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Aretha Franklin Performs Adele’s ‘Rolling In The Deep’ On ‘Letterman’ / Whitney Houston’s Mom Sings Back-Up


The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin is back at it.

As previously reported, the legendary singer will release ‘Aretha Franklin Sings The Diva Classics’ on October 21st and is leading the charge with first single ‘Rolling In The Deep’ – her take on Adele’s smash hit.

Backed by a full band which included Whitney Houston‘s mother Cissy (pictured below, left), the 72-year-old took to the stage on the Late Show With David Letterman last night to perform ‘Deep’ – which she inter-spliced with Motown classic ‘Ain’t No Mountain High Enough’.


Peep the performance below…


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New Song: Aretha Franklin – ‘Rolling In the Deep’ [Must Hear!!]


Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin is back!

The 72-year-old singer, with the help of Clive Davis, is breathing new life into a number of classic “diva” offerings from the likes of Barbra Streisand, Whitney Houston, Chaka Khan, and more.  Unveiling news on her newest album ‘Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics,’ if you’ve ever wondered what Franklin’s thrilling gospel style would sound like over the instrumental of Alicia Keys‘No One,’ then wonder no more.

With 10 tracks of Re-re revamps aboard one album, the decision of choosing one to kick off the October 21st due set had to have been challenging.  Alas, the selection came in the form of Adele’s monster hit ‘Rolling In the Deep.’

Will Franklin see her version roll the song right back to the top of charts?  You tell us after you listen to this must hear tune:


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The 12 Best National Anthem Performances of All Time


Just about every major singer gets the opportunity to perform the United States National Anthem, “The Star-Spangled Banner,” at some point in their career. Some take a traditional approach while others risk it all by putting their own spin on the American classic.

In honor to Independence Day, we’ve compiled the 12 best renditions of all time.

Make no mistake about it, these performances are both notable and awe-inspiring. From Beyonce‘s flawless performance in 2004 and Alicia Keys‘ lengthy impressive piano version in 2013 to the best who ever did it, Whitney Houston, each of these renditions captures the spirit of America.

After the jump, see who else landed a spot on the coveted list.


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Aretha Franklin Teases ‘Lifetime’ Biopic / Eyes Jennifer Hudson For Lead Role


After committing to deliver biopics on Aaliyah and Whitney Houston, the female audience-geared ‘Lifetime’ now works side by side with Aretha Franklin to tell her story, it has emerged today.


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Watch: Aretha Franklin Snubs Patti Labelle At ‘Women of Soul’ White House Event


Thursday night saw some of Soul’s stars align in Washington D.C, where they joined forces for President Obama‘s 12th ‘In Performance at the White House‘ series.

This time, it was contributions made by the ‘Women of Soul’ that were celebrated, boasting performances from Janelle Monae, Melissa Etheridge, Jill Scott, Patti Labelle and Aretha Franklin.

Unfortunately, though nothing could taint the night’s celebratory vibe, a backstage incident between Franklin and Labelle threatened to do so, when the pair came face to face…on camera.

What happened next?


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Performances: 2014 BET Honors


The 2014 BET Honors aired moments ago and tributed the achievements of Aretha Franklin, Berry Gordy, Ice Cube, among others. The Wayne Brady-hosted affair, shot February 6th, saw acts Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson, Tamar Braxton, Smokie Robinson, Karen Clark Sheard, Janelle Monae and many more hit the stage to salute the hour’s honorees.

See their moving performances below:


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Red Carpet Arrivals: 2014 BET Honors


The stars shone like never before aboard the red carpet of 2014 BET Honors!

Continuing its tradition of shining light on the achievements of entertainment, literature, and social activism’s brightest acts, the show, set to air February 24th at 9/8 Central, was taped live tonight from The Warner Theater in Washington DC.

Inducting the newest set of movers and shakers into its prestigious halls including Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, Motown music mogul Berry Gordy, rapper/actor Ice Cube, and many more, the event was kicked off – as per tradition – with a stunning red carpet.

See and sound off on the fashion hits of Tamar Braxton, Jennifer Hudson, Aretha Franklin, and many more below…


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