Latest Aretha Franklin News

Cynthia Erivo on becoming Harriet Tubman

Oct. 31, 2019 6:49 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — British actress Cynthia Erivo is relatively small in stature. In person, she is earnest and genial. In performance, the 32-year-old can appear achingly vulnerable. And if you're not paying attention, she will bowl you over. Even if you are, she probably will, anyway. Erivo's inner and outer...

Cynthia Erivo cast as Aretha Franklin in ‘Genius’ season 3

Oct. 3, 2019 1:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — National Geographic has found its next “Genius.” The network has tapped Cynthia Erivo to play Aretha Franklin in a third installment of the anthology series. The authorized project will feature Franklin’s music. Erivo will perform songs from the singer’s catalog....

A previously unreleased track from Franklin is coming out

Sep. 24, 2019 1:56 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Christmas is bringing the gift of a previously unreleased Aretha Franklin recording. "Big Band Holidays II" from the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis has a holiday album that will feature the late icon singing "O Tannebaum." Franklin performed the song as she played the...