The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin has announced she will release a covers album later this year. In a new interview with Billboard, she spoke about the record's process and working with Andre 3000 on the project: “Well, Clive is concerned, but we're on it. We are ON it. I'm pretty sure it's going to be fun working with (Andre 3000), just watching his videos and things. It should be fun. And, of course, they all come with great music, so I expect that."
Along with Andre 3000, she has also been working with Babyface and Daryl Simmons.
While a complete tracklist has yet to be released for the record the following songs have been confirmed to be covered by the singer: Gladys Night & The Pips' “Midnight Train to Georgia,” Donna Summer's “Last Dance,” Barbara Streisand's “People,” Tina Turner's “What's Love Got to Do with It” and Adele's “Rolling in the Deep,” all songs Franklin adores.
Speaking further about the project, she states: “(The originals) are classic versions and we're certainly aware of that, and we're going to do them justice. People are different, you know? What they did is not what I'm going to do, and what I'm gonna do is not what they did. 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. “
Fans can also expect a new biopic on the diva. Franklin is currently in talks with the Lifetime Network about working on a film based on her music career. Though nothing has been set in stone, she has Jennifer Hudson and Audra McDonald on her shortlist of who will play her in the movie. No further details have been announced.
Aretha Franklin is ready for life on the road again. Earlier this month she embarked on her latest tour. Unfortunately, no Chicago dates have been scheduled. Complete list dates can be found below. For more on the diva, make sure to visit her website.
Aretha Franklin tour dates:
June 28: Ottawa Jazz & Blues Festival
July 2: Montreal Jazz Festival
July 12: DTE Amphitheatre, Detroit
July 22: Art Park, Lewiston, N.Y.
July 31: Ohio State Fair, Columbus, Ohio
Aug. 5: Wisconsin State Fair, Milwaukee
Aug. 22: Minnesota State Fair Grandstand
Sept. 3: Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater
Sept. 6: AT&T Performing Arts Center, Dallas
Sept. 9: Arena Theatre, Houston
Nov. 8: Fox Theatre, Atlanta