We’re very emotional today, August 9, on what would have been Whitney Houston’s 52nd birthday. The pop legend may have passed in 2012, but her legacy will never be forgotten.
Whitney Houston had an unmistakable influence on the music industry, as well as pop culture as a whole — and we miss her terribly. What a beautiful soul, who was taken from us far too soon. We’d like to remember the singer and actress today, August 9, on what would have been her 52nd birthday.
It was terrible to learn in early 2015 that Whitney’s beloved daughter, Bobbi Kristina Brown, 22, had been discovered unconscious in her bathtub, much like Whitney was in 2012. Tragically, both women’s accidents ended in their deaths, with Bobbi Kristina passing in 2015. It’s her family’s belief that Bobbi and Whitney are now reunited, and we think that’s so lovely.
Whitney’s death affected us all — she was an icon that many of us admired — and it’s hard not to focus on her tragic end. But Whitney had an incredible life that needs to be remembered with love and enthusiasm.
Whitney was one of music’s best-selling artists of all time, selling an estimated 170-200 million records. Astounding. To this day, she is the only person to ever release seven consecutive songs to reach the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Nobody has come close to touching that.
She also had an amazing film career, starring in movies like Waiting To Exhale and, of course, The Bodyguard. With her iconic turn in the latter, Whitney also composed the soundtrack; “I Will Always Love You,” her seminal hit, is the best-selling song by a woman in music history. The soundtrack made Whitney the first artist to sell over a million copies of an album within a week. Additionally, the album was the #4 best-selling of all time; Whitney’s on that list as the top female artist.
It’s incredible what she did with her work, and the legacy she left after her death. It’s unlikely that anyone will ever reach the level of success she conquered in her lifetime, and rightly so. Aside from music, her family was her life. Though she divorced husband Bobby Brown in 2007, it was clear that she was still fond of him. Bobbi Kristina was her pride and joy.
HollywoodLifers, please help us remember Whitney in the comments, and celebrate this incredible woman.
— Samantha Wilson