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Aretha Franklin

Aretha Franklin


Famous as :

Soul and R&B singer

Birth Name :

Aretha Louise Franklin

Birth Date :

March 25, 1942

Birth Place :

Memphis, Tennessee

Spouse :

Ted White (1962 - 1969), Glynn Turman (actor, 11-Apr-78 - 1984)

Claim to fame :

Single "Respect" from album "I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You" (1967)

Latest News

Aretha Franklin to Perform and Mentor on 'American Idol' Detroit Live Shows

February 27, 2015 05:58:07 GMT

is heading to "" as both performer and guest mentor. The so-called Queen of Soul has been tapped to join the show's live Motown-themed episodes in Detroit next week, representatives for Fox have confirmed. It was not mentioned though what song(s) she would be performing.

Taylor Swift Among Billboard Women in Music Awards 2014 Honorees

December 06, 2014 00:23:30 GMT

The 2014 is another year for . For the second time, music magazine Billboard has named the country singer Woman of the Year on its latest edition which covers the "Women in Music" issue.

Aretha Franklin Throws Shade at Taylor Swift and Nicki Minaj

November 10, 2014 08:39:27 GMT

It seems like is not a fan of and . During an interview with Wall Street Journal to discuss her new album, "", the veteran singer shared her opinion about younger divas.

Aretha Franklin Covers Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep' for Upcoming 'Great Diva Classics' Album

September 30, 2014 03:00:05 GMT

released her cover of "Rolling in the Deep" on Monday, September 29. The superstar's version of 's monstrous hit single serves as the first offering from her upcoming covers album which is scheduled to arrive next month.

Aretha Franklin Opens Up About Restaurant Incident

July 28, 2014 03:13:49 GMT

recently stormed out of a restaurant following disrespectful behavior from a staffer. The incident took place at a Johnny Rockets restaurant in Niagara Falls, Ontario following a show in Lewiston, N.Y. After the concert, Franklin went to her favorite eatery and ordered a hamburger as well as a cherry coke to go, and took a seat while waiting for her order.

Aretha Franklin Works With Andre 3000 and Babyface for New Tracks

March 24, 2014 04:17:10 GMT

, who will turn 72 in the next few days, shows no sign of slowing down. Instead, she's planning to work on her new music with hip-hop artist Andre 3000 a.k.a. and singer/songwriter , Billboard reports.

Aretha Franklin Cancels Detroit Show Due to Ongoing Treatment

July 13, 2013 03:46:29 GMT

Citing her ongoing treatment as the reason, legendary diva has canceled her forthcoming show in her hometown of Detroit on July 27 at the DTE Energy Music Theatre. The 71-year-old singer has finally decided to call off the performance after first postponing it from its original schedule of June 22.

Aretha Franklin Doesn't Like the Idea of Kim Kardashian's Baby Joining Tour

May 18, 2013 04:54:57 GMT

apparently is concerned about and 's baby. A TMZ photographer, who met Franklin during her outing in New York, told her about the couple's alleged plan to bring their baby on West's tour and asked if she would do the same.

Aretha Franklin Calls Off Chicago and Connecticut Shows Under Doctor's Orders

May 14, 2013 02:40:41 GMT

Legendary diva has been forced to cancel her forthcoming shows in Chicago and Connecticut later this month under her doctor's recommendation for her to undergo treatment. The 71-year-old singer's treatment, although it wasn't specified as to what kind or type, apparently needs to be done in the next couple of weeks, prompting her upcoming live performances to be called off.

Anderson Cooper and Aretha Franklin Defend Beyonce's Lip-Sync at Obama Inauguration

January 24, 2013 06:41:00 GMT

In the midst of all the brouhaha following 's lip-synced performance at the Obama inauguration, CNN anchor offered his two cents worth on the issue via "The Ridiculist" segment on his CNN show "Anderson Cooper 360". The well-respected journalist snapped back with "so what?!" adding, "It's Beyonce's world and we're all just living in it."

Comic-Con 2012: First Promo for 'Da Vinci's Demons' Says History Is a Lie

July 16, 2012 08:06:44 GMT

At the San Diego Comic-Con, Starz debuted the first teaser for its upcoming series "". It has no footage from the show, but features cryptic message which hints at the major plotline. "History is a lie that has been honed like a weapon by people who have suppressed the truth," a voiceover says. "Centuries from now your own history will also be suppressed."

Aretha Franklin Wants to Judge 'American Idol' With Patti LaBelle

July 16, 2012 07:24:30 GMT

has offered herself to be a new judge on "", various news outlets reported. According to CNN and TMZ, the "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" singer herself has confirmed it as she sent an email saying, "Yes, I am interested as a judge," in reply to a question about her possible involvement in the singing competition.

Aretha Franklin Headlines Last Day of Essence Music Festival 2012

July 09, 2012 07:01:27 GMT

Sunday, July 8, marked the last night of the Essence Music Festval for this year. The main stage had some heavy hitting performers including . In addition to helping close the music festivity, the soul icon was given "The Power Award" during her performance.

Aretha Franklin Announces New Album With Clive Davis

March 25, 2012 17:30:53 GMT

celebrated her 70th birthday by announcing that she is working on a new album. Not only that, she revealed that her musical mentor Clive Davis would be on hand to give her album a boost.

Aretha Franklin NOT Axing Her Gig at Whitney Houston's Funeral Due to Feud With Cissy

February 23, 2012 04:48:05 GMT

denies rumors that she called off her performance at 's funeral because there's bad blood between her and her goddaughter's mother, Cissy. Calling the report BS, she insists, "Cissy Houston and I have been longtime friends for almost 50 years."

Aretha Franklin Pulls Out of Whitney Houston's Funeral Last Minute

February 18, 2012 17:39:35 GMT

is no longer in plan to attend 's funeral. The late singer's godmother was expected to sing at the Saturday, February 18 service at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey but she was struck with a bout of illness, her representative confirmed.

Godmother Aretha Franklin to Perform at Whitney Houston's Funeral

February 16, 2012 04:36:24 GMT

reportedly will not only attend the funeral of her goddaughter but she will also sing in a tribute performance. According to ET, it was Clive Davis who personally asked the "Respect" hitmaker to do the tribute performance.

Melanie Amaro Samples Aretha Franklin in New Song 'Respect'

February 03, 2012 07:35:36 GMT

has released a new song called "Respect". The singer, who found her fame after winning the inaugural season of "", samples 's classic of the same title, and revamps the soulful ballad into a disco jam.

Aretha Franklin Calls Off Summer Wedding After Just Three Weeks of Engagement

January 24, 2012 01:10:04 GMT

will not be walking down the aisle anytime soon. Just three weeks after announcing that she has gotten engaged to longtime friend William "Willie" Wilkerson, the "Respect" hitmaker revealed on Monday, January 23 that she and her fiance have decided to call off their wedding.

Aretha Franklin, Beyonce Knowles and Many More Mourn the Loss of Etta James

January 21, 2012 01:25:54 GMT

Shortly after news of 's passing broke out, condolences began to pour in. All kinds of celebrities from music's big names to TV stars took to Twitter and other media to remember the life and legacy of the R&B icon. Among those were singers , and .

Engaged Aretha Franklin Looks to Having Summer Wedding

January 03, 2012 01:53:52 GMT

At the age of 69 years old, is ready to tie the knot for the third time. The "Respect" singer, who has won 18 Grammys throughout her career, has become engaged to longtime friend William "Willie" Wilkerson, and is looking to making it official in the summer of 2012.

Aretha Franklin Taps Little Known Star to Play in Her Biopic

April 28, 2011 21:08:00 GMT

The legendary singer has got her eye on Patina Miller, the star of 's musical "Sister Act", for the role of the young Aretha - among others.

Aretha Franklin Plans a Cookbook

April 28, 2011 18:12:01 GMT

The soul legend, who recently shed 85 pounds (38.5 kilograms) during a massive health overhaul, reveals she's negotiating a deal to share some of her favourite recipes with fans.

Aretha Franklin Wants Role on Broadway

April 20, 2011 18:08:00 GMT

The Queen of Soul, has spent the past few months recovering from a mystery illness which forced her to cancel a string of end-of-year concerts to undergo surgery in December.

Aretha Franklin Laughs Off Gastric Surgery Rumor

March 12, 2011 05:54:35 GMT

Legendary singer has laughed off reports she underwent gastric bypass surgery in December 2010, insisting the rumors about her mystery operation are "crazy". The Queen of Soul has refused to divulge details about the health crisis which saw her hospitalized in 2010, forcing her to axe a series of concerts.

Aretha Franklin Lost 85 Pounds After Taking Strict Diet

March 03, 2011 06:17:14 GMT

Legendary singer was so disgusted with her weight gain she took on a strict diet in 2010 and lost 85 pounds (38.5 kilograms). The "Respect" hitmaker showed off a noticeably slimmer figure when she appeared via video link at last month's Grammy Awards, two months after undergoing surgery to fix a mystery health problem.

Aretha Franklin: An Excruciating Pain Brought Me to Knees

March 02, 2011 06:28:51 GMT

knew something was seriously wrong with her health after suffering a pain so bad, it almost brought her to her knees. The Queen of Soul sparked fears for her well being when a mystery illness prompted her to scrap a series of end-of-year shows in 2010.

Rebecca Romijn Gave Tribute to Dead Producer Pal

February 22, 2011 07:17:43 GMT

Actress has been left "devastated" by the loss of her producer pal Perry Moore, who was found dead in his New York apartment last week. An initial autopsy to determine the filmmaker's cause of death proved inconclusive, although reports suggest the 39 year old died from an accidental overdose of painkiller OxyContin, according to the New York Daily News.

Steven Tyler Puts Engagement Rumor to Rest

February 22, 2011 07:10:55 GMT

Rocker has laughed off reports he's engaged to wed his girlfriend Erin Brady, insisting there's no truth to the rumors. The frontman and new "" judge was alleged to have proposed to his lover of five years earlier this month, but Tyler has brushed off the claims.

Jewel Kilcher Is Working on Songs for Unborn Baby

February 22, 2011 06:46:52 GMT

Pregnant singer is drawing inspiration from her impending motherhood - she's writing an album for her unborn son.

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