Whitney Houston, known as the Voice; because of her extraordinary vocals was the first artist ever to have seven of her singles hit number one seven consecutive times. There is no doubt her vocal style has had a significant impact and will continue to influence new artists.
From Mariah Carey, to Jennifer Hudson, to Christina Aguilera, Beyonce Knowles and Alicia Keys, who played a role in her new album, were all influenced by her music. Houston’s debut is currently listed as one of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and one of the 25 musical milestones of the last 25 years.
Her music and movies are enjoyed all over the world. One of her movies, The Bodyguard, in which she co starred with Kevin Costner, has the best selling soundtrack ever of which six of the tracks are hers.
Whitney Houston is one of those very few artists that have cross over appeal a privilege enjoyed by artists like Michael Jackson. She is one of the first female black artists to find success on the MTV and this paved the way for. Whitney was discovered by Clive Davis who remained her friend and mentor throughout her career.
On February 11, 2012, The Voice was found dead in her guest room at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, in Beverly Hills, California. Cause of death was not immediately established, but it is suspected it must be drug related as she had an on and off battle with drugs and alcohol. She is survived by only daugther Bobbi Kristina Brown, Ex husband Bobby Brown, mother Cissy Houston and Godmother Aretha Franklin.
Whitney Houstons singles, albums and movies continue to do well and since her death sales have picked up tremendously. Whitney tried very much to make a come back. In 2009 she released an album, "I look to you," which entered Billboard 200 at number 1. she was begining to get some traction and before her passing had just completed a movie, Sparkle with American idol star Jodin Sparks.
Rumor has it, that a concert, similar to "This is it," which was done after Micheal Jackson passed is being planned. It seems that the comeback which Whitney desparetly sought in the last years of her life will now become reality as her albums and movies continue to fly off the shelf. What percentage of the proceeds that will go to her estate is not public knowledge, but it is expected to run in the millions.