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Aretha Franklin Joins Essence Music Festival Bill

Newly-engaged soul queen Aretha Franklin is to make her third appearance at the Essence Music Festival in New Orleans, Louisiana this summer (Jul12).The singer will be honoured with the event's Power Award before she takes...

11th January 2012

Aretha Franklin Reveals Tumour Scare

R&B legend Aretha Franklin has opened up about her mystery health crisis of 2010, revealing a tumour landed her in hospital.The Respect singer has refused to divulge details of the illness that forced her to...

10th January 2012

Franklin To Accept Late Father's Award

Aretha Franklin has honoured her late father by jetting to Georgia to accept a prestigious award on his behalf.The soul star flew to Atlanta for the 20th Annual Trumpet Awards Race Relations Symposium on Wednesday...

5th January 2012

Aretha Franklin Snubs Wedding Planner

Aretha Franklin has no plans to hire a wedding planner ahead of her summer (12) nuptials, insisting there's "no way in the world" she would hand over control of her big day to a stranger.The...

5th January 2012

Aretha Franklin Wants Wang Wedding Dress

Aretha Franklin wants Vera Wang to design her wedding dress.The iconic singer - who announced she would be wedding her long-term friend William Wilkerson earlier this month - has a number of designers in mind...

5th January 2012

Newly-engaged Franklin To Headline Bet Honors Concert

Aretha Franklin will make her first public appearance since announcing her engagement when she performs at the Bet Honors show in Washington, D.C. next week (14Jan12).The Queen of Soul will join Patti LaBelle and Common...

5th January 2012

Aretha Franklin Considers Vera Wang To Design Wedding Gown

Aretha Franklin will choose between three heavyweights of the fashion world to design her all-important wedding dress for her planned nuptials later this year. The Queen of Soul, 69, announced her engagement to long-time close...

4th January 2012

Aretha Franklin, 69, Confirms Engagement, Denies Pregnancy

Aretha Franklin has become engaged to long time friend William 'Willie' Wilkerson, The Queen Of Soul having found love later in her life aged 69, and in a short statement the veteran star revealed that...

3rd January 2012

Aretha Franklin, 69, To Marry For The Third Time

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, has announced that she has become engaged to her long-term partner William 'Willie' Wilkerson. According to a report in the Daily Mail, the singer said that they are considering...

3rd January 2012

Aretha Franklin Gets Engaged

Aretha Franklin has got engaged.The 69-year-old singer and her long-time companion William 'Willie' Wilkerson are to marry in the summer and are considering tying the knot on a yacht in Miami Beach, Florida.She said in...

3rd January 2012

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Slimmed-down soul star Aretha Franklin is "considering" Donna Karan, Valentino and Vera Wang as wedding dress designers for her summer nuptials. The singer's representative has confirmed Franklin will wed "forever friend" William Wilkerson in June...

3rd January 2012

Aretha Franklin To Marry Longtime Pal This Summer

Aretha Franklin is to wed longtime friend William Wilkerson this summer (12).The Respect hitmaker released a statement to the Associated Press on Monday (02Jan12) announcing the news, revealing the couple is planning to exchange vows...

2nd January 2012

Aretha Franklin Throws Lavish Christmas Party In Detroit

Aretha Franklin marked the holiday season by throwing a lavish Christmas party in her hometown for her family and friends.The veteran singer had much to celebrate after overcoming a mystery illness in 2010 to return...

27th December 2011

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"I'm looking for classical artists between the ages of 18 and 35 who are studying to sign to Aretha's Records... Opera trained..." Soul icon Aretha Franklin wants to give aspiring musicians their big break by...

12th December 2011

Nadine Coyle Makes Comeback As Songwriter

Singer Nadine Coyle is bouncing back from her flop solo album by writing songs for superstars Celine Dion and Aretha Franklin.The Girls Aloud star's first solo single, Insatiable, failed to make an impact in the...

7th December 2011

Amelia Lily Fears 'X Factor UK' May Affect Her Health

Amelia Lily has found herself thrust back into the 'X Factor UK' reckoning after replacing Frankie Cocozza - who was ejected from the show following what was believed to be a cocaine binge - but...

20th November 2011

Aretha Franklin's Surprise Performance At Hall Of Fame Tribute

Aretha Franklin thrilled fans by putting on a surprise performance during a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tribute in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday (05Nov11).The legendary singer was the focus of a week-long tribute by...

7th November 2011

Aretha Franklin Sings At Gay Wedding

Aretha Franklin came out to sing at the wedding of a high-profile gay couple in New York on Sunday night (23Oct11), four months after the state legalised same-sex marriages.The music veteran was the star guest...

24th October 2011

Tony Bennett Thrills New York With Birthday Gig

Veteran superstar Tony Bennett celebrated his 85th birthday by playing a star-studded gig in New York City on Sunday night (18Sep11) with Sir Elton John and Aretha Franklin.The singer reached the milestone age last month...

19th September 2011

Aretha Franklin Recruits New Pianist At Jazz Competition

Soul singer Aretha Franklin has recruited a new pianist to join her touring ensemble after he impressed her at an international music competition on Sunday (11Sep11).The Respect hitmaker made a surprise appearance at the Thelonious...

16th September 2011

Whitney Houston To Return To The Silver Screen

Whitney Houston is set the make her first appearance on the silver screen since 1996 according to hollywoodreporter.com.The 48-year-old singer will star opposite fellow singer Jordin Sparks and actor Mike Epps in a remake of...

14th September 2011

Superheavy 'Easier' Than The Rolling Stones

Mick Jagger finds being in SuperHeavy "a lot easier" than The Rolling Stones.The singer enjoyed making a record as part of the 'Miracle Worker' super group - which also features Dave Stewart, Joss Stone, Damian...

13th September 2011

Aretha Returns With Blockbuster Hometown Concert

Aretha Franklin wowed fans in her hometown on Thursday night (25Aug11) when she performed her first show since battling a mystery illness last year (10).The Queen of Soul was forced to cancel a string of...

26th August 2011

Nick Ashford 'Aint No Mountain' Songwriter Dies Aged 70

Nick Ashford, the American songwriter who wrote Motown hits 'Ain't No Mountain High Enough' and 'Reach Out and Touch Somebody's Hand', has died after a long battle with throat cancer - he was 70 years...

23rd August 2011

Aretha Franklin Still Interested In Halle Berry For Biopic

Soul legend Aretha Franklin still wants Halle Berry to consider portraying her in a biopic even though the actress has turned down the role because she can't sing.Insisting she is "moving towards closing" the deal...

22nd August 2011

Aretha Franklin To Receive Jazz Honour

Legendary singer Aretha Franklin is to be feted at a concert organised by officials at the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz next month (Sep11).The Queen of Soul will be the guest of honour at the...

12th August 2011

Franklin Proud And Honoured To Pay Homage To King, Jr.

Legendary singer Aretha Franklin feels honoured to have been chosen to perform at an upcoming ceremony in memory of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, JR..The iconic activist will be remembered on 28 August (11)...

11th August 2011

Aretha Franklin Sings Her Way Out Of Parking Fine

Legendary soul star Aretha Franklin used her vocal talents to sing her way out of a parking ticket on Monday (08Aug11) after spotting a New York traffic cop hovering near her car.The Queen of Soul...

10th August 2011

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"I'm looking for a great audience. They will get to hear everything that they came to hear - all of the hits. You have to give New York Respect." Aretha Franklin promises to put on...

4th August 2011

Lady Gaga's Video Tribute To Tony Bennett

Lady Gaga paid tribute to Tony Bennett on his 85th birthday. The legendary 'I Left my Heart in San Francisco' singer celebrated his birthday yesterday (03.08.11) and Gaga was among the cast of stars to...

4th August 2011

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'Child 44' Is Praised And Banned

As 'Child 44' opens in cinemas this weekend, novelist Tom Rob Smith is praising Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace as the...

'A Little Chaos' Brings British Humour To A French Tale

The new period drama 'A Little Chaos' may be set in France in the 17th century, but its...

'Furious 7' Sparks The Rumour Mill

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Live At Leeds 2015: Great For Music, Great For Life In General

So, Live At Leeds is but two weeks away from bringing some of the...

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