Andre 3000 working on new Aretha Franklin album

The soul icon is also working on new material with singer-songwriter Babyface

Aretha Franklin has confirmed she is working on new material with OutKast’s Andre 3000 and singer-songwriter Babyface.

Speaking at her 72nd birthday party, the singer said she is waiting for Babyface to finish his guest slot with Toni Braxton in the Broadway musical After Midnight before he can get to work on her songs.

“I’m just waiting for him to finish that so he can finish my tracks please,” Franklin said. “And I think Andre 2000 – is it two or three? 3000 is going to be doing some of the tracks with him.”

Earlier this month, Franklin performed at the White House alongside Patti LaBelle, Jill Scott and other soul singers. “What a shoutin’ good time we had,” she said. “The White House is still rocking right now!”

Andre 3000 recently revealed that he rehearsed for six hours a day in order to play guitar left-handed for new Jimi Hendrix biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side.

Scripted and directed by 12 Years A Slave screenwriter John Ridley, [u]Jimi: All Is By My Side[/i] tells the story of Jimi Hendrix’s life throughout 1966 and 1967, a period in which he moved to London, formed the Experience and played a career-making set at California’s Monterey Pop Festival, which is where the film ends. A UK release date has yet to be announced.

OutKast will reunite for a string of festival appearances this summer including a headline slot at Bestival.