by G. Brown
It’s been seven years since singer/actress Whitney Houston drowned in her hotel bathtub after a reported overdose of prescription meds and cocaine. It was a tragic accident that shook fans of the “I Will Always Love You” superstar many of whom vowed to never forget Whitney. Those fans won’t get a chance to forget if the iconic singer’s family has their way.
News website Atlanta Black Star quotes Whitney’s sister-in-law Pat Houston who says the family wasn’t ready to take on any “business deals for the legendary artist since she passed seven years ago. But now they are.” Among the new deals being inked is an ambitious hologram tour with Whitney’s original band and back up singers. Pat says Whitney would have loved it adding, “She adored her audiences, and that’s why we know she would have loved this holographic theatrical concept…An event this level is something special.”
The spirit of Whitney will live on also in a new album scheduled for release. Pat says most of the tracks are parts of recording sessions from the “Whitney Houston” debut album and will hopefully remind fans of the songstress in the good ole’ days before all the drama, drugs and negativity. Pat adds, “Before she passed, there was so much negativity around the name; it wasn’t about the music anymore…People had forgotten how great she was. They let all the personal things about her life outweigh why they fell in love with her in the first place.”
While Whitney was without a doubt one of the greatest voices ever, it somehow doesn’t feel right that she is long gone, but her voice is still a moneymaker for someone. The voices of Prince, Michael Jackson, and Tupac continue to make money for their estates as well– a new collection of Prince songs are scheduled to be released and Tupac has already been on tour via hologram magic. Still, how much more can the public want of artists who gave their all while they lived? It’s hard to let go and seems like everyone dies too soon, but it is for the fandom that estates and families keep making money on artists after their demise…or is it simply about making money?