Add another item to the list of Aretha Franklin's accomplishments during her current comeback. The diva has reached No. 1 with the dance remix of her “Rolling in the Deep” cover, scoring her first chart-topper in 16 years in that format.
Billboard reports that Franklin's rendition of the Adele tune jumped from No. 2 to No. 1 this week, becoming her first No. 1 dance track since “Here We Go Again” in 1998. While it may sound unusual for a 72 year old to top the dance chart, veteran pop divas typically do quite well in the dance arena. Cher and Yoko Ono have both topped the chart in the past year, and Aretha herself has now scored six No. 1 dance hits, starting with “Freeway of Love” in 1985.
“Rolling in the Deep” is the lead single from Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, a covers album orchestrated by legendary record exec Clive Davis. The record, Franklin's highest-charting album in nearly 20 years, features remakes of “Midnight Train to Georgia,” “I Will Survive,” and “Nothing Compares 2 U.”
The new album led to a mini-publicity tour that took Franklin to “The Late Show With David Letterman” and a series of media interviews. She told the “Today” show she was honored to remake Adele's popular hit. “I love the song,” Franklin said. “She's a terrific artist and a wonderful writer.”
“Rolling in the Deep (The Aretha Version)” also cracked the Top 50 on the R&B chart, making Franklin the first woman in history to record 100 hits on that chart. Among all artists, she trails Jay-Z, Lil Wayne and James Brown for most R&B hits.
Franklin told Rolling Stone she keeps up with current music and listed Ariana Grande as one of her favorite new singers, but Aretha doesn't feel the same way about Taylor Swift. When asked what she thinks about Swift, Franklin supplied a thinly-veiled diss by refusing to comment on Swift's music, instead saying, “I love her gowns.”
Franklin remains fairly busy on the road these days. She has a handful of concert dates booked already for 2015. Her live shows tend to be well-received, since they feature hits from across her entire career. Stay tuned to AXS.com for the latest Aretha Franklin news and tour information.