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New Whitney Houston Song 'Higher Love' Released

The track was recorded in 1991, at the height of the late singer's career, and has been remixed by popular Norwegian DJ Kygo.

Whitney Houston recorded her version of Steve Winwood's hit "Higher Love" in the studio one year after performing it live at a concert in Tokyo, Japan.

Houston's career mentor, music mogul Clive Davis, has said the track was supposed to feature on the singer's third album, 1990's I'm Your Baby Tonight.

Davis announced the song's release on Twitter, alongside monochrome cover art depicting the artist and the Norwegian DJ enlisted to remix the song, Kygo.

DJ Kygo posted a lyric video of the song featuring Houston's performance to his Instagram, writing: "Hope you guys love this one as much as I do."

"Higher Love" was originally released by English singer Winwood in 1986, reaching number 13 on the UK charts and number one in the U.S.

“When [producer] Narada Michael Walden sent me ‘Higher Love’ with the Whitney vocal, we didn’t want her being a cover artist at that time,” Davis told Rolling Stone.

“I was honored when the Whitney Houston estate reached out and presented me with the opportunity to work with one of the greatest female vocalists of all time,” Kygo -- who has worked with Rita Ora and Selena Gomez -- said in a statement.

“I reworked the song from scratch and am really happy with how it turned out.”

In addition to "Higher Love", a posthumous album filled with previously unreleased cuts from her debut album in the mid-1980s is in the works.

But a concert tour featuring the singer's hologram has "taken precedence over everything," her sister-in-law and estate executor, Pat Houston, has said.

The 3D hologram, which is reportedly under development, will be backed by Houston's original band and backup singers, including her brother Gary.

There are also plans for a Broadway musical based and a Las Vegas show.

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A coroner ruled that Houston accidentally drowned in her hotel bathtub in 2012, and drugs including cocaine and Xanax were later found in her system.

She has been the subject of a recent spate of documentaries, including the authorised Whitney and Nick Broomfield's Whitney: Can I Be Me.

The singer is the only artist to chart seven consecutive number one Billboard hits, and has sold an estimated 200 million records worldwide.

She was cited by the Guinness World Records in 2009 as the most awarded female act of all time.

Contact the author samelie@networkten.com.au