Dionne Warwick on Proposed Whitney Houston Hologram Tour: 'I Think It's Stupid'
Dionne Warwick had quite a mouthful to say about the proposal of having a Whitney Houston Hologram tour, going so far as to call it "stupid."
Last Thursday, Dionne Warwick attended the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America's 1st Annual Second Chance Digital Impact Recipient Awards in Washington D.C. During the event, she was asked what she thought of the news that a hologram of her late cousin is currently being developed before going on tour.
Whitney's cousin revealed that she had no idea what that is, and the plans are surprising to her.
"I haven't a clue as to what that is. It's surprising to me. I don't know what it is. I think it's stupid, but whatever it is that's what it is."
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On May 16, 2000 (19 years ago today), Arista Records released "Whitney: The Greatest Hits", a compilation album of two discs - one with ballads and the other with uptempo and re-mixes. The Star Bangled Banner and One Moment in Time were also included in the set, along with 4 new songs: Could I Have This Kiss Forever ( with Enrique Iglesias), If I Told You That (with George Michael), Same Script Different Cast (with Deborah Cox) and Fine. It reached Top 10 in most countries (including #1 in UK and #5 in U.S.) After Whitney's passing, it came back on Billboard 200 Chart at #2.
Keeping Whitney Alive
Whitney Houston's estate revealed their plans of launching new projects focused on Whitney, including a hologram that they planned to bring on tour. Seven years after her death, her estate is looking for more ways to expand her legacy, including a new marketing deal with Primary Wave Music Publishing.
“Before (Whitney) passed, there was so much negativity around the name; it wasn’t about the music anymore,” Pat Houston told the New York Times. “People had forgotten how great she was."https://t.co/91oLlKvtdY— TribLIVE.com (@TribLIVE) May 21, 2019
Houston's sister-in-law and former manager Pat Houston shared that a hologram is currently being created that would perform Whitney's best hits. Aside from this, they are also looking into making an album with unreleased tracks, and even a Broadway musical.
While this might seem like a good idea for the estate, other people don't like the idea very much.
Pat Houston may believe that signing a new marketing deal would be beneficial for them, but their main consumers, the fans, are not liking the idea and would rather have Whitney rest in peace.
Her fans on Instagram added that these new packages are greedy, and are self-serving rather than actually doing anything to preserve Whitney's legacy.
She deserves more. Anything but hologram.— marie macintosh (@emerangie) May 20, 2019
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. https://t.co/oDIPxClfxi— Sister Outrider (@ClaireShrugged) May 21, 2019
Whitney Houston was a six-time Grammy winner and one of the top-selling music artists of all time. She passed away in February 2012, when she was found submerged in a bathtub with drugs in her system.
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