-Arista Records/Legacy Recordings will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Whitney Houston’s career-establishing debut album, “Whitney Houston,” with a special CD/DVD package (“Whitney Houston – 25th Anniversary Edition,” Jan. 26). In addition to a remastered version of the original 1985 album—which spent 14 non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 on The Billboard 200—the anniversary package features five bonus tracks including Houston’s a cappella recording of “How Will I Know” and a live performance of “Greatest Love of All.”
The accompanying DVD boasts three rare TV performances (including ”You Give Good Love” from the first annual “Soul Train Awards Show” in 1987), four videos showcasing the album’s hit singles (including “You Give Good Love”) and new interviews with Houston and mentor/producer Clive Davis.
-Putumayo will issue its first album dedicated to R&B with the Feb. 9 release of “Rhythm & Blues.” The album offers a mix of R&B legends and revivalists including the Emotions, Irma Thomas, Sam Moore (of Sam & Dave), Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings and The Quantic Soul Orchestra. “Rhythm & Blues” is the
newest addition to Putumayo’s American series, which includes “American Blues,” “New Orleans” and “Zydeco.”
-Singer/songwriter and “Real Houswives of Atlanta” cast member Kandi Burruss has signed with Asylum Records through her label, Kandi Koated Entertainment. Slated for release this spring, Burruss’ yet-untitled first album will feature production by Jazze Pha and Drumma Boy, among others, as well as guest cameos by labelmate Gucci Mane, Rick Ross, Rasheeda and Tameka “Tiny” Cottle. Both Cottle and Burruss were members of former So So Def girl group Xscape (1995’s “Who Can I Run To?”). After the group disbanded,
Burruss went on to write TLC’s Grammy Award-winning “No Scrubs” and the No. 1 Destiny’s Child hit, “Bills, Bills, Bills.”
-Mary J. Blige, Robin Thicke, John Legend, Melanie Fiona, Joe Sample and Cassandra Wilson are among performers lined up for this year’s Jazz in the Gardens festival (March 20-21 in Miami Gardens, Florida). DJing the festival this year will be songwriter/producer Bryan-Michael Cox.