Multichannel retailer HSN today announced plans for a special primetime homage to the late superstar and music legend, Whitney Houston. HSN Live Presents Whitney Houston's Greatest Hits will premiere on November 5 at 11 p.m. (ET) on HSN, HSN.com and via HSN Mobile. Music industry powerhouse and trusted friend and adviser, Clive Davis will appear on HSN to give his first network interview regarding Whitney since her passing in February. Through his compelling stories and unique insight, HSN will celebrate the life and talent of this amazing artist.
The special event will also feature an in-depth interview with legendary producer David Foster as he recalls working with Houston on numerous blockbuster hits including: I Will Always Love You, I Have Nothing and Run To You, among others. HSN will pay tribute to Houston with songs, music videos, and photographs, as well as television and film clips.
"We are honored to have the opportunity to celebrate the work of one of the most legendary singers of our time, Whitney Houston," said Andy Sheldon, EVP of Television, Live Events and Creative for HSN. "HSN's core is about storytelling and we look forward to telling the story of Whitney Houston's amazing life and career like no one else can. In partnership with RCA Records, we are able to provide her fans a unique way to remember the superstar."
The HSN Live special includes the premiere of Whitney Houston's greatest hits compilation, I Will Always Love You: The Best of Whitney Houston, produced by Clive Davis. The exclusive 2-disc bundle features Houston's Grammy Award(R)-winning hits that transcend generations, including You Give Good Love, Saving All My Love For You, How Will I Know, I'm Every Woman, Greatest Love Of All, I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me), So Emotional, I'm Your Baby Tonight, I Will Always Love You and My Love Is Your Love, among many others. The greatest hits collection also includes the never heard before tracks, I Look To You, with R. Kelly andNever Give Up, written by Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox and Johnta Austin.
HSN customers will also receive an exclusive 5 track bonus duets CD that features songs such as Hold Me a duet with Teddy Pendergrass, If You Say My Eyes Are Beautiful with Jermaine Jackson, I Know Him So Well with Whitney's mother, Cissy Houston, It Isn't, It Wasn't, It Ain't Never Gonna Be a duet with Whitney's Godmother, Aretha Franklin, and Count On Me with CeCe Winans.
"We are thrilled to partner once again with HSN on what we know will be a heartfelt and moving tribute to the incomparable Whitney Houston," said Tom Corson, President and COO of RCA Records. "HSN continues to be an innovative leader in today's retail industry and will give voice to one of the world's most beloved artists."
Since her 1985 self-titled debut, Whitney Houston has built an illustrious career that has generated over 170 million combined worldwide sales of albums, singles and videos. Cited by the Guinness Book of World Records as music's "most awarded female artist of all time," with an unsurpassed tally of 411 awards, inclusive of 6 Grammy Awards, 2 Emmy Awards, 23 American Music Awards and 16 Billboard Music Awards. Houston remains a singular force in music today.
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