Aretha Franklin: News

Aretha Franklin was an American pianist, singer, and songwriter who was popularly known as the ‘Queen of Soul.’ She is the recipient of 18 Grammy Awards. Franklin was twice ranked number nine in Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. She is known for hits such as ‘Respect,’ ‘I Say a Little Player,’ ‘Freeway of Love,’ ‘I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You),’ and ‘Chain of Fools.’ Franklin started her music career as a child by singing gospel at the New Bethel Baptist Church. Her father CL Franklin was a civil rights activist who served as the minister of Bethel Baptist Church. Largely self-taught, Franklin is well known for her powerful voice. She recorded some of her earliest tracks at the church by the age of 12. In 1956, these songs were released as the album ‘Songs of Faith.’ At the age of 18, she signed with Columbia Records and in 1966, she signed with Atlantic Records which gained her recognition. Following this, she went on to deliver top hits. During the civil rights movement, she became a symbol of Black empowerment. She died in August 2018, due to pancreatic cancer.

03 Jan 2023

Lata Mangeshkar

Lata Mangeshkar mentioned in 'Rolling Stone's 200 Best Singers list

The Nightingale of India, late singer Lata Mangeshkar, has been included in Rolling Stone's list of 200 Best Singers of All Time.

14 Jan 2021

Twitter

Tom Hanks, JLo, Gaga to light up Joe Biden's inauguration

"Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."

05 Nov 2020

Taylor Swift

Drake beats Franklin, Wonder in Billboard No. 1 race

Rapper Drake has created another record in Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop chart with his latest No. 1 track Laugh Now Cry Later.

17 Oct 2020

Grammy Awards

'Respect': Jennifer Hudson elated for playing her idol Aretha Franklin

Jennifer Hudson is playing the late Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, in Respect, which will release in US this Christmas and in January 2021 globally.

30 Jun 2020

Michelle Obama

BET Awards: How artists addressed social injustice through virtual performances

The coronavirus pandemic has limited most of our lives to the indoors, forcing office meetings, weddings, fundraisers, tech conventions, etc., to go virtual.

01 Nov 2018

WWE

5 most influential pay-per-view shows in wrestling history

Pay-per-view shows are really important when it comes to wrestling, as one such show can influence storylines months before and after they take place.

03 Aug 2018

WWE

Showcase of the Immortals: 5 best WrestleMania matches ever

WrestleMania is the flagship show of the WWE, first premiering in 1984.

30 Mar 2017

Grammy Awards

George Michael gets private funeral

Three months after his abrupt demise on the day of Christmas, George Michael's funeral took place on Wednesday.

08 Mar 2017

Grammy Awards

Singer George Michael died of "natural causes"

Over two months after his death, George Michael's post mortem report has confirmed that he died of a heart and liver disease, ruling out the necessity of an inquest due to "natural cause of death".

26 Dec 2016

Grammy Awards

George Michael passes away at 53

British pop sensation George Michael died at his home in Goring, England, aged 53 years old; authorities called the death "unexplained but not suspicious" and said a post-mortem would be conducted in due time.