The Whitney Houston-Jordin Sparks “Sparkle” duet, “Celebrate,” has hit the web — just one day after the moving Billboard Music Awards tribute to the late star, which featured Sparks singing Houston’s seminal hit, “I Will Always Love You.”
“Celebrate” is the last song ever recorded by the music legend. The inspirational track was written by R&B crooner R. Kelly, who performed a tearful rendition of “I Look To You” at Houston’s New Jersey funeral in February.
On the uptempo song, Whitney sings, “Everybody’s been so uptight/ And forgetting to live their life/ Let all the problems get them down/ ‘Til it makes you want to shout.”
Sparks then follows Houston, singing, “See everybody been down on luck/ Finally things are looking up/ The sun has chased all the rain away/ No more obstacles in our way.”
A remake of the 1976 film of the same name, “Sparkle” stars Houston as the mother of three girls who form a singing group and then face struggle with fame and drug addiction. The late singer will also perform the gospel song “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” in the film.
Houston was found dead on Feb. 11 by her bodyguard at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Her death came one day before the 54th annual Grammy Awards, during which Jennifer Hudson sang a tearful tribute to her idol, covering “I Will Always Love You.”
In March, the L.A. County Coroner’s report which ruled her official cause of death as accidental drowning. They also confirmed that Houston used cocaine immediately before her death, leading to a “cardiac event,” as first reported by TMZ.
“Sparkle” hits theaters on August 17.
By Crystal Bell