Whitney Houston

Bobby Brown Is, Unsurprisingly, the Romantic Hero of Lifetime’s Infuriating ‘Whitney’

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It’s peculiar that Lifetime once branded itself as “television for women” when its programs, particularly its celebrity biopics, are only concerned with the men in their subjects’ lives. Brittany Murphy, Aaliyah, and Whitney Houston were all immensely talented women whose lives were ripe with interesting tales and themes that could be explored on screen, yet Lifetime’s biopics tend to focus not on their work or struggles but on their romantic relationships. The most egregious example is last year’s Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B, which largely ignored Aaliyah’s musical accomplishments in favor of tackling her “love story” with R. Kelly, and then with Damon Dash, even ending with an emphasis on Dash rather than on Aaliyah’s death. Lifetime’s latest entry in its “male-dominated biopics about women” genre is Whitney, which premieres tomorrow night and unfortunately — though certainly not unsurprisingly — follows the same infuriating and disrespectful format as the network’s previous movies about iconic women.
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10 of the Worst Key Changes in Music

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The key change is like pretty much any other musical trope: if it’s used well, it can be an effective and inventive way to signal a shift in the mood or tone of a song; if it’s used badly, it can be a godawful cliché that makes your ears hurt and your heart fill with existential despair. We may get around to looking at the former in due course, but for now, it’s more fun to look at the latter — so here are ten of the poorest key changes in music, ranked from the worst to the absolute worst.
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