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Aretha Franklin Confirms Retirement … And It’s Happening Sooner Than Expected

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Aretha Franklin aka the Queen of Soul is putting her tour life to rest.

The iconic singer confirmed to a Detroit television station this week that she’s “retiring.” Franklin suggested, “This will be my last year. I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert. This is it.”

Despite bringing an impressive 60-year-career to an end, there won’t necessarily be an abrupt stop. Per the singer, she will do “some select things … One a month, for six months out of the year.”

When asked why now, the 74-year-old explained that there’s so much more life, like spending time with her family. “I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from, and where it is now,” she said. “I’ll be pretty much satisfied … but I’m not going to go anywhere and just sit down and do nothing. That wouldn’t be good either.”

Given there’s still one more album left for the soul singer, you better believe it’s going to be one for the books. “Of course, several of the songs are going to be produced by Stevie Wonder and of course there’s only one Stevie, right? It’s kind of multi-[directional]. We’re not pigeonholed to any one thing,” she said.

Last year, Aretha was forced to cancel a series of performances due to health problems. In August 2016, the Detroit native confirmed that “due to doctors’ orders, I will have to cancel a few concerts for the next month or so.” The health concerns were never disclosed.

Franklin’s last project was her 2014 LP Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics.

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