Celebrating Whitney Houston and ‘Don’t Cry For Me’

Whitney Houston is revered as a songbird of this century, and viewers of her upcoming movie “I Wanna Dance With

Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston is revered as a songbird of this century, and viewers of her upcoming movie “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” are in for a real treat. 


Whitney Houston’s Life: The Film

Previously unreleased audio of Whitney Houston’s top track “Don’t Cry For Me” will be released in light of the movie debut for I Wanna Dance With Somebody (The Movie: Whitney New, Classic and Reimagined). 

Naomi Ackie stars as Whitney in the film, as audiences follow her from her journey as a New Jersey choir girl to earning her many awards and accolades. . Big names include Stanley Tucci, Ashton Sanders, Tamara Tunie, Nafessa Williams and Clarke Peters joining Ackie to tell the tale of the bravery, heartache and success of The Voice herself.

Unreleased Whitney Houston Audio Comes To Light

The song was originally recorded for Heaven, the 1988 BeBe and CeCe WInans album where Houston is featured with vocals on the “Celebrate New Life” and “Hold Up the Light” tracks. The acapella version complements the re-mastered version, produced by multi-platinum artist Sam Feldt, 

Music executive Clive Davis — the same figure that discovered Houston — iterates that the track is a masterpiece that leaves an impact on listeners, and plays an integral part in telling her story on the big screen.

“The song “Don’t Cry For Me,” originally sung live by Whitney Houston, is truly a surprise discovery,” said Clive Davis in a recent press release. “The lyrics amazingly integrate into Whitney’s life story and her peerless voice penetrates your heart with its message. A must listen after two minutes of the end credits!”

Whitney Houston Redemption and Remembrance

MAC is celebrating the legacy of Whitney Houston by releasing its MAC x Whitney Houston swatch collection. An eyeshadow palette with eight colors, four lipsticks, two lip glosses, two brushes and one highlighter make up the set. The array of products — including the iconic red lip Houston came to be known for — has the sparkle and dusty glamor look reminiscent of the era. Each piece lovingly bears the name “Nippy,” after a nickname used by those close to her.

Previous brand collaborations have included Palace Skateboards, a UK apparel brand that worked to celebrate Whitney’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Classic letterman-style jackets, graphic college tees and shirts showing Whitney’s face were the focus of the line.

The year 2020 also saw Whitney on stage one again, for a hologram tour put on by Base Holograms, a revolutionary entertainment service. “An Evening With Whitney: The Whitney Houston Hologram Tour” brought her back to life in a touching homage to the singer’s career.

Her Musical Career

Whitney Houston got her start with the self-titled Whitney Houston, the 1985 Billboard chart-topper that swept the scene after her previous successful singles. Her second album Whitney was released in 1987, which cemented the fame of the movie’s title song. Between her second album and I Look To You released in August 2009, Houston would release a combined 21 studio albums, live albums, compilations and EPs.

Remembering Whitney Houston

Whitney is memorialized in her work. As one of the top-selling female artists of all time, her music still circulates on music streaming services and social media platforms. Her work to eradicate discrimination and promote love is realized through the Whitney Houston Foundation for Children, as well as her history of social justice work during troubled times in America.

Her other notable career moments include singing the Star-Spangled Banner at Super Bowl XXV, joining Kevin Costner to star in the 1992 film “The Bodyguard,” and following up with “The Preacher’s Wife” and musical soundtrack contributions across several feature films. 

I Wanna Dance With Somebody is out in theaters on December 23, 2022 courtesy of TriStar Pictures. RCA Records released the full tracks on December 16, with 35 tracks on the adjacent album.

Stay tuned with CELEB for a sneak peek review of “I Wanna Dance with Somebody,” coming soon.