Aretha Franklin to release new album in May

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Soul legend Aretha Franklin, 68, has announced she will start performing concerts again at the end of May, only months after being admitted to hospital and undergoing surgery for an undisclosed illness. She also plans to release her long-awaited new album, Aretha: A Woman Falling Out of Love, in early May.

Last November, the Queen of Soul cancelled all concerts and public appearances for six months under doctor’s orders – amid speculation that she had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, something she has strongly denied. In December, she had what she described as “more than minor surgery”.

In January, she told US magazine Jet that she was “feeling great” and said her medical condition had been resolved. Since then, she has revamped her diet and lost a significant amount of weight.

“I want to not only maintain the weight I am at now, but better it by one dress size,” she told the Associated Press news agency. “You can’t continue to eat things that are not good for you.” The singer says she has been working out three times a week and hopes to get down to size 16.

Franklin’s new album, Aretha: A Woman Falling Out of Love, includes collaborations with R. Kelly and Billy Dee Williams. “It’s definitely going to take the boomers back,” she said, “but it’s also contemporary with respect to other writers and production.”

The album features an eclectic mix of older songs – such as ‘Theme From a Summer Place’, ‘The Way We Were’ and ‘My Country ‘Tis of Thee’’ – and new material, including two songs written by Aretha herself (‘This You Should Know’ and ‘How Long I’ve Waited’). In addition, the track ‘His Eye is On the Sparrow’ showcases her son, Eddie Franklin, and is produced by Aretha.

Full tracklisting:

  • How Long I’ve Waited
  • Sweet Sixteen
  • This You Should Know
  • U Can’t See Me
  • Theme From A Summer Place
  • The Way We Were
  • New Day
  • Put It Back Together Again
  • Faithful (featuring Karen Clark-Sheard)
  • His Eye Is On The Sparrow (Performed by Eddie Franklin)
  • When Two Become One
  • My Country ‘Tis of Thee

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