Dolly parton has disclosed that it invested royalties from a Whitney houston song in a local black neighborhood in Nashville.
During a recent appearance on Watch What Happens Live With Andy CohenParton told host Andy Cohen that he used the copyright to Houston’s rendition of his song ‘I Will Always Love You’ to buy a “mall” in the city of Tennessee.
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“I bought my big office complex in Nashville. So I thought, ‘Well, this is a wonderful place to be,'” Parton told Cohen. “I bought a property in what was the black area of the city, and it was mostly just black families and people who lived there. It was off the beaten track of 16th Avenue and I thought, ‘Well, I’m going to buy this place. – the whole mall ‘”.
“And I thought this is the perfect place for me, considering it was Whitney, so I thought, ‘This is great, I’m going to be here with his people, who are also my people.’ “she added.
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“I love the fact that I spent that money on a complex and I think, ‘This is the house that Whitney built.’
Parton wrote the song in 1972, but it didn’t become a worldwide hit until the Houston version for The bodyguard it was released 20 years later. According to ForbesParton earned $ 10 million (approximately $ 13.6 million) in royalties for the track.
The Houston version topped the Billboard charts for 14 weeks, while The bodyguard The soundtrack won Album of the Year at the 1993 Grammy Awards. Hollywood reporter, the album was the best-selling movie soundtrack of all time, as of 2019.
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In an interview with Oprah Winfrey Last year, Parton said she nearly crashed her car when she first heard Houston’s version because she was so overwhelmed.
“I was shot so full of adrenaline and energy that I had to get ahead, because I was afraid that I would sink, so I stopped as fast as I could to listen to the whole song,” she recalled during an episode of Oprah’s conversation on Apple TV +. “I couldn’t believe how he did that. I mean, how beautiful it was that my little song had turned into that, so that was something very important.”
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