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.
Contributing to a BB feature discussing the epic launch of the British star’s ’25’ album, Franklin said of the mega-seller:
“[Adele] reaches the woman of unrequited love, the man-that-got-away woman. There’s a tear in her voice that anyone who has ever been in love and lost is acquainted with. What sets Adele apart is her writing — lyrics women can relate to. But only time will tell where she stands in terms of other great vocalists of the 21st century, not sales.”
Though some may receive this as shade (and, given Aretha’s track-record, we’re sure there’s specks of it in there), she’s not wrong.
In this era, there tends to be the premature practice of coronating icons, legends, and royals based on sales alone. And while we’re sure Adele is well on her way, it won’t be her sales alone (especially in such a condensed space of time) that will facilitate that.
For now though, let’s re-live this. It remains amazing for a whole heap of reasons 😉