Thursday, February 16, 2012

The latest on Whitney Houston


ArtsBeat reports: The family of Whitney Houston said it will allow The Associated Press to broadcast the singer’s private funeral at a New Jersey church on Saturday. The AP has been given permission to stream the ceremony on the Internet at livestream.com/aplive; it also plans to provide this stream to other broadcasters by satellite.

The funeral is to take place at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J., where Ms. Houston sang as a child, and attendance is by invitation only. Marvin Winans, the gospel singer and a friend of the Houston family, will give Ms. Houston’s eulogy before she is buried at Fair View Cemetery in Westfield, N.J.

--> Subpoenas have been issued for Houston’s doctors and pharmacists:

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--> The Marquee Blog reports: Whitney Houston is no longer with us, but her music has found new life.

Following her death, Billboard reports that Houston's 2000 compilation album, Whitney: The Greatest Hits, sold 64,000 in one day, jumping onto the Billboard 200 at No. 6. The week prior, that album sold just under 1,000 copies.

The Greatest Hits is just one of six Houston albums to appear on the Billboard 200, with her 1985 debut Whitney Houston coming in at No. 72, The Bodyguard soundtrack landing at No. 80, and her last studio effort, 2009's I Look to You, coming in at No. 118.

The six albums collectively sold 101,000 units, with 91,000 of those being downloads.

--> Unfortunately, Whitney Houston's death will earn Dolly Parton a fortune. The Huffington Post reports here.

--> The Marquee Blog reports: Glee was already planning to cover Whitney Houston on Tuesday's episode when the star died on Saturday.

Keeping in tune with Valentine's Day, Amber Riley's character Mercedes belted out "I Will Always Love You" to her love interest/ex, Sam.

The actress, who turned 26 yesterday, said after Tuesday night's show, "OK, I got through it, only minimal tears. I hope you are proud Ms. Houston. [T]hanks guys for the kind words."

Here's the clip of Riley's performance in case you missed it:

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