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Aretha Franklin is “alert, talking and laughing” according to her nephew

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Aretha Franklin's nephew Tim has said that the singer is "alert, talking, laughing joking", despite news of her ailing health. According to People, Tim Franklin said: "She’s alert, laughing, teasing, able to recognise people. Family is with her, she's home." “I saw her a week ago Friday and we talked for about 45 minutes to an hour," he said. "My brother...

An all-star Aretha Franklin tribute concert is being planned for later this year

A tribute concert to Aretha Franklin is reportedly being planned for the end of this year, only days after it was reported that the soul icon is 'critically ill' and receiving hospice care at her Detroit home. According to Billboard, legendary producer Clive Davis is spearheading the organisation of a tribute concert at New York's Madison Square Garden. He is...

Aretha Franklin’s family confirm she is ‘seriously ill’ and praise fans for support

Aretha Franklin's family have confirmed that the soul icon is "seriously ill", as they continue to rally around the singer at her home in Detroit. On Monday, it was reported that the 76-year-old singer, with close sources claiming that her family were preparing to say goodbye as she receives hospice care at home - prompting a huge stream of messages...

Aretha Franklin in ‘hospice care at home’ while ‘gravely ill’ and surrounded by family

Legendary singer Aretha Franklin is reported to currently be in "hospice care" while  'gravely ill' at her home in Detroit. The 76-year-old Queen of Soul is said to be "surrounded" by her closest friends and family, after battling cancer and extensive health problems in recent years. The legendary singer was diagnosed with cancer in 2010, and delivered her most recent performance at...

Jennifer Hudson will star as Aretha Franklin in an upcoming biopic

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Jennifer Hudson will star as Aretha Franklin in a forthcoming biopic. The announcement was made by record producer Clive Davis during last night's annual pre-Grammys party (Jan 27). According to Deadline, Davis introduced Hudson ahead of her performance at the party, announcing to the audience that she'll be depicting the legendary singer in the forthcoming film. Hudson previewed her performance by taking...

Aretha Franklin sends ‘lengthy fax’ igniting Dionne Warwick beef over Whitney Houston’s funeral

Aretha Franklin has accused fellow soul legend Dionne Warwick of lying about her at Whitney Houston's funeral. The Associated Press (as reported by Billboard) claims that Franklin sent a "lengthy fax" at the start of the week before calling reporters on Tuesday (April 25) about a "libellous" statement Warwick allegedly made at Houston's funeral five years ago. Franklin claims that Warwick said she was in...

Watch Aretha Franklin’s epic five-minute rendition of US national anthem

Aretha Franklin surprised American football fans yesterday (November 24) with what is surely one of the lengthiest ever renditions of the US national anthem. Before the NFL game between the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings kicked off at Detroit's Ford Field, the queen of soul stretched out 'The Star-Spangled Banner' over a leisurely four minutes and 35 seconds. Watch...

Watch Aretha Franklin pay tribute to Prince with her cover of Purple Rain

The singer was performing at a White House concert to mark International Jazz Day

Aretha Franklin ‘ready to sign’ biopic deal

The Queen of Soul has been working on a film of her life for more than five years

Aretha Franklin brings President Obama to tears at 2015 Kennedy Center Honors – watch

Singer performs '(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman' for Carole King at Washington event