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Aretha Franklin reveals Andre 3000 is co-producing her new album; Plus, 5 other things we know (so far)

In an interview with Billboard, Aretha Franklin revealed that André Benjamin (aka André 3000 of Outkast) is co-producing her upcoming divas cover album. Hooray!

Benjamin will be stepping in for Don Was, who had to drop out due to schedule conflicts. “I’m pretty sure it’s going to be fun working with (André 3000), just watching his videos and things,” Franklin told Billboard. “It should be fun. And, of course, they all come with great music, so I expect that.”

It’s a match made in heaven that we absolutely cannot wait for. Oh, you can’t wait either? Well you’re in luck. Here’s what we can tell you about the album (so far): READ FULL STORY

Aretha Franklin, Ice Cube among BET honorees

Legendary singer Aretha Franklin and Motown founder Berry Gordy will be honored at the 2014 BET Honors.

The network announced Thursday that rapper-actor Ice Cube, American Express CEO Ken Chenault, and photographer and video artist Carrie Mae Weems will also receive tributes at the event. The show will take place at the Warner Theatre in Washington on Feb. 8.

The special will air Feb. 24.

BET Honors highlights African Americans performing at top levels in the areas of music, literature, entertainment, education and more.

Halle Berry and Chaka Khan were among the honorees at last year’s BET Honors.

Actor and comedian Wayne Brady will host the special. Performers will be announced at a later date.

Aretha Franklin cancels hometown show citing treatment

Aretha Franklin has canceled a Detroit-area performance set for July 27, citing ongoing treatment.

The show at DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, Michigan, initially had been scheduled for June 22, but Franklin postponed it to later this month.

Then, in a letter written by the Grammy-winning singer and distributed Friday by her publicist, Franklin says she was canceling the show “one last time” due to an unspecified ongoing treatment.

The 71-year-old Queen of Soul had announced in May that she was putting off scheduled performances in Chicago and Connecticut to undergo medical treatment.

Aretha Franklin postpones shows, promises July tour return

Aretha Franklin is taking off the month of June.

A spokesman for the 71-year-old singer says Franklin will reschedule two shows and resume her touring schedule in July.

Publicist David Brokaw provided no other details Tuesday.

Franklin announced earlier this month that she would cancel scheduled performances in Chicago and Connecticut this week to undergo medical treatment. She did not specify what type of treatment she was receiving.

Franklin appeared on the season finale of American Idol last week via satellite, singing a medley of her hits with the show’s female finalists.

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'Essence' Fest ends with Anthony Hamilton, Aretha Franklin

For years, R&B singer Anthony Hamilton has packed the smaller stages at the Essence Music Festival. This year, though, Hamilton scored a closing Sunday night spot on the festival’s main stage, something he’s been seeking ever since he got a taste of the event.

“So many years have gone by with me wanting to be on that stage,” Hamilton told The Associated Press. “This is such a huge accomplishment for me that didn’t come easily.”

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, wearing a flowing tangerine-colored dress, opened her show with “(Your Love has Lifted me) Higher and Higher” “Natural Woman” and “Think.” Midway through her performance, she left the stage so the festival could pay special tribute to her life and career as part of a ceremony where she received its Power Award. A video montage and brief history of her career was played for the audience before she returned wearing an olive- and gold-colored dress.

“We honor Ms. Aretha Franklin for having the greatest voice of all time,” said Michelle Ebanks, president of Essence Communications Inc.

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Aretha Franklin will not perform at Whitney Houston's funeral

Though Aretha Franklin was originally on tap to sing “The Greatest Love of All” at Whitney Houston’s funeral Saturday, the Queen of Soul had to cancel her appearance. CNN reports a rep for the singer says Franklin is too ill to perform. UPDATE: People reports Franklin said leg spasms kept her from appearing and performing at the funeral. Said Franklin in a statement: “Regretfully, I am so sorry that I was unable to be with you at Whitney’s service today. I had every intention of being there. But unfortunately I had terrible leg spasms and locked leg muscles until 4:00 a.m. this morning following my concert last night, which I’ve been having for the last few days … I feel it necessary and very important to stay off my leg today as much as possible until concert time this evening. My heart goes out to my dear friend Cissy, Dionne, Bobbi Kristina and the rest of the family. May God keep them all.”

The funeral — which is being held at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, N.J. and is being broadcast and streamed online live — will, however, still feature performances from Alicia Keys, R. Kelly, Stevie Wonder, Kim Burrell, and BeBe Winans. Houston’s cousin Dionne Warwick, Kevin Costner, Clive Davis, and Tyler Perry are expected to speak at the funeral.

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Performers at Houston funeral will include Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder

Whitney Houston’s funeral on Saturday will feature performances from Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder, The Associated Press reported today.

Oprah Winfrey and Kevin Costner were among the celebrities invited to the private service at the Newark Baptist Church, where Houston grew up singing in New Jersey. Houston’s mentor Clive Davis is scheduled to speak, as well as gospel singer Marvin Williams.

An invitation was extended to Whitney Houston’s ex-husband Bobby Brown, contrary to reports that he was banned from the funeral. A source told People “Bobby will be there at the funeral to support his [and Houston's] daughter [Bobbi Kristina Brown, 18]. There was some talk … some people were angry at him, but that’s just grief. He will be there.”

Brown has a concert with New Edition on Saturday in Connecticut and plans to perform at that event following the funeral, People reports.

Houston’s funeral will be livestreamed on EW.com, beginning at 12p.m. ET Saturday.

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