The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is throwing her hat into the ring as “American Idol” producers begin a search for new judges. Just days after Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler announced their plans to exit the Fox show after two seasons, Franklin is expressing interest in taking on the gig. Read More »
Soul singer Tweet is gearing up to release a new project this year and we couldnâ€™t be more excited. The homie NecoleBitchie posted that Tweet will be releasing new music on her twitter (Make Sure Yall Follow Her TwitterÂ @Ms_HummingBirdevery )Tuesday as a part of her â€˜Tweet Tuesdayâ€™ series. Her latest release is a cover of Aretha Franklinâ€™s â€˜Day Dreamingâ€™ and she definitely killed it.
Check out the song and interview below: Read More »
Sources reports VH1 will pay tribute to Whitney Houston for its next installment of VH1 Divas, Billboard has learned.
The network will tape the performance in Los Angeles in December, with Houston’s longtime musical director Rickey Minor on board as executive producer.
No artists have been confirmed for the tribute to Houston, a three-time performer on “Divas” in 1999, 2002 and 2003.
The tribute has already received the blessing of Houston’s family and her label partners at Sony. “We all felt that if any show could pay tribute to Whitney’s music, it would be Divas, VH1 president Tom Calderone tells Billboard.
“December felt like enough time where it wouldn’t be sad anymore, you’d want to celebrate her music.”
Since debuting in 1998, “Divas” has become one of VH1′s most-watched and best known franchises.
Previous performers include Mariah Carey, Aretha Franklin, Celine Dion, Diana Ross, Cher, Tina Turner, Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Adele and Kelly Clarkson. The 2011 installment, VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul, attracted 1.3 million total viewers and doubled the previous year’s average rating, according to Nielsen Media Research.
Check out some of Whitney’s biggest performance Â from the show below…. Read More »
The Queen of soul Aretha Franklin, Â couldnâ€™t attend Houstonâ€™s funeral ceremony yesterday because of ongoing health issues or so we were told… I smell a lie!!!
Franklin, 69, canceled her scheduled appearance at Houstonâ€™s funeral service, citing leg spasms, but sources and reviews note that the soul diva was fine Saturday night when she performed the second of two soldout concerts at Radio City Music Hall.
Sources say Franklin paid tribute to Houston during her concert â€” was even feeling well enough to entertain 40 of her friends at the Ritz Carlton hotel on Central Park South after Saturdayâ€™s show. Hummmmm!!!!
An eyewitness says Franklin, sporting a curly blond hairstyle, arrived on the arm of her on-again, off-again fiance William Wilkerson.â€œIt looked like everyone was having a great time.â€
Word on the street is Franklin pissed Whitney’s mom and family off after hearing comments she made during an interview she taped with Al Roker which is said to be really why she was absence from Houstonâ€™s funeral. Read More »
ESSENCE just announced their lineup for the 2012 Essence Music Festival in New Orleans. I went last year and had the time of my life and from the looks of it this year will be even better. My girl Fantasia is about to make her return to the stage after giving birth last month. While Essence hasn’t made public who’s on mainstage at the Superdome and who is in the superlounges, the YBF learned a few of the designations.
CourtneyLuv.com reported that several celebrities, Civil Rights Activists, executive professionals, and the world’s elite walked the 20th Annual Trumpet Awards red carpet.
Aretha Franklin, The Braxtons, Rev. Run, Blair Underwood, Judge Hatchett, and many more came to show their support. The annual Trumpet Awards acknowledges the accomplishments of men and women who have significantly contributed to enhancing the quality of life for allâ€¦individuals and/or groups who augment the richness of this great global society by partnering with the cause of justice and equality of all. Check out more pictures after the jump.
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Aretha Franklin reportedly got engaged to her longtime friend William Wilkerson recently. The two are expected to get married in theÂ summer at Miami Beach.
According to sources, the Grammy-winning singer gave a statement to The Associated Press.
The Queen of Soul also told that she’d like to have a ceremony with a reception on a private yacht.
The 69-year-old singer was married twice before. She’s reportedly considering Vera Wang, Valentino and Donna Karan to design her wedding dress.
She also joked with the press saying, “No, I’m not pregnant.”
News spotted at Billboard.
Aretha Franklin Honored By Cleveland + Musical Dedications From Chaka Khan, Lauryn Hill, and Dennis Edwards
The Queen of Soul was honored in Cleveland recently. Mayor Frank Jackson gave Aretha a key to the city and she was honored with a honoray doctorate from Case Western Reserve University. Most notable where the musical dedications she received from Chaka Khan, Lauryn Hill and Dennis Edwards of The Tempations. Read More »
I can’t hate on the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, for using her resources to get her out of a ticket. Surprisingly she was at Neely’s Barbecue Parlor in New York, when she saw one of those pesky meter maids. Now I don’t know if she ran outside singing Respect or what I just know that it ended with her signing her signature on an envelope from the meter maid and there being no ticket written for her. Read More »