*New York, NY — Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, and Vinyl Me, Please are celebrating the 35th anniversary of Whitney Houston, the seminal album that launched the American music icon’s superstar career, with the release of a commemorative 2LP 12″ vinyl collector’s edition. Available for preorder here: https://whitneyhouston.lnk.to/WH35Anniversary
The 2LP deluxe vinyl package produced by Vinyl Me, Please includes heavyweight color vinyl and a premium gatefold jacket, housed in a foil-stamped slim case box. The 180-gram peaches and cream swirl color vinyl set features the original album alongside the first U.S. release of Whitney Dancin’ Special. This collection, released only in Japan in 1986, features extended remixes of “How Will I Know,” “You Give Good Love,” “Thinking About You,” “Someone For Me” and an instrumental version of “How Will I Know.” The anniversary edition also includes a 32-page hard cover photo and lyric book with new essays from Pat Houston, Narada Michael Walden, LaLa and others who collaborated with Whitney on the album. Tracks from Dancin’ Special will be released digitally worldwide for the first time to coincide with the release of the 2LP 12” vinyl product.
With Valentine’s Day 2020 marking the 35th anniversary of the release of Whitney Houston (February 14, 1985), a newly remastered 4K version of the “Greatest Love of All” music video will also be available today. https://WhitneyHouston.lnk.to/GLOA4K
On January 15, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame announced the induction of Whitney Houston into its Class of 2020. The 35th Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held at the Public Auditorium in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday, May 2, 2020 and broadcast live for the first time on HBO (8pm ET).
The celebration of the life and music of Whitney Houston will continue through 2020 and beyond. The Estate of Whitney E. Houston and BASE Hologram recently announced An Evening With Whitney: The Whitney Houston Hologram Tour, an iconic and awe-inspiring mixed media performance launching in late February 2020 with stops planned across the UK, Europe, Mexico, and North America.
Whitney Houston’s self-titled debut album was released by Arista Records on February 14, 1985 and entered the Billboard Top Albums Chart at #166 the week of March 30, 1985. With the success of the first single “You Give Good Love”, the album began climbing the charts, reaching #1 Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart in June and breaking into the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 in August 1985. Whitney Houston took 55 weeks to hit #1, but once there, spent 14 non-consecutive weeks in the top slot, one of the longest-running #1’s in Billboard chart history. The album remained comfortably positioned on the Billboard 200 for 162 weeks, 46 of those in the Top 10. Whitney Houston was the top-selling album of 1986 in the United States and the first album by a female artist to earn Billboard’s #1 Album of the Year (1986). The album was certified Diamond on March 16, 1999 and awarded 13x platinum status on July 29, 1999.
The success of Whitney Houston extended around the world. The album spent 119 weeks on the UK charts while in Canada, it remained at #1 for 17 weeks, the longest run in the top slot by a female artist. Whitney Houston was also 1986’s top selling album in Australia, staying at #1 for 11 weeks, marking the first time an African American artist had a #1 album in Australia. Worldwide, Whitney Houston has sold more than 22 million copies.
Whitney Houston generated three iconic #1 singles–“Saving All My Love for You”, “How Will I Know” and “Greatest Love of All” (a cover of “The Greatest Love of All”, originally recorded in 1977 by George Benson)—making it the first debut album and the first album by a solo female artist to feature three #1 singles.
The 28th Grammy Awards saw Whitney win her first Grammy: Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female for “Saving All My Love for You.” Her performance of the song during the Grammy telecast later earned her an Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program. In 2013, Whitney Houston was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, established by the Recording Academy’s National Trustees in 1973 to honor recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance that are at least 25 years old.
Whitney Houston has been cited as the most awarded female artist of all time by Guinness World Records and remains one of the best-selling music artists of all time with 200 million records sold worldwide.
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The Virtual United Negro College Fund Tour Heads to NY, DC & NJ on Fri & Sat-Nov. 20 & 21 (EUR EXCLUSIVE!)
*African American students interested in going to college can attend the United Negro College Fund’s (UNCF) Fall 2020 virtual Empower Me Tour. Set for this Friday and Saturday (November 20 & 21, 2020), New York, District of Columbia, and New Jersey will be repped. (This year’s tour kicked off earlier this month in Wisconsin and Illinois). To register, go here.
The Empower Me Tour is an extension of the goals of the UNCF. Founded in 1944, the UNCF, a non-profit, has raised more than $5 billion and helped more than 500,000 students attend 37 private historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
The EUR caught up with Stacey Lee, the tour’s director for four years, who discussed the importance of the event.
“The UNCF is the nation’s largest provider of education support to minority students,” said Lee. “The Empowerment Tour has been executed for the past 12 years and last year along we offered over $12 million dollars in scholarships.”
Lee continued, “I think the great thing is that during these times, even with COVID-19, is that a number of corporations (Wells Fargo/P&/FedEx/Disney/Goldman Sachs) and donors have really been providing opportunity and financial access to our schools and students.”
The tour is packed with information and resources so that students and parents have the right tools to make informed decisions.
“It’s a free event that provides educational support, scholarships, interviews with colleges, empowerment, and information on how to get to and through college. We also provide this information for parents as well. We have a parent section that focuses on financial aid and the things you need to get your students to college.”
Lee continued, “Sometimes we have students that don’t realize that they can attend college. They can receive scholarships. Some of them don’t even know what an HBCU is. So, it’s inspirational for me to see these students receive this information and the excitement that’s around this tour.”
In addition to college information, panel sessions on issues affecting the community will also take place. Legendary rapper Bun B will be part of a special My Black Is Beautiful panel. The panel will have discussions with girls and boys and the MC will lead the male portion.
“It’s about empowerment,” Bun B told the EUR. “It’s vital for us to lift each other up and amplify each other’s voices. We just talk about now what that role is in this COVID world. And with everything that we are seeing with young Black men on television, we want to keep them motivated and centered. We want to make sure that they are not discouraged in this moment.”
Ever since Kamala Harris threw her hat into the presidential race and elected vice president of the United States, a spotlight has shined on the fact that she’s an HBCU grad (Howard University) and member of the African American sorority Alpha Kappa Alpha. These facts are not lost on the UNCF.
“Kamala has really boosted people’s awareness about HBCUs and (African American sororities) and the type of people that come out of HBCUs. HBCUS have also provided so many people from science, mathematics, and engineering programs (STEM).”
Bun B added, “We have more than enough examples to show you how beneficial an education from an HBCU can be. So, there is no reason to not be a part of an HBCU because the world is just as available to you as it is for anyone else attending any other type of university.”
New Music Buzz: Jazzy Rita Shelby’s ‘Goodbye 2020’
*SB Music presents “Goodbye 2020” a new single for the times we are in.
“Goodbye 2020” is performed by Jazzy Rita Shelby and written by Miss Shelby (ASCAP) and Eddie Lawrence Miller (BMI).
It’s the perfect anthem to end a year that has impacted the globe.
EURweb’s Jazzy Rita is also a prolific lyricist who has teamed up with Eddie Miller for “Goodbye 2020” because it was timely and convenient for the birth of a song such as this.
Eddie Miller is a coveted keyboardist & vocalist who performs regularly with Brian Culbertson and he’s the Rhodes Festival musical director. Jazzy Rita rose to notoriety as host & performer at The Starlight Jazz Serenade, an annual benefit concert in North Hollywood with an A list of stars. As a teen Miss Shelby was inspired to write songs by the legendary David Porter.
This year has been a year like no other. “Goodbye 2020” is an ode to the world for the year that we have seen and the hope that lies ahead. Radio Programmers click here for adds.
“Goodbye 2020” is released on the SB Music label and was recorded at Wishing Wells Studio in Canoga Park, CA. Willie Daniels and Mildred Black perform background vocals along with Jazzy Rita. The video is produced & directed by Jazzy Rita (LaRita Shelby), filmed & edited by Reggie Simon of Simon Vision Media, with wardrobe styling by Jazzy Rita and Poet Roni Girl’s Army Couture. “Goodbye 2020” is available on most digital platforms. Click here to listen on Spotify.
Celebrate Halloween with ‘Spell’ Starring Omari Hardwick, Loretta Devine and John Beasley / WATCH
*Today/TONIGHT is Halloween and what could be a more perfect way to celebrate than with the release of SPELL? Enjoy the clips below to get you in the spooky spirit!
Omari Hardwick (“Power,” Sorry to Bother You), Loretta Devine (“Black-ish,” Crash) and John Beasley (The Sum of All Fears, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks) star in the terrifying thriller SPELL, coming to Premium Video-On-Demand and Digital today October 30 from Paramount Home Entertainment.
While flying to his father’s funeral in rural Appalachia, an intense storm causes Marquis (Omari Hardwick) to lose control of the plane carrying him and his family. He awakens wounded, alone and trapped in Ms. Eloise’s (Loretta Devine) attic, who claims she can nurse him back to health with the Boogity, a Hoodoo figure she has made from his blood and skin. Unable to call for help, Marquis desperately tries to outwit and break free from her dark magic and save his family from a sinister ritual before the rise of the blood moon.
DIRECTED BY | Mark Tonderai
SCREENPLAY BY | Kurt Wimmer
STARRING | Omari Hardwick, Loretta Devine, John Beasley
AVAILABLE ON DIGITAL PLATFORMS | Apple TV, Amazon Prime Video, Google Play, DirecTV, VUDU, Xfinity, FandangoNOW and more.
Rating | R – violence, disturbing/bloody images, and language
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