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Aretha Franklin Announces Retirement

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin has announced her retirement.. She told a Detroit television station that she plans on doing just so this year…Can you believe that Aretha has been performing for 56 years straight ?

According to The Hollywood Reporter

The ‘Queen of Soul’ told a Detroit TV station that she plans to quit making music after the release of her new album, produced by Stevie Wonder, later this year. She also said she would drastically cut back on performing in order to spend time with her grandchildren who are leaving for college.

“I must tell you, I am retiring this year,” Franklin told WDIV Local 4.

She added: “This will be my last year… I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert. This is it.”

“I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from and where it is now,” Franklin 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.”

As she should! Aretha is 75 and she’s more than earned her legacy. Besides, preserve people’s memory of you while you can still bring it. Don’t become a joke in the public eye (I’m looking at you Mariah Carey!)

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