“I Will Survive” Billboard Article (2/17/96)

THE DIANA ROSS PROJECT

U.S. MUST WAIT FOR DIANA ROSS CLIP read a headline in the February 17, 1996 issue ofBillboardmagazine, and the accompanying article provides a telling insight into the obstacles facing Diana Ross in the 1990s.

Diana Ross I Will Survive Article 2-17-96The “clip” being referred to is the music video for “I Will Survive,” a song from Diana’s 1995 albumTake Me Higher. Miss Ross shot the video in West Hollywood, dancing on a gay pride parade float with drag superstar RuPaul and a bevy of Ross impersonators and fans; she even famously crowd dives at the end, something I’ve heard she decided to do on the spot. The video was daring enough that it began to gain attention in the media, as noted in the Billboard article; Ross also startedpromoting the song, performing it on the Super Bowl halftime show and in a hilarious and well-received skit on “The Tonight Show with Jay…

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