Published Mar 24, 2014Aretha Franklin is about to turn 72, but the vintage soul belter is still interested in keeping up to date with younger generations of fans and musicians, which she plans to do with her latest album.
The singer is working on a covers collection featuring songs made famous by some of Franklin's favourite female acts. This will bring together different eras of music, as industry vet Clive Davis will executive produce while Outkast's André 3000 is also on board.
"André 3000 is going to be aiding in producing some of the tracks," Franklin told Rolling Stone. "I love everything he does. He's got a groove that I really, really like."
Franklin will be covering classic artists like Donna Summer and Barbra Streisand, but is also thinking of throwing some slightly more contemporary material into the mix by performing material by Beyoncé or Destiny's Child. "I like 'Bootylicious,' 'Survivor' — my little granddaughter loves 'Survivor,'" Franklin said.
Regarding Beyoncé, she explained, "She's a worker. And I can appreciate that. I'm a worker."
It's unknown when exactly the new album will arrive. Franklin added that she's not planning to retire anytime soon, so it's possible that this won't be the last time we hear of her working on new music.