Whitney Houston fans still mourning the iconic singer’s passing may get a chance to see their idol in concert once again.
In a New York Times interview Monday, Houston’s estate announced plans for a hologram tour and a posthumous new album, among other potential projects, stemming from the estate’s new deal with the music and marketing company Primary Wave Music Publishing.
Houston was found dead Feb. 11, 2012, in a hotel bathtub in Beverly Hills, just hours before music stars began to gather at the hotel for the annual Clive Davis pre-Grammy party.
“Before she passed, there was so much negativity around the name; it wasn’t about the music anymore,” said Pat Houston, the executor of Whitney Houston’s estate and the late star’s sister-in-law and former manager. “People had forgotten how great she was. They let all the personal things about her life outweigh why they fell in love with her in the first place.”
The Whitney hologram is already in development, according to the Times story, and the tour would also feature her original band and backup singers, including Gary Houston, her brother and Pat Houston’s husband, along with songs like “I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)” and “The Greatest Love of All.”
“The hologram has taken precedence over everything,” Pat Houston added.
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Houston’s estate is also planning a new album, which would likely feature unused tracks from her 1985 self-titled debut, with other potential projects with Primary Wave including a Broadway musical and a Vegas-style showcase.
Larry Mestel, Primary Wave’s founder, said the company would be mindful not to use Houston’s image in any commercials or appearances that would not be true to her.
“For Whitney Houston, who had an elegant voice and an elegant way about her, we wouldn’t do a fast-food brand relationship, for example,” he said.
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