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Aretha Franklin: 'Zika Virus May Have Been The Cause Of Prince's Death'

The 57-year-old Purple Rain musician died at his Paisley Park estate in Chanhassen, Minnesota on Thursday (21Apr16), a week after he was hospitalised with flu-like symptoms in Illinois.And among all the tributes from the superstar's...

Aretha Franklin Describes The Loss Of Prince As A "Blow"

Soul star Aretha Franklin has described the untimely death of Prince as "such a blow". The RESPECT singer paid tribute to the Purple Rain hitmaker who passed away at his home on Thursday, April 21...

Aretha Franklin 'Ready To Sign' For Biopic Of Her Life

Plans for a movie based on the upbringing and career of the legendary singer have been in place since 2011. At the time, Aretha said she wanted Halle Berry to play her, but Jennifer Hudson...

Aretha Franklin On The Lookout For Biopic Investors

The 74-year-old Respect singer has been making hits in the music industry since the 1960s and movie producers are eager to document her incredible journey in a biopic - and fortunately for fans, a screen...

Aretha Franklin Scraps Florida Concerts

The Respect star was scheduled to perform at Sarasota's Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on 29 March (16), but on Monday (14Mar16), venue officials announced Franklin had decided to call off the gig...

Aretha Franklin Nearing Resolution In Documentary Battle

The 73-year-old Queen of Soul won a series of legal bids in a Colorado Federal Court last year (15), banning the movie from being screened at several film festivals, but in a new, joint injunction...

Aretha Franklin Launching Food Product Line

The Respect singer has told Detroit, Michigan's Local News 4 Today she is working with an organisation in Arizona on a new range of chilli and gumbo. And there's a chicken and...

Aretha Franklin Outlines Hotel And Food Plan For Flint, Michigan Residents

A slew of celebrities, including Cher, Pearl Jam, Eminem, Wiz Khalifa, Sean 'Diddy' Combs, and Mark Wahlberg have been stepping up to provide bottled water and financial aid to Flint locals, who have...

Aretha Franklin Makes Surprise Appearance At Holiday Concert

The Big Band Holidays gig marked the orchestra's first show at their newly-renovated Rose Theater home and Aretha made the event one to remember by walking out onstage to a standing ovation after...

Santana Percussionist Raul Rekow Dead

The musician was part of Carlos Santana's group for 34 years from 1976 to 2013, and appeared on 16 Santana studio albums. Paying tribute to his friend and bandmate on Facebook.com, Santana...

Aretha Franklin Sued Over Condominium Fees

The singer is being sued over alleged unpaid homeowner fees. Officials at the Hills of Lone Pine Association claim they are owed more than $11,500 (£7,200). Sources tell the Detroit News...

Aretha Franklin Pays Tribute To Former Publicist

The veteran music representative passed away on 30 September (15) at her home in Scottsdale, Arizona, and soul legend Franklin, one of her celebrity clients, has released a statement to honour the 65...

Mark Wahlberg Asks Pope's Forgiveness

Mark Wahlberg asked Pope Francis to forgive him for his 'Ted' movies.The 44-year-old actor attended the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia on Saturday (26.09.15) and joked he hoped God had a ''sense of humour''...

Aretha Franklin Has Personal Gift For Pope

The veteran superstar is set to sing for the Pontiff at a special event in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Saturday night (26Sep15). She will also be granted an audience with the head of...

Aretha Franklin Calls Off Oklahoma Shows

The veteran singer had been due to perform in Durant and Tulsa in October (15), but the 73 year old, who travels via tour bus because she is afraid of flying, is convinced...

Sister Sledge To Perform For Pope Francis

Sister Sledge are set to perform for Pope Francis.The iconic music group will sing at global gathering 'The World Meeting of Families 2015' in Philadelphia, America on Saturday (26.09.15) to mark the religious leader's first...

Producer Agrees Not To Screen Aretha Franklin Documentary

Franklin and her attorneys have gone to court in a bid to stop Alan Elliott from releasing Amazing Grace, which was put together using concert footage shot by late movie legend Sydney Pollack...

Aretha Franklin To Perform For Pope Francis

The soul legend will have the honour of singing for the leader of the Catholic church on 26 September (15), during the Pope's much-anticipated visit to the United States. Franklin, who is...

Aretha Franklin Broadens Legal Efforts To Block Amazing Grace

The legendary soul diva filed an amended complaint in Colorado Federal Court on Sunday (13Sep15), and has requested that a judge declare that Elliott would require her permission to screen the film in...

Chicago Film Festival Bosses Latest To Pull Aretha Franklin Film From Line-up

Bosses at the Telluride Film Festival were forced to pull the planned premiere of Amazing Grace when the singer's lawyers filed a last-minute motion in a U.S. District Court in Colorado late on...

Aretha Franklin Gets Injunction To Stop Screening Of 'Amazing Grace' Documentary

Aretha Franklin was awarded a last-minute injunction to prevent the premiere of the documentary movie Amazing Grace at the Telluride Film Festival last night. Organisers of the festival alerted attendees, just a matter of hours...

Aretha Franklin Has Concert Film Premiere Halted

The singer's lawyers filed a last-minute motion in U.S. District Court in Colorado late on Thursday (03Sep15) objecting to the screening, which features footage shot by director Sydney Pollack at the New Temple...

Aretha Franklin Seeks To Halt Documentary Screening

Director Sydney Pollack filmed the singer in concert at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles back in 1972, as she recorded her live album Amazing Grace, but he struggled to...

Aretha Franklin Healthy Again After Battling Exhaustion

The R.E.S.P.E.C.T singer was back onstage in her native Detroit, Michigan on Saturday (22Aug15), and now reveals she simply needed a break from performing after a successful run of shows in California....

Aretha Franklin Eyeing Broadway Life Story Musical

The Queen of Soul is already in negotiations for a possible film and TV mini-series about her life, and now she reveals she is talking to actress and director Marsha Mason about a...

Jennifer Hudson In Talks To Portray Aretha Franklin In Biopic

Straight Outta Compton producer Scott Bernstein is developing a biopic and he has met with the Oscar winner in the hope of signing her up for the film. The untitled...

Forty-three-year-old Aretha Franklin Documentary To Premiere At Toronto International Film Festival

The moviemaker planned to give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the project, recorded at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles back in 1972, but he struggled to sync the sound...

Aretha Franklin Cancels Gig

Aretha Franklin has cancelled a concert in Las Vegas due to exhaustion.The 73-year-old singer was due to perform at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Friday (14.08.15), but has pulled out after driving from Detroit...

Exhausted Aretha Franklin Axes Las Vegas Gig

The Respect hitmaker, 73, had been booked to hit the stage at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace this weekend, but she has since decided to postpone the show to give herself a break....

Aretha Franklin Regrets Giving Up Hit Song

The soul legend was originally approached by Chic co-founders Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards to record the 1980 tune, but she was apprehensive about going into the studio to work on vocals for...

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