By Michael Slezak
Updated September 06, 2006 at 08:20 PM EDT
Whitney Houston: Frank Micelotta/Getty Images

Brace yourselves, people: The Whitney Houston musical comeback is nigh. Or so sayeth Clive Davis, head of J Records, who tells MTV News that he and the troubled diva have already picked out six songs that she’ll record for her next studio album. Apparently, Houston has no plans to get into the songwriting game — although I have to say, the first two minutes of this hot new remix of “I’m Not Doing This With Him Today” sounds like a hit to me — nor will she “be doing anything that her producers say could be musically groundbreaking.” Granted, that’s a pretty odd choice of words to hype an upcoming release, but then again it’s not like anyone’s expecting Whitney to experiment with techno or country or rock. (No, “Queen of the Night” doesn’t count.)

The more important question here, as far as I’m concerned, isn’t what Whitney’s going to sing, but whether or not folks will still line up to buy it. In a post-Being Bobby Brown world, Houston is kind of like the crazy lady on the subway — it’s hard to take your eyes off her, and yet, the overriding urge is to avoid eye contact and hope she moves to the next car. So riddle me this: Are you interested in hearing new Whitney Houston music? (In other words, will yoooooooooou, allll-waaays love herrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr?) Or is she her career headed for the heartbreak hotel?

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