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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Superstar Whitney Houston

   Jody Tu & Angie Chang
 
When Taiwanese boy Lin Yu Chun competed on Superstar Avenue, he sang the song “I Will Always Love You.”  When he had finished, everyone applauded him.  They applauded him not only for his wonderful voice, but also for the song he sang.

Even though Lin has become famous for singing this song, the most successful version was recorded by American singer Whitney Houston.  This song was for the soundtrack to the movie The Bodyguard in which Ms. Houston starred.  Whitney Houston also recorded many other best-selling songs and was one of the best-selling music artists.  Because of her great talent, she was called “The Voice.”
   
Houston began her career when she was just 14 years old.  She was a back-up singer on the Michael Zager Band’s single “Life’s a Party”.  A few years later, in 1985, Ms. Houston made her solo debut and released her first album.     Rolling Stone magazine praised her as, “one of the most exciting new voices in years.”  Her career started incredibly successfully.   She released a total of 14 albums and sold over 170 million copies around the world.  These albums won her 2 Emmy Awards, 6 Grammy Awards, 30 Billboard Music Awards, and 22 American Music Awards.  Some of her best-selling songs include (all official videos copyright Arista Records, via Youtube):

“Saving All My Love for You” (1985)


“One moment in Time” (1988)


and “I Will Always Love You” (1990)


 Whitney was also cited as the most-awarded female performer of all-time by the Guinness World Records in 2009. 

After a while, however, Ms. Houston’s career started to decline.  Rumors about her using drugs were widespread.  During these years, Whitney Houston was losing herself.  She was overwhelmed by pressure and became addicted to drugs and alcohol.  The worst situation was that her drug abuse seriously affected her performance.  She failed to show up at events where she had been scheduled to perform.  Moreover, for more than 7 years she could not perform in public.  After being cured of drug abuse, Whitney Houston overcame her unhealthy behavior and returned to music.  She even released another album in 2009.  Unfortunately, just when everyone was expecting her to come back with her wonderful voice, she was found dead in the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel on February 11th, 2012.

Whitney Houston not only created many best-selling songs, but also created her own legend.  Although Whitney Houston has passed away, her legend will continue because her best-selling songs are going to be sung in singing contest around the world forever.



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