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New Whitney Houston cut lands; Is an album forthcoming?

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The artist: Whitney Houston & Akon

The leaked track: "Like I Never Left"

The importance: The diva has been missing from the pop landscape since 2003, when she released a holiday-themed collection. Much of the singer's headlines over the last few years have been more of the tabloid nature, focusing on health issues and her marriage to Bobby Brown. But the public loves a good comeback, as evidenced by Mariah Carey and her "The Emancipation of Mimi." A new Whitney album -- one that's not embarrassing -- would surely ascend to blockbuster status in a matter of weeks, if not days. Indeed, it's not just the Sony BMG brass who would likely be hungry for some new Whitney content. Just check the success that met Leona Lewis, and her Whitney-influenced smash "Bleeding Love."

The verdict: "Like I Never Left," featuring production and a collaboration from Akon, is as much an Akon song as it is a Whitney cut. As such, its mission isn't so much to be a knockout, but to reestablish Whitney as a contemporary artist, even featuring some electronically-manipulated vocals from Akon. But while that's one of the song's more distressing qualities (the other is Akon feeling the need to announce who is singing the song at its start), it doesn't fully distract from what is ultimately an effortlessly light R&B cut. As feather-light as the song is, Houston still sounds pretty good, even though she has nothing to say. If anything, the song definitely doesn't need Akon. Houston is cool, assertive and matter-of-fact, bringing a level of personality to the standard that's absent in the ho-hum lyrics. Akon's production is cheesy-smooth, lacking any sense of grandeur, and putting Houston on par with Mariah.

Is it finished? According to a spokeswoman for Houston, no, the song that was leaked out is not "a finished song at all." But as to when it was recorded and if it will be finished? No comment.

Does this mean an album is coming soon? "Yes your girl is coming back," Houston sings in the song, but don't bet on it, at least not anytime soon. The much-discussed return of Whitney has been years in the making, and a new album has been promised to be on the horizon dating back to 2005. In February of this year, then-J Records head Clive Davis said at his pre-Grammy bash that a new Whitney album would be coming soon, but we've heard that promise before. And Fox's Roger Friedman reports that a new Whitney album is "not nearly ready."

How to find it: Google "Whitney Houston" + YouTube + "Like I Never Left."

-- Todd Martens

Photo: European Pressphoto Agency

 
Comments () | Archives (15)

The song is really good, Youtube pulled all the videos, due to violations, but if you google it without youtube, you will find links to the song..

I hope It's not a new song from forthcoming album, but just a new track. Song is not emontional at all, and it seems that it's Whitney feartures Akon, but not VS. But still I'm glad that she did something new and works on a new album. Wish to hear less R&B and mora classic balads. But if she is going to sing a new hit like My love is your love or it's not right but it's okay, I would not mind against R&B :-) Good luck, Whitney! Your truly fan from Russia :-)

More likely the truth is as written..."not nearly ready" You go to you tube and listen to her voice and recent shows in other countries and her voice is terrible. Any amateur can sing better than she can.

Whtiney needs to clean up and get healthy before she can even think of doing an album to put out there.

i must disagree, i have heard all of whitneys last performances and she sounds just fine to me. i dont no y some of you dont be a bit more positive and just appreciate the fact that whitney is trying to come back and in doing so she has to make sure that she does it right because her career is on the line. please be positive folks becasue no one is perfect. she has made mistakes like all of us but she is just fine now. whtney fan 4 life!!!

Well, song is nice but it's not Whitney's song at all!!!

I have anxiously been waiting to hear Whitney's voice again, but not with Akon. Just as I was disappointed to hear Michael Jackson with Akon, I am disappointed to hear Whitney with Akon. She sounds great on the track, but the music is not memorable. For years those of us who appreciate good singers and music have had to turn off our radios. I look forward to hearing her voice again. I found an incredible track that R. Kelly has written for Whitney on Youtube that is incredible. He sounds incredible singing it, but I could imagine Whitney doing it too. That would be a song I'd look forward to buying.

i was vacationing in trinidad in august of this year and heard the song BLASTING on the streets and radio stations due to the internet leak!! and people were grooving to it and loving the song!! i came home and loked for the song and found it!! i will tell you i am one of whitney's hugest fans and hugest critics and i listened to the song with fear at first , but after the first listen , i am HOOKED on this song!! she has tried really hard and should be given the BENEFIT OF THE DOUBT!! she's on her way BACK!! did i mention i love the song??

Loved the song, she was jamming to me. I wish I could buy it now.

SHES OK BUT SHE NEEDS TO STOP SMOKING

I LOVE WHITNEY, I LIKE THE NEW SONG BUT SHE NEEDS TO STOP SMOKING CIGARETTS SO HER VOICE WILL BE MORE PERCISE.

I LOVE HER STILL

I LOVE WHITNEY! I HOPE SHE MAKES A COMEBACK LIKE NEVER BEFORE. WHEN SHE COMEBACKS EVERYONE WILL BE SAYING MARIAH WHO? THAT'S RIGHT! I AM HOPING TO SEE A AMA SURPRISE IN A FEW WEEKS!

Whitney is incredible and she sounds gr8 2 me actually better her voice is more broken in now i cnt wait 4 undefeated her new ALBUM YAY !!! at alst go whit go

Thank you God for taking care of Whitney and those that she really Loves...And please let her know that there are some of us that are without judgement. There are some of us that understand that storms come to us all and we all need a trusted Saviour to depend on. My song to you Whitney is ...The Storm has passed!!! Now, we are waiting to hear the beautiful gift again...the way God intended!!! My love and prayers are with you...You are more that a survivor, you're more than a conqueror.

Whitney Houston needs to come back. It has been more than 5 years since then. We are waiting for her.


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