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I went to see Whitney Houston in Manchester on the 16th of June 2010. From start to finish she was Fantastic. Although the MEN Arena was not sold out the 5000 strong crowd where with Whitney all the way. The media have not been kind to Whitney Houston accusing her of being on drugs all the time, this is complete rubbish.
The crowd were desperate for Whitney to come on their was excitment in the air. When she stepped out on stage the applause and cheers were phenomenal. Although the first two songs were mimed she came across well. The second song I look to you was amazing she hit every note and filled it with emotion.
When she sang My Love is Your Love the crowd were pleased to hear one of Whitney's older songs, the video montage on-screen had pictures of children in poverty and the soldiers in Afghanistan which filled your heart with emotions as she sang. Again hitting those notes and sounding like she did in 1999. Its Not right but its okay was performed just as well and the crowd went wild.
She performed Saving all my love for you and the greatest love of all, which were shortened down versions but she still hit perfect notes. When those famous first words of "If I" The crowd screamed this was the biggest moment of the concert. She sung I will always love you beautifully hitting the biggest note perfect.
After this followed I wanna Dance with somebody and How will I know. The crowd loved these classics and danced to them. The final song Million Dollar Bill which was an Encore, the arena went into darkness and everybody was stamping their feet and shouting for Whitney to come back on. She sang MDB and then left. Everyone applauded her as she left.
At the O2 arena yesterday, Whitney Houston's first UK concert of the comeback European tour turned into a debacle and upset many of her fans.
I was there to accompanying my other half (lets call him Mr ToT) - who is a big fan and bought the tickets last summer to be sure of seeing her - and even though I'm not a huge fan myself, I was looking forward to an enjoyable evening. It wasn't to be.
The first supporting act was a dire American 70s style crooner/ballad/sould singer in a white suit. Not the sort of music I like. The fact that all his songs turned out to be religious was bizarre. I imagine he went down a storm in the US, but what on earth possessed them to bring him over to a fairly secular Europe? I exploded into laughter at one line 'he spreads his sacred seed over you' as it conjured up a rather unsavoury and definitely blasphemous image. Still, that was only the warm-up guy.
Next came a trio that had come third in Hollands Got Talent. My heart sank at the announcement but they turned out to be quite a good little group, doing rocky/folky/soul/pop songs, mostly original. They did quite a long slot and I now wonder if this was a delaying tactic. It turns out they were the best part of the evening.
Then on came Whitney. Where do I start? She's recovering from a respiratory infection, and frankly should not have been performing. She was visibly heaving for breath (we could see that and we were right at the back of the arena) and you could hear her gasping the whole time. She couldn't sing. She missed lots of notes badly, 'talk' sang a lot of what she did do, the backing singers covered for her by doing most of the singing with her joining in for a few lines and words, stuck to the deeper register in her voice, and cut most songs short. She kept disappearing to the back of the stage. She talked a LOT. She talked about her mum. We had to give her mum two rounds of applause. She then spoke about Michael Jackson for nearly 15 minutes. Anything but sing. At one point I couldn't stop myself yelling 'get on with it woman!' and the people around me laughed and nodded agreement, rolling their eyes.
She continued to croak her way through a couple more songs. At this stage, most of the die-hard fans in the audience were still happy and applauding, cheering, not seeming to mind the poor performance. She might just have got away with it.
Then she made the disasterous error in trying to go for 'I will always love you'. A very difficult song vocally. Her voice gave out (squeak, croak, whistle).. She tried again. Her voice gave out again. She laughed and started talking rubbish as if her voice were a separate person. 'I told her to be here tonight...sometimes she's there and sometimes she isn't...tonight she isn't'. And laughed again.
That did it. The mood of the audience changed immediately and hundreds of people started walking out. A solid stream of angry people headed for the exits. In front of me one young woman sat laughing her head off, turning to me and exclaiming 'this is ridiculous'. Her mother sat there in shock, hand over open mouth, unable to move with the disappointment.
As the angry crowd died down a bit, Mr ToT turned to me and said he also wanted to leave. He looked so upset. I felt terrible. He'd been looking forward to this for months and it had cost us well over £200 for the tickets, plus £25 to park at the O2, for this rubbish? Believe me, we don't have that sort of money laying around as spare change - that is a big punch to our pocket right now. Times are tough. Mr ToT works like a Trojan and deserved one night out this year. What a con.
In the foyer the crowd was queuing to see the O2 managment, demanding refunds, but the O2 washed their hands of the whole thing and blamed the promoter. A few people managed to get hold of feedback forms and the promoter's address and were sharing these round.
You could chew the anger in the air. Some people had travelled a long way and booked hotels as well as having the cost of the concert itself. One woman in the loos was in tears as she and her husband had spent over £600 in total, on a once-in-a-lifetime treat.
I estimate that 50% of the audience had walked out by this point. The atmosphere in the O2 was just terrible. The O2 staff stood shuffling their feet, looking embarassed and wishing us 'good night'. You can imagine the replies they were getting.
This concert should have been cancelled and the ticket money refunded, or re-scheduled for when she was fit to perform. No-one can help being ill, but to take so very much money from people and give them this performance, such as you'd get at a fourth rate Kareoke night, is a slap in the face to her fans. She knew her voice was 'gone' but carried on. No doubt she still gets paid her huge fee for this.
We've been ripped off. Thanks a bunch Whitney.
Update: It seems this was what happened at all of her gigs.
Whitney Houston definitely does it for me!
I have always been a fan of Whitney, every since I was little and first heard, I wanna dance with somebody! My dad's friend then made me a mix tape of her songs and I absolutely played it to death. I took that same tape to university with me and managed to change a friends mind over Whitney. She really didn't like her in the beginning but I think I played it so much that she actually came out a fan after three years of living with me. On my 21st birthday, the same friend dedicated a Whitney song to me in the cheesy night club, ahh, that's friendship for you.
I think Whitney really has a beautiful, moving voice that has not been beaten since. I am quite excited because she is making her comeback as we speak. She just showcased her new album in America last week and I believe it will actually be released in September so I am really looking forward to that. It will be interesting to see if her voice has changed since the last couple of years of abuse she has put her body through.
Whitney Houston was born on August 9th, 1963 and is an extremely successful recording artist and actress. She comes from a very successful family and upbringing, her aunt is Dionne Warwick and her godmother is Aretha Franklin. Music was in the blood and she starting singing gospel music in her local church at aged 11. In the words of Clive Davis, written on one of the booklets that comes with the CD's, "For the next generation, there's a singer that combines the fiery gospel of Aretha Franklin with the stunning elegance and the beauty of lyric phrasing of Lena Horne, and she is Whitney Houston." Spoken in 1985, he was definitely true!
Whitney has also turned her hand to a bit of acting and in my opinion was actually really quite good in The Bodyguard. She plays a character which is not too far from reality for her, a singer who needs a bodyguard to protect her when she receives death threats. She is able to sing in the film and I think this adds something to the story and again showcases her wonderful talent.
According to an article I read, "Houston is one of the world's best-selling music artists, having sold over 140 million albums and 50 million singles, worldwide. She is ranked as the fourth best-selling female artist in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America, with 54 million certified albums. Known as "The Voice" for her "powerful, penetrating pop-gospel" vocals, she has been listed by Rolling Stone magazine as one of The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. Houston has been cited as an influence among numerous contemporary R&B and pop music artists.
To me, a timeless voice that will last for generations!
*FIRSTLY I'D LIKE TO APOLOGISE FOR WRITING AN OPINION WHICH HAS LITTLE TO DO WITH WHITNEY HOUSTON. THE FOLLOWING OPINION IS ON MODERN DAY R AND B MUSIC, AND AS THERE IS NOWHERE ELSE TO PUT IT I PLACED IT HERE* 15 or even 10 years ago, if someone asked you "what is r and b music?" you would automatically think of jazz or soul music. Now a days, "rhythm and blues" has taken on a whole new meaning. In the 1990's, the charts were dominated by pop tunes, and it was quite rare (especially around 90 - 97) to see an r and b track in the top 10. This doesn't mean that there were no strong, established artists. Instead of worrying about chart positions, they worried about pleasing the fans they already had. Take for example, Aaliyah. No-one really knew anything about her in the UK until she died. She was not a house hold name anywhere in the world, but she had produced some incredibly good music at a very young age. Her only huge hits were "Try Again" "More Than A Woman" and in USA "The One I Gave My Heart To". If Aaliyah's songs had been performed by S Club 7 or Madonna, they would almost certainly enter the top 10 singles chart in the UK. The 90's r and b / urban music was kept reasonably low key until about two years ago. Acts like Destiny's Child were creeping up and creating a strong mixture of pop and r and b rolled into one. "Say My Name" a Rodney Jerkins produced r and b upbeat classic sung by Destiny's Child was a global hit. As was Aaliyah's "Try Again" just a few months later. Before all this change, Whitney Houston, Michael & Janet Jackson and Toni Braxton were all considered to be the best r and b acts in the world. Now, Alicia Keys and Mis-Teeq are replacing them (although I doubt they will ever manage another "Billie Jean" or "Greatest Love Of All". Hip hop, another form of urban music s
urfaced in the 1990's. Artists such as Dr. Dre, DMX and Missy Elliott became the leaders of this much more hardcore style of music. It is quite normal for r and b artists to venture onto hip hop ground (e.g. Aaliyah worked with DMX on the brilliant "Come Back In One Piece"), and it can often lead to the singer or bands fanbase growing larger. Pop music, which is looked upon as talentless is starting to evolve ever so slowly into r and b. Britney, who must be the princess of pop, has recently experimented with some r and b sounds (thanks to The Neptunes). Rock group No Doubt's newest album "Rock Steady" contains quite a mix of r and b and even Mariah has entered the rhythm 'n' blues world lately (but sadly, Ms. Carey's attempts failed big style). Mya, Brandy, Jennifer Lopez... It's pretty certain that you've heard of these artists. They are just 3 of the thousands of female vocalists depending on r and b. Craig David, Usher, 112... Some of the male r and b acts which have been highly successful with their catchy tunes. Jill Scott, Erykah Badu, India Arie... Perhaps the most talented of the bunch, these women produce, write and sing independently. Another type of music name Garage also originated from Urban roots. The music consists of harsh, thumping beats with fast going vocals. So Solid Crew and Oxide And Neutrino are two of the biggest Garage acts to come out of the UK. So what does r and b have in stall for us in the future? I guess we'll just have to wait and see!
If you are wondering why you have not seen this album in the shops yet then let me tell you why. It was due for relaese on the 3rd of December but was meant to be postponed till the 7th of January but if you order it from Amazon.co.uk they are shipping them now, so you can get it before it hits the high street. Not bad Amazon. Anyway this is another compilation album from the pop diva containing many of her bigger and more popular hits. Whitney herself has had a long and varied career from her song recording to starring in movies and she looks like she is still going as strong as ever. Here are some of the work that this artist has produced. Whitney Houston Feb 14th 1985 Whitney May 1987 I'm your baby tonight November 1990 The bodygaurd November 1992 Waiting to exhale november 1995 The preacher's wife November 1996 My love is your love november 1998 Whitney the greatest hits May 2000 This does not include the various movies that she has played a role in and this just goes to show that she has been around for some time and no doubt for some time still yet to come. She has already amassed global album sales over 115 million copies worldwide. Not including sales from this album. It was unevitable that Whitney would become a singer or have something to do with music as she has grew up with music in her blood. Her mother Cissy Houston was a Gospel singer while her slightly more famous cousin was none other than Dion warwick. whitney grew up singing as a choir singer but still changed to performing solo at a very early age. looking at some of her past discography as well shows that she has been able to sing or perform a multitude of varying styles of music whether singing solo or in duets she has always been a gracefull performer. None more showing this than when she starred in The Bodyguard along side the famous kevin Costner as this movie smashed
all box office records in it's day. this just served to open up a whole new world for Whitney who has strived to keep her career moving forward rather than some artist's who have reached similar fame then seem to fade. Saying this though she has been feeling a deal of stress through her career as she started at such a young age. Here is a qoute she gave to a magazine about her life and career, "You know what I feel?" she asked. "I feel old. For the most part, since I was 11 years old, I've been working, I did the nightclubs, I did the modeling, all that stuff... When I first started I was having a lot of fun. But it ain't fun no more. I enjoy what I do... but it's not fun." For Whitney, her idea of happiness is being with her husband and daughter and trying to live something close to a normal life: "When I gave birth to her and when they put her in my arms, I thought 'This has got to be it. This is the ultimate.' I haven't experienced anything greater." Whitney is married to the famous Bobby Brown who used to be a very popular singer in his day but he himself has slipped from the limelight so to speak. Anyway even though she may be finding the workload more strenuous now this still has not slowed her which must say something for her spirit and willpower to say the least. After this I will now give you a track listing of this her latest album release. Track 1 Until You Come Back This is a nice slow sung song with heart and soul behind it and is pleasent to listen to as Whitney's strong voice shines through this song to give it that something that a lot of singers cxan't seem to produce. Track 2 I Have Nothing Everyone will know this track as it was a massive hit for Whitney. It is easy to see why this track was such a hit because with her powerfull voice gracing those high notes she sounds perfect for this love song. Track 3 Why Does It Hurt So Bad This is also more of a love song rather than a pop tune. She sings this with emotion as well so it almost sounds as though she is regretting something when singing this track. Nice slow tune good for relaxing to. Track 4 You Give Good Love This is not one track that I personally think a lot of. Sounds like she has took a bit more of a relaxed approach to this track but it is still a good song and will no doubt go down well with a lot of people. Track 5 All The Man That I Need This is another slow love song that I think will go down a lot better for all the ladies out there, as this is a song sung more from a womans point of view about how she feels about her partner. Track 6 Where Do Broken Hearts Go Another track that needs little introduction as this song was another massive hit for her. One of those songs you could easily sing or whistle along along to and even though it is a slower song it is very pleasent and gracefully sung to make it one of her better tracks. Track 7 Just The Lonely talking Again This is another track that I do not rate too highly. With her almost speaking the words rather than using her powerfull voice the track seems a bit plain to me. This track may be likeable to a lot of people though but sounds more like one thrown in for an album filler. Track 8 Exhale Another slow song but even though the lyrics are repeated over again the song itself is not too bad. Track 9 Miracle This is more like another song sung that is meant to be stirring regretfull sort of emotions to stir you. Not one of her best though it is still not too bad. Track 10 For the Love Of You Another good song for relaxing to or smooching up together with. It has a bit of sax in this to give it a bit of a moody feel but with the other music it still feels like a light and airy song. Track 11 Savi
ng All My Love For You Another of her biggest hits this song is one that you can have a slow dance to or cuddle into the one that you love with. Her powerfull voice shines through on this track which shows why this was such a hit for her. Track 12 Run To You This was another big hit for her. It is a slow track and this just helps give this a smooth feel to the song that seems to flow. A nice track if you like love songs or for the lovers out there. Track 13 I believe In You And Me Another song that I do not rate too much as it is a bit plain for me but it is a good song. Sung slowly and with emotion you can easily relax or cuddle into someone whispering sweet nothings while listening to this track. Track 14 didn't We Almost Have It All Who will not know this song as it is one of those tracks that will always be played on radio stations. A remoursefull type of song which you could sing to or enjoy rather than it stir lower deeper emotion. she reminds me of Diana ross when she sings this song. Nice powerfull song that will go down well and cater to a lot of people. Track 15 All At Once Another of her older hits that is about the pain of realising that things are over and the pain that you feel at the time, singing of regret and wishing that the person would come back, holding on to that slim hope. Possible a track that some people to relate some of their own personal feelings to. Track 16 I Will Alway's Love You Another of her massive hits made to go with a motion picture this shows just what she is capable of producing. This is another powerfull song that was a massive hit and was enjoyed by millions, easy to see why. Summary This album contains some of Whitney's best work and is an album that is good for all occasions whether you are having a nice romantic evening or relaxing. if you like love songs and slower tracks than this is a good al
bum, well worth checking this one out. Here is her official site if you want to find out more about her http://www.whitney-houston.com
Wonderful! If the mood is right, and with the exact volume and tone set on my CD player, Whitney Houston's voice is orgasmic. It can reverberate to such a pitch that I can feel the vibrations within. It's the sort of voice that can bring goose bumps to the flesh or a tingle to the back of the neck as it flows on it's journey. An hour with Whitney can be a sensuous experience. It can top up the soul, move to tears and relieve tensions. For me it's the way in which many of her songs build: 'no matter what they take away, they can't take away my dignity'. The pressure builds and builds until ... ... finally it is released in an orgasmic flood, 'because the greatest love of all ....' As I said at the beginning: wonderful! Yes, I quite like Whitney! I like the ballads and a lot of her older material, where everything is flung into the music to cover all probabilities. The bigger, the more powerful the song and music, the better I like it. Her other stuff is fine but I prefer that as background. I like to really listen to the ballads. Things like: Greatest Love Of All, One Moment In Time, Run To You and I Have Nothing. They are songs to which I can relate. I realise she didn't write the songs herself, but I couldn't care less about this. Just as I don't care about her marriage, private life, alleged drug problems and so on. These don't matter, what is important is the finished product. If this is down to the song writer, producer, arranger of the music or whatever, so what? To me though, it's her voice, that creates the magic. I'm not going to turn this into a bibliography but, in brief, Whitney was born into a life of music. Her mother was Emily Houston, often known as Cissy Drinkard or a combination of the names. She was a well respected gospel and session singer. Whitney therefore grew up surrounded by the musical influences of Aretha Fr
anklin, Gladys Knight, Roberta Flack and her cousin Dionne Warwick. They were people she was with on a regular basis and, therefore, it was natural for her to want to become a singer as well. Whitney was born on the 9th of August 1963, a Leo, in East Orange, Newark, New Jersey. Her first public performance was when she was eleven years of age at the New Hope Baptist Church. As she grew, her looks became quite something and she started out in her late teens as a successful model, making the covers of several fashion magazines. Her real success in the music business, to fulfil her dream, all came about in 1983. The president and founder of Arista Records, Clive Davis, spotted her while she was a backing singer in a Manhattan nightclub. He soon had her signed and under contract. The rest, as they say, is history - though it wasn't exactly an overnight success. Her debut album with the much thought about and original title of 'Whitney Houston' was released on the 14th of February, 1985. It contained songs that would go on to become single best sellers such as Saving All My Love For You, The Greatest Love Of All and You Give Good Love. Her first two albums (the second was called 'Whitney') have sold more than any other artists' debut albums. Whitney has since been in films. Her first major role was in the 'Bodyguard' with that haunting soundtrack song, 'I Will Always Love You'. This should have won an Oscar but didn't qualify as Dolly Parton hadn't written the song specifically for the movie. This track is an example of how her voice makes a song. Dolly had recorded it previously, with reasonable success, but it needed Whitney's voice to make it special and turn it into one of the top selling singles of all time. Today she must rank as a 'superstar'. Clive Davis, when asked about Whitney's status, answered, "Certainly, over the last thirty years,
there's Aretha Franklin, there's Barbra Streisland and there's Whitney. I think she's up there with the all time greats". And, for what it's worth, I think so as well. My boyfriend disagrees, and isn't too keen, so Whitney is often only with me on nights when I'm on my own. My favourite Whitney song is 'One Moment In Time', but only when sung by her, so many others ruin it. I like this because it has the build up, of the sort I mentioned earlier, followed by the strong thumping chorus. But also I like the words, it's a bit like my personal anthem. 'Each day I live, I want to be. A day to give, the best of me' - that's how I feel! 'My finest day is yet unknown' - but it'll come because, 'I broke my heart for every gain, to taste the sweet I faced the pain'. 'I've lived to be the very best. I want it all, no time for less. I've laid my plans, now lay the chance'. So ... 'Give me one moment in time, when I'm more than I thought I could be ...'. Great stuff, even if a little cringe making as well - so have a good yuk if you must! Certainly one to get the juices flowing though, don't you think? I suppose in number two position, whatever that is, would be the 'Greatest Love Of All'. Another oldie, recorded in 1985, but it's got all of those ingredients that I like for time alone with Whitney, plus more words that are on my wave length. 'I found the greatest love of all inside of me ... learning to love yourself is the greatest love of all' - and how true that is. I think it's at the heart of many problems today. Shouldn't the educators of children 'show them all the beauty they possess inside' and 'give them a sense of pride?' See, it's not just those tingles you get by listening to Whitney - there's philosophy as well! 'If I fail, if I succeed, at leas
t I live as I believe ...'. I'd better not go through my top ten Whitney otherwise you'll start dozing off, but it would have to include songs like 'Saving All My Love For You', 'I Will Always Love You' and 'Run To You'. I think the best thing is for everyone to rush out and get a copy of 'Whitney - The Greatest Hits'! You'll get 35 tracks on two CDs. For me though it's disc 1, called 'Cool Down', that I play over and over. Cool Down? Not so sure of that! A bath to relax, a bottle of red wine, adjust your sound levels, lie down, shut your eyes. Then listen and 'feel' the music. Magic! Disc 2 (Throw Down) is also OK with tracks like 'I'm Every Woman', 'I Wanna Dance With Somebody', 'My Love Is Your Love etc. etc. All good material but, trust me, you'll get more benefit from disc 1! So that's Whitney! I've been away for a while so, fingers crossed, I know what I'll be doing later on: 'Making love the whole night through ...'. Well it has been nearly two weeks! Hope my boyfriend does make it back tonight. Otherwise it'll be just me and Whitney and a bottle of wine ... still could be worse! ;-> Kay P.S. Whitney is 5'8" tall, felt sure you'd like to know!
Whitney Houston - What a Diva!!! Have you ever, like me, just sat down and listened to how fantastic Whitney's voice actually is?? Well if not then I will describe to you how great she is...Well first of all she has a wide range of vocal cords that she uses with such perfection that she sends shivers down your spine. and unlike other singers such as Mariah Carey she knows just how to sing without exaggerating too much. Now take her latest song, Heartbreak Hotel, she sounds absolutely fantastic in it and all Whitney, Kelly Price and Faith Evans seem to compliment each others voices. This tune is a song that you find yourself singing all the time after hearing it just once. The words are also well written and I couldn't think of anyone better to sing them than Whitney. It is similar to her recent work because it has a great beat and she looks absolutely gorgeaus in the video (as ever). You go Whitney, keep singing your heart out!! Personally I have been quite upset with all the goings on in her life at the moment with all these drugs that she is taking. It hurts me that the press won't leave her alone because after all they are probably making things worse. She needs to sort things out for herself. Well she has my support and I am sure that I am not one of her most supporting fans, so get yourself sorted Whitney we're here for you.
Okok, I know she's a supposed legend of long notes etc, but doesn't she sometimes really annoy you ... like in I Will Always Love You, how long can that woman hold one note or ... and the chin wobble thing? whats that all about? Ok, on to the music. I like the new image thing. My Love Is Your Love really caught my ear as something new and exiting ... granted it didn't have a major wow factor to it, but there was something there that is kinda easy listening with a little bit extra. Then it's not right, but it's ok came along and quashed all hope of me being a Whitney fan. It had very jumpy notes, reminiscent of Jamelia's debut single (which incidently I don't like) and I felt like haf the song was missing ... at least the accompaniemnt was too much in half and then died in other parts. Learn balance girl friend!
Whitney Houston is one of my favourite artist of all time. Personality aside (I have read that she can be a real pain...how true it is..well, someone out there to clarify?), her voice is just amazing. She has been here since as far back as I can remember with hit after hit and after sometime away still manages to come along with a great number in Its Not Right etc. Some of my favourite songs from her are Greatest Love of All, One Moment In Time and Shoop Shoop (when she starred in Waiting to Exhale). On her acting skills, well, she would definitely not win an Oscar for it..at least not yet anyway. But that aside, I must say that this artist has truely established herself as one of the best in the music industry. If you have not yet own an album by Whitney Houston, I think her Greatest Hits would be the best choice.. so go out and get it now. You do not know what you are missing :)