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Aretha Franklin dismisses reports of LaBelle fight

April 15th, 2014 9:30pm EDT
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Soul icon Aretha Franklin has laughed off rumours her pal Patti Labelle was recently arrested following a fight between the pair after fans fell for a spoof news article posted online.

The fake story was posted on TheNewsNerd.com on Friday (11Apr14), alleging the Lady Marmalade hitmaker been taken into police custody after throwing a punch at Franklin during a run-in in Atlanta, Georgia last month (Mar14).

The false news caused such a stir on the Internet that Franklin has now spoken out to clear up the claims.

In a funny statement released on Tuesday (15Apr14), the legendary singer writ...
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Aretha Franklin celebrates 72nd birthday with star-studded bash

March 23rd, 2014 6:20pm EDT
Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin celebrated her 72nd birthday with Denzel Washington.
The soul legend threw a private party in New York City on Saturday night (03.22.14) ahead of her birthday this coming Tuesday, and was joined by some of Hollywood's finest to mark the occasion.
'Flight' actor Denzel was one of the guests of honour and attempted to slip through the entrance of the Ritz-Carlton Hotel incognito, dressed down in a baseball cap.
According to the Huffington Post, Aretha had been to see the star in a Broadway performance of 'A Raisin In the Sun' earlier in the day, and personally thanked him for...
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The Biggest Losers: Celebrities Who Have Lost Over 50 Pounds!

March 22nd, 2014 8:00pm EDT
The Biggest Losers: Celebrities Who Have Lost Over 50 Pounds!
Singer Jordin Sparks made a drastic lifestyle change to drop more than 50 pounds over two and a half years. In 2011 she told People magazine what her "secret" was: "It was just a shift in my thinking. Instead of talking about being more active, I just got up and did it. There's no secret. Anybody can do it."

The former "American Idol" star told Life & Style magazine that the extra weight was like carrying a 5-year-old child.

"By March of last year [2012], I lost 50. And then I maintained it for the rest of the year. I was in the gym all day long. When I got up I would hike, then I would g...
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Aretha Franklin and Patti LaBelle to headline White House concert

March 5th, 2014 3:10am EST
Aretha Franklin
Singing legends Aretha Franklin and Patti Labelle are among the headliners for the upcoming Women of Soul concert hosted by America's First Lady Michelle Obama.

Some of music's biggest names are heading to the White House in Washington, D.C. on Thursday (06Mar14) for a special event titled, I'm Every Woman: The History of Women in Soul, a nod to Chaka Khan's 1978 classic track.

In addition to Franklin and LaBelle, other singers slated to perform are Melissa Etheridge, Janelle Monae, Ariana Grande and Jill Scott.

The concert will be streamed live on the White House website, and will be br...
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Jennifer Hudson feels confident

February 9th, 2014 3:20pm EST
Jennifer Hudson
Jennifer Hudson has learnt to embrace her figure.
The 'Feeling Good' hitmaker, who lost 80 pounds after first signing up as a Weight Watchers spokesperson a few years ago, admits she no longer feels self-conscious on the red carpet.
Wearing a short white dress with a plunging neckline, the 32-year-old star told USA Today newspaper at the BET Honors 2014 in Washington D.C. on Saturday night (02.08.14): "You need to embrace yourself, find those things that you love about yourself and know that no one is like you, and own being you."
Jennifer recently admitted she is much more comfortable with...
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Aretha Franklin lands BET honour

January 16th, 2014 8:50pm EST
Aretha Franklin
Soul legend Aretha Franklin and Motown Records mogul Berry Gordy are set to be saluted for their career achievements at the 2014 BET Honors.

Rapper-turned-actor Ice Cube will also be among the honourees at the upcoming ceremony, which celebrates stars' contributions to African-American culture.

The awards will take place in Washington, D.C. on 8 February (14).

Halle Berry and Chaka Khan were celebrated at last year's (13) event.
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Aretha Franklin Will Be Working On Christmas

December 24th, 2013 12:51pm EST
Aretha Franklin
Singer Aretha Franklin is skipping the holiday festivities to finish her new album.

The Respect hitmaker is set to release her latest record next year (14), and has decided to work through Christmas in order to complete it on time.

She explains, "You will hear it early spring, around April. We'll be in the studio over the Christmas holiday."

The Queen of Soul is such a fan of the holidays, she usually hosts a big party for friends and family in her native Detroit, Michigan.

She hosted a glitzy event at the Detroit Athletic Club two days before Christmas in 2011, and booked Gwen & Charle...
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Dr. Dre and partners take on Muscle Shoals revamp project

November 27th, 2013 3:20am EST
Dr. Dre
Rap mogul Dr. Dre and his Beats Electronics partners have taken over the fabled Muscle Shoals Sound and FAME Recording studios in Alabama as part of a major redevelopment initiative.

The brains behind the rap legend's accessories line will aid the renovation and revival of the music meccas, where Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, the Rolling Stones and Etta James, among others, recorded classic tracks and albums, as part of a new deal with the Muscle Shoals Music Foundation.

Beats Electronics bosses hope to return Muscle Shoals Sound Studio to a functioning recording space, and turn it int...
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The Morning Roundup: N Sync's VMA Reunion, Aretha Franklin's 'Miraculous' Recovery, Cowell's Baby

August 21st, 2013 10:38am EDT
N Sync
Numerous reports are pointing to an N Sync reunion at this Sunday's MTV VMAs. Multiple sources have claimed that Justin Timberlake, who will received this year's Michael Jackson Video Vanguard award, will reunite with former bandmates Lance Bass, JC Chasez, Chris Kirkpatrick and Joey Fatone for a performance at this year's awards. While all signs point to this as being a no-brainer, a rep for MTV told New York's Newsday that the rumors aren't true, and Bass himself weighed in on the situation (story), saying the news is expected because of Timberlake's lifetime achievement award the network...
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Aretha Franklin Brands Her Recovery 'Absolutely Miraculous'

August 21st, 2013 9:00am EDT
Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin has issued an update on her ongoing health problems after a wave of canceled appearances this summer, branding her recovery "absolutely miraculous".

The 71 year-old singer has been battling poor health over the last few months, but she has declined to specify the nature of her problems. She recently axed a number of shows, insisting she wanted to fully complete her treatment before heading back on stage, and now she has issued an update to fans.

Franklin reveals her recovery has amazed her doctors and she hopes to be back at work soon.

The soul veteran tells the Associ...
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Aretha Franklin scraps three more shows

May 22nd, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin has axed another trio of concerts on medical grounds.

The Queen of Soul has already scrapped two upcoming shows this week (begs20May13) on the advice of her doctor, and she has now cancelled another three - one in her native Michigan and two in Canada.

Details of what ails Franklin have not been disclosed, but Catherine O'Grady, the director of the Ottawa Jazz Festival - where the star was set to perform, says, "It's doctor's orders. She's really not well."

Her spokesman David Brokaw adds, "She's going to resume her schedule in July."

It's not the first time she has scra...
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Ailing Aretha Franklin Cancels Two Upcoming Appearances On Doctor's Orders

May 14th, 2013 5:09pm EDT
Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin has canceled a pair of upcoming appearances to undergo treatment for an undisclosed condition.

The soul icon was set to perform in Chicago, Illinois, on Monday with members of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and at the Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Ledyard, Connecticut, on May 26, but her doctor recommended that she cancel the shows for treatment of whatever is ailing her.

Franklin canceled shows in 2010 to have a tumor removed -- something she kept secret for two years before revealing it in 2012 -- and she has also battled issues with her legs and feet in the past. Sh...
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Aretha Franklin cancels shows for mystery medical treatment

May 13th, 2013 8:28pm EDT
Aretha Franklin
Soul icon Aretha Franklin has axed two upcoming concerts to undergo treatment for another mystery condition.

The Respect hitmaker was due to perform with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in Illinois next Monday (20May13) and hit the stage at the Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Connecticut on 26 May (13), but both dates have been cancelled on the advice of doctors.

Details about Franklin's medical issue have not been released, but it's not the first time she has scrapped gigs due to her health.

She called off a series of shows in 2010 and refused to divulge details about what ailed her for two ...
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Stars turn out for Phil Ramone memorial

May 12th, 2013 9:40am EDT
Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin, Billy Joel, Quincy Jones and Josh Groban were among the stars who came together in New York on Saturday night for a memorial in honour of late music producer Phil Ramone.

The producer and sound engineer died at the age of 79 on March 30, just weeks after he was hospitalised to treat an aortic aneurysm, and several of his famous friends gathered at the Salvation Army's Centennial Memorial Temple for a celebration of his life.

Matthew Morrison, Paul Simon and Kevin Spacey also attended the show, and the Glee star shared a picture of a commemorative programme from the event ...
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Aretha Franklin 'Laughed' After Hearing Beyonce Lip-Synced National Anthem

January 23rd, 2013 2:07pm EST
Aretha Franklin and Beyonce
Aretha Franklin didn't hold back when she recalled hearing about Beyonce's infamous lip-syncing of the National Anthem during President Obama's second inauguration. 

She told ABC News, "When I heard the news this evening that she was pre-recorded I really laughed. I thought it was funny because the weather down there was about 46 or 44 degrees and for most singers that is just not good singing weather."

"When I heard that I just really cracked up. I thought it was really funny, but she did a beautiful job with the pre-record."

Franklin then pointed out that she performed during Obama's 2...
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10 Celebrities Looking Great After Their Dramatic Weight Loss

September 20th, 2012 4:15pm EDT
Carnie Wilson
Just like regular folk, some celebrities have problems with their weight. They try everything to lose it - diet, exercise, and sometimes even surgery.

Singer Carnie Wilson had a gastric band fitted in January after gaining back the majority of the weight shed after a gastric bypass in 1999. She has since lost more than 30 pounds but admits going under the knife wasn't an easy solution.

She told the Today Show, "I was at the point where I did need intervention...I needed to take action. I needed to help myself again. What I feel now - I feel the sensation of being full quickly, which I was...
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The Greatest Album Released By A Female Artist Is...

June 23rd, 2012 6:00pm EDT
Aretha Franklin
Move over Lady Gaga, Katy Perry and Rihanna. Queen of soul Aretha Franklin's "I Never Loved A Man The Way I Loved You" has topped a new poll to find the greatest albums released by female artists.

Franklin's 1967 breakthrough album beat out challenges from Joni Mitchell's "Blue" and "Dusty in Memphis" by Dusty Springfield to claim the number-one spot in Rolling Stone magazine's new countdown.

Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours," featuring the talents of Stevie Nicks and Christine McVie, also made the top five, as did Patti Smith's "Horses."

The youngest and freshest artist on the list is Adele, 24...
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Aretha Franklin Lands Gospel Hall Of Fame Honor

May 9th, 2012 11:19am EDT
Aretha Franklin
Music icon Aretha Franklin is to be inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

The Queen of Soul will receive the honor at a ceremony on August 14th in Hendersonville, Tennessee, and will be joined by her fellow inductees including bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs, The Hoppers, singer Dallas Holm and Christian rock band Love Song. Late TV evangelist Rex Humbard will also be honored.

Franklin's Grammy-winning 1972 album Amazing Grace sold two million copies in the U.S. and remains one of the best-selling gospel albums of all time.

The Gospel Music Hall of Fame began in 1971 and previous...
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D'Angelo Announces First Live Concert In 10 Years

May 3rd, 2012 4:20pm EDT
DAngelo
Reclusive soul star D'Angelo is set to return to the stage for the first time in a decade to perform at the 2012 Essence Music Festival.

The Brown Sugar singer will make his live comeback on the first night of the New Orleans, Louisiana event, which takes place in early July.

D'Angelo has not released an album since 2000's hit Voodoo, but reports suggest he's working on new material and is ready to make his chart return after a troubled few years away from the spotlight.

The singer, real name Michael Archer, has spent time in rehab battling drug addictions and, in March, he pleaded gu...
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Tom Hanks' Voicemail Message Raises $26,000 For Sting's Rainforest Charity

April 5th, 2012 8:40am EDT
Tom Hanks
Tom Hanks raised $26,000 for Sting's rainforest charity by personally selling off a voicemail message at a star-studded auction in New York on Tuesday night.

Elton John, Bruno Mars and Jennifer Hudson were among the famous faces who performed at a benefit concert at Manhattan's Carnegie Hall to raise money for Sting's Rainforest Fund, and after the show, a charity auction took place at The Pierre hotel.

Sting took to the auctioneer's podium himself to sell off tickets to one of his upcoming gigs for $23,000, but his total was trumped by Hanks, who personally sold off a voicemail message...
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Happy 70th Birthday To Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin!

March 25th, 2012 1:02pm EDT
Aretha Franklin
Give a little "Respect" to Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin on Sunday - the veteran songstress turns 70.

Starting out as a jazz singer in the early 1960s, Franklin found fame in the latter half of the decade and went on to achieve legendary status with the incredible power of her vocals and her nailed-on classics such as "Think" and "I Say A Little Prayer".

After a decline in fortunes in the 1970s, Franklin was catapulted back into the public eye with her memorable, scene-stealing performance in 1980 musical comedy movie The Blues Brothers, and her status as a showbiz icon was sealed.

Here ...
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Katy Perry Slams The Media For Twisting Her Beyonce/Shakira Comments

March 21st, 2012 4:28pm EDT
Katy Perry
Katy Perry has blasted the media for spreading erroneous reports suggesting she criticized Beyonce and Shakira's chart collaboration Beautiful Liar.

The I Kissed A Girl hit-maker was discussing her plans to record with her pop pal Rihanna during an appearance on a British radio show on Monday when she admitted they wanted to come up with a real girl power anthem to emulate the success of the Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin's 1985 hit Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves.

She told the BBC, "We've collaborated on a lot of things, but just not songs yet. It's one of those things that's got s...
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Katy Perry Planning An 'Iconic' Girl Power Anthem With Rihanna

March 19th, 2012 12:52pm EDT
Katy Perry
Katy Perry and Rihanna are in no rush to record a girl power duet - because they want to take their time on the project and release an "iconic" collaboration like Sisters Are Doin' It For Themselves.

The pop star pals have been open about their desire to tackle the charts together, but the I Kissed A Girl hit-maker has high hopes for the track and is eager to emulate the success of the Eurythmics and Aretha Franklin's 1985 hit.

Speaking on Britain's Radio 1, she says, "We've collaborated on a lot of things, but just not songs yet. It's one of those things that's got so much build up tha...
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Aretha Franklin Pays Tribute To Whitney Houston At New York Show

February 19th, 2012 2:30pm EST
Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin paused her gig in New York on Saturday night to remember her late friend Whitney Houston, hours after pulling out of a performance at the star's funeral.

The veteran singer was due to sing at Houston's star-studded memorial service in New Jersey on Saturday, but she cancelled her appearance after suffering foot and leg problems.

She fulfilled her commitment to perform at the Radio City Music Hall in Manhattan later that evening, and near the beginning of the show she acknowledged the day's sad events, telling the audience, "I hope that there's something I will sing, or I h...
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Health Problems Keep Aretha Franklin From Attending Whitney Houston's Funeral

February 18th, 2012 1:50pm EST
Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin has been forced to pull out of performing at Whitney Houston's funeral in New Jersey due to health issues.

Longtime family friend Franklin was due to pay her last respects to the late superstar and perform the singer's classic "The Greatest Love of All" at the New Hope Baptist Church in Houston's native Newark, where a memorial service is currently taking place.

But the Queen of Soul had to cancel her plans after suffering foot and leg problems following her concert at New York's Radio City Music Hall on Friday.

In a statement, she says, "Regretfully I cannot attend ...
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Watch Whitney Houston's Funeral Coverage Live Here

February 18th, 2012 11:00am EST
Whitney Houston
Today, around 12:00pm ET, millions of fans from around the world will be given an opportunity to bid farewell to pop superstar Whtiney Houston and watch live coverage of her funeral on Ustream.

It will be exactly one week after her tragic and untimely death.

Kevin Costner, who co-starred with Whitney in The Bodyguard, will reportedly speak at her funeral in New Jersey. The late superstar's longtime friend and mentor Clive Davis is also expected to speak and gospel singer and pastor Marvin Winans will deliver the eulogy.

Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder will sing at the star-studded s...
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Family & Close Friends Attend Whitney Houston's Wake

February 18th, 2012 10:00am EST
Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston's mother, daughter, cousin Dionne Warwick and mentor Clive Davis paid their respects to the singer at a private wake on Friday evening.

Just a day before the superstar's funeral in New Jersey on Saturday, Houston's loved ones visited the Whigham Funeral Home in Newark, where her body was transported to following her death in Los Angeles last week.

Hundreds of fans lined the street outside the funeral parlor, where floral tributes were laid in the star's honor.

Bobbi Kristina Brown, her daughter with ex-husband Bobby Brown, was accompanied to the wake by her grandmother Ci...
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Mel Gibson Tried To Help Whitney Houston Get Off Drugs

February 18th, 2012 9:30am EST
Mel Gibson & Whitney Houston
Mel Gibson reached out to Whitney Houston and tried to help the superstar overcome her personal issues at the height of her drug troubles, according to a new report.

The actor previously came to the aid of Britney Spears following her public meltdown in 2008 and offered up his estate in Costa Rica as a refuge for the pop star to recover from her struggles away from the spotlight.

Now TMZ.com reports Gibson also attempted to come to the rescue of Houston while she battled an addiction to cocaine, marijuana and other drugs in the early 2000s.

Website editors claim the actor visited Houston...
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Watch Whitney Houston's Funeral On Television & The Internet

February 16th, 2012 9:51am EST
Whitney Houston
Whitney Houston's funeral will be televised. A public memorial planned for Friday has been scrapped, but the late singer's publicist has told media outlets that Saturday's private family service at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, New Jersey will be made available for television and internet streaming.

The funeral will be attended by some 1,500 mourners, including celebrity friends of the deceased like Chaka Khan, BeBe Winans, songwriter Diane Warren, music mogul Antonio 'L.A.' Reid, Brandy and her brother Ray J, who was reportedly dating Houston when she died.

Aretha Franklin, the ...
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Aretha Franklin To Sing At Whitney Houston Memorial

February 15th, 2012 8:44pm EST
Aretha Franklin
Aretha Franklin will pay tribute to her goddaughter Whitney Houston by performing at her funeral, according to a new report.

A memorial service for the soul superstar, who tragically died in Los Angeles over the weekend, is due to be held in Newark, New Jersey on Saturday - at New Hope Baptist Church, where Houston sang in the choir as a child, and Franklin will reportedly sing at the ceremony.

ETOnline.com reports the Respect hitmaker was personally asked by Houston's mentor Clive Davis to take the stage - and Franklin accepted.

Gospel singer and pastor Marvin Winans, who officiated the...
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