Whitney Houston’s clean image ended when she hooked up with Bobby Brown. The two met in 1989 and married three years later. Houston filed divorce papers in 2006 amid a rocky relationship filled with infidelity, drugs and alcohol.
However, it wasn’t always bad for the multi-talented singer. In fact, it was actually very good. The golden voice of the 1980s and 1990s resulted in more than 170 million albums and singles sold. Houston also found success as an actress, with acclaimed roles in “The Bodyguard,” “Waiting to Exhale,” and “The Preacher’s Wife.”
The Second Whitney Houston:
In terms of vocal prowess, there would never be another Whitney Houston. That was until a Disney alumnus named Christina Aguilera dropped her self-titled debut album in 1999. With Houston’s marriage troubles, America embraced this 19-year-old vocal sensation.
Aguilera instantly had Houston-like success, with three number one singles in “Genie in a Bottle,” “What a Girl Wants,” and “Come On Over Baby (All I Want Is You).” She was on the fast track to replace Houston as the voice of her generation.
Aguilera also delved into acting, cementing her legacy as a multi-talented performer. The singer lent her voice to “Shark Tale” and then ventured into the limelight in the show, “Entourage,” and film, “Burlesque.”
Although both Whitney Houston and Christina Aguilera shared similar successes, they also shared similar disappointments.
Like Houston’s personal life, Aguilera’s saw struggle as well. However, unlike Houston whereas her struggles began when she met Brown, Aguilera found her life beginning to spiral when she separated from her husband, Jordan Bratman.
Aguilera quickly became a train wreck when semi-nude photos were leaked to the Internet, which was followed by an arrest for public intoxication.
All About Timing:
Another difference between the two singers was the time each stormed onto the music scene. Houston arrived a lone gunwoman, with virtually no competition.
Aguilera arrived with another Disney alumnus, Britney Spears. Spears’ debut album dropped the same year as Aguilera’s, with “…Baby One More Time,” garnering two number one hits. The two pop sensations were often compared vocally, with critics heavily favoring Aguilera. The dust was finally settled in 2000 when Aguilera beat out Spears for the Grammy Award for Best New Artist.
Houston has since redeemed herself with the album, “I Look To You,” which sold more than 300,000 copies its first week. Aguilera, on the other hand, released “Bionic” to less than moderate success. There is still time for Aguilera to redeem herself; and maybe that is what she needs – time.
Whitney Houston Official Site
Christina Aguilera Official Site