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Whitney Houston’s ‘Why Does It Hurt So Bad’ Single Was Released This Day In 1996


On July 22, 1996 (24 years ago today), Whitney’s song “Why Does It Hurt So Bad” was released as a single. This was Whitney’s third single from Waiting To Exhale and the seventh and final single from the soundtrack. The song had been written by Babyface a few years prior but Whitney did not want to record it at that time. By the time the film soundtrack came along, she had a change of heart. There was no official video for the song, but her iconic performance at the 1996 MTV Movie Awards has been used as a promotional clip. Billboard wrote at the time: “Paired with Babyface, Houston is positively luminous on this heartbreak ballad, performing with a perfect blend of theatrical melodrama and guttural soul.”

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