Aretha Franklin’s divas cover album is well under way and she is “more than happy” with how it’s going so far. She’s got four songs left to record and one in the process so it may be a tight squeeze getting everything done before the proposed September release date, but Franklin told Billboard, “We are ON it.”
So far Franklin has covered 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.” Up next she’ll be working on Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.” Franklin says, “I love all of them, the original versions.”
Franklin has promised to do the hits justice while acknowledging that artists all have different takes on music. “What they did is not what I'm going to do, and what I'm gonna do is not what they did,” she said. “That's just what makes it different. You won't be disappointed; we're going to give you exactly what you're expecting and what you're not expecting.” We can’t wait to hear it!
In the meantime Franklin is keeping busy with talks of a biopic with the Lifetime channel. The singer said she would love to see Jennifer Hudson or Audra McDonald portray her. She’s also on tour until September and will make a stop at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on August 22. You can get tickets here.
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