The legendary Detroit recording artist, Aretha Franklin, has been labeled as a lot of things: The Queen of Soul, Motown Goddess, and Lady Soul, but she's also been well-known over the years for being one thing in particular.
A diva. And we say that with the utmost affection.
So it comes as great news to fans in the Detroit area and across the country that the 72-year-old songstress will releasing an entire album of new material on Sept. 30 that has been known thus far and rumored to be a "diva covers album." This week, the name of the new album was released and likely please many of her adoring fans: Aretha Franklin Sings Songs of the Great Divas.
The record is set for release just before the Grammy Awards deadline in October and will be mixed and promoted by well-known and respected record producers Clive Davis and Babyface (with reported involvement from Outkast's Andre 3000). The album was recorded close to Franklin's longtime home in the Detroit area in Studia A in Dearborn, Michigan.
Among the many diva hits that Aretha will add her own spin to are: Whitney Houston’s (and Chaka Khan’s) “I’m Every Woman,” Gladys Knight’s “Midnight Train to Georgia,” Etta James’ “At Last,” Barbra Streisand’s “People,” Alicia Keys’ “No One,” and the veritable favorite “Teach Me Tonight” (Janet Brace, Dinah Washington, Ella Fitzgerald, Natalie Cole, Amy Winehouse, popularized by Phoebe Snow).
Throughout this week before the release, Aretha Franklin will be promoting the album on a major media circuit that will include a performance on David Letterman's "The Late Show" on Sept. 29 where she will perform a cover of Adele's popular song, "Rolling in Deep." After the release, Franklin will also perform on "The Today Show" on Oct. 3.
The release of the album will be available as digital only on Sept. 30, with physical copies of the recorded to be released shortly thereafter. In order to qualify for the Grammys, it was imperative that Franklin and the producers completed and made the CD available as soon as possible.
Franklin had a string of No. 1 R&B hits throughout the 1960s including the longtime classics "Respect" (1967), "Chain of Fools" (1967), and "Think" (1968). She continued to record No. 1 songs throughout the '70s and '80s, with her last top R&B hit being "Freeway of Love" in 1985. In 1987, Aretha Franklin was the first female performer to ever be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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