Whitney Houston's 'Celebrate' Released Monday

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"Celebrate" was recorded for the upcoming film Sparkle. The duet by Whitney Houston and Jordan Sparks debuted on Ryan Seacrest's radio show.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And today's last word in business is: a last song.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "CELEBRATE")

WHITNEY HOUSTON AND JORDIN SPARKS: (Singing) Everybody's been so uptight, and forgetting to live the life.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This final recording by the 1980s and '90s pop star, Whitney Houston, was released yesterday. "Celebrate" debuted on Ryan Seacrest's radio show.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "CELEBRATE")

SPARKS: (Singing) Yeah. Come on and celebrate. Come on, yeah, now. Come on and celebrate. That's what I want. I wanna celebrate, because it's all right.

INSKEEP: It's a duet between Houston and "American Idol" winner Jordin Sparks. "Celebrate" was recorded for the upcoming film "Sparkle."

MONTAGNE: Houston stars as Sparks' mother, in this remake of a 1976 movie, which was inspired by the career of the Motown band The Supremes. But the film also treads territory that echoes Houston's own life: an upbringing steeped in faith, a meteoric rise to fame, and coping with domestic violence.

INSKEEP: "Sparkle" will be released in August - just six months after Houston passed away at the age of 48 years old.

And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

MONTAGNE: And I'm Renee Montagne.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG "CELEBRATE")

SPARKS: (Singing) Come on and celebrate. Come on, yeah, come on. Come on and celebrate. Is what I want. I want to celebrate.

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