R&B fans may remember that Clizbeats featured artist, Robin Thicke paid tribute to the late great Whitney Houston back February. At that time Robin took to his Twitter account to re-release his cover version of Whitney’s 1995 hit, “Exhale (Shoop)”, from the Waiting To Exhale Soundtrack. Well now Robin has recently released a tribute video for the song as well . The video that Geffen Records uploaded to VEVO on May 31st shows Robin walking in the streets of downtown Los Angeles singing to the soundtrack of his stripped down jazz version of the Whitney tune. In certain key scenes Robin can be seen walking by LA’s Palace Theatre, in those scenes. The theater’s marquee would also read the words “Goodbye Whitney Houston We Miss You.” Robin and his team must have filmed the very intimately styled black and white video at the time of her memorial in Los Angeles. Robin can be seen walking past fans in mourning on the streets/ He also is seen in other scenes playing the song on his keyboard for a crowd gathered around to share in the performance of the song. Ever since Robin re-released his version of the song, his cover has been viewed by many as important footnote in the song’s history. Robin’s re-arrangement of the song made it a fitting tribute full of reflection and sadness.
Robin’s version of the song was first recorded during the original sessions for Robin’s platinum album, The Evolution Of Robin Thicke. Robin’s version became known as a viral hit in 2006 in the early days of YouTube. Video and audio of him playing the song on what has become known as “The House DVD” surfaced online. Robin’s studio version of the track that was re-released in February, complete with background vocals was never released until now. When Robin uploaded it to Mediafire for free download, the version he gave out was an MP4 that had the album information listed as “The Evolution of R.T.” Robin said the following in his tribute tweet
“This is my tribute to the great Whitney Houston. Sending my prayers to her family.” The song is now officially on sale from Star Trak/Geffen/Interscope Records on ITunes and other digital outlets
Whitney’s version from the Waiting To Exhale film and soundtrack (A movie she also starred in) was a huge R&B hit. The Babyface written and produced song made history. I It became the third single to debut on top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart in Billboard‘s history at the time. It was Houston’s eleventh number one single. It was later certified platinum. The soundtrack became known as a landmark release for 90s R&B female musicians. Whitney contributed three songs (“Exhale (Shoop)”, “Why Does It Hurt So Bad”, and “Count On Me” with Cece Winans) The soundtrack also featured hit singles from the likes of Brandy, Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, TLC and others. The Waiting To Exhale Soundtrack sold over 7 million copies. It stayed on the Billboard 200 for a total of 49 weeks and 70 weeks, on the Top R&B Albums chart. Take a look at Robin’s new video for his version of Whitney tribute below.
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From Waiting To Exhale Soundtrack