Whitney Houston & Jordan Sparks “Celebrate”, New Music From Sigur Rós, And More!

Brace yourselves, people. What you’re about to hear is likely Whitney Houston’s final recording. Ryan Seacrest debuted the track, a duet with Jordin Sparks, via his radio show on Monday. “Celebrate” comes from the soundtrack to Houston and Sparks’ remake of Sparkle, due in theaters this August, and was written by R. Kelly. It’s got a funky, disco vibe, and if Sparks’ voice is silk, Whitney’s is velvet: deeper, softer, throatier. It carries the weight of the late singer life, her highs and lows, enveloping and grounding the song, while Sparks’ vocals soar.

With Mother’s Day and all its clingy, Oedopal angst safely behind us for another year, we’re ready to turn our attention to our considerable daddy issues, just in time for Father’s Day. Neo-girl group Cudzoo & The Faggettes obviously know how we feel. “My dad missed my formative years / Now I find comfort in the arms of queers,” they sing on their latest single, appropriately titled “Daddy Issues.” Of course, while these ladies work out their Electra complexes via catchy, campy songs, we’re far more likely to find comfort in the arms of a big, bearded dude twice our age.

With their new video for “Ég anda,” the first single from the band’s upcoming album Valtari, Sigur Rós launches some sort of “mystery film experiment. Twelve directors, including John Cameron Mitchell and photographer Ryan McGuinley, will bring the album’s tracks to life with no input from the band whatsoever. For the characteristically ethereal “Ég anda,” Ragnar Kjartansson offers up a lesson in the Heimlich Maneuver—which, given that Sigur Rós’s music often leaves us a bit choked up, could come in handy!

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