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

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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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