Aretha Franklin

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Aretha Franklin Sued Over Unpaid Condo Fees

She says she's been 'overcharged for years'

(Newser) - Aretha Franklin is being sued over unpaid homeowner fees at a condominium in suburban Detroit. The Hills of Lone Pine Association says it's owed some $11,563. The Detroit News reports that the condo association has filed a lawsuit to try to foreclose on the Queen of Soul's... More »

Aretha Franklin Gets in Tiff With Johnny Rockets Waitress

Releases statement about 'rude, nasty' server

(Newser) - Do not mess with the Queen of Soul. That's the lesson a waitress at a Johnny Rockets on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls probably learned this week, after Aretha Franklin released a statement complaining about the server's "very rude, unprofessional, and nasty" behavior Tuesday night. Franklin... More »

Aretha Sues Satire Site for $10M Over Fistfight Story

Nerd News 'reported' Franklin, Patti LaBelle duked it out

(Newser) - There's a disclaimer at the bottom of the News Nerd site clarifying that articles found therein "are purely satirical," but the thousands of people who shared one of the stories on Facebook and Twitter this weekend may not have noticed said disclaimer. The satirical article in question... More »

Oops: Obama Misspells Aretha's 'R-E-S-P-E-C-T'

Franklin performs at 'Women of Soul' White House event

(Newser) - President Obama botched a very popular song lyric—and one that's pretty easy to remember if you know how to spell—last night at the White House's "Women of Soul" performance, the AP reports. "When Aretha [Franklin] first told us what R-S-P-E-C-T meant to her,"... More »

Aretha Has 'Miraculous' Recovery to Mystery Illness

Implies 'faith healing' should get the credit, but won't say for what

(Newser) - No one knows what was wrong with Aretha Franklin recently, but whatever it was, she's currently experiencing a "miraculous" recovery from it, she tells the AP . Health problems have forced Franklin to cancel concerts and appearances over the past few months, including one just this past weekend, but... More »

11 Awful Celeb Interviewees

Celebrity journalists spill stories

(Newser) - In the wake of Rhys Ifans walking angrily out of an interview with the Times of London , the Guardian spoke to a few journalists about their worst encounters with celebrities:
  • One reporter calls interviewing Gwyneth Paltrow "one of the low points of my life." Paltrow arrived at the
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5 Successful Celebs Who Were Once Teen Moms

Aretha Franklin had her son at just 14

(Newser) - Being a teen mom doesn't mean you can't also be a success, as these five celebrities rounded up by The Stir prove:
  • Sofia Vergara was married at 18, had a son by 19, and was divorced a year later. Of course, she went on to rack up a
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Aretha Franklin: I Want to Be Idol Judge

Queen of Soul says via email that she's a big fan

(Newser) - American Idol is down Steven Tyler and J.Lo (and maybe Randy Jackson , for the trifecta), but one hefty voice is volunteering her talents as judge: None other than Aretha Franklin told CNN via email yesterday that she's interested in the gig. The 70-year-old Queen of Soul is apparently... More »

Aretha Spends $2K Per Minute to Be Near Obama

Leaves Sarah Jessica Parker-hosted fundraiser after 20 minutes

(Newser) - Aretha Franklin paid the $40,000 ticket price to attend Sarah Jessica Parker's Obama fundraiser last night, but left after just 20 minutes. That means she spent $2,000 per minute to be there, TMZ helpfully calculates. Apparently it was worth it, because she described the food ("chicken... More »

Aretha Franklin Calls Off Her Wedding

Singer worried relationship was moving too fast

(Newser) - Aretha Franklin won't be getting fitted for a wedding gown after all: She's called off her engagement . A statement released yesterday by her rep said Franklin's wedding to Willie Wilkerson wasn't going to happen. "Will and I have decided we were moving a little too... More »

Aretha: I'm Getting Married

Singer says she's ready to marry longtime boyfriend Willie Wilkerson

(Newser) - The Queen of Soul says she's ready to be an honest woman. Aretha Franklin tells the AP in a statement today that she's getting married to longtime beau Willie Wilkerson. And stop the speculation right now: "No, I'm not pregnant," the 69-year-old jokes. The marriage,... More »

Aretha Franklin: I Don't Have Pancreatic Cancer

Queen of Soul got get-well letter from President Obama

(Newser) - Aretha Franklin says she does not have pancreatic cancer, contrary to earlier reports . The legendary singer tells Access Hollywood that she did have a health issue that required surgery but isn't ready to go into specifics about it. She did, however, pass along this from her doctor: He said, ‘... More »

Please Get Well, Aretha Franklin

Bob Herbert has a suggestion for a holiday toast

(Newser) - Bob Herbert sends up a Christmas wish this morning for Aretha Franklin, who's reportedly ill with pancreatic cancer . He recalls first hearing her voice—"the most gifted of an era"—on her seminal I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You album, which provided solace in... More »

Aretha Franklin Has Cancer: Relative

Surgery was for pancreatic tumor, says National Enquirer

(Newser) - The undisclosed illness that required Aretha Franklin to undergo surgery last week is cancer, a relative tells Fox 2 News In Detroit . The 68-year-old singer abruptly canceled shows last month on doctors' orders but didn't give specifics on why. The National Enquirer says the cancer is pancreatic, notes PopCrunch . Click... More »

Aretha Franklin's Son Hospitalized After Beating

Eddie Franklin beaten badly by younger men, woman

(Newser) - Aretha Franklin’s son Eddie is undergoing emergency surgery today, after being brutally beaten at a gas station in Detroit last night. Franklin, 52, was attacked by two men and a woman, the Detroit News reports. An unidentified bystander, an acquaintance of Franklin's, came forward to take him to the... More »

Aretha, Condi Duet in Concert

Unlikely pair comes together for music education

(Newser) - One is the face of the George W. Bush administration; the other a staunch Democrat and the Queen of Soul. Nonetheless, Condoleezza Rice and Aretha Franklin came together last night in a performance raising money for music education. Both performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra at the Mann Music Center, but... More »

Aretha & Condi Playing Charity Gig

Bipartisan duo to share stage at concert for inner-city kids

(Newser) - The Queen of Soul will team up with the "Warrior Princess" of the Bush administration at a charity concert next month. Aretha Franklin—a Democrat—will sing "Say a Little Prayer" and "Natural Woman" as classically trained pianist Condoleezza Rice—not a Democrat—plays, the New York ... More »

Obama Foreign Policy Takes Cue From Aretha

US is right to show some R-E-S-P-E-C-T, says Rachman

(Newser) - Aretha Franklin gave a roaring performance at Barack Obama's inauguration in January—and maybe, writes Gideon Rachman, she's had a bit of influence on his foreign policy. "R-E-S-P-E-C-T" has been the guiding principle for the new administration's rhetoric and engagements with Iran, Iraq, Russia, and China. Neocons might see... More »

Activists Hit 'Fur-Hag' Aretha's Star

Activists dub celebs 'fur hags'

(Newser) - January has not been kind to the queen of soul. First Aretha Franklin was mocked for her ginormous inauguration hat, and now her Walk of Fame star has been vandalized, Perez Hilton reports. Anti-fur activists scrawled “Fur Hag” across her star in Hollywood after doing the same thing to... More »

Everyone Wants Aretha's Hat

(Newser) - Aretha Franklin’s inauguration hat has been mercilessly mocked by some, but lots of people want one of their very own. The Detroit millinery where Franklin has been a customer for 20 years has been flooded with calls for orders, the AP reports. But Aretha wannabes soon learn that the... More »

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