Singer will cover Adele and Donna Summer on new album
Aretha Franklin will release an album of covers later this year, and will work with Outkast’s Andre 3000
The singer said: “We’re going to give you exactly what you’re expecting and what you’re not expecting.”
Speaking to Billboard, Franklin added she is “more than happy” with the progress of her upcoming covers album, but did admit label boss Clive Davis is worried she only has five songs finished, a sixth currently being recorded and four more lined up ahead of the album’s scheduled Septenber release.
“Well, Clive is concerned, but we’re on it. We are ON it,” Franklin said. The former Atlantic soul star says she has been recording with producers Babyface and Daryl Simmons, as well as Outkast‘s Andre 3000, who will oversee production on four tracks. He came in to replace Don Was, who had to leave the project due to other commitments.
“I’m pretty sure it’s going to be fun working with Andre 3000, just watching his videos and things,” said Franklin. “It should be fun. And, of course, they all come with great music, so I expect that.”
Among songs recorded by Franklin so far are Gladys Knight & the Pips’ ‘Midnight Train To Georgia’, Barbra Streisand’s ‘People’, Donna Summer’s ‘Last Dance’ and Tina Turner’s ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’, with Adele‘s ‘Rolling In The Deep’ next to be recorded.
“I love all of them, the original versions,” says Franklin. “Davis picked the songs and I approved or didn’t approve, so it’s just an easy CD to do because I liked all of them.”
She also commented on a planned biopic of her life and career, which could potentially star Jennifer Hudson.