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Whitney Houston song officially released for first time

A NEW Whitney Houston song recorded at the peak of the singer’s career has been released.

Houston recorded a version of Steve Winwood’s Higher Love in 1991 after performing it live at a concert in Tokyo the previous year.

It was originally intended to feature on Houston’s third album, I’m Your Baby Tonight, according to Clive Davis, the music executive who guided her career.

Davis, who helped Houston become one of the biggest pop stars of the 1980s and 90s, announced the song’s release on Twitter.

Norwegian DJ Kygo remixed the song, calling the single ‘special’ in a post on Instagram.

Higher Love was released by English singer Winwood in 1996, reaching number 13 in the UK charts and number one in the US.

Earlier this year, Houston’s estate announced plans for a hologram tour, with dates to be released soon.

At her peak, Houston was considered one of the greatest singers ever, thanks to hits including How Will I Know, I Will Always Love You and I Have Nothing.

However, at the time of her death in 2012 at the age of 48, her reputation had been marred by years of drug abuse.

She was found dead in a hotel bathtub in Beverly Hills and a coroner found cocaine had been a contributing factor.