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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.

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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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