Spotify Celebrates Black History Month

February 2, 2015

In celebration of Black History Month, music streaming service Spotify will honor one iconic artist each week throughout February. Today, a week of Aretha Franklin-centric content will kick off a month that will also highlight Jimi...



10 Best Music Books of 2014

December 22, 2014

In 2014, the rock star tell-all autobiography train rolled on with Jimmy Page, Joe Perry, Carlos Santana, Mick Fleetwood, George Clinton, Paul Stanley and Billy Idol among others all getting their turn. But some of the years best books were the stories...

Album Review

Sings the Great Diva Classics

October 21, 2014

Royalties aside, one can imagine Adele's thrill at soul's grande dame covering her "Rolling in the Deep." Aretha Franklin kills it, with such awesomely casual fireworks you forgive the distracting detour into "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." Still, it...


Aretha Franklin Shares Fiery Adele Cover

September 29, 2014

Adele is one of the most acclaimed soul singers of her generation. But now she's earned major "Respect" from the all-time greatest, Aretha Franklin, who's shared her cover version of "Rolling in the Deep." Franklin gives the 2011 smash a fiery makeover,...


Aretha Franklin Stages a Low-Key Return at Radio City Music Hall

June 16, 2014

At 72, the Queen of Soul has been a royal mostly in repose, laying low over the past decade; canceled shows and reports of ill health haven't been encouraging. But with news of a major LP nearing completion, Aretha Franklin's two-night run at Radio City...


Aretha Franklin Gushes About 10 Songs She Loves

May 13, 2014

The Queen of Soul makes only one kind of playlist: songs she loves. "You couldn't cite all my favorites," she says with a laugh. "But I'll give you some of them." The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time: Aretha Franklin 1. "You Send Me" (Sam Cooke, 1957)...


Aretha Franklin Details Andre 3000 Collab

March 24, 2014

"What a party!," Aretha Franklin said Saturday night, seated on a couch in the Ritz Carlton’s appropriately-named Star Lounge, looking elegant in pearls and a sparkly lime green skirt suit. "Just tremendous. What a night!" 100 Greatest Singers:...


Aretha Franklin on Feminism, Beyoncé and Her Biopic

December 11, 2014

Listen," Aretha Franklin says to a waiter as she points at her fish sandwich. "Don't you have the smoked salmon?" She's sitting in the restaurant at New York's Ritz-Carlton on a rainy Friday afternoon, wearing a bright fur coat, hair spilling out of a...


Aretha Franklin Details Adele Cover, Previews New Songs

October 2, 2014

When it came time for Aretha Franklin to put her stamp on "Nothing Compares 2 U," the Queen of Soul reached back – past 1990, when Sinéad O’Connor recorded her landmark cover of the track, and even past 1985, when Prince wrote...


Katy Perry's Wild 'This Is How We Do' Vid

July 31, 2014

Katy Perry enters a hyper-stylized, pastel-soaked pleasure dome in the wild new clip for "This Is How We Do," the latest from the pop star's 2013 LP, Prism. The clip opens with a old man staring at a portrait of Perry in profile before zooming in on the...


Aretha Franklin Receives Harvard Honorary Degree

May 30, 2014

Aretha Franklin has racked up more than a few superlatives in her incredible career: The Queen of Soul, Rolling Stone's Greatest Singer of All Time, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient, Kennedy Center honoree. Now add...


Aretha Franklin Files $10 Million Suit Over Patti LaBelle Fight Story

April 17, 2014

Patti LaBelle did not punch Aretha Franklin, and the latter soul diva wants the website that wrote a fake story "for entertainment purposes" to pay up for spreading the rumor. Franklin has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the humor site the News Nerd,...


Mariah Carey, Janelle Monae, Jennifer Hudson to Perform at BET Honors

February 6, 2014

Mariah Carey, Janelle Monae and Jennifer Hudson will take the stage at this year's BET Honors, set to air on the network February 24th at 9 p.m., Billboard reports. This year's honorees include Aretha Franklin, Ice Cube, Motown founder Berry Gordy, American...



Beats Electronics Revives Muscle Shoals Studios

November 26, 2013

Dr. Dre's Beats Electronics will help renovate and revive the legendary Muscle Shoals Sound Studio and FAME Recording Studio. The deal is part of the company's new partnership with the Muscle Shoals Music Foundation. The two Northern Alabama studios...


Aretha Franklin to Be Honored By Major League Baseball

July 26, 2013

Aretha Franklin will be honored at the 2013 Major League Baseball Beacon Awards Luncheon next month alongside former baseball (and football) star Bo Jackson. The singer will be recognized in Chicago on August 24th before the MLB's annual Civil Rights...


Aretha Franklin Clears June Schedule

May 22, 2013

Aretha Franklin is taking off the month of June after canceling a pair of performances last week due to health issues, The Associated Press reports.  Franklin, 71, pulled out of performances on May 20th in Chicago and May 26th at Foxwoods Casino...


Aretha Franklin Cancels Shows for 'Medical Reasons'

May 14, 2013

Aretha Franklin has canceled a pair of upcoming performances over health concerns: the soul singer has pulled out of concerts May 20th in Chicago and May 26th at Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut. Franklin, 71, had been scheduled to perform with the Chicago...


Aretha Franklin Cancels Michigan Concert for Medical Treatment

July 13, 2013

Aretha Franklin has canceled an upcoming concert near Detroit as she recovers from ongoing health issues. Franklin has not disclosed the nature of her illness, but she was forced to clear her tour schedule in June in order to undergo medical treatment. According...


Janelle Monae and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Rock the Windy City

May 21, 2013

Many huge mainstream artists have been backed in concert by full orchestral accompaniment. Jay-Z mixed hip-hop with strings at Carnegie Hall last spring, and Phish's Trey Anastasio noodled on his guitar alongside several metropolitan city orchestras on...