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Jackson & Franklin Honoured By Apollo Theater

1st April 2010

MICHAEL JACKSON and ARETHA FRANKLIN are to be inducted into the Apollo Theater's Hall of Fame in New York.The late King of Pop and the Queen of Soul will be named Apollo Legends at a...

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'Worst Dressed Celebrity' Catherine Zeta-jones

15th February 2010

Catherine Zeta-Jones has been named Worst Dressed Celebrity.The actress topped an annual list compiled by animal welfare organisation PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) because of her "fetish for wearing anything that once...

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Magic Christmas Memory For Franklin

26th December 2009

Soul queen ARETHA FRANKLIN grew up thinking gospel great CLARA WARD was Santa's little helper.The singing legend recalls one magical Christmas when Ward was a house guest - and she made sure all the kids...

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Nbc Workers Threaten To Boycott Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting

1st December 2009

ALICIA KEYS, ARETHA FRANKLIN and SHAKIRA could be left in the dark on Wednesday night (02Dec09) if TV staff at U.S. network NBC staff carry out a threat to strike at the Rockefeller Center Christmas...

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Fussy Franklin Threatened To Pull Out Of Hall Of Fame Show Over Air Issue

14th November 2009

Soul diva ARETHA FRANKLIN threatened to pull out of her planned performance at the recent Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 25th anniversary tribute - if organisers couldn't promise to shut off all ventilation at...

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Eric Clapton Cancels Over Gallstones

28th October 2009

Eric Clapton has been forced to cancel a show because of gallstones.The legendary singer has pulled out of this week's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 25th anniversary concert in New York - which would...

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Fascinating Fact 8015

18th September 2009

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame bosses have lined-up an all-star list of honourees including BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, U2, STEVIE WONDER, METALLICA and ARETHA FRANKLIN to perform at the organisation's 25th anniversary concert in New York...

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Michael Jackson To Be Buried Today

3rd September 2009

Michael Jackson will be buried at sunset today (03.09.09).The private funeral will take place at the Holly Terrace Grand Mausoleum at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills. It is expected to start at...

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Michael Jackson's Kids Pen Goodbye Notes

30th August 2009

Michael Jackson's children have written emotional goodbye letters which will be placed in his coffin.Prince Michael I, 12, Paris, 11 and seven-year-old Prince Michael II - also known as 'Blanket' - scrawled messages including "Daddy...

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Rock Legends Line Up For Hall Of Fame Anniversary

22nd July 2009

Music legends BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN, U2, SIMON & GARFUNKEL, ARETHA FRANKLIN, CROSBY, STILLS & NASH, STEVIE WONDER, METALLICA and ERIC CLAPTON will unite on stage this autumn to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Rock and...

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Fascinating Fact 7689

18th July 2009

Model-turned-singer CARLA BRUNI-SARKOZY's New York concert on Saturday (18Jul09) in which she'll mark the 91st birthday of NELSON MANDELA, will be her first since becoming France's first lady in February 2008. The Italian-born songstress will...

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Franklin & Latifah To Lead Mandela Day Celebrations In New York

9th June 2009

ARETHA FRANKLIN, QUEEN LATIFAH and TLC will headline an upcoming tribute to human rights icon NELSON MANDELA in New York.The soul queen, rap royal and hip-hop duo will join Wyclef Jean, Cyndi Lauper, Baaba Maal...

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Franklin's Family Emergency Prompts Commencement Cancellation

20th May 2009

ARETHA FRANKLIN has cancelled her appearance at a prestigious American university's graduation ceremony due to a mystery family emergency. The Queen of Soul was set to be awarded an honorary Doctor of Music degree by Rhode...

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Franklin Offers Singing Lessons For Online Auction

14th May 2009

Soul legend ARETHA FRANKLIN is giving fans the chance to win private singing lessons with the star in a new charity auction. Franklin's one-on-one vocal session is just one of a number of exclusive prizes available...

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Fascinating Fact 7068

27th March 2009

Soul singer ARETHA FRANKLIN will be honoured by the U.S. civil rights organisation National Association for the Advancement of Colored People at its annual Fight For Freedom Fund Dinner on 3 May (09) in Detroit,...

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Aretha Unhappy With Inauguration Performance

20th March 2009

ARETHA FRANKLIN has said she was not happy with her performance at President BARACK OBAMA'S inauguration.The event took place on the 20th January this year and is likely to be remembered by many as one...

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The Things They Say 11647

19th March 2009

"About three weeks prior to the inauguration I was told Id be invited to sing at the swearing in. I couldnt hardly sleep at night, I was jumping, so excited. I couldnt hardly settle down...

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Franklin Puts Career On Hold 'For A While'

12th February 2009

Soul queen ARETHA FRANKLIN has announced she is planning a break from performing after pulling out of an appearance at a U.S. jazz festival. The Respect hitmaker was scheduled to appear at the forthcoming New Orleans...

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Fascinating Fact 6786

6th February 2009

The Queen of Soul ARETHA FRANKLIN has cancelled a 28 March (09) benefit concert in Indiana. Ticketholders for the show at Roberts Stadium in Evansville have been offered refunds for the scrapped date; no reason...

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Franklin Re-records Obama Inauguration Song

5th February 2009

Soul legend ARETHA FRANKLIN has re-recorded the song she performed at U.S. President BARACK OBAMA's inauguration ceremony - because the cold weather on the historic day meant she could not give her "very best". Franklin sang...

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Fascinating Fact 6743

31st January 2009

The hat Queen of Soul ARETHA FRANKLIN's wore to perform at BARACK OBAMA's presidential inauguration is being requested for an exhibit in Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. If she parts with the iconic accessory, it...

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Franklin's Star Is Defaced

27th January 2009

Soul legend ARETHA FRANKLIN has become the latest celebrity to have their star on Hollywood Walk of Fame defaced by anti-fur protesters. The shared star belonging to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, unveiled in April 2004, was...

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The Things They Say 10897

26th January 2009

"I was there... I was behind ARETHA FRANKLIN, so you didn't see me... She wore that hat so you could tell the difference between her and the Washington Monument. I mean, she likes to eat,...

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Franklin Gives Obama Father's Sermons

24th January 2009

ARETHA FRANKLIN has gifted America's new President, BARACK OBAMA, with a bound collection of her civil rights leader father's most inspiring sermons. The soul singer, who performed My Country 'Tis of Thee during Obama's inauguration...

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Franklin Hatmaker In Demand

23rd January 2009

Milliner LUKE SONG has been forced to create knock-off versions of the hat he made for ARETHA FRANKLIN to wear to PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA's inauguration - because so many people want one. The Michigan hatmaker...

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Franklin Performs For Obama

20th January 2009

ARETHA FRANKLIN performed for her biggest crowd on Tuesday (20Jan09) when she sang MY COUNTRY, 'TIS OF THEE at President BARACK OBAMA's inauguration ceremony. The soul legend wore a long grey coat and a matching...

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Franklin Wants To Work For Obama

20th January 2009

Music legend ARETHA FRANKLIN is pitching for a new job, as one of U.S. President-elect BARACK OBAMA's top advisors. The singer is a huge supporter of the new leader, and has performed in Washington, D.C....

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Franklin Voices Support For Obama

16th January 2009

Soul legend ARETHA FRANKLIN has tipped U.S. President-elect BARACK OBAMA as the next big thing - in the pop charts. The Respect hitmaker heard Obama belting out a note-perfect rendition of one of her famous...

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Springsteen Planning Free Obama Show In Washington

8th January 2009

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN is set to join soul queen ARETHA FRANKLIN in welcoming President-elect BARACK OBAMA to the White House in Washington, D.C. later this month (Jan09). Franklin is hotly tipped to be among the stars...

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Aretha Thrilled By Son's Festive Duet

24th December 2008

ARETHA FRANKLIN's first Christmas album gave the Queen of Soul the chance to record another first - a duet with her son EDDIE. Mother and son perform together on This Christmas: Aretha, and the music...

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