Hear Prince's Poignant, Career-Spanning Final Concert

April 22, 2016

On April 14th, Prince performed two intimate final concerts at Atlanta's Fox Theatre – days before his death at age 57. The shows, part of his "Piano & a Microphone" tour, spanned Prince's discography and incorporated a slew of covers...


Aretha Franklin on Prince: 'He Was Music to the Max'

April 22, 2016

Aretha Franklin was among the many legendary artists to salute Prince after the music icon died Thursday at the age of 57. "He was definitely an original and a one-of-a-kind. There was truly only one Prince," the soul singer told MSNBC's...


Flashback: Aretha Franklin Sings 'Dr. Feelgood' in 1971

January 7, 2016

Aretha Franklin is rightly revered as one of the great singers of all time – the single greatest, according to Rolling Stone's official rankings – but sometimes that overshadows her other talents, including her songwriting and her...



Watch Aretha Franklin Bring Obama to Tears at Kennedy Center

December 30, 2015

Aretha Franklin performed at the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors during the ceremony's tribute to Carole King, who co-wrote one of Franklin's signature songs, "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman." Franklin performed that 1967 single at the Kennedy...


25 Must-See Movies at Toronto Film Festival 2015

August 25, 2015

It's the second-to-last stop on the Fall film-festival circuit, after Venice and Telluride and before the carefully curated New York cinefeast — but the Toronto International Film Festival holds a special place in traveling festgoers hearts. It's...


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...


Aretha Franklin Bans 'Amazing Grace' Doc Screenings

September 5, 2015

UPDATE: The Toronto Film Festival will not be able to screen Sydney Pollack's controversial new Aretha Franklin doc Amazing Grace, according to Variety. The singer had previously banned the film at last week's Telluride Film Festival, arguing...


Janis Joplin, Arcade Fire Docs Lead Toronto Film Fest

August 11, 2015

High-profile music documentaries on Janis Joplin, Arcade Fire, Aretha Franklin and Sharon Jones will be included as part of this year's Toronto International Film Festival, which commences September 10th.  Janis: Little Girl Blue, directed by...



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...

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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...