The queen of soul, Aretha Franklin has just announced that she will be retiring from music after she releases the next album.

Franklin told the Detroit TV station WDIV Local 4 that she planned to release her next album in September before retiring. “I must tell you, I am retiring this year,” said Franklin, who was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Her new album will feature production by Stevie Wonder, and will be dedicated to Detroit. It’ll be composed of original works and recorded in the Motor City.

“I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from and where it is now,” Franklin said. “I’ll be pretty much satisfied, but I’m not going to go anywhere and just sit down and do nothing. That wouldn’t be good either.”

The legendary singer though says that she’ll be open to “some select things, many one a month, for six months out of the year.”


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