Whitney Houston fans can celebrate her music in a big way with a new limited radio show. SiriusXM has launched a station honoring Houston music, and there are some great surprises in store. The show is the latest in a major campaign from the icon’s estate.
A Whitney Houston-focused radio show is available for a limited time
To coincide with Black Music Month, SiriusXM is launching The Whitney Channel. This is a new limited-time channel dedicated to Houston’s prolific career.
According to an official announcement, The Whitney Channel celebrates the music of Houston, who donned “The Voice” thanks to her angelic tone and range. The Whitney Channel presents its classics, plus remixes and live performances. The Houston channel will feature guest DJs including longtime mentor Clive Davis, friend and collaborator Mariah Carey and cousin Dionne Warwick. During their stints as guest DJs, they’ll share their favorites from the Houston catalog. The Whitney Channel will be available via satellite on channel 105 from June 22 to June 28 – as well as on the SXM app by June 30.
SiriusXM has collaborated with the Houston team to deliver unique radio listening experiences that can only be found on SiriusXM. The late and great Tupac Shakur and Prince also have dedicated channels.
The show comes amid the estate’s first authorized biopic
Houston’s first authorized biopic, titled after her 1987 hit single “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” is slated for a Christmas 2022 release. The film stars Naomi Ackie as Houston and Ashton Sanders as Houston’s ex-husband, Bobby Brown.
On Monday, April 25, the film’s first promotional poster went live. In the poster, the 29-year-old East London star makes an eerie appearance at the seminar in Houston as she poses with both arms outstretched, palms facing the sky while gazing upwards. Ackie donned a black leather biker jacket over a white bodysuit, skinny blue jeans and black leather boots. Houston wore the same outfit for the music video for her 1987 single “So Emotional.”
Deadline describes the film as a “joyful, moving and heartbreaking celebration of the life and music of the greatest pop R&B singer of all time, charting her journey from obscurity to musical stardom. While being very candid about the prize that super-stardom demanded, it will be both the rich and complex epic of the search for the perfect marriage between the song, the singer and the public, and at the same time the moving story of a simple girl from Jersey trying to find their way home.
There’s a big campaign the estate is working on in honor of Whitney Houston’s 60th birthday.
Alongside the film, a Broadway musical based on the biopic is also in the works. Additionally, the estate is gearing up for a major campaign to coincide with what would have been Houston’s 60th birthday in 2023. For this campaign, a Las Vegas tribute show would be in the cards. Two full albums are set to be released that year, along with an accompanying soundtrack for the biopic this year.
Houston fans will also be treated to a makeup collaboration with MAC Cosmetics. Major projects for the estate in recent years include a live greatest hits album and accompanying DVD, a special vinyl edition and program book for the 35th anniversary of Houston’s debut album, merchandise and a line of dolls. which was also recently released in Target stores around the country.
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