Latest Aretha Franklin News

Tension developing in Aretha Franklin will dispute

Jun. 17, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A fight is emerging over whether a son of Aretha Franklin could be put in charge of the late singer's estate after a 2014 handwritten will was found under cushions in her suburban Detroit home. Attorneys for the estate said in a court filing Monday that "there is no basis to support...

Feeling Aretha's spirit, J Hud honors icon at Pulitzers

May. 28, 2019 7:06 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — With bad weather in Chicago on Monday and her flight canceled, Jennifer Hudson fretted at the thought of missing her performance at Tuesday's Pulitzer Prize awards ceremony to pay tribute to honoree Aretha Franklin. But then Hudson said she felt the spirit of the Queen of Soul — who...

Handwritten wills shake up Aretha Franklin's estate

May. 21, 2019 8:18 PM EDT

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — The discovery of handwritten wills in the home of the late Aretha Franklin could ignite a dispute among family members about the estate of the "Queen of Soul." She died last August without a formal document to guide her sons about her music, property and other assets. But the newly...

3 handwritten wills found in Aretha Franklin's home

May. 20, 2019 7:57 PM EDT

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Three handwritten wills have been found in the suburban Detroit home of Aretha Franklin, months after the death of the "Queen of Soul," including one that was discovered under cushions in the living room, a lawyer said Monday. The latest one is dated March 2014 and appears to give the...

Lawyer: Three handwritten wills are found in Aretha Franklin's Michigan home, months after famous singer's death.

May. 20, 2019 5:53 PM EDT
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Lawyer: Three handwritten wills are found in Aretha Franklin's Michigan home, months after famous singer's death.

Steven Van Zandt keeps on rocking but avoids the p-word

May. 20, 2019 10:43 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — There's plenty of rock on Steven Van Zandt's first album of original material in 20 years. There's also soul and funk and some mean horn solos. What there isn't plenty of is politics. The bandana-wearing guitarist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, who in the past has never been shy...

A T-shirt shopping trip with rock singer James Bay

May. 16, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Yes, British singer James Bay's favorite music T-shirt is of the Rolling Stones, but the one he wishes he had? Aretha Franklin. "Somebody asked the other day, 'What's your greatest influence of all-time?' ... I can't see how it's not Aretha," Bay said while shopping at a vintage store...

Drake breaks Taylor Swift's record at Billboard Music Awards

May. 2, 2019 2:13 PM EDT

With Mother's Day around the corner, Drake gave his mom an early gift with a heartfelt speech at the 2019 Billboard Music Awards, where the rap star also broke Taylor Swift's record for most wins. Drake turned up the love for his mom when he picked up top artist, besting Cardi B, Ariana Grande, Post Malone and...

Today in History

Apr. 29, 2019 12:01 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, April 29, the 119th day of 2019. There are 246 days left in the year. Today's Highlight in History: On April 29, 1992, a jury in Simi Valley, California, acquitted four Los Angeles police officers of almost all state charges in the videotaped beating of motorist Rodney King; the...

Showtime: 18th Tribeca opens in Harlem with 'The Apollo'

Apr. 25, 2019 8:15 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The 18th Tribeca Film Festival moved uptown on Wednesday for an opening night that honored an elder New York institution: the Apollo Theater. Roger Ross Williams' "The Apollo" premiered at the iconic Harlem music hall whose 85-year history is chronicled in Williams' documentary. The movie...