Aretha Franklin Has Plans for New Album
Although Aretha Franklin is, perhaps, one of the most respected singers, her studio album efforts over the past decade largely went unheard. Work on her 38th studio album, A Woman Falling Out of Love, began in 2004, with the album released in 2011 and only available at Walmart. Between those seven years, she put out an album of duets, titled Jewels in the Crown: All-Star Duets With The Queen, which produced a minor hit “Put You Up on Game” with Fantasia. In addition, a Christmas album This Christmas, Aretha also saw the light of day.
Nevertheless, A Woman Falling Out of Love peaked at No. 54 on the Billboard 200, selling just 25,000 total copies so far. Since that point, Franklin signed onto Clive Davis’ J Records.
Over the past weekend, Franklin, who held her Christmas party at the Greektown International Banquet Center in downtown Detroit, revealed to WDIV-TV that she is working on an album. The release, on which she plans to start work on in 10 to 12 days, is scheduled for February 2012. About the release, she said to the television station: "I'm working on a new album; Babyface is producing it. And I'm just working on things we're going to be doing."
Franklin’s Christmas party featured several acts. According to MLive.com, The Delfonics, The Contours, Sylvester Potts, Charles Scales, Robert Penn, sons Eddie and Kecalf, and granddaughter Victory all performed at the event.
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