Whitney Houston's Estate Plans New Album Release and Hologram Tour
|thenorthstar||May 23, 2019|
Whitney Houston’s estate announced that it will release a new album of previously unreleased songs and a hologram tour. The seven years since Houston’s death in 2012 have been “emotional,” and the estate turned down multiple offers and projects. The estate has now lined up a list of projects to honor Whitney Houston, including an album of unreleased material, a hologram tour, and a possible Broadway musical, former manager Pat Houston told The New York Times.
“Before she passed, there was so much negativity around the name; it wasn’t about the music anymore,” Pat Houston, who is also the six-time Grammy Award winner’s sister-in-law, told the Times. “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.” On May 20, Los Angeles’ BASE Hologram announced that it was partnering with the estate for the hologram tour. “An Evening With Whitney: The Whitney Houston Hologram Tour” would begin in early 2020, the company wrote on Twitter.
“Whitney Houston was unquestionably one of the most important singers of any generation,” Brian Becker, Chairman & CEO, BASE Entertainment and BASE Hologram said in a statement. “She was a talent beyond words, and her influence and artistry transcended all boundaries — music, fashion, and film. Her career inspired so many musicians across all genres and generations and we are honored that her family is entrusting part of her legacy to us. We look forward to working with them and helping to share her magnificent gift with audiences of all generations.”
In the statement from the press release, Pat Houston said her sister-in-law would have “loved this holographic theatrical concept.” “An event at this level is something special and BASE Hologram’s track record to be fully authentic and respectful made them the perfect partner,” said Pat Houston. “This upcoming tour will allow audiences to experience Whitney’s amazing voice and passion for music for a long time to come and help them share that magic with future generations.”
Many fans took to Twitter to discuss how they felt about the new tour and the new album. “Not sure what I think about the hologram part, but any new music from the late #WhitneyHouston is welcomed in my world,” wrote Wendell Edwards, co-anchor of Good Morning Alabama.
“I find these hologram tours so ghoulish. So many of Whitney’s struggles in life were connected to the pressures of fame. She’s dead now, and people should let her rest in peace. Same goes for Amy Winehouse,” wrote another fan on Twitter. “A Whitney Houston hologram tour sounds pathetic. Let that lady rest,” another user tweeted.
Houston died in 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. The singer won over 400 awards including 22 American Music Awards, over 30 Billboard Awards, and six Grammys, plus two inductee Grammy awards in 2012 and 2018, according to the singer’s website. She was also nominated for two Emmys and won one in 1986 for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program, according to her website.
The singer also starred in several films, including The Bodyguard, The Preacher’s Wife, and Waiting to Exhale. She was the only artist to chart seven consecutive No.1 Billboard Hot 100 hits and the first female artist enter the Billboard 200 Album Charts at No. 1, according to the BASE Hologram press release.
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Maria Perez is a breaking news writer for The North Star. She has an M.A. in Urban Reporting from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She has been published in the various venues, including Newsweek, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, City Limits, and local newspapers like The Wave and The Home Reporter.