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Kanye West paid €73k to use a photo of Whitney Houston's bathroom for an album cover

He’s at it again.

HE’S NOT ONE to do things by halves, that ol’ Kanye.

It’s been revealed that the rapper paid $85,000 (€73,700) to licence a photo of singer Whitney Houston’s drug infested bathroom for Pusha T’s new album ‘Daytona’, which he executive produced.

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Pusha revealed in an interview with Angie Martinez that the original artwork for the record was thrown away at the last minute.

One a.m., my phone rings. No caller ID. [He says,] ‘Hey, yeah, I think we should change the artwork. And I like this other artwork. And this other artwork is 85 grand’.”

“I said, ‘Hey, I don’t want to pay for that and I wasn’t even going to ask you to pay for that. We picked what we picked, it’s here, it’s ready,’” he continued, adding West told him, “‘No, this is what people need to see to go along with this music. Imma pay for that.’ I say, ‘You my man! You my man!’”

The photo dates back to 2006 during which time Houston was at the peak of her drug addiction, taken secretly by a family member in 2006. It was made public in 2012 following her death.

Houston was found dead in a bathtub at The Beverly Hilton hotel in 2012. The icon’s death was ruled an accidental drowning, with heart disease and cocaine use also to blame. In August 2012, her autopsy stated she also had marijuana, Xanax, Benadryl and other medication in her system.

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