Material will focus on great female singers...
Aretha Franklin

A true soul icon, Aretha Franklin just can't seem to keep out of the headlines.

The singer's much discussed beef with Patti Labelle reached boiling point earlier this year, with an American satirical website reporting that the two had come to blows.

Infuriated, Aretha Franklin launched legal proceedings in what could prove to be a groundbreaking court case. On a musical front, Andre 3000 has been brought in to co-produce Aretha Franklin's new album.

Speaking to Billboard, the soul icon explained that the record will focus on material associated with famous female vocalists. Clive Davis is executive producing the LP, while Franklin also been recording with Babyface and Daryl Simmons.

Discussing the input of the OutKast rapper, the singer said: "I'm pretty sure it's going to be fun working with [Andre 3000], just watching his videos and things."

Confirmed material includes renditions of Adele's 'Rolling in the Deep', Donna Summer's 'Last Dance', Gladys Knight & the Pips' 'Midnight Train to Georgia', Barbra Streisand's 'People' and Tina Turner's 'What's Love Got to Do With It'.

Here's 'Respect'.

(via Pitchfork)

Photo Credit: Matthew Jordan Smith

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