The long-rumored Aretha Franklin biopic, Respect, is officially a go. According to Variety, the film will be released on August 14, 2020.
Though it was announced well before the singer’s death, MGM greenlit the film roughly a year ago, when the late Queen of Soul handpicked Jennifer Hudson for the starring role. Respect will focus on Franklin’s uncommonly rapid ascent from child singer in her father’s church choir to bonafide soul icon. Callie Khouri (Thelma & Louise and Nashville,) will write the screenplay, while Scott Bernstein (Straight Outta Compton and Ride Along 2,) and Harvey Mason Jr. (an r&b producer who’s worked with both Franklin and Hudson,) are set to produce.
Respect is the second Franklin-based film project to arrive since the singer’s death. On April 5th, the previously-shelved 1972 concert film, Amazing Grace, will finally see a limited release after premiering at the DOC NYC Festival late last year.
The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, continues to earn honors posthumously. It’s been announced the late soul legend will be inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame.
Franklin, who passed away on August 16th from pancreatic cancer at the age of 76, was born in Memphis, Tennessee and lived there until she was two years old before her family moved to Detroit.
The induction ceremony will take place on November 1st and feature six other Memphis-related musicians, including Rock and soul group The Box Tops, gospel artist O’Landa Draper, R&B singer-songwriter Eddie Floyd, rockabilly pioneers The Rock and Roll Trio, Memphis rappers 8Ball & MJG, and radio personality George Klein, a close friend of the late Elvis Presley.
John Doyle, executive director of the Rock ‘n’ Soul Museum and the Hall of Fame, tells USA Today that the committee had been wanting to induct Franklin for the past 3 years, but kept delaying due to her busy schedule. They decided to honor her earlier this year regardless, after they heard she was seriously ill. “We’d been talking to her and her people and they were excited about it, but it was all about her schedule,” he said.
The event will take place at Cannon Center for the Performing Arts, and according to Doyle, will feature a star-studded concert.
Legendary singer-songwriter Aretha Franklin, long known as the Queen of Soul, died today in Detroit. She was 76.
Franklin started performing at a young age, when she would sing gospel music in the Detroit church where her father was a minister. Though she began singing professionally in the early 1960s, it was in 1967 that her musical career took off, after she signed with Atlantic Records. Before that decade was over, she had released such songs as “(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman,” “Think” and “Respect,” which went on to become classics. Her “Queen of Soul” moniker followed shortly after her initial commercial success.
The singer ultimately sold more than 75 million records worldwide, while becoming the most-charted female artist in Billboard’s history, with a total of 112 charted singles. Her many accolades included 18 Grammy Awards, a Golden Globe win and an induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (the first female performer to receive such an honor).
Though she battled numerous health issues throughout her career, many of which were illnesses undisclosed at the time, Franklin continued to record songs and perform live until very recently; her last public stage appearance was at an Elton John AIDS Foundation gala in November 2017.
Franklin made her fair share of TV appearances, too. In addition to performing on dozens of late-night programs and award shows, she popped up on such series as Deal or No Deal and Dancing With the Stars. She also guest-starred as herself in a 1991 episode of Murphy Brown, in which she sang with Candice Bergen’s titular journalist, who was a massive Franklin fan.
Franklin’s songs, meanwhile, have been featured in countless films and TV shows during her decades-long career. Most recently, she provided the soundtrack for episodes of GLOW and Scandal, and her discography has long been honored on reality singing competitions including American Idol and The Voice.
She is reportedly with her family in Detroit, who have asked for privacy at this time.
Our source says the “Respect” singer is seriously ailing, and the situation is so dire that doctors have given her just hours to live.
She was diagnosed with cancer in 2010, but overcame the disease and continued to tour and perform. Franklin, 76, has canceled all of her public appearances this year, citing doctor’s orders, and hasn’t performed in public since November, when she sang at Elton John’s AIDS Foundation gala.
Franklin’s career in showbiz has spanned almost 60 years, and her hits including “Natural Woman,” “Think,” “Respect” and “Chain of Fools” have helped her earn 18 Grammy awards.
De grootste hits van de Queen of Soul op Atlantic Records heruitgebracht met nieuwe arrangementen van het Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Beschikbaar op CD, LP en alle digitale platformen vanaf 10 november 2017
In januari 1967 tekende Aretha Franklin, toen pas 24 jaar, bij het label Atlantic en begon ze te timmeren aan haar weg om één van de grootste legendes in de geschiedenis van de muziek te worden. In datzelfde jaar bracht ze maar liefst vijf hitsingles uit in de Verenigde Staten. Het Rhino label viert dit jaar de vijftigste verjaardag van deze historische souldiva en stopte de originele masters voor de gelegenheid in een eigentijds jasje: Aretha Franklin zoals je haar nooit eerder hoorde.
A BRAND NEW ME: ARETHA FRANKLIN WITH THE ROYAL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA combineert de originele stem van de grootste hits van de Queen of Soul met nieuwe arrangementen opgenomen door het Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in de Abbey Road Studios en nieuwe backing vocals door Patti Austin . Het album komt uit onder het Rhino label op 10 november 2017 en zal beschikbaar zijn op CD en LP, alsook op alle digitale- en streamingplatformen.
Het resultaat van deze herwerking is een tijdloos album dat de soul-, groove- en gospeltalenten van Aretha Franklin perfect weergeeft. Op het album zullen de grootste hits terug te vinden zijn, zoals “Respect,” “Think,” “Don’t Play That Song (You Lied)” en “Angel.” Het album werd geproducet door Nick Patrick en Don Reedman , beiden geprezen voor het wereldwijde succes van het album ‘If I Can Dream: Elvis Presley With The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra’, waarvan ruim anderhalf miljoen exemplaren verkocht werden.
Nick Patrick over het album: “There is a reason that Aretha Franklin is called the ‘Queen of Soul.’ There is nothing more exciting than that incredible voice taking you on an emotional roller coaster ride through her amazing repertoire of songs. To have the opportunity to work with that voice on this project has been the greatest honor and to hear a symphony orchestra wrapped around those performances is breathtaking.”
Don Reedman: “I was 15 years old when a song came on the radio called ‘Rock A Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody.’ It blew me away; the power, the soul. The feeling that went through me got me hooked on Aretha and I have been ever since. To be able to make this album and be able to select songs from hits like ‘Respect’ to ‘Think’ then blend them with classic songs like ‘Let It Be’ and ‘Border Song’ and create an album which is versatile and fresh is truly an honor."
James Williams, Directeur van het Royal Philharmonic : “The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra is thrilled to perform on this new recording, combining Aretha Franklin’s iconic voice with lush new arrangements of her greatest hit songs for full orchestra, bringing a whole new generation to the music of this legendary performer.”
2. “Don’t Play That Song (You Lied)”
3. “I Say A Little Prayer”
4. “Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do)”
5. “A Brand New Me”
6. “A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like)”
8. “Border Song (Holy Moses)”
9. “Let It Be”
10. “People Get Ready”
11. “Oh Me Oh My (I’m A Fool For You Baby)”
12. “You’re All I Need To Get By”
13. “Son Of A Preacher Man”
Detroit — The Queen of Soul is now king of the road.
Surrounded by fans, the legendary singer had a city street named after her Thursday evening. A section of Madison, between Brush and Witherell, is now known as Aretha Franklin Way.
Franklin, 75, admitted to being a bit emotional about the honor.
“I knew I would get weepy when I got down here,” she said to an audience gathered at the Music Hall Center for the Performing Arts, minutes before the sign reveal.
She thanked the Detroit City Council for the honor, which she called magnificent.
“Every time I come down here, I want to see it,” she said. “I’m gonna dance down it. Thank you.”
Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, Franklin moved with her family to Detroit in 1946 when her father, C.L. Franklin, became pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church.
Franklin reflected on her early years performing in Detroit at the Flame Show Bar on John R. and the 20 Grand on 14th Street.
“Detroit has been with me ever since,” she said. “They were with me when no one else knew who I was and I’ve been with them every step of the way.”
The street-naming kicked off four days of events for the inaugural Detroit Music Weekend, designed to showcase the city, its artists and the entertainment district.
Franklin is the centerpiece of the weekend.
Detroit council President Brenda Jones read a proclamation Thursday detailing the relationship between Franklin and the intersection of Madison and Brush, site of the Music Hall. She’s performed at the Music Hall numerous times during her career and the venue hosted Easter Sunday services when her father’s church was over capacity.
The proclamation also highlighted Franklin’s professional achievements, including 18 Grammy wins, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005.
“She is a personal hero of mine and I know she is to you and especially for women all over the world,” Jones said.
Franklin took a few minutes to admire her street sign before posing for photos with family and supporters. A crowd of onlookers pressed close as they snapped photos of the singer. Some requested autographs.
Wendy Wiegand of Southfield said it was important for her to attend the event as a show of respect for Franklin. The 67-year-old said she’s a longtime fan.
“Naming a street after her, the tribute will last for years and years,” she said. “She’s such a wonderful person.”
Franklin is the subject of a tribute concert Friday at the Music Hall and she’s performing a free outdoor concert at 6 p.m. Saturday on the Madison Central Stage; organizers say it is her final Detroit concert.
NEWS / Aretha Franklin was in the mood for celebrating, and not just because she had a birthday party.
"Good news, we're ready to sign for the movie," Franklin said Thursday night (April 14) of the biopic about her life she has been trying to arrange with Straight Outta Compton producer Scott Bernstein. "We've agreed on all the key points. There's very little left now (to negotiate), very little. They have given me creative control and that's all I wanted."
Plans for a biopic date back to at least 2011, when Franklin announced she wanted Halle Berry to star. Jennifer Hudson is now reportedly being considered for the lead.
Franklin spoke to The Associated Press in the first floor lounge of the Ritz-Carlton hotel, where she has held parties before, as some 100 of her friends gathered Thursday to wish her a happy birthday. Franklin, who turned 74 on March 25, arrived in white fur and settled into a corner table alongside record executive Clive Davis and the Rev. Jesse Jackson, among others.
There was music, of course, but little of Franklin's. The singer of "Respect," ''Chain of Fools" and other classics took the night off, content to smile and nod her head along to performances by the Dizzy Gillespie All Stars and Dennis Edwards of Temptations fame. Near the end, a multi-tiered vanilla cake was wheeled out, with a tape recording of Stevie Wonder’s "Happy Birthday" playing on the sound system.
Davis, who has known Franklin for more than 30 years and worked with her on numerous recordings, told the AP he approached their collaborations with a sense "that everything she does is history."
"Everything will be studied centuries from now," he said.
NEWS / Aretha Franklin and producer Alan Elliott are finally close to an agreement to release his documentary Amazing Grace.
The 73-year-old Queen of Soul won a series of legal bids in a Colorado Federal Court last year (15), banning the movie from being screened at several film festivals, but in a new, joint injunction filed on Monday (07Mar16), attorneys for both parties - Neal Cohen for Elliott and N. Reid Neureiter for Franklin - made it clear they are nearing a deal on the contentious matter.
"Since the entry of the First Order in September 2015, the Parties have been engaged in extensive and extended negotiations seeking a resolution to this dispute," the court document reads, according to Deadline. "These negotiations have taken place in good faith. The negotiations, which involve third parties, are very complex."
Although the film was due to screen at the Telluride, Toronto and Chicago film festivals in 2015, the lawsuit Franklin filed halted all of these premieres, and as a result of the litigation, Elliott cannot legally show Amazing Grace in public or pitch the documentary to potential distributors. This restriction on Elliott is set to expire on 10 March (16), but the lawyers insist because there are so many parties involved in the legal dispute, the court should grant an extension on the imposition.
"Unfortunately, given the complexity of the negotiations and the multiple parties involved (including persons or entities not involved in this litigation), there is, at present, no assurance that a final resolution will be reached in the near term," the motion continues. "The Parties are optimistic that the stars will eventually align, but cannot in good conscience represent to the Court that there will be a final resolution in an additional 30 or even 60 days."
The disputed documentary features footage shot by director Sydney Pollack at the New Temple Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles back in 1972, as Franklin recorded her live album Amazing Grace.
Pollack's initial plans to release the film to give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the classic album were scrapped as he struggled to sync the sound and video footage, and following his death in 2008, producer Elliott set about restoring the documentary.
However, Franklin argued the footage had been taken with the express understanding that it would not be used commercially without her "agreement and consent", and proceeded to fight its release. (Bron: Music-News.com)
NEWS / Aretha Franklin is one of the greatest, if not THE greatest, living singer and she proved it again in early December at the Kennedy Center Honors when she brought President Obama to tears with her performance.
Aretha appeared in the salute to Carole King, one of five being honored during the evening, singing ‘(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman’. Not only did she have King and the crowd on their feet numerous times during the performance, but there is one spot where President Obama is wiping a tear from his eye.
Others performing for King were Janelle Monet (Will You Still Love Me Tommorrow?, One Fine Day), James Taylor (Up on the Roof) and Sara Bareilles (You’ve Got a Friend).
Watch the Aretha Franklin performance here now (Bron: Music News):