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Aretha Franklin Announces Plan To Retire

Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin has gifted music some of its most memorable numbers over the past 5 decades.  Now, after cranking out countless hits, topping charts, and filling concert venues, the legendary singer is looking to take her final bow.

Much to the dismay of longtime fans, Franklin – who boasts 18 Grammys and over 75 million records sold to her credit – has revealed her upcoming projects will be her last.

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Nicki Minaj Now Has More Hot 100 Hits Than Any Other Female In History…Except Aretha Franklin

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The self-proclaimed “Queen of Rap,” Nicki Minaj, is close to laying claim to another impressive title:  Queen of Billboard’s Hot 100.

That’s right, Minaj – whose first charted hit came in just 2009 – had already surpassed legendary divas Mariah Carey, Madonna, Janet Jackson, Barbra Streisand, and Whitney Houston in a short time with her number of mentions on the singles chart.  Now – thanks to the recent entry of ‘Black Barbies’ – even contemporary female hitmakers Rihanna and Taylor Swift lie in her rearview.

The only person who’s blocking her from the “all-time” title?  Another musical monarch: Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin…

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Twitter Roasts Aretha Franklin Over Lengthy National Anthem

Diva Stretches ‘Star Spangled Banner’ To 5 Minutes

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Turkey aren’t the only things getting roasted this Thanksgiving. Aretha Frankin is too.

The legendary diva was tapped to the perform the US National Anthem at the Vikings vs Lions NFL game today and certainly made a mark. A long one.

In a sensational move, Franklin’s rendition of ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ lasted five minutes.

Naturally, her odd take on the song (which you can watch below) ignited flames of shade on social media.

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Rihanna Ties Aretha Franklin’s Hot 100 Record

Pop Princess Set To Unseat Queen of Soul on Billboard’s ‘All-Time’ List

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While music’s supreme diva Aretha Franklin will forever reign as the ‘Queen of Soul,’ her current reign as the queen of the Billboard Hot 100 is finding itself threatened by a school of relative newcomers – Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj, and, now, Rihanna.

While Swift and Minaj are quickly on the trail of Franklin’s record for “most entries of any female artist” (Franklin leads with 73 total), the ‘Shake It Off’ country pop singer – by her lonesome – has surpassed Franklin’s historic top 40 record.  With 49 top 40 entries, Taylor is now tied for the “all-time” top spot (among female artists) with Queen of Pop Madonna.

But, before she gets too comfortable on the perch, she is soon to be joined by songbird Rihanna’s surpassing of the legendary ‘Respect’ singer. For, after besting some of the Hot 100 records set by Whitney Houston, Madonna, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, The Beatles, and Mariah Carey, it appears Riri has Rere in her sights.  Courtesy of her latest hit, ‘Needed Me,’ the Bajan beauty is set to close the gap between herself and Swift.

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Aretha Franklin To Launch Food Line / Says Patti’s Should ‘Move To the Side’

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Well, isn’t this a ‘Got 2 B Real’ skit in the making?

‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin is looking to become the ‘Queen of Soul Food,’ recent reports indicate, as – like rumored rival Patti Labelle – the legendary R&B diva is flexing her talents on the stage and in the kitchen with a line of food products.  Unlike Labelle, Rere is looking to step out of the dessert aisle to see her line feature gumbo, chili, chicken and dressing, and more.

Talking with news reporters from her hometown of Detroit, Franklin details her newest business venture and, as always, reminds fans that her reign also extends to realms of shade.  Get into it below:

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Watch: Janelle Monae & Aretha Franklin Perform At ‘Kennedy Center Honors’

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The 38th annual ‘Kennedy Center Honors, hosted by Stephen Colbert, aired last night on CBS after being taped earlier this month at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

Honoring a group musicians, singers, playwrights, actors, and more whose lifelong contributions have greatly impacted their respective fields, last night’s honorees – Carole King, George Lucas, Ciccely Tyson, etc.- were serenaded by some of the days best movers and shakers (see:  Janelle Monae, Sara Bareilles, and more).

But, as if their show-stopping performances weren’t enough, leave it to Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin to really show ’em how it’s done.  Even moving President Obama to tears with her soul-stirring rendition of the 1967 classic, ‘Natural Woman,’ tuck in below to recap this and some of the night’s best performances:

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Aretha Franklin Weighs In On Adele’s Success / Questions Longevity

Queen of Soul Sounds Off On British Singer

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The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin has enjoyed a career spanning many a decade, hence the ‘Respect’ singer has seen an endless list of names come and go.

With this generation very much dominated by blue-eyed soul songbird Adele, it’s little surprise that the outspoken legend has an opinion on the ‘Hello’ belter.

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Did You Miss It?! Aretha Franklin Performs ‘Amazing Grace’ For The Pope

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The Pope’s visit to to the United States reached exciting new heights hours ago when the singer Aretha Franklin performed the song ‘Amazing Grace‘ at the Festival Of Families.

There, she graced its attendees with a moving rendition of the song which was penned by the brutal slave trader John Newton who wrote the iconic number following his conversion to Christianity.

Watch Ms. Franklin bring his lyrics to life below…

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Vote: Who Should Be The 2015 BET Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient?

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Exactly two weeks separate us from the 2015 BET Awards!

Airing live on June 28th, the 15th annual showing of Urban entertainment’s biggest night is set to be hosted by ‘black-ish’ stars Tracee Ellis Ross & Anthony Anderson and (to date) has seen Nicki Minaj, Kendrick Lamar, and Chris Brown announced among stars tapped to hit the stage.

But, per usual, BET is saving for last its announcement of who will be the recipient of the coveted Lifetime Achievement Award.  Already listing legendary acts like Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, Patti Labelle, Prince, and Lionel Richie among its honorees, the 2015 trophy has been shrouded in murmurs that pop queen Janet Jackson will be its designated awardee.  But, that hasn’t stopped fans of other music royals – Queen of Hip Hop Soul Mary J. Blige, King of R&B R. Kelly, or Queen of Rock N’ Soul Tina Turner – from vying and eyeing the prize.

Alas, with no official confirmation, we turn to you – That Grape Juice faithful – for your weigh in:

Who should be the recipient of the 2015 BET Lifetime Achievement Award?

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Should the award ever go to a recipient posthumously?

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Aretha Franklin Slammed In Damning Biography / Accused Of Loathing Beyonce, Diana Ross & Barbra Streisand…And Loving Fried Chicken

“Loathed” Diana Ross…But Loved Chicken Of The Fried Persuasian

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“She saw Barbra Streisand as competition. She had the same reaction to Diana Ross when Ross played Billie Holiday in Lady Sings the Blues. She was feeling outdone by these other women.”

Following the release of her latest studio album ‘Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics’, ‘Soul Sister’ Aretha Franklin has seen her name pulled through the mire by a book penned by a writer charged with writing her autobiography fifteen years ago.

Alas, if claims made by Mr. David Ritz are to be believed today, that version of her story was nothing more than a fluff piece, built to mask the mess his new book ‘RESPECT’ claims Ms. Franklin has attempted to conceal for decades.

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Hilarious: Aretha Franklin Battles Through Tech Glitches During Press Junket

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Ever eager to promote her brand new studio album ‘Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics’ is Aretha Franklin, the undisputed Queen of Soul.

So, yesterday saw her beamed into news outlets across the USA to promote the album with the help of many a star struck news anchor, eager to declare their admiration for her.

Alas, things didn’t go to plan. For, thanks to a faulty ear piece, Franklin was unable to hear many of the questions put to her. The result? A show case of the personality that’s made the icon one of the world’s more endearing and unintentionally hilarious entertainers.

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Watch: Aretha Franklin Performs ‘At Last’ On The Today Show

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The legendary Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin is readying new album ‘Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics’ for an October 21st release.

And while some of her younger pupils have become accustomed to hitting the promo trail the week of release, the 72-year-old icon is heeding the old school way of “working a record” by promoting in earnest in the lead-up to its arrival.

Her latest stop was the Today Show this morning, where she thrilled with a rousing rendition of Etta James’ ‘At Last’.

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