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Jamie McCarthy/Getty ImagesThe funeral for The Queen of Soul will be held in her hometown of Detroit on August 31.

Aretha Franklin’s publicist announced Friday that the music legend's homegoing service, which is limited to friends and family, will take place at the Greater Grace Temple in the Motor City.

However, there will be public viewings on August 28 and 29 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, also in Detroit, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Franklin will be buried at Woodlawn Cemetery in Detroit, along with her father, Rev. C.L. Franklin; brother Cecil Franklin; sisters Carolyn Franklin and Erma Franklin; and nephew, Thomas Garrett.

Franklin died Thursday at her home in Detroit from pancreatic cancer. She was 76.

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Timothy SaccentiH.E.R. is the new queen of the Billboard R&B Album chart.

The 27-year-old singer’s new EP, I Used To Know You, debuts at the top the chart, replacing 17 by the late XXXTentacion, which drops to number two.

Born Gabriella Wilson, H.E.R. is also hot on the Adult R&B Songs chart with seven tracks in the top 25: “Get You” at number five with Daniel Caesar, “Could’ve Been,” featuring Bryson Tiller at number 6, “Focus” at number 13, “Against Me” number 18, “Feel A Way” number 20,  “As I Am” number 21, and “Be On My Way (Interlude)” at 24.

“I honestly don’t know if I ever imagined this day coming,” the two-time BET Award nominee commented on Instagram. ”I just know hard work and teamwork truly paid off. Nothing can take this forever moment away!!!! WE NUMMBBERRRR 1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WOW. Thank you God!!!!!”

“Thank you to everyone who was a part of this project!!,” she continued. “Still hasn’t even fully hit me lol. #IUsedToKnowHER”

After recently touring with Chris Brown, H.E.R. will co-headlining the Best Life Music Festival with Ella Mai on September 15 in Miami.

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Nancy BundtThe Prince estate has dug deep into the late superstar's vast music vault for the Friday release of the first wave of Prince digital catalog music: 23 albums albums plus a 37-track anthology.

Many of the albums are rare and out of print and are now available for the first time for streaming and downloads. The list includes the 1997 Emancipation album, The Truth, from 1998, and the 2004 Musicology album.   

Prince Anthology: 1995-2010 includes 37 tracks from more than 15 albums, including The Gold ExperienceEmancipationRave Un2 The Joy FantasticThe Rainbow ChildrenOne Nite Alone, Musicology, 3121Planet Earth and LOtUSFLOW3R

Here are the new Prince catalog titles available digitally: 

1. The Gold Experience (1995)
2. Chaos and Disorder (1996)
3. Emancipation (1996)
4. Crystal Ball (1998)
5. The Truth (1998)
6. Rave Un2 The Joy Fantastic (1999)
7. Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic (2001)
8. The Rainbow Children (2001)
9. One Nite Alone… (2002)
10. One Nite Alone…Live! (2002)
11. One Nite Alone...Live - The Aftershow: It Ain't Over (Up Late with Prince & The NPG) (2002)
12. Xpectation (2003)
13. N.E.W.S. (2003)
14. C-Note (2004)
15. Musicology (2004)
16. The Chocolate Invasion (Trax from the NPG Music Club: Volume 1) (2004)
17. The Slaughterhouse (Trax from the NPG Music Club: Volume 2) (2004)
18. 3121 (2006)
19. Planet Earth (2007)
20. Indigo Nights (2008)
21. LOtUSFLOW3R (2009)
22. MPLSoUND (2009)
23. 20Ten (2010)  

Prince Anthology: 1995-2010 track list:

1. “Emancipation” (from Emancipation, 1996)
2. “Black Sweat” (from 3121, 2006)
3. “P. Control” (from The Gold Experience, 1995)
4. “Crucial” (from Crystal Ball, 1998)
5. “The Love We Make” (from Emancipation, 1996)
6. “Eye Hate U” (from The Gold Experience, 1995)
7. “The Greatest Romance Ever Sold” (from Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic, 1999)
8. “Eye Love U, But Eye Don't Trust U” (from Rave Un2 the Joy Fantastic, 1999)
9. “Gold” (from The Gold Experience, 1995)
10. “Guitar” (from Planet Earth, 2007)
11. “Dream Factory” (from Crystal Ball, 1998)
12. “The Work Part 1” (from The Rainbow Children, 2001)
13. “Call My Name” (from Musicology, 2004)
14. “Strays of The World “(from Crystal Ball, 1998)
15. “Shhh” (from The Gold Experience, 1995)
16. “Dreamer” (from LOtUSFLOW3R, 2009)
17. “Chaos and Disorder” (from Chaos and Disorder, 1996)
18. “Endorphinmachine” (from The Gold Experience, 1995)
19. “Musicology” (from Musicology, 2004)
20. “Northside” (from The Slaughterhouse, 2004)
21. “When Eye Lay My Hands on U” (from The Chocolate Invasion, 2004)
22. “Beautiful Strange” (from Rave In2 The Joy Fantastic, 2001)
23. “Future Soul Song” (from 20Ten, 2010)
24. “Empty Room” (from C-Note, 2004)
25. “3rd Eye” (from The Truth, 1998)
26. “U're Gonna C Me” (from One Nite Alone..., 2002)
27. “Dinner With Delores” (from Chaos and Disorder, 1996)
28. “Ol' Skool Company” (from MPLSoUND, 2009)
29. “4ever” (from LOtUSFLOW3R, 2009)
30. “West” (from N.E.W.S., 2003)
31. “Xpedition” (from Xpectation, 2003)
32. “Muse 2 The Pharaoh” (from The Rainbow Children, 2001)
33. “Somewhere Here On Earth” (from Planet Earth, 2007)
34. “U Make My Sun Shine” (from The Chocolate Invasion, 2004)
35. “1 1 1 Is 3” (from The Rainbow Children, 2001)
36. “Chelsea Rodgers” (from Planet Earth, 2007)
37. “We March” (from The Gold Experience, 1995) 

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Taylor Hill/Getty ImagesSales of Aretha Franklin's back catalog have spiked nearly 1600% following her death Thursday at age 76, Billboard reports.  

On Thursday alone, sales of Franklin's albums and digital song downloads rose from 8,000 the previous day to a whopping 134,000. Digital song downloads accounted for 89% of sales, with 115,000 songs. Physical album sales totaled 19,000 units.

Here are Aretha Franklin's top-selling songs on August 16:


"Respect" (16,000)
"A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like)" (13,000)
"I Say a Little Prayer" (10,000)
"Chain of Fools" (8,000)
"Think" (8,000)
"Freeway of Love" (4,000)
"Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do)" (4,000)
"I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (with George Michael) (4,000)
"I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)" (3,000)
"Bridge Over Troubled Water" (3,000)

And here are Aretha's top-selling albums on August 16:

30 Greatest Hits (10,000)
Amazing Grace (2,000)
Queen of Soul: The Best of Aretha Franklin (1,000)
Soul Queen (1,000)
The Best of Aretha Franklin (1,000)

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Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty ImagesKandi Burruss-Tucker is on a roll.

Burress has announced she will add a third location of her popular soul food restaurant, Old Lady Gang. The restaurant, which currently has its flagship location at Castleberry Hill in Atlanta, GA, has a forthcoming location at Camp Creek Marketplace in East Point, and now, she's revealed where the third one will be.

"I have been keeping this to myself but now I can finally announce that we will have an @oldladygang in the #PhillipsArena!!!! I’m so excited!" she wrote on Instagram, sharing a snap of her husband and business partner Todd Tucker, with other colleagues.

"Tonight they unveiled some of the new things they’re bringing to the newly renovated arena. I’m thankful to be a part of that."

She then revealed another exciting piece of news.

"I’m also thankful that the first concert that will be in the new #PhillipsArena will be the #SoSoDef tour!" she wrote. "So I get to be on stage & then meet you at my restaurant in the food court."  She added the hashtags #TrueToAtlanta and #LetsGoHawks.

The singer revealed earlier this week that she's taking her talents to the beauty world.

"I’ve been on the grind y’all!" she wrote, sharing a glammed-up Instagram photo of herself.

"I’ve got a new Makeup line coming out called #KandiKoated!!!! Right now It’s only gonna be available to sell thru my #BedroomKandi consultants. It’s a must have." 

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Randee St. Nicholas/RCA RecordsMore problems for R. Kelly: He’s reportedly being sued for causing over $200,000 in damages to two homes he rented in Georgia.

The “I Admit” singer is the target of a civil suit filed by the SB Property Management company, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The company claims that Kelly rented a 23-room mansion for $10,000 a month, and a four-bedroom home for $3,000 a month in Johns Creek, a suburb of Atlanta.

According to court documents, Kelly moved out of the homes in February 2017. When SB Property Management inspected the house with 23 rooms, it found extensive damage to the electrical system, and several missing items, including a stove, bedroom furniture, ceiling fans, six mirrors  and 22 light fixtures.

The suit also claims that the four-bedroom house had broken windows and trash inside. 

Alfonso. L. Walker, a former associate of Kelly, was found to be responsible for the damages and stolen items. He was arrested in December 2017 for theft and burglary.

Kelly agreed to pay $170,000 for the damages, but according to the suit, he only paid $20,000.

As Kelly faces allegations of running a sex cult at a separate property in Atlanta, it was recently announced that he's bringing his Memory Lane Tour to the Hulu Theater at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.

Following protests over Kelly headlining the concert, the venue defended the booking, telling Variety,“MSG has a long history of not censoring performers. We believe artists have the right to rent our venues to put on their own event, and that the public then has the choice whether or not to support that event.”

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ABC/Craig SjodinAfter her Oscar-nominated performance in MudboundMary J. Blige has landed her next on-screen project.

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Blige has joined the season three cast of MTV's Scream, a series based on the 1990s slasher film series with the same name.

Blige joins Keke PalmerC.J. WallaceTyler Posey and rapper Tyga in the cast of the series, which is produced by Queen Latifah’s Flavor Unit Entertainment.

The Grammy-award winner will play Sherry Elliot, the mother of a local football star who is haunted by his past.

The series, which will run as a three-night, six-episode event, is set to return later this year.

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Paras Griffin/Getty ImagesYoung Thug was celebrating his 27th birthday Thursday night at his Slime Language mixtape release party in Los Angeles, but it wasn't exactly a happy birthday: He got arrested at the event.

The rapper, born Jeffrey Lamar Williams, was booked for possession of a concealed firearm in a vehicle, according to the LAPD, ABC News affiliate KABC-TV reports.  Bail was set at $35,000.

Four other people were also taken into custody at the party, held at the Dave & Buster's sports restaurant in Hollywood.

Young Thug dropped the 14-track Slime Language project, featuring Lil Uzi VertJacquees, and Lil Baby ,on Thursday.

The Atlanta rapper has been performing on the J. Cole KOD tour featuring Jaden Smith. The next date on the tour is Friday in San Antonio, Texas.  No word on whether Young Thug will perform on the show

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Solaiman FazelAfter dropping a teaser Thursday, Janet Jackson has released the full version of her Caribbean-flavored new single and video, “Made for Now,” featuring reggaeton star Daddy Yankee.

"Celebrate the feeling #MadeForNow x @daddyyankee OUT NOW!,” Miss Jackson commented on Instagram

Shot recently in New York City, the street festival video features dancers from Ghana, Nigeria, Grenada and Trinidad, as well from as the United States. This is Janet’s first new music since she released her Unbreakable album in 2015.

In "Made for Now," she sings, "If you're livin' for the moment, don't stop, and celebrate the feelin'/
Go up, if you're livin' for the moment, Don't stop, 'cause I break those ceilings/ Go up, we're made for now, not tomorrow/Made for now, look around, we're made for now”

The track is produced by Harmony Samuels, who's also worked with Mary J. BligeJennifer Lopez, and Ariana Grande. "Made for Now" was directed by Dave Meyers, who previously worked with Janet on several videos, including “All For You,” “Just a Little While," and “I Want You.”

Janet will perform the song for the first time Friday night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

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ABC NewsIn his first interview since the death of his childhood friend, Aretha Franklin, Motown legend Smokey Robinson recalled on ABC's Good Morning America Friday the first time they met in Detroit.

"I hear a piano being played and I hear this little voice singing," Robinson, 78, said. "And I look in, and there's Aretha sitting there at the piano, singing and playing, almost like she sang and played in her adult life.

"But she was probably about five years old or so and she just had 'it.'"

"Aretha and I were just tight," he said of Franklin, who died Thursday at the age of 76. "We had a wonderful, wonderful friendship that lasted throughout her entire life. Up until the day before yesterday, Aretha was my longest friend on earth."

Robinson added that the topics of fame and showbiz rarely came up in conversation between him and Aretha, and the other future stars who were their neighbors in Detroit, such as Diana Ross and The Four Tops.

“There were a lot of us in that neighborhood, and those of us who were blessed enough to get our wish or our dream to be in show business, we just always had regular relationships."

Robinson added that there was much more to the Queen of Soul than simply her musical talent.

"Aretha had a great sense of humor," he said, adding, "She could throw down in the kitchen! She cooked me many a meal....She was just a great person, great cook, great woman."

Meanwhile, on ABC's Nightline Thursday night, chart-topping songwriter Diane Warren, who penned a number of songs for the Queen of Soul, said, "Aretha Franklin elevated anything she sang to 20 levels beyond what that song was...Listen to the soul that was dripping out of every note."

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Taylor Hill/Getty ImagesWhile Aretha Franklin was known to the world as the Queen of Soul, her family knew her as a loving, family-oriented matriarch. After her passing Thursday from advanced pancreatic cancer, Franklin's nephew, Vaughn Franklin, spoke to ABC's Nightline about the singer's family life.

"When our parents passed away, my auntie became the matriarch of the family. She took the nieces and nephews -- especially myself -- under her wing," Franklin said. "She took care of us."

He went on to explain that his Aunt Aretha was so much more than just an incredible singer.

"When she walked off stage, she was an auntie, she was a mother, she was a grandmother, she was a cousin." Franklin said. "She was everything to the family, and the family meant a lot to her."

In her final days, Franklin even had the opportunity to say goodbye to his aunt and surrogate mother. 

"We had the chance to just sit together," he said. "I had a chance to really open up and tell her how I felt and thanked her for being so important to me and taking me under her wing as an aunite and loving me the way she did."

Franklin said he would never forget Aretha's Christmas parties, to which she invited all the family members so everyone could be together. He also reminiscenced about the time she hosted a party and had truckloads of sand delivered to her backyard so they could have a beach-party theme. 

Aretha Franklin was a singing legend around the world but to her family and friends, she also known for her cooking.  Vaughn Franklin said her peach cobbler especially was memorable and she was always happy to teach him how to make it. 

As for claims Aretha Franklin was occasionally a diva, her nephew said that term never bothered him or the family. 

"She didn't want anyone thinking of her as the Queen of Soul when we were together," he said. "It was auntie."

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Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesAs the world mourns the passing of Aretha Franklin, her labelmates Sister Sledge have fond memories of the Queen of Soul.

“There is no one like Aretha, and no voice like hers,” Kim Sledge tells ABC Radio. “She always lives on...because of all the wonderful music she’s given the world.”

Kathy Sledge, who sang lead on the group's hits, including "We Are Family," remembers Aretha's compassion. 

“I will personally never, ever forget how she was the first person to passionately reach out to my family at our sister Joni’s untimely death," she says in a statement. "How she was a constant comfort for us in our time of need."

"We love you Aretha," Kathy continues. "You will forever be the reigning Queen of our Heart and Soul. Take your crown!”

One of the highlights of Sister Sledge’s career was performing along with Aretha for Pope Francis in 2015 at the World Festival of Families Congress in Philadelphia.

Kim remembers she and her sisters were in awe of the iconic singer. “That’s a true legend. She’s an icon. She is the Queen of Soul,” Kim says.  “Just to see her perform, to be around the presence of someone like that.”

As Kim reminisces about Franklin, she compares her to another icon who they got to share a stage with: The Godfather of Soul. 

“I put her in the same category with James Brown,” she says. “We’ve got these greats, we have grown so much and learned so much from.”

“Standing in the corner, watching them, seeing how they dealt with the audiences, their rapport, their professionalism,” Kim adds.   

For Kim Sledge, Aretha was the ultimate vocalist. “I was, like, number one fan."

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Solaiman FazelJanet Jackson dropped a tease of her Caribbean flavored new single, “Made for Now” featuring reggaeton star Daddy Yankee, on Thursday.

Janet posted on Instagram a short clip of the video, which was shot recently in New York City. She’s wearing a blue top hat and blue denim jacket with a long flowing white skirt, as Daddy Yankee joins her at a street festival.

The video features dancers from Ghana, Nigeria, Grenada and Trinidad, as well from as the United States. 

The youngest member of the Jackson family is releasing the song on her own label, Rhythm Nation Records, through a brand new distribution deal with Cinq Music.

The company posted on Instagram, “#cinqmusic is the new home of @janetjackson and the party starts this Friday 08/17 with the help of @daddyyankee #madefornow #newsigning #icon"

The track is produced by Harmony Samuels, who's also worked with Mary J. BligeJennifer Lopez, and Ariana Grande. This will be Janet’s first new music since she released her Unbreakable album in 2015.

The full video is scheduled to debut Friday, and Janet will also perform the song that night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.

Janet’s next performance will be September 29 at the Global Citizen Festival in New York City. 

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Cactus JackTravis Scott is taking Astroworld around the globe.

The Houston rapper announced Thursday he'll headline his Astroworld: Wish You Were tour. Dates and opening acts will be announced later.



Fans who purchase the Astroworld album, or items from his merchandise line, will receive pre-sale ticket access to the tour.

Scott previously announced that he'd be headlining his Astroworld Festival on November 17 in Houston.

It’s been a very busy week for the 29-year-rapper: He also launched his Cactus Jack Collectionfashion line, and announced he’s curating the NBA 2K19 video game soundtrack.

And with Astroworld dethroning Drake’s Scorpion at the top of the Billboard 200 album chart, Scott has celebrated by literally been giving away his money.

He announced on Instagram and Twitter that he was giving away $100,000 -- in $50 increments --to fans who posted lyrics from Astroworld.  When a fan named Peter Valdriz tweeted he would use the money to pay for his mother’s funeral, Scott immediately sent him $800.

The rapper's also performing Monday at the MTV Video Music Awards in New York City.

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Getty Images via ABCRihanna and Donald Glover have been spotted together in Havana, Cuba, where they're reportedly shooting a new movie.

They posed for a photo posted on Instagram by the Rihanna fansite, RihannaShoots. According to the Cuban publication Vistar Magazine, the name of film is Guava Island.

The news comes after RiRi announced that Glover would perform at her fourth annual Diamond Ball charity gala on September 13 in New York City.

Sources tell Vistar that the film is being directed by Hiro Murai, who has worked with Glover on several projects, including his Atlanta TV series, and the video for “This is America.”   There's also speculation that both Letitia Wright from Black Panther, and Nonso Anozie from Games of Thrones are involved in the movie.

Rihanna recently starred in Ocean’s Eight. Glover’s latest film is Solo: A Stars Wars Story. He's also currently in production for a new live-action version of The Lion King, voicing the character of Simba.

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Barry Brecheisen/WireImageOn Saturday, the Oprah Winfrey Network will take a trip down memory lane to honor the late, great Aretha Franklin. Franklin died on Thursday from advanced pancreatic cancer. She was 76.

OWN will re-air the Queen of Soul's 1999 television interview from The Oprah Winfrey Show. In the episode, Oprah talks to Franklin about her life, career and her autobiography, Aretha: From These Roots.

On that episode, the iconic singer also performed a number of songs, including "Think," "Respect," and "Miss Clawdy Medley,"  a medley of songs honoring her father, minister C.L. Franklin. She also paid homage to her gospel roots by singing the soulful "We Need Power."

The Oprah Winfrey Show special featuring Aretha Franklin airs this Saturday, August 18 at 8:00 p.m. ET on OWN.

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Jorda FrantzisCardi B will give her first post-pregnancy performance on Monday night, when she opens the MTV Video Music Awards in New York City.

The “I Like it” rapper shared a screenshot on Instagram of MTV’s tweet promoting her appearance, with the caption, "Wanna party with Cardi??? @iamcardib will open the 2018@VMAs. You don’t wanna miss this. August 20th at 9 p on MTV #VMAS Everything might happen.”

Cardi B leads all artists with ten nominations. She is up for Artist of the Year and Best New Artist, and her “Finesse” remix with Bruno Mars received five nominations, including Video of the Year and Song of the Year.

In addition, her song “Bartier Cardi” featuring 21 Savage is up for Best Hip-Hop and Best Collaboration, and Cardi is also nominated in the Best Latin category for her “Dinero” collaboration with Jennifer Lopez and DJ Khaled.

After pulling out of the Bruno Mars 24K Magic tour to care for her baby, Kulture, Cardi will be one of the headliners for two upcoming festivals: the Global Citizen Festival September 29 in New York City, and the Mala Luna Festival, held October 27 and 28 in San Antonio, Texas.

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Taylor Hill/Getty ImagesCelebrities from all genres of music --and presidents -- are reacting to the death of Aretha Franklin, the music icon and undisputed Queen of Soul, who died on Thursday from advanced pancreatic cancer. She was 76.  Here's a sampling:

Clive Davis, who signed Aretha to Arista Records in 1980:  "I’m absolutely devastated by Aretha’s passing. She was truly one of a kind. She was more than the Queen of Soul. She was a national treasure to be cherished by every generation throughout the world."

Paul McCartney: "Let’s all take a moment to give thanks for the beautiful life of Aretha Franklin, the Queen of our souls, who inspired us all for many many years. She will be missed but the memory of her greatness as a musician and a fine human being will live with us forever. Love Paul"

Elton John, friend and duet partner: "The loss of @ArethaFranklin is a blow for everybody who loves real music: Music from the heart, the soul and the Church. Her voice was unique, her piano playing underrated – she was one of my favourite pianists."

The Rolling Stones: "Very sad to hear the news about Aretha, she was so inspiring and wherever you were she always brought you to church."

Bette Midler: "The greatest voice in American popular music has been stilled. Our beloved #ArethaFranklin has gone. For me, she was a musical lighthouse, guiding and inspiring with every note. I loved her so and love her still. Goodbye, Queen of Soul." 

Gene Simmons of KISS: "So sad. Aretha Franklin, the queen of soul has passed away. Our prayers and condolences to family, friends and fans."

Slash of Guns N' Roses: "Undoubtedly one of the greatest of ALL time, RIP #ArethaFranklin."

Cyndi Lauper: "Thank you for all the music and all those beautiful notes that inspired me growing up and all through my life. Rip my love to her family. Thank you for sharing her with us."

Barbra Streisand: "Aretha & I performed at a tribute celebration for our friend Marvin Hamlisch. It’s difficult to conceive of a world without her. Not only was she a uniquely brilliant singer, but her commitment to civil rights made an indelible impact on the world"

Diana Ross: "I'm sitting in prayer for the wonderful golden spirit Aretha Franklin." 

Smokey Robinson: "This morning my longest friend in this world went home to be with our Father. I will miss her so much but I know she’s at peace. #QueenOfSoul"

Lenny Kravitz: "The Queen of Soul has left this earth to sit on her throne in heaven. How blessed we were to hear the best that God had to offer in her voice. RESPECT!"

Kelly Clarkson: "Aretha Franklin is the reason why I sing from that part deep inside of me that few could ever reach. She was my favorite and will always be. What a gift she has left all of us with her musical footprints. There will never be another like her. She was truly special. #QueenOfSoul."

John Legend: "Salute to the Queen. The greatest vocalist I've ever known."

Sam Moore of Sam & Dave: "Aretha Franklin and I have been friends and label mates for more than sixty years. I adored her and I know the feelings were mutual. While I’m heartbroken that she’s gone I know she’s in the Lord's arms and she’s not in pain or suffering anymore from the damn cancer that took her away from us. I’m going to hope, pray and count on the fact that I will see her again sometime. Rest in the Lord's arms in love, Re."

Lionel Richie: "Her voice; her presence; her style No one did it better Truly the Queen of Soul I will miss you!"

Tony Bennett:  "It was a double thrill for me to perform on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera on my 85th birthday and have the Queen of Soul (and heart) Aretha Franklin singing with me....she will be missed by the world."

Nile Rodgers: "I just finished interviews in Berlin, and was informed the mighty @ArethaFranklin has passed. RIPArethaFranklin #QueenofSoul"

Anita Baker: "Queen... My Queen." 

Annie Lennox , duet partner: "As the One and Only ‘Queen of Soul’ Aretha Franklin was simply peerless. She has reigned supreme. and will always be held in the highest firmament of stars as the most exceptional vocalist, performer and recording artist the world has ever been privileged to witness. Superlatives are often used to describe astonishing artists, but in my view even superlatives seem insufficient. Everyone who loved Aretha will be saying little prayers of gratitude, appreciation and respect for the musical life force that has enriched our lives. Her voice will soar on forever."

The Band's Robbie Robertson: "When the legendary Atlantic Records producer Jerry Wexler told me that he had recorded, The Weight with Aretha Franklin, I thought, how does it get better than that? When I heard their version, I was thrilled that she sang the hell out of it and had Duane Allman on slide guitar. A dream come true. Aretha doesn’t scream, squall, or yell, she SINGS— from the heavens with grace and style.
Sending blessings and appreciations to the Queen."

Hugh Jackman: "One of the highlights of my career was singing with #ArethaFranklin at The Tony Awards. It was an out of body experience for me. One of greatest singers of all time. You will be missed by all"

Fergie: "RESPECT. Her legendary voice came straight from God. Now her soul is with Him. Thank you Aretha"

Jamie Lee Curtis: "R E S P E C T"

Arcade Fire's Win Butler:  Aretha was the greatest of all time. Played 3 songs in a row at my set in Berlin night before last...her music will live forever.

Elvis Costello: "No words worthy."

Liam Gallagher: RIP Aretha Franklin what a voice

Maxwell: "this morning we lost an icon a legend a voice a musician an activist: her soul lives on may you sleep in heavenly peace ms. franklin.”

The Obamas: "...Through her compositions and unmatched musicianship, Aretha helped define the American experience.  In her voice, we could feel our history, all of it and in every shade—our power and our pain, our darkness and our light, our quest for redemption and our hard-won respect.  She helped us feel more connected to each other, more hopeful, more human.  And sometimes she helped us just forget about everything else and dance....May the Queen of Soul rest in eternal peace.  Michelle and I send our prayers and warmest sympathies to her family and all those moved by her song. 

Donald Trump: "The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, is dead. She was a great woman, with a wonderful gift from God, her voice. She will be missed!"

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Aretha Franklin, the pastor's daughter who became the undisputed Queen of Soul over a career that spanned more than five decades, has died of advanced pancreatic cancer, ABC News has confirmed.

"It is with deep and profound sadness that we announce the passing of Aretha Louise Franklin, the Queen of Soul," read a statement from her rep.

"Franklin, 76 years old, passed away on Thursday morning, August 16 at 9:50 a.m. at her home in Detroit, MI, surrounded by family and loved ones. Franklin’s official cause of death was due to advance pancreatic cancer of the neuroendocrine type, which was confirmed by Franklin’s Oncologist, Dr. Philip Phillips of Karmanos Cancer Institute in Detroit, MI."

“In one of the darkest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our heart. We have lost the matriarch and rock of our family. The love she had for her children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and cousins knew no bounds," the statement continued.

“We have been deeply touched by the incredible outpouring of love and support we have received from close friends, supporters and fans all around the world. Thank you for your compassion and prayers. We have felt your love for Aretha and it brings us comfort to know that her legacy will live on. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy during this difficult time.”

Funeral arrangements will be announced in the coming days.

Franklin's health had been a concern for the past few years, causing a spate of concert cancellations.  In 2017, she appeared alarmingly thin but claimed it was a side effect of an unspecified medication. After announcing she was retiring from the road in 2017, Franklin still scheduled shows for 2018 but in March, she was ordered by her doctors to cancel all shows and rest for two months.  Despite rumors of serious health problems, she's never publicly spoken about her ailments.

Merely saying that Franklin was one of the greatest vocalists of all time hardly seems adequate to describe her influence and impact -- her voice was officially declared a natural resource by her home state of Michigan.  In 2015, President Barack Obama said of Franklin: "Nobody embodies more fully the connection between the African-American spiritual, the blues, R&B, rock and roll -- the way that hardship and sorrow were transformed into something full of beauty and vitality and hope."

Franklin started her music career early, singing gospel music as a child at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit where her father, C.L. Franklin, was minister.  In 1960, at the age of 18, she signed to Columbia Records and experienced some success, especially on the R&B charts.  But it wasn't until 1967, when she signed to Atlantic Records, that her career really took off. 

For Atlantic, Franklin recorded-now classics "Respect," "Chain of Fools," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," and "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)," which helped her cross over to the pop charts.  She won her first Grammy in 1968, the same year she appeared on the cover of TIME magazine.  She'd eventually go on to win a total of 20 Grammys, including special Grammys awarded outside of competition, and chart more than 73 songs on the Billboard Hot 100.

Franklin was also part of the civil rights movement of the sixties and has been called "the voice of Black America."  Having met Martin Luther King Jr. through her father, himself a noted civil rights leader, she sang at events with Dr. King and her signature hit,  "Respect," became a civil rights anthem.  When King was assassinated in 1968, Franklin performed "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" at his funeral.

Aretha's hits continued through the '70s but she left Atlantic records in 1979, signing to Clive Davis' label, Arista, in 1980.  That same year, she made her unforgettable appearance as a waitress in The Blues Brothers.  Her 1982 album, Jump to It, returned her to the pop charts for the first time in six years.  She remained with Arista for more than 20 years, racking up hits like "Who's Zoomin' Who," "Freeway of Love" and "Jumpin' Jack Flash." In 1987, she was the first female performer inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

During this time, Aretha also started recording duets with younger artists, including Eurythmics, Whitney Houston, Michael McDonald, Mary J. Blige, Elton John and George Michael, the latter with whom she scored the 1987 #1 smash duet "I Knew You Were Waiting for Me."  

In 1994, Franklin received the Kennedy Center Honors, at the time the youngest person to be so honored. That same year, she received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.  She was also the recipient of the National Medal of the Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom, among countless other awards.

While Franklin's musical output covered rock, soul, pop, R&B and gospel, in 1998 she proved she really could sing anything by belting out the operatic aria "Nessun Dorma" at the Grammy Awards, filling in for an ailing Luciano Pavarotti.

Over the past 15 years, Franklin performed at a number of high-profile events.  In 2006, she sang "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl XL in Detroit with Aaron Neville and Dr. John.  She performed "My Country 'Tis of Thee" at President Barack Obama's inauguration, where her fanciful hat received nearly as much attention as her vocal performance.

Franklin continued to release albums throughout the 2000s, including a 2014 album that featured her singing songs by other female artists including Adele, Barbra Streisand and Alicia Keys.  Her version of "Rolling in the Deep" gave her her 100th charted song on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Recently, Franklin had spoken of an album she'd been working on with Stevie Wonder, and early in 2018, it was announced that Jennifer Hudson would portray her in a biopic.

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Theo Wargo/Getty Images for VH1Teyana Taylor has had enough. The singer announced on Twitter Wednesday that she's leaving Jeremih's Later That Night tour.

"I’ve been extremely mistreated on this tour so on that note I will NO longer continue to stay on the #LaterThatNightTour because if I do ima end up knocking this n**** out," Teyana tweeted. "I’m sorry to all who has already purchased tickets to see me I will make sure everyone gets refunded."

After tweeting the announcement, Taylor went on to drag Jeremih, calling him a "lazy, sneaky, jealous, conniving, selfish, lame ass n****."

"They come to see me then 80% of the room leave after MY SET! work my a** off every city, every night!" Tayana wrote. "You’ve done nothing this whole tour but act like a DIVA in ya princess chair."

No word so far on the specifics of what kind of alleged mistreatment Teyana's been experiencing.  The Later That Night tour started earlier this month in Atlanta, with scheduled stops in Toronto, Ontario Thursday and in Detroit Friday. 

As of Wednesday night there was no comment from Jeremih on his socials.

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