‘While The Blood Runs Warm’ performer Aretha Franklin has announced her plans to record and release a brand new studio album this year, enlisting the help of ‘Take a Bow’ creator Babyface and Whitney Houston mentor Clive Davis to aid its creation!
Why the above comes as good news for fans of Urban Pop trio Destiny’s Child?
Find out below…
Before recording began on January 1st, Aretha revealed that she would be recording a concept album that would see her cover songs originally released by some of the world’s more influential vocalists.
Set to be produced by the aforementioned ‘Face’, Davis and ‘Paradise Valley‘ producer Don Was, the project’s track list will include Donna Summer‘s ‘Last Dance’ and Barbra Streisand’s Bob Merill– penned ‘People‘.
However, perhaps by way of its ‘unique’ theme, the legend’s cover of Destiny’s Child smash hit ‘Bootylicious’ may serve to whip up attention like no other for the release, with the entertainer telling ‘Billboard’:
“It’s just re-working some things that were very, very good and certainly chart-worthy and sold a lot of records. “They’re records that, musically, I respected and that I liked a lot and that I would love to have one go-’round with. I aspire for musical excellence. I have very high standards where music is concerned, and I’m looking for something I haven’t done, something that you haven’t heard and something just absolutely smashing….”I’m even thinking of ‘Bootylicious’.”
With a quarter 2 release date in mind and Sony‘s RCA serving as its supporting label, the tribute release will come as she continues to hunt for a distribution deal for her own record company ‘Aretha’s Records’, where she plans to house her Gospel rapping son Kecalf and her grandson Jordan, an aspiring Pop singer.