11:20am PT by Rebecca Ford
Whitney Houston, Jordin Sparks' Music Video for 'Celebrate' Debuts (Video)
The music video for what is being labeled as Whitney Houston’s final recording has debuted.
While the main part of the video for “Celebrate” – Houston and Jordin Sparks’ collaboration off the soundtrack for upcoming film Sparkle, was shot after Houston’s death, the late singer still appears in the video in footage from the film.
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"We planned on it being Whitney and me, but she's not here, so we wanted to make it a tribute to her," Sparks told BET.
The video shows Sparks in her apartment, as guests begin to arrive for a party. It’s a very positive and uplifting video, with Sparks and her on-screen friends enjoying an evening together. Footage from Sparkle, mainly focusing on Houston, is spliced in throughout the clip.
In one shot, Sparks wears a Whitney Houston T-shirt in a special ode to the late singer. The final shot of the music video is an image of Houston from the film.
"Celebrate," produced by R. Kelly, is the first of two singles off the Sparkle soundtrack. The other will be Houston’s gospel number, “His Eye is on the Sparrow."
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In Sparkle, due Aug. 17, Houston plays the mother of three aspiring singers (Sparks, Carmen Ejogo and Tika Sumpter). The remake of the 1976 film of the same name also stars Mike Epps, Omari Hardwick and Cee Lo Green. The project was Houston’s fifth movie role, before her death on February 11 in Los Angeles.
The motion picture soundtrack for Sparkle will be released on July 31 via RCA records. The film's 13-track soundtrack includes the final recorded performances from Houston. The album will also feature songs from the original film including “I’m a Man,” “Hooked on Your Love,” “Look Into Your Heart,” among others.
Watch the music video for "Celebrate" below.