Coming off the heels of Jordin Sparks's "I Will Always Love You" cover is "Celebrate," the final track from Whitney Houston.

The song isn't the soulful ballad we're used to from Houston. Sparks, who duets with Whitney on the track, takes the higher notes, leaving Houston to sing the jazzier background. The song was recorded for their upcoming film -- and Whitney's final on-screen appearance -- "Sparkle."

Before her tragic death in February, Whitney's career was on the road to recovery: she had a new film on the way and there was talk of a sequel to the 1995 hit, "Waiting to Exhale."

In "Sparkle" -- the remake of the 1976 hit -- Houston plays the matriarch of three girls who form a popular Motown group in the 1960s. It marks her first big-screen role since 1996's "The Preacher's Wife."

Director Salim Akil revealed his own thoughts on the late singer's performance in the June issue of Vanity Fair. "Nobody is going to be able to say anything more profound than what Whitney says herself on that screen...Her performance is consistent with the gifts that she gave us consistently."

"Sparkle" hits theaters August 17.

[via Vulture]

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