range and melismatic style have influenced a generation of pop singers. And, today, nearly 20 years after Carey's debut, major labels continue to bet the farm on young stars such as the winner of Britain's X Factor show, Leona Lewis , with her Generation Next gloss on Mariah's big voice and big hair.
Meizel noted in her book, The Mediation of Identity Politics in American Idol , "Carey's influence not just stops in the emulation of melisma or her singing amongst the wannabe's, it's also her persona, her diva, her stardom which inspires them In addition to her vocal ability, Carey has been credited for her role and impact as a songwriter and producer.
Upon honoring her with the "Icon Award" at their eponymous awards ceremony in , Broadcast Music, Inc. BMI described Carey's songwriting as having a "unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers". Numerous historians and social scientists have also credited Carey's outspokenness on her own multiracial heritage for facilitating public discourse surrounding race relations in the United States , as well as the advent of intersectional feminism , during the s.
As noted by Professor Michael Eric Dyson in his book, Between God and Gangsta Rap: Bearing Witness to Black Culture, Carey's "refusal to bow to public pressure" surrounding the nature of her ethnicity exposed "the messy, sometimes arbitrary, politics of definition and categorisation" and "the racial contradictions at the centre of contemporary pop music" at the time.
Carey has inspired singers and songwriters all over the world. That's a testament to her talent. Her range is that amazing. Declining offers to appear in commercials in the United States during her early career, Carey was not involved in brand marketing initiatives until , when she participated in endorsements for Intel Centrino personal computers and launched a jewelry and accessories line for teenagers, Glamorized, in American Claire's and Icing stores.
In , Carey starred in a Christmas commercial for Walker Crisps. Carey is a philanthropist who has been involved with several charitable organizations. Carey also donated royalties from her hits " Hero " and " One Sweet Day " to charities. The award is presented to media figures who have "consistently used their platform to support and advance LGBT equality and acceptance".
One of Carey's most high-profile benefit concert appearances was on VH1's Divas Live special, during which she performed alongside other female singers in support of the Save the Music Foundation. Reid , to support Stand Up to Cancer. Still looking for answers today. We have to make a change. We can't be silent. She later said she felt "horrible and embarrassed" to have participated in the concert. Berger also said that "Mariah has and continues to donate her time, money and countless hours of personal service to many organizations both here and abroad.
In January , Carey performed in Saudi Arabia, which attracted criticism. Owen Jones of The Guardian observed that Carey has a large gay fanbase and that homosexuality is punishable in Saudi Arabia by death. Carey met actor and comedian Nick Cannon while they shot her music video for her song " Bye Bye " on an island off the coast of Antigua. In Carey began dating Australian billionaire James Packer and, on January 21, , she announced that they were engaged. Carey is an active Episcopalian.
I think what I've changed are my priorities and my relationships with God. I feel the difference when I don't have my private moments to pray. I'm a fighter, but I learned that I'm not in charge. Whatever God wants to happen is what's going to happen. I feel like I've had endless second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth chances. It's by the grace of God I'm still here. Recently, she has sought out treatment in the form of medication and therapy. Throughout her career, Carey has earned numerous awards and honors.
Carey has spent 84 weeks at the number-one position on Billboard Hot , the greatest number for any artist in US chart history. Carey's holiday album Merry Christmas has sold over 15 million copies worldwide, and is the best-selling Christmas album of all time.
In , Carey's cover of Foreigner 's song " I Want to Know What Love Is " became the longest-running number-one song in Brazilian singles chart history, spending 27 consecutive weeks at number-one.
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The Long-Islander. Huntington, New York. The San Francisco Chronicle said Houston "is rather angelic herself, displaying a divine talent for being virtuous and flirtatious at the same time", and she "exudes gentle yet spirited warmth, especially when praising the Lord in her gorgeous singing voice". Houston recorded and co-produced, with Mervyn Warren , the film's accompanying gospel soundtrack. Houston also duetted with gospel legend Shirley Caesar. The album sold six million copies worldwide and scored hit singles with " I Believe in You and Me " and " Step by Step ", becoming the largest selling gospel album of all time.
Some critics, such as that of USA Today , noted the presence of her emotional depth,  while The Times said, "To hear Houston going at full throttle with the 35 piece Georgia Mass Choir struggling to keep up is to realise what her phenomenal voice was made for". In December , Whitney's spokesperson confirmed that she had had a miscarriage. Their goal was "to show aspects of the lives of African-Americans that have not been brought to the screen before" while improving how African-Americans are portrayed in film and television.
Houston was initially offered the role of Cinderella in , but other projects intervened. Houston and Chase then obtained the rights to the story of Dorothy Dandridge. Houston wanted the story told with dignity and honor. After spending much of the early and mids working on motion pictures and their soundtrack albums, Houston's first studio album in eight years, the critically acclaimed My Love Is Your Love , was released in November Though originally slated to be a greatest hits album with a handful of new songs, recording sessions were so fruitful that a new full-length studio album was released.
The album debuted at number thirteen, its peak position, on the Billboard chart. The album gave Houston some of her strongest reviews ever. Rolling Stone said Houston was singing "with a bite in her voice"  and The Village Voice called it "Whitney's sharpest and most satisfying so far". Blige , Tina Turner , and Cher. While the European leg of the tour was Europe's highest grossing arena tour of the year,  Houston cancelled "a string of dates [during the] summer citing throat problems and a 'bronchitis situation'".
The double disc set peaked at number five in the United States, reaching number one in the United Kingdom. Though Houston was seen as a "good girl" with a perfect image in the s and early s, her behavior had changed by and She was often hours late for interviews, photo shoots and rehearsals, she canceled concerts and talk-show appearances, and there were reports of erratic behavior.
On January 11, , while traveling with Brown, airport security guards discovered half an ounce of marijuana in Houston's handbag at Keahole-Kona International Airport in Hawaii, but she departed before authorities could arrive.
Two months later, Clive Davis was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ; Houston had been scheduled to perform at the event, but was a no-show. Shortly thereafter, Houston was scheduled to perform at the Academy Awards, but was fired from the event by musical director and longtime friend Burt Bacharach.
Her publicist cited throat problems as the reason for the cancellation. In his book The Big Show: High Times and Dirty Dealings Backstage at the Academy Awards , author Steve Pond revealed that "Houston's voice was shaky, she seemed distracted and jittery, and her attitude was casual, almost defiant", and that while Houston was supposed to sing " Over the Rainbow ", she would start singing a different song during rehearsals.
Houston's publicist said, "Whitney has been under stress due to family matters, and when she is under stress she doesn't eat. In , Houston became involved in a legal dispute with John Houston Enterprise. Although the company was started by her father to manage her career, it was actually run by company president Kevin Skinner. Although Skinner tried to claim otherwise, John Houston never appeared in court.
Also in , Houston did an interview with Diane Sawyer to promote her then-upcoming album. During the prime-time special, Houston spoke about her drug use and her marriage, among other topics. Asked about the ongoing drug rumors, she replied, "First of all, let's get one thing straight.
Crack is cheap. I make too much money to ever smoke crack. Let's get that straight. We don't do crack. We don't do that. Crack is wack. Houston also denied having an eating disorder and denied that her very thin appearance was connected to drug use. Houston further stated that Bobby Brown had never hit her, but acknowledged that she had hit him.
In December , Houston released her fifth studio album, Just Whitney. The album included productions from then-husband Bobby Brown, as well as Missy Elliott and Babyface, and marked the first time that Houston did not produce with Clive Davis as Davis had been released by top management at BMG.
Upon its release, Just Whitney received mixed reviews. Just Whitney was certified platinum in the United States, and sold approximately two million worldwide. Houston produced the album with Mervyn Warren and Gordon Chambers. In December , Brown was charged with battery following an altercation during which he threatened to beat Houston and then assaulted her. Police reported that Houston had visible injuries to her face. Having always been a touring artist, Houston spent most of touring and performing in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Russia.
In September , she gave a surprise performance at the World Music Awards in a tribute to long-time friend Clive Davis. After the show, Davis and Houston announced plans to go into the studio to work on her new album. The show provided a view of the domestic goings-on in the Brown household.
Though it was Brown's vehicle, Houston was a prominent figure throughout the show, receiving as much screen time as Brown. The series aired in and featured Houston in unflattering moments. Years later, The Guardian opined that through her participation in the show, Houston had lost "the last remnants of her dignity". After years of controversy and turmoil, Houston separated from Bobby Brown in September and filed for divorce the following month.
Houston gave her first interview in seven years in September , appearing on Oprah Winfrey's season premiere. The interview was billed as "the most anticipated music interview of the decade".
I wasn't happy by that point in time. I was losing myself. Evil eyes, staring out like a threat In another room, there was a big framed photo of [Whitney] — but someone had cut [her] head out. It was beyond disturbing, seeing my daughter's face cut out like that. Houston released her new album, I Look to You , in August The album entered the Billboard at No. Houston also appeared on European television programs to promote the album.
She performed "Million Dollar Bill" on the following day's results show, completing the song even as a strap in the back of her dress popped open two seconds into the performance. She later commented that she "sang [herself] out of [her] clothes". The performance was poorly received by the British media and was described as "weird" and "ungracious".
Despite this reception, "Million Dollar Bill" jumped to its peak from 14 to number 5 her first UK top 5 for over a decade. Three weeks after its release, I Look to You went gold. Houston later embarked on a world tour, entitled the Nothing but Love World Tour.
It was her first world tour in over ten years and was announced as a triumphant comeback. However, some poor reviews and rescheduled concerts brought negative media attention. Some fans reportedly walked out of her concerts. The performance aired on January 30, In May , Houston enrolled in a rehabilitation center again, citing drug and alcohol problems. A representative for Houston said that the outpatient treatment was a part of Houston's "longstanding recovery process".
In the film, Houston portrays Sparks' "not-so encouraging" mother. Houston is also credited as an executive producer of the film. Debra Martin Chase, producer of Sparkle , stated that Houston deserved the title considering she had been there from the beginning in , when Houston obtained Sparkle production rights. Her death derailed production, which would have begun in It was made available for digital download on iTunes on June 5.
The song was featured on the Sparkle: Music from the Motion Picture soundtrack as the first official single. Houston reportedly appeared "disheveled"    and "erratic"   in the days immediately prior to her death. Two days later, on February 11, Houston was found unconscious in Suite at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, submerged in the bathtub.
The service was scheduled for two hours, but lasted four. Kelly "I Look to You". The performances were interspersed with hymns by the church choir and remarks by Clive Davis , Houston's record producer; Kevin Costner ; Rickey Minor , her music director; her cousin, Dionne Warwick ; and Ray Watson, her security guard for the past 11 years.
Aretha Franklin was listed on the program and was expected to sing, but was unable to attend the service. The February 11, Clive Davis pre-Grammy party that Houston was expected to attend, which featured many of the biggest names in music and film, went on as scheduled — although it was quickly turned into a tribute to Houston.
Davis spoke about Houston's death at the evening's start:. By now you have all learned of the unspeakably tragic news of our beloved Whitney's passing. I don't have to mask my emotion in front of a room full of so many dear friends. I am personally devastated by the loss of someone who has meant so much to me for so many years. Whitney was so full of life. She was so looking forward to tonight even though she wasn't scheduled to perform.
Whitney was a beautiful person and a talent beyond compare. She graced this stage with her regal presence and gave so many memorable performances here over the years. Simply put, Whitney would have wanted the music to go on and her family asked that we carry on.
Tony Bennett spoke of Houston's death before performing at Davis's party. Some celebrities opposed Davis' decision to continue with the party while a police investigation was being conducted in Houston's hotel room and her body was still in the building.
Chaka Khan , in an interview with CNN 's Piers Morgan on February 13, , shared that she felt the party should have been canceled, saying: "I thought that was complete insanity. And knowing Whitney I don't believe that she would have said 'the show must go on. I'm not going to be there. I don't want to be in a hotel room when there's someone you admire who's tragically lost their life four floors up. I'm not interested in being in that environment and I think when you grieve someone, you do it privately, you do it with people who understand you.
I thought it was so wrong. Many other celebrities released statements responding to Houston's death. Darlene Love , Houston's godmother, hearing the news of her death, said, "It felt like I had been struck by a lightning bolt in my gut.
You will be missed. I couldn't believe what I was reading coming across the TV screen. All three featured live interviews with people who had known Houston including those that had worked with her interviewed her along with some of her peers in the music industry. Saturday Night Live displayed a photo of a smiling Houston, alongside Molly Shannon , from her appearance.
Houston's former husband, Bobby Brown , was reported to be "in and out of crying fits" after receiving the news. He did not cancel a scheduled performance and within hours of his ex-wife's sudden death, an audience in Mississippi observed as Brown blew kisses skyward, tearfully saying: "I love you, Whitney. Ken Ehrlich, executive producer of the 54th Grammy Awards , announced that Jennifer Hudson would perform a tribute to Houston at the February 12, ceremony.
An image montage of Houston and important black figures who died in was followed by video footage from the ceremony, which depicted her accepting two Image Awards for outstanding female artist and entertainer of the year.
Houston possessed a mezzo-soprano vocal range ,   and was commonly referred to as "The Voice" in reference to her exceptional vocal talent. Jon Caramanica of The New York Times commented, "Her voice was clean and strong, with barely any grit, well suited to the songs of love and aspiration.
She sounds really good, really strong. In those seconds the former gospel singer-turned-pop star packs a series of different notes into the single syllable", stated Everitt. The vocal technique is called melisma, and it has inspired a host of imitators. Other artists may have used it before Houston, but it was her rendition of Dolly Parton's love song that pushed the technique into the mainstream in the 90s.
Houston's vocal stylings have had a significant impact on the music industry. While almost every performer whose albums sell in the millions calls upon an entertainer's bag of tricks, from telling jokes to dancing to circus pyrotechnics, Ms. Houston would rather just stand there and sing. Houston struggled with vocal problems in her later years. Gary Catona, a voice coach who began working with Houston in , stated: "'When I first started working with her in , she had lost She could barely speak, let alone sing.
Her lifestyle choices had made her almost completely hoarse. During the s, MTV was coming into its own and received criticism for not playing enough videos by black artists. With Michael Jackson breaking down the color barrier for black men, Houston did the same for black women.
She became the first black woman to receive heavy rotation on the network following the success of the "How Will I Know" video. For radio stations, black women singers aren't taboo anymore. AllMusic noted her contribution to the success of black artists on the pop scene, commenting, "Houston was able to handle big adult contemporary ballads, effervescent, stylish dance-pop, and slick urban contemporary soul with equal dexterity" and that "the result was an across-the-board appeal that was matched by scant few artists of her era, and helped her become one of the first black artists to find success on MTV in Michael Jackson's wake".
Of her first album's ten cuts, six were ballads. This chanteuse [Houston] had to fight for air play with hard rockers. The young lady had to stand uncowed in the locker room of macho rock. The soul strutter had to seduce a music audience that anointed few black artists with superstardom. And because every new star creates her own genre, her success has helped other blacks, other women, other smooth singers find an avid reception in the pop marketplace.
Stephen Holden of The New York Times said that Houston "revitalized the tradition of strong gospel-oriented pop-soul singing". She was, alongside Michael Jackson and Madonna, one of the crucial figures to hybridize pop in the s, though her strategy was far less radical than that of her peers. Jackson and Madonna were by turns lascivious and brutish and, crucially, willing to let their production speak more loudly than their voices, an option Ms.
Houston never went for. Also, she was less prolific than either of them, achieving most of her renown on the strength of her first three solo albums and one soundtrack, released from to If she was less influential than they were in the years since, it was only because her gift was so rare, so impossible to mimic. Jackson and Madonna built worldviews around their voices; Ms. Houston's voice was the worldview. She was someone more to be admired, like a museum piece, than to be emulated.
Whitney, on the other hand, just sang, and the ripples from her voice continue to dominate the pop landscape. Houston was considered by many to be a "singer's singer", who had an influence on countless other vocalists, both female and male.
I've been singing with her my whole career, actually. I wanted to have a career like hers, sing like her, look beautiful like her. Her voice was perfect. Strong but soothing. Soulful and classic. Her vibrato, her cadence, her control. So many of my life's memories are attached to a Whitney Houston song. She is our queen and she opened doors and provided a blueprint for all of us. Mary J. Blige said that Houston inviting her onstage during VH1 's Divas Live show in "opened doors for [her] all over the world".
That CD introduced the world to her angelic yet powerful voice. Without Whitney, half of this generation of singers wouldn't be singing. I wanted to sing like Whitney Houston in that red dress.
I learned it backward, forward, sideways. The video still brings chills to me. When you wish and pray for something as a kid, you never know what blessings God will give you. Alicia Keys said, "Whitney is an artist who inspired me from [the time I was] a little girl. She told Newsday that she learned from Houston the "difference between being able to sing and knowing how to sing". Lewis stated that she idolized her as a little girl.
Houston was the most awarded female artist of all time, according to Guinness World Records ,  with two Emmy Awards, six Grammy Awards, 16 Billboard Music Awards, 22 American Music Awards, among a total of career awards as of She held the all-time record for the most American Music Awards of any female solo artist and shared the record with Michael Jackson for the most AMAs ever won in a single year with eight wins in It stated that she paved the way for Mariah Carey's chart-topping vocal gymnastics.
In , the biographical film Whitney premiered on Lifetime which mentions that Whitney Houston was named after prominent television actress Whitney Blake , the mother of Meredith Baxter Birney, star of the television series Family Ties.
On April 27, , it was announced that Kevin Macdonald would work with the film production team Altitude , producers of the Amy Winehouse documentary film Amy , on a new documentary film based on Houston's life and death. It is the first documentary authorized by Houston's estate. In April , it was announced that a biopic based on Houston's life, said to be "no holds barred", titled I Wanna Dance with Somebody , will be produced, with Bohemian Rhapsody screenwriter Anthony McCarten writing the script and director Stella Meghie at the helm.
His stepfather is Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones , which contributed to a childhood surrounded by music. His debut album Here Comes the Fuzz failed to have an effect on the charts. In , Ronson released his second album, Version. He subsequently released his third studio album, Record Collection , peaking at number two in the UK. The single spent 14 consecutive weeks at number one on the U. Billboard Hot , seven non-consecutive weeks at number one on the UK Singles Chart and became one of the best-selling singles of all-time.
His fourth studio album, Uptown Special , became his most successful album to date. Beyond his work in entertainment, Ronson is dedicated to using his creative influence to help others. In , he became a patron of the Amy Winehouse Foundation , which helps disadvantaged youth through music.
He has also worked with the End the Silence campaign to raise money and awareness for the Hope and Homes for Children charity and most recently became an artist mentor at Turnaround Arts , a national program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts , which helps low-performing schools through arts education. He was brought up in a Conservative Jewish household and celebrated his Bar Mitzvah. He is not related to the late English guitarist Mick Ronson.
After his parents' divorce, his mother married Foreigner guitarist Mick Jones ,  who contributed to a childhood surrounded by music. Ronson, along with his mother, stepfather, and twin sisters, moved to New York City when he was eight years old.
While attending New York University , Ronson became a regular in the downtown hip hop night life. He was known for his diverse, genre-spanning selection. He attracted a wide audience by fusing funk , hip hop, and rock and roll into his set lists, and playing songs that were popular in both the United States and the United Kingdom. He was soon a popular and sought after DJ in New York City, frequently booked for high-profile events and private parties.
In , Ronson was featured in an ad wearing Tommy Hilfiger denim in the recording studio for an ad campaign for the company. Mark made the leap from DJ to producer after Nikka Costa 's manager, Dominique Trenier, heard one of his sets and introduced the musicians. He had already produced tracks for Hilfiger ads and, in , used the connection to have Costa's single "Like a Feather" used in an advertisement.
Ronson's debut album, Here Comes the Fuzz , was released in Despite poor initial sales it was generally well received by critics.
As well as writing the songs on the album, Ronson created the beats, played guitar, keyboards, and bass. The song charted at number 15 on the UK Singles Chart and was used in a number of films, including in Honey and on its soundtrack. It reached number 2 in the UK singles charts, giving Ronson his highest-peaking single until 's "Uptown Funk". In late , he focused on production, working with Daniel Merriweather on his debut album, and recording again with Amy Winehouse and Robbie Williams.
Ronson's work with Amy Winehouse also received substantial accolades, gaining 6 nominations. Ronson is credited as producer on a mixtape album called Man in the Mirror , released in January by the rapper Rhymefest which is a tribute to the pop star Michael Jackson. The album features Rhymefest appearing to speak to Michael Jackson using archive audio from interviews with the pop star.
The performance allowed for a large boost in sales in the iTunes UK Top That same week, Ronson appeared twice in the UK Top 40, with "Valerie" rebounding to number 13 and "Just" at number 31, his fourth Top 40 entry from "Version". The Brits performance also allowed for "Version" to climb 18 spots to number 4. Around this time, Ronson received his first number one on an international chart Dutch Top 40 for "Valerie," which spent four consecutive weeks at the top of the chart.
He collaborated with Kaiser Chiefs on their third album. Ronson toured the album "Version" extensively through both the UK and Europe during Ronson is known to champion new upcoming artists on the road with him, such as Sam Sparro and Julian Perretta. Ronson's string backing was provided by the all-female string quartet Demon Strings. They played new arrangements by Ronson of some Duran Duran songs, along with tracks from the band's new album, Red Carpet Massacre.
Simon LeBon sang. As of March Ronson was working with the group on their 13th album. In —14 Ronson was once again in the studio producing Duran Duran's 14th album, Paper Gods , making it the first time the band have worked with the same producer on consecutive albums since Colin Thurston produced their first two albums in the s. In the Spring of , Ronson confirmed the name of his new album Record Collection , and said that he hoped to have it out by September Additionally, Ronson announced the name of his new band, "The Business Intl.
The first single " Bang Bang Bang ". The single also entered the Irish Singles Chart , where it peaked at number The album was released on 27 September This is the first Ronson album on which he features as a singer. Although Ronson had never met Michael Jackson he was given the vocal track to a song titled "Lovely Way", sung by Michael Jackson , in to produce for Jackson's posthumous album Michael.
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