Friday, February 17, 2012

The latest on Whitney Houston

Photo caption: Whitney Houston remembered outside of the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles

--> Final preparations for Houston funeral:

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--> As Whitney Houston's family makes their final preparations for the star's funeral Saturday, they have asked her supporters to donate to her favorite cause, instead of sending flowers.

Relatives requested that fans pay special care to an arts school named for the "I Will Always Love You," singer, the Associated Press reports.

The fallen singer attended the Franklin School in East Orange, N.J., as a child and it was eventually renamed the Whitney E. Houston Academy of Creative and Performing Arts in the 90s.

The school aims to teach its students to become "contributing members of society now and in the next century," according to its website and Houston's family hopes to continue her legacy there through her supporters' donations. (Via HuffPo)

CNN has some exclusive photos of Whitney Houston as teen.

"All she had was the clothes she had worn to high school that day," says Jack Mitchell, describing his 1982 photo shoot with a soon-to-be superstar

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--> Aretha Franklin opens up about Whitney's passing:

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--> Whitney Houston has not released an album since 2009, but that doesn't mean there isn't a vault of unreleased songs that were rejected from her first seven albums.

"Clive Davis always has ultimate control over the content of the albums and for many of his artists, songs would be cut in the eleventh hour and replaced according to Clive's wishes," an Arista insider told me. "It could be anything from three to five songs per album, which means Whitney could have as many as 35 unreleased songs." (Via HuffPo)

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