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BREAKING: Whitney Houston Dead at 48

Whitney Houston, the remarkably gifted singer who slid into a world of drug use and erratic behavior has died at the age of 48. Whatever the cause, the world has lost a truly gifted talent. Click for a look at some of her best songs and videos.

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Whitney Houston, the remarkably gifted singer who slid into a world of drug use, erratic behavior and a troubled comeback attempt has died at the age of 48.

There is currently no word on the cause of death, although TMZ reports that the singer’s assistant found her unconscious in her hotel room bathtub. Houston was reportedly planning to attend Clive Davis’ annual pre-Grammy party Saturday at the Beverly Hilton hotel. The event went on, where Davis and guests expressed their sympathy. She will be honored at Sunday night’s Grammy Awards.

Houston, whose voice was widely recognized as one of the strongest of her generation, was one of the world’s best selling artists in the mid 1980s to the late 1990s. According to her website, she has sold more than 170 million albums. Her talent, combined with her stunning good looks and poise catapulted her into a successful movie career.

Eventually though, drug use, bizarre behavior and a troubled marriage to Bobby Brown would tarnish her image (they divorced in 2007), and her recent comeback attempt was less successful than many had hoped. While the sales of her album reached number two on the charts, her subsequent concert tour seemed to show that Houston had lost command of her voice.

What Houston will be most remembered for, however, will be the thoughtful, passionate approach she took to her music when the singer was at her prime. Her collection of songs from “The Bodyguard” continues to be one of the longest running number one albums of all time.

Houston had finished production on what will be her final movie, the upcoming film “Sparkle,” a remake loosely based on the story of The Supremes. (It premieres in August.) There had also been speculation that she would join the FOX singing competition “The X Factor” as a judge.

There’s little denying that whatever the cause of Houston’s death, the loss of a woman of such promise and talent at such a young age is indeed a tragedy. Both a reminder that life is indeed short, and that we all owe it to ourselves not to squander the gifts we have. May she rest in peace.

Here are some of Whitney Houston’s most popular music videos. For more entertainment news and updates, follow @BrianBalthazar on twitter.

One of Houston’s most unforgettable performances was from her film The Bodyguard. The song, I Will Always Love You, was written and previously performed by Dolly Parton, but Houston set a new standard for the tune… one that was often copied but never equaled.

The Greatest Love Of All was Houston’s second most successful chart topper.

I Have Nothing was another successful hit from the same film:

I Wanna Dance With Somebody was one of Houston’s early hits. It’s one of the few songs where Whitney danced in the video. (It was widely speculated that Houston was not much of a dancer, although she did some moves in the video for the song I’m Your Baby Tonight, which is also below,, from 1990.)

No one knew it at the time, but Houston’s 1991 performance of The Star Spangled Banner ended up setting the standard for sporting events, and is yet to be surpassed. Her rendition of the song became a charity single to raise funds for soldiers and families of those involved in the Persian Gulf War.

One Moment In Time was a tribute to athletes in the 1998 Olympics, and was another Houston hit:

So Emotional was the third single from her second album Whitney, and was released on November 12, 1987.

I Believe In You And Me was first recorded and released by the R&B group The Four Tops in 1983. Houston re-recorded for her film The Preacher’s Wife in 1996

Not everyone knows that Houston’s hit Step By Step was actually originally written and originally recorded by singer Annie Lennox, After Houston recorded it, the song served as the second single from her 1996 soundtrack album, The Preacher’s Wife.

It’s Not Right But It’s Okay was from Houston’s fourth studio album My Love Is Your Love. Released in 1999, It was #1 on Billboard’s Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.

I Wanna Run To You was also from Houston’s hit The Bodyguard.

How Will I Know was on of Houston’s early hits, off her first album.

Another early hit, I’m Saving All My Love For You was originally a minor hit for Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. It was the second hit from her debut album.

Recorded in 1987, Do You Hear What I Hear never had an official music video. It has since become a Christmas Classic. Here is Houston performing the song on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

I Look To You was Houston’s most recent hit, from her comeback album of the same name. It was her seventh record album.

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VIDEO:Rolled Ice Cream, Cheetos Bagels And Grasshoppers Are Just Some Of The Unusual Things Brian Balthazar Has Eaten On ‘The Wendy Williams Show’

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You’ve seen pop culture expert, Brian Balthazar, appear on The Wendy Williams Show quite a bit over the last few years. He even co-hosted the show on three separate occasions. It wasn’t until his last visit where he and Jason Biggs chowed down on a KFC Cheetos Chicken Sandwich that it hit me: Being on the daytime talk show makes Brian Balthazar hungry!

The proof is in the pudding…pun definitely intended. Carla Hall made sure to bring some snacks for Brian when they cohosted together.

Sure, Wendy is known for telling us to “grab a snack and come on back”…

But you’d have to be absolutely famished to want to eat fish sliders at 10am.

He’s gotten so hungry he resorted to eating GRASSHOPPER TACOS on the show!

Could it be that Brian isn’t actually hungry though? Could he just be a brave soul willing to be the taste tester so we don’t have to? Could my theory be flawed?!

I suddenly feel like maybe we owe Brian a big thanks…

Either way, it’s fun to watch! Click below to take a look at a compilation of all the fun stuff Brian Balthazar has eaten on The Wendy Williams Show!

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LISTEN: Britney Spears Wants Her Life Back – Full Testimony Details Claims Of Prolonged Abuse

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For the first time, Britney Spears is speaking publicly about the conditions surrounding her conservatorship. In a powerful 23 minutes, she claimed the conservatorship does way more harm than good, detailing punishments and bullying from her father and a team of people on her payroll.

The full testimony is below.

In one instance she referred to her previous statements to her social media following where she claimed she was ‘okay’ and ‘happy,’ revealing that the statement was a lie.

“Now I’m telling you the truth, OK? I’m not happy. I can’t sleep. I’m so angry it’s insane.”

Another hearing is scheduled for July, but the exact next steps remain unknown.

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Get The Look! A Buyer’s Guide To Brian Balthazar’s Philadelphia Home Redesign

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As the world was forced to spend more time at home, Brian Balthazar found himself in a position where he had sold a house before the lockdown and had to find a new one.

“We sold our home with all the furniture in it, so not only did we find ourselves struggling to find a new place, once we found one we didn’t have any furniture to put in it.”

And so, Brian and partner Dennis got resourceful, turning to refurbishing and buying store floor models. They were inspired to make bold, fun choices in color and style when they started shopping around for wallpaper.

Below is the segment as it appeared on the Today Show, and further down, a rundown of where you can find the pieces or ones with a similar look!

THE DINING ROOM

Let’s start with the Dining Room!

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Brian saysThe dining room was the first space we wanted to do. I haven’t had a true dining room since I was a kid, and I’ve always wanted a big table for dinner parties! There were no tables within the price range we wanted, so we found a floor model at one of our favorite go-to stores, Arhaus. We easily saved 75 percent on this table by getting the one that they weren’t going to carry anymore. The chairs are from Wayfair.  On each side of the fireplace (not seen in the photo, but visible in the Today Show video) are two black tall lanterns flanking the fireplace. I got them at Target. I can’t currently find them on their app, but similar versions pop up every year. Get thee to Homegoods! Homegoods and Homesense (same parent company) are my go-to spots for home accessories for virtually every room in the house. You never know what you’re going to find, which is part of the fun.

But let’s focus on the real WOW element to this room – the wallpaper! This pattern is called Bellewood, by RebelWalls.   As you will soon see, I’m sort of obsessed with their patterns. To me, this room is magical with the added whimsy of this forest pattern. (They also have a more muted version with grays and even one with blues.) I also love that by hanging the paper from the chair rail up, you almost get the feeling that you’re standing on a balcony overlooking the forest. I surrounded the whole room with this paper, which I love, but you could easily add the same magical feeling by just doing one feature wall. Their website shows how it can translate to a bedroom or office. You might be intimidated by hanging wallpaper but don’t be! This pattern has so much going on that it really looks perfect when it goes up!

ON TO THE GUEST BEDROOM!

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Brian says: The guest bedroom is on the top floor of the house, so it’s got roof lines on two sides that make it a tricky space to navigate if you’re not careful. The planning of this space alone resulted in a few bonked heads. On the upside, the wall where the bed goes is tall, so it was an obvious place to create some visual pop. Again, the wallpaper takes the spotlight.  Called “Nude Roses,” also by RebelWalls, I love this design. Floral wallpaper was ‘big’ in popularity back in the 1920s when this house was built, but the patterns at that time were smaller, repeated more often, and were often really bold in color. This interpretation is so fun to me! Gone are the small roses in favor of oversized blooms, and the bold colors are more subdued pink and gray hues, with touches of dark green and creamy whites.

While roses can inherently feel feminine, the plaid bedding (30 dollars for a queen set from Target) are a surprising complement that keeps everything from feeling a little stereotypical. The side tables are mismatched – partly because we didn’t want to go too “matchy=matchy” – but also to save some money – the one on the left side (hard to catch here) was from West Elm. Normally $199, we got it for half off as the floor model. The one on the right we found in the trash. It was perfectly fine, clearly someone had just gotten tired of it! Nothing some disinfectant can’t fix. That gave us some extra money to spend – To reduce the softeness we went with industrial lamps and edison bulbs. The lamps  are called “Ginyard,” from Wayfair. The headboard was on sale at Arhaus. The dark gray takes balances out the pink hues well. The pillows are from Target and Homegoods.

For the 360 degree view of this room, watch the Instagram reel below!  You’ll see the dresser, on sale for $599 from Arhaus, a lamp from Homegoods, and mobiles from Amazon which we fashioned into a ‘piece of art’ that keeps you from hitting your head on the angled wall opposite the bed. Watch the video to check it out!

 

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THE GAME ROOM

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Brian says: The idea for the basement game room was to create a space that feels like a lounge you might find if you went out with friends. When you go into this basement it definitely feels like you’ve gone someplace unique! Believe it or not, I found out the Today Show had invited me to to record my house tour just a few days in advance, and so we turned around this spot in just THREE days! There was literally no pool table at the time, (although it had already been scheduled to come on Friday, the wallpaper came on Saturday, (as well as the floor tiles!) and by Sunday we were covered in paint and glue and drinking wine to celebrate it’s completion! I recorded the final video that Monday.

Some people might not think to take a bright basement and make it dark, but that was our first instinct. Clubs are dark and moody, and we wanted this to feel like that. We painted the walls Wrought Iron by Benjamin Moore, which is a very dark gray that seems to take on different hues based on where you paint it and the light that shines on it. We painted the ceiling black. This was Thursday night! Then Friday the pool table came. The floor tiles (“Tweed Indeed” in black by Flor) hadn’t arrived until the next day, so when they did arrive I meticulously trimmed four tiles to fit around the pool table legs so it looks like they were there the whole time. I had ordered the pool table online weeks before from PoolTables.com and by sheer coincidence it was scheduled to arrive in time for me to shoot the redesign. This was the second time I have ordered a pool table from them (which was initially scary because you’re not even seeing it beforehand!) but it always arrives in perfect condition to your specific selections. I love that the felt jet black and keeps things dark and moody. In the time that has passed since this photo was taken, I’ve added more of the carpet tiles to make the carpeted floor area darker and bigger.

But once again, the wall mural steals the show in a marvelous way! This mural is called “A Priori” from Rebelwalls, and is inspired by The Allegory of Divine Providence and Barberini Power, a famous fresco by Italian artist Pietro da Cortona. Fitting, because this house is Italian in style on the outside. You can’t see it from this photo but the wallpaper runs up part of the ceiling as well. It truly gives the room a wow factor when you enter it. The lamps are from Homegoods, (we’ve since added some industrial floor lamps for extra mood lighting) and the piano was something we brought with us. The bar tables are from Amazon ($72 each) and the stools we brought with us – they were discards from someone who didn’t like their original bright colors and thought they were dated! We covered them ourselves with gray plaid fabric and they’re better than they were new!

 

So there you have it! Hope you enjoyed the rooms and find something you like!

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