Aretha Franklin Says She’s Retiring This Year After Releasing Final Album

Aretha Franklin is nearing her swan song.

The powerhouse vocalist, 74, revealed she’s planning on retiring later this year after more than 50 years in the industry.

“I must tell you, I am retiring this year,” Franklin told Detroit TV station Local 4.

“This will be my last year,” Franklin said. “I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert. This is it.”

She says she intends to release one final full-length album, which she’s working on with fellow musical icon Stevie Wonder.

“Of course, several of the songs are going to be produced by Stevie, and of course there’s only one Stevie, right?” she told the news station.

“It’s kind of multi-(directional),” she continued. “We’re not pigeonholed to any one thing.”

The new release will be the Queen of Soul’s 42nd studio album.

It will be her first full-length album since her wide-ranging cover album “Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics,” which came out in 2014.

Despite her looming retirement, the “Respect” singer has no plans to disappear from the spotlight completely and said she’ll still do “some select things, many one a month, for six months out of the year.”

Franklin was forced to cancel three shows last year due to health concerns.

The R&B legend recently made headlines for her rousing, 4 1/2-minute rendition of the national anthem ahead of the Vikings and Lions game on Thanksgiving in Detroit.


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