Aretha Franklin to Cover Barbra Streisand, Donna Summer on New Album
By Shannon Carlin
The Queen of Soul is gearing up to pay tribute to other female singers who have achieved royal status in the pop world.
According to Billboard, Aretha Franklin‘s next album will be a “concept” record in which she will cover songs from an “ultimate list” of female artists that she respects including Barbra Streisand’s “People” and Donna Summer’s “Last Dance.”
“It’s just re-working some things that were very, very good and certainly chartworthy and sold a lot of records,” Franklin told the magazine, joking she’s even thinking of covering “Bootylicious” by Destiny’s Child. “They’re records that, musically, I respected and that I liked a lot and that I would love to have one go-’round with…I have very high standards where music is concerned, and I’m looking for something I haven’t done, something that you haven’t heard and something just absolutely smashing.”
Franklin plans to start recording the new album in Detroit in early 2014 with producers Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and Don Was. Clive Davis will serve as executive producer for the album, which she hopes to release this spring.
Though Franklin had to cancel a number of shows earlier this year due to an unspecified medical condition, she says she’s “feeling well and ready to go.”
Aretha, who earlier this month performed at the White House for the National Tree Lighting Ceremony, is scheduled to play a Dec. 21 show in her hometown of Detroit, before heading to New York City for two shows on Jan. 17 and 18 at Radio City Music Hall. She also plans to book a few gigs this spring in Atlantic City and Toronto, along with rescheduling dates for canceled shows in Montreal and Ottawa.