President and stars join in epic farewell to Queen of Soul
DETROIT (AP) — Former presidents and preachers joined a parade of singers Friday in a hip-swaying, piano-pounding farewell to Aretha Franklin, remembering the Queen of Soul as a powerful force for musical and political change and a steadfast friend and family member.
"Aretha's singing challenged the dangling discords of hate and lies and racism and injustice," the pastor William J. Barber II said. "Her singing was revelation and was revolution."
Democrat Elizabeth Warren marches in Las Vegas Pride parade
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren danced to Aretha Franklin and posed for selfies as she marched Friday night in the Las Vegas Pride parade.
Cynthia Erivo cast as Aretha Franklin in ‘Genius’ season 3
NEW YORK (AP) — National Geographic has found its next “Genius.”
The network has tapped Cynthia Erivo to play Aretha Franklin in a third installment of the anthology series.
Moments from the Aretha Franklin funeral
Aretha’s lack of a will could make things rocky for heirs
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Aretha Franklin was so hard-nosed in her business dealings that she demanded to be paid in cash before performing. Her heirs won't have it so simple.
Though she lived to 76 and was terminally ill with pancreatic cancer, the Queen of Soul died without a will.
McCain, Franklin tributes show 2 Americas and cultures
Two farewells, both reflecting distinct but uniquely American cultures.
In Detroit, celebrities sat alongside anonymous mourners Friday in joyous remembrance of Aretha Franklin, a funeral that brought together the black church, gospel music, civil rights activism and Detroit civic pride.
When Ms. Franklin calls: Reporter reflects on Queen of Soul
NEW YORK (AP) — When I got the chance to interview Aretha Franklin for the first time in 2001, I was already a bundle of nerves: Even though it was just over the phone, I'd be talking to THE Queen of Soul! You could get no closer to rock 'n' roll royalty than the Queen herself.
So my trepidation was magnified when a colleague told me not to expect much: Franklin was famously guarded and known for giving short, to-the-point answers and little in the way of introspection.
AP Essay: Aretha Franklin, John McCain and the 1960s
"Hope I die before I get old," the Who sang at Woodstock as the 1960s hurtled to their end. Indeed, the decade and its echoes made premature legends of so many — Kennedy to King, Hendrix to Joplin to Morrison. They became emblems of an era, and the packaging of their virtues and vices has never really stopped.
Poor People’s Campaign returns to its North Carolina roots
GREENVILLE, N.C. (AP) — The Poor People's Campaign is returning to North Carolina, where leaders will hear stories from people who have experienced police violence.
A previously unreleased track from Franklin is coming out
NEW YORK (AP) — Christmas is bringing the gift of a previously unreleased Aretha Franklin recording.
"Big Band Holidays II" from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis has...
In Franklin’s anthems, women heard an empowering message
NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin never saw herself as a feminist heroine. That, she quipped, was Gloria Steinem's role. But she leaves a legacy of indelible anthems that resonated deeply with women by celebrating their strength and individuality — and demanding, well, just a little respect.
"I don't think I was a catalyst for the women's movement," she told Rolling Stone in 2014. "Sorry. But if I were? So much the better!"
Hilfiger joins with Zendaya for joyous ’70s Harlem party
NEW YORK (AP) — Tommy Hilfiger never shies away from spectacle when it comes to his runway shows, and his return to New York Fashion Week after several years was no exception.
Late jazz trumpet great Marcus Belgrave gets Detroit street
DETROIT (AP) — Late jazz trumpeting great Marcus Belgrave has been honored with a downtown Detroit street ceremonially renamed in his honor.
Park along Detroit’s riverfront named as it nears completion
DETROIT (AP) — The newest park along Detroit's eastern riverfront will be named in honor of a native of the city who led Carhartt Inc.
The Detroit Riverfront Conservancy announced Thursday...
Aretha Franklin’s cancer doctors recall her grace, grit
DETROIT (AP) — Regardless of her reputation as a performer, Aretha Franklin's cancer doctors say she was no diva as a patient.
As the anniversary of her death approaches, two of her doctors...
The Latest: Handwriting expert to examine Franklin will
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on legal wrangling over Aretha Franklin's estate (all times local):
A Michigan judge agreed to allow a handwriting expert to examine wills...
‘No one did it better’ - Reaction to Aretha Franklin’s death
Reaction to the death of soul icon Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday:
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan judge agreed to allow a handwriting expert to examine wills discovered in couch cushions after Aretha Franklin's death.
Actresses of color make equal-pay quest a group effort
LOS ANGELES (AP) — When Aretha Franklin and Annie Lennox recorded "Sisters Are Doin' it For Themselves" in 1985, the Queen of Soul tried out a pointed ad lib for the empowerment...
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Aretha Franklin's sons disagree about who should manage what could be a multimillion-dollar estate.
Attorneys for Theodore White II last week told a Michigan judge in a...
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's governor has signed legislation honoring the late Queen of Soul with a highway designation.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Monday approved the bill to designate a...
Rock Hall’s $2 million exhibit allows interactive experience
CLEVELAND (AP) — Imagine standing inside rock and roll's hallowed ground with the guitar sounds of Deep Purple's "Smoke on The Water" blaring above your head.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Singer Tina Turner, bluesman Charlie Musselwhite and guitarist Steve Cropper are headlining this year's class of Memphis Music Hall of Fame inductees.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Legislature is honoring the late Queen of Soul with a highway designation.
The state Senate voted 32-5 on Thursday to designate a portion of M-10 in...
Tension developing in Aretha Franklin will dispute
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A fight is emerging over whether a son of Aretha Franklin could be put in charge of the late singer's estate after a 2014 handwritten will was found under cushions in her...
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Institute of Arts is displaying nine recent acquisitions including a portrait of Aretha Franklin by photographer Anthony Barboza.
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- Business WireAdditional Artists Added to the Stellar Lineup for the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards®February 6, 2019
- BusinessWireSmokey Robinson to Make Special Appearance at "Aretha! A GRAMMY® Celebration For The Queen Of Soul" on Jan. 13, 2019January 9, 2019
- Globe NewswireElijah Connor Releases Classic Christmas Song “This Christmas” in Time for the HolidaysDecember 11, 2018
Feeling Aretha’s spirit, J Hud honors icon at Pulitzers
NEW YORK (AP) — With bad weather in Chicago on Monday and her flight canceled, Jennifer Hudson fretted at the thought of missing her performance at Tuesday's Pulitzer Prize awards ceremony to pay...
Handwritten wills shake up Aretha Franklin’s estate
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — The discovery of handwritten wills in the home of the late Aretha Franklin could ignite a dispute among family members about the estate of the "Queen of Soul." She died last...
3 handwritten wills found in Aretha Franklin’s home
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Three handwritten wills have been found in the suburban Detroit home of Aretha Franklin, months after the death of the "Queen of Soul," including one that was discovered...
A T-shirt shopping trip with rock singer James Bay
NEW YORK (AP) — Yes, British singer James Bay's favorite music T-shirt is of the Rolling Stones, but the one he wishes he had? Aretha Franklin.
DETROIT (AP) — There's one more sign a Detroit riverfront concert venue has been renamed after Aretha Franklin.
Workers on Thursday were taking down the Chene (SHANE) Park sign outside the...
CHICAGO (AP) — The year's Chicago Gospel Music Festival will include a tribute to the "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin .
The 2019 festival runs May 31 to June 1 in Chicago's lakefront...
Pulitzers given to Aretha Franklin, author Richard Powers
NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin received an honorary Pulitzer Prize on Monday, as judges praised the Queen of Soul "for her indelible contribution to American music and culture." Competitive...
Aretha Franklin makes history with posthumous Pulitzer win
NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin is still getting R-E-S-P-E-C-T after death: The Queen of Soul received the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation honor Monday, becoming the first individual woman to earn...
Review: How sweet the sound is in Aretha doc ‘Amazing Grace’
After many dangers, toils and snares, the long-lost Aretha Franklin concert film "Amazing Grace" has finally seen the light, and good Lord is it good.
Correction: Stellar Awards story
LAS VEGAS (AP) — In a story March 30 about the Stellar Gospel Music Awards, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Jonathan McReynolds won six awards. He won eight.
Family members celebrate birthday of late ‘Queen of Soul’
DETROIT (AP) — Family members celebrated Aretha Franklin on what would have been the Queen of Soul's 77th birthday Monday with a memorial service and a screening of a documentary film.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Actresses Gina Gershon, Virginia Madsen and Jennifer Tilly are among the guests at this year's Ebertfest film festival in Champaign.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — In a sign of R-E-S-P-E-C-T, the Michigan Legislature is expected to honor the late Queen of Soul with a highway designation.
2019 Ebertfest to open with Aretha Franklin concert film
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — The Aretha Franklin concert film "Amazing Grace" will open this year's Roger Ebert film festival in Champaign-Urbana.
Carole Bayer Sager to get special honor at Songwriters Hall
NEW YORK (AP) — Carole Bayer Sager will receive the Johnny Mercer Award by the Songwriters Hall of Fame in June.
The Oscar- and Grammy-winner, who was inducted into the Songwriters Hall in...
Smokey Robinson remembers Aretha Franklin at tribute concert
LOS ANGELES (AP) — For Smokey Robinson, the late Aretha Franklin was more than just the Queen of Soul.
Robinson told a packed venue that Franklin was his longtime neighbor in Detroit,...
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Aretha Franklin, Count Basie and Booker T. & the MGs are among the performers named as inductees to the Blues Hall of Fame.
BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Authorities in suburban Detroit are investigating whether someone cheated singer Aretha Franklin by cashing a $178,000 check before her death last...
Television’s new ‘genius’ is Aretha Franklin
PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — A roundup of news Sunday from the Television Critics Association winter meeting, where TV networks and streaming services are presenting details on upcoming programs.
"GENIUS" IS ARETHA
The late singer Aretha Franklin will be the subject of the National Geographic network's third installment of its "Genius" series.
Nancy Pelosi gets rock star treatment at Clive Davis gala
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — The audience at Clive Davis' white-hot gala included Barbra Streisand, Joni Mitchell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, but it was House Speaker Nancy Pelosi who got the most requests to take a selfie.
Pelosi received rock star treatment Saturday night from attendees at the annual pre-Grammy event, which also featured a stunning tribute to the late Aretha Franklin, an artist Davis worked closely with for decades.
Detroit artists planning Aretha Franklin tribute show
DETROIT (AP) — Some of Detroit's prominent artists are gathering to celebrate the music and memory of Aretha Franklin.
The event, "A Celebration of The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin in Song and Dance," is scheduled for Feb. 1 at the Detroit Institute of Arts. Producing and singing is Joan Belgrave, wife of late jazz trumpeting great Marcus Belgrave.
Aretha Franklin honored with star-studded tribute concert
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The late Aretha Franklin's songs were so impactful that some of music's bests from Alicia Keys to Celine Dion took the stage Sunday to relive the Queen of Soul's biggest hits in a taped tribute concert.
Historic music recording studio in Detroit bought by state
DETROIT (AP) — A historic Detroit music studio where stars such as Aretha Franklin and Miles Davis recorded has been bought by the state to preserve the building during a freeway project.
Michigan's Transportation department says Friday that United Sound Systems will be relocated to an adjacent parking lot to allow more distance from proposed retaining walls along Interstate 94.