June 4th, 2009
12:52 PM ET
The press release e-mail had a subject line we hadn't seen for awhile: "Whitney Houston Album Set For Release." Sure, she performed at Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party in February, but of course the talk the next day was about Chris Brown and Rihanna, not Whitney. So she's been out of the limelight for awhile... and that's not necessarily a bad thing.
The typically breathless prose of the press release was more or less on target - "she has built an illustrious career that has generated over 170 million combined worldwide sales of albums, singles and videos... Cited by the Guinness Book of World Records as music’s most awarded female artist of all time" - but of course, just as notable was what it didn't mention: her tumultuous marriage and divorce from Bobby Brown, the drug and alcohol problems, and how the whole bizarre train wreck played out on a TV reality series. The show may have been called "Being Bobby Brown," but let's face it - being Whitney Houston has always been much more fascinating.
So what do you think? When you hear "Whitney," what comes to mind: the Grammy-winning diva with the incredible vocal range and golden voice, or the near-skeletal drug abuser who uttered such immortal lines as "Crack is whack"? Will you rush out to grab the new disc when it drops September 1? The press release calls Houston "a singular force in music today" - yes or no?
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