From The Vault: Whitney Houston – ‘Heartbreak Hotel (ft. Faith Evans & Kelly Price)’

Published: Sunday 16th Dec 2018 by Joe

This week From The Vault celebrates the 20th anniversary of an R&B classic that has aged like a fine wine – tasting better with time.

Our pick is ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ by the legendary Whitney Houston, which features soulful songbirds Faith Evans and Kelly Price.

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Issued as the second single from Whitney’s fourth studio album ‘My Love Is Your Love,’ ‘Hotel’ was produced by Soulshock & Karlin and sees the ladies calling out a two-timing lover. The trio trade verses and harmonies, opting for smooth reflective coos rather than the belting they’re renown for. And the end result was soulfully sublime.

In the US, the track peaked at #2 where it stayed for two weeks -blocked by another diva, Cher, and her smash ‘Believe’ – and topped the Hot Hip-Hop/R&B tally for seven consecutive weeks. Meanwhile in Canada, the song charted at #12 and reached the 17th position of the British and Australian charts.

Directed by Kevin Bray, the visual for the tune features Nippy living her most lavish life – private jet, luxurious beach house, five star hotel – while contemplating the idea of terminating a grating relationship.

The video was truly on par with what the “cool kids” of the era were serving the masses, and yet still looked quintessentially “Whitney.”

And two decades later, both the song and the clip are still fresh..

Holistically, the ‘My Love Is Your Love’ era saw Whitney embrace her Urban like never before and delivered many an R&B classic. It was also warming to observe an unashamed embrace of R&B at a time when Pop and Dance were dominating in a major way.

From the unexpected yet oh-so-clever features, to the styling and video treatments, Houston and her team hit every artistic and strategic mark with the most accurate precision during the campaign.

We feel this remains the ultimate case study for what a “seasoned” diva should sound and look like. The ultimate case study.

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  1. DanYiel Iman December 16, 2018

    Wow that’s my video still!!?

  2. Bravo!!! December 16, 2018

    My s*** was “OH yes” off this album and still is till this day..

    • JOHNVIDAL December 17, 2018

      Yeeees! I loved that one. And the “It´s not right but it´s ok” dance remix was killer! Maybe the most successful song from the album worldwide.

  3. Theelusive1 on IG December 16, 2018

    Classic WHITNEY. The remixes were life

  4. JCP December 16, 2018

    I love and miss me some Whitney! I love this song, the remix in particular. I listen to it every other day! All three ladies did their thang! Shout out to Faith Evans and Kelly Price as well!

  5. B December 17, 2018

    Let me say, i am so happy to finally see here normal comments! I am enjoying reading them again!

  6. RoyalKev December 17, 2018

    MLIYL is such a fun Nippy album! Whitney looked amazing in this video! All the ladies were really sanging on this one!

  7. Cruz December 17, 2018

    Little known fact, Left Eye wrote this song.

    RIP two of the greatest ever!

    • Sandra December 17, 2018

      Nope, this song wa presented and rejected by TLC. Lisa has no songwriting credits on here that I’ve ever seen.

  8. JOHNVIDAL December 17, 2018

    Whitney also a model damn it! She truly had it all to be a global megastar EFFORTLESSLY. Not forced.

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