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A Whitney Houston Song Just Dropped 7 Years After Her Death. Stop everything because a Whitney Houston song just dropped -- and it will immediately make you want to dance with somebody. Just in time to send you into the weekend with your car windows down, a decades-old recording from the late musical icon is here. The song is a cover of Steve Winwood's 1986 hit, "Higher Love," newly remixed by Kygo. Clive Davis, who first signed the songstress to Arista Records, teased the release on social media Thursday. According to a video the legendary music executive shared, Houston performed a cover of the song back in 1990 during her Feels So Right Tour in Japan and re-recorded the song a year later. Though, according to Davis, it had been intended for her third studio album, I'm Your Baby Tonight, Houston's version was never officially released save for as a Japan-only bonus track on the album. "When [producer] Narada Michael Walden sent me 'Higher Love' with the Whitney vocal, we didn't want her being a cover artist at that time," Davis explained to Rolling Stone. Now, nearly 30 years later -- and seven years since her untimely death -- the song is officially out for everyone to hear, with a Kygo twist. "I'm incredibly honored to have been able to work on this amazing vocal from one of the most legendary artists of all time!" the famed DJ and record producer wrote on social media. "Hope you guys love it as much as I do." And, with a possible touring hologram and album of unreleased music in discussion for the superstar's estate, which signed with Primary Wave Music Publishing recently, we'll be hearing a lot more of Whitney soon. "The Estate of Whitney E. Houston and our new partner Primary Wave are delighted with the collaboration between Kygo and Whitney. We knew Kygo would be the right producer to enhance Whitney's powerful vocal performance on 'Higher Love,' to the standards and expectations that Whitney's fans have recognized for over three decades," Pat Houston, Whitney's sister-in-law and executor of her estate, said in a statement. "The resurgence of this precious archival performance will carry Whitney's musical legacy on to a younger generation for years to come. Everyone should be ready to dance to this uplifting and inspiring record-a testament to Kygo's incredible talent, and a reminder of why we fell in love with Whitney from the very beginning!!!" (Eonline)

She did it again! Britney Spears is channeling her iconic "... Baby One More Time" schoolgirl outfit in her latest Instagram post. The pop star, 37, posted a mirror selfie on Thursday, saying that she had returned from an unsuccessful shopping trip. In the snap, she wears a plaid, pleated skirt and a white cropped blouse. She topped off the outfit with black Birkenstock-like sandals and her blonde hair in a high ponytail. "I went shade shopping today but found nothing !!!! Oh well ?? ... but I did find a nice bracelet !!!!!!" she captioned the photo. In the "... Baby One More Time" music video, which debuted in 1998, Spears wore a similar pleated skirt and white top, but completed the ensemble with gray knee socks and a gray cardigan, with her hair in two braids. The "Oops!... I Did It Again" singer's photo comes not long after she shared her haul from a previous shopping trip -- in Turks and Caicos. On Monday, Spears wrapped up a Caribbean vacation with her mom, Lynne, but not before sharing what souvenirs she was bringing home with her. "Today is my last day here in Turks and Caicos, and these are the beautiful purchases that I got to remember this beautiful, beautiful place," she said in an Instagram video. Then she shared a photo of her souvenirs, which included a straw hat with a wide pink band, two bracelets, a bottle of peachy-pink colored nail polish, and a white baseball cap with "Amanyara" written in silver lettering (the name of a luxury resort in Turks and Caicos). "Coolest hats ever here ... so much fun," Spears captioned the post. The tropical getaway included plenty of time spent on the beach, as Spears shared several photos of herself posing in the clear blue waves. "This is my kind of place," she said in the caption for a video montage during the trip, which was set to Sting's "Fields of Gold." Lately, Spears has appeared in good spirits on social media after leaving an "all-encompassing wellness treatment" facility in April and subsequently receiving outpatient therapy. "after therapy and being too serious it's so nice to be silly!!!!!" she said in an Instagram post at the end of May. (People)

Ordinary World Outshines the High Life In Ed Sheeran's 'Beautiful People' Music. "That's not who we are. We are not beautiful," sings Ed Sheeran on "Beautiful People," a new collaboration with Khalid that hones in on the importance of staying true to yourself. Three hours after the song arrived for the first time on digital music platforms, "Beautiful People" got an official music video that stays true to the song. Directed by Andy McLeod, the clip follows an ordinary couple on an ordinary day, who make for an ordinary holiday and have an extraordinary experience. The story begins as our pair are tapped and ushered out of the airport, where a stretch limo awaits. Before long, they're at a pool party surrounded by all the beautiful people. And then a yacht, with more beautiful people. How very awkward and annoying when you're surrounded by beautiful people when all you want is bed and a cup of cocoa. Private jets, lamborghinis. Big deal. Our ordinary couple are happier in each other's presence, playing sudoku when parties get in their way. This detour into the high life isn't the right fit. Sheeran and Khalid appear briefly in the music video, sat in the front row at a fashion show. Among all the beautiful people. Produced by Shellback, Max Martin, FRED and Sheeran, "Beautiful People" is the third track lifted from the Brit's forthcoming No.6 Collaborations Project, after "I Don't Care" and "Cross Me." (Billboard)

The Black Keys Unveil Ninth Studio Album, 'Let's Rock': Stream it Now. It's been five years since The Black Keys' last release, Turn Blue, but the duo is back, unleashing their ninth studio album, "Let's Rock", just after midnight on Friday (June 28). "When we're together we are The Black Keys, that's where that real magic is, and always has been since we were sixteen," singer/guitarist Dan Auerbach said in a statement, acknowledging that the album is a nod to their original sound. "The record is like a homage to electric guitar," drummer Partick Carney added of the record, which was written, tracked live, and produced at Nashville's Easy Eye Sound studio. "We took a simple approach and trimmed all the fat like we used In a blend of honeyed voices, Ed Sheeran and Khalid have officially released their rejection of the Hollywood life, "Beautiful People." The tune places the laid-back singers in the midst of a celebrity party, where they don't fit in--and don't ever want to for that matter. "Drop top/Designer clothes/Front row at fashion shows/What do you do and who do you know/Inside the world of beautiful people," Sheeran belts in the hook. "That's not who we are, we are, we are," the two chant throughout the melody. The collab is one of many superstar link-ups on Sheeran's upcoming No. 6 collaborations project, which also includes Justin Bieber smash hit, "I Don't Care," and songs with Bruno Mars, Cardi B, Camila Cabello, Travis Scott and Ella Mai, among others. The album drops July 12. (Billboard)

Miley Cyrus Receives Mixed Ruling in 'We Can't Stop' Copyright Suit. A federal judge has ruled that the case will move forward -- but with potential damages greatly decreased. A federal judge has delivered a mixed ruling on Miley Cyrus's request to dismiss a Jamaican singer-songwriter's $300 million copyright infringement lawsuit over her 2013 single "We Can't Stop." In an order filed Friday (June 28), U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan denied Cyrus's request for an outright dismissal but sharply limited the amount of potential damages she and her co-defendants face. In the original March 2018 lawsuit filed by Michael May (a.k.a. Flourgon), the dancehall artist claimed that Cyrus had infringed his copyright in the 1988 song "We Run Things" by using its lyric "we run things, things don't run we" repeatedly in "We Can't Stop." In her August 2018 motion to dismiss the complaint, Cyrus and her co-defendants offered three arguments: 1) that the two songs are not substantially similar; 2) that the use of the phrase qualifies as fair use; and 3) that May is not entitled to statutory damages or attorneys' fees due to a three-year statute of limitations in U.S. copyright law. Kaplan's order found that the first two arguments are "without merit" but granted the third, ordering that May not be entitled to statutory damages, attorneys' fees and actual damages prior to March 13, 2015 -- exactly three years prior to the songwriter's original complaint. "With regard to defendants' third objection, Section 412 of the Copyright Act imposes a bright-line rule barring the recovery of statutory damages and attorney's fees for infringement occurring after registration if that infringement is part of an ongoing series of infringing acts and the first act occurred before registration," Kaplan writes. "The Court has carefully reviewed this matter and determined that because defendants' first alleged infringement occurred in 2013 -- four years before plaintiff registered the work in question -- application of the bright-line rule precluding the award of statutory damages and attorney's fees is appropriate in this case." Kaplan's ruling hews closely to a February recommendation by U.S. Magistrate Judge Robert Lehrburger, who recommended that Kaplan deny Cyrus's overall motion to dismiss while limiting actual damages in the case. Other defendants in the case include Sony Music Entertainment (parent company of Cyrus's label RCA), Cyrus's company Smiley Miley Inc., "We Can't Stop" songwriters Theron and Timothy Thomas, producer Michael Len Williams II (a.k.a. Mike Will Made-It) and Cyrus' former manager Larry Rudolph. Representatives for the defendants did not immediately respond to a request for comment. "We Can't Stop" was the first single from Cyrus's 2013 album Bangerz. It peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100. (Billboard)


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