New Whitney Houston Song — A Collab With Akon — Hits The ‘Net

Mid-tempo track is called 'Like I Never Left.'

Whitney Houston wants you to love her like she never left — at least that’s what the Grammy-winning and controversy-laden songstress sings on “Like I Never Left,” a new song that has found its way to the Internet. On Sunday, the song hit YouTube and was quickly picked up by the blogosphere, where fans seemed excited to have Whitney singing again.

The track, a three-minute-plus, mid-tempo love song that features Akon, also includes a lyric that says, “Yes, your girl is coming back.”

Indeed, it’s been awhile since fans have heard any new music from Houston. The singer hasn’t released any new material since 2003′s One Wish: The Holiday Album.

Akon talked to MTV News about working with Houston back in September. “She’s the truth. She’s undeniable,” he said. “She’s got so much to think about, sing about. This album is going to be one of the biggest albums she decided to put out. She has so much energy, so much happiness and sadness to incorporate into the album.

“Her voice is strong enough to deliver any message she wants to sing to the world. It’s outta here,” he added.

The past few years have been action-packed for Houston. She’s been on “Being Bobby Brown,” battled drugs and gotten divorced , among other events — but now it seems she’s trying to revive her music career.

There’s no video to go with the song yet, and no word on whether this will be the first single from her forthcoming LP.

Whitney’s sixth album is expected to drop this fall.