Posts tagged "Aretha Franklin"

Aretha Franklin Wants To Be Next ‘American Idol’ Judge

Time to update your office’s American Idol judges pool! (What, you guys don’t have one of those?) “Queen of Soul” Aretha Franklin threw her hat into the ring on Saturday (July 14), laying out her interest in the judging gig in an email to CNN. The 70-year-old legend surely has the credentials: the voice, the 18 Grammys, the sass. But this doesn’t exactly fit into our comprehensive plan to revamp the singing show, which is losing judges Steven Tyler and Jennifer Lopez. Is Aretha the answer Idol‘s been looking for, or the latest in a chain of fool-ish ideas? More »

Dick Clark Remembered: 10 Great ‘American Bandstand’ Interviews

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Like the rest of the music world, we were saddened by news of Dick Clark‘s sudden passing on Wednesday (Apr. 18). In taking time to look back on the media pioneer’s unequivocal impact on music, television and entertainment, we found ourselves captivated by Dick’s interviews with the great pop artists of the early days of his 33-year run on American Bandstand. Above, watch the late TV personality’s 1972 interview with teenaged Michael Jackson, in which Clark ominously comments, “This poor man’s life has been dissected completely.” Below see nine more of his greatest Bandstand interviews, from Madonna to Janet, LL to Prince. More »

Watch Aretha Franklin Sing In Tribute To Whitney Houston

Leg spasms and muscle pain might have kept Aretha Franklin from attending Whitney Houston’s funeral yesterday. However, that didn’t mean that the Queen of Soul forgot about her goddaughter’s memory. On the night before Houston’s funeral, Franklin made not one, but two, touching tributes to the late singer. Franklin performed “I Will Always Love You” as well as “The Greatest Love of All” in honor of Houston, who she fondly called “Nippy.” Watch them below. More »

Whitney Houston’s Funeral: Where Were Bobby Brown And Aretha Franklin?

Many members of Whitney Houston’s friends and family were able to pay their respects to the late singer during her “home going” service in Newark, New Jersey this morning. Unfortunately, Houston’s ex-husband Bobby Brown and godmother Aretha Franklin were not able to fully participate. Though initial reports indicated that Brown was not welcome at the memorial, he was invited and attended — but only briefly, as he abruptly left shortly after the service began. And though Franklin was scheduled to perform in tribute to her goddaughter, the singer never showed up. Find out what happened to both Brown and Franklin below. More »

The Idolator Hype Index (Week Of 2.12.12)

The shadow cast by Whitney Houston’s death made the 2012 Grammy Awards feel a little colder, and the pop world at large a little darker. And though that tragedy loomed largest this week, there were other big developments too, and we’ve charted the ups and downs of Madonna, Usher, Nicki Minaj and others on our newest Pop & Fizz graph. (Remember, we measure each artist or major news story according to their size (that’s Rank) and then we weigh how they’re faring overall in the pop zeitgeist (that’s Hype). Scroll below to see who made the cut this week.
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Whitney Houston And Aretha Franklin’s Musical Connection

This Saturday, Queen Of Soul Aretha Franklin will reportedly pay tribute to Whitney Houston by singing at the late music star‘s funeral in Newark, New Jersey. (Also said to be on tap for vocal duties at the service are BeBe and CeCe Winans.) Not only was 69-year-old Franklin the godmother of Whitney, the pair also recorded a duet together called “It Isn’t, It Wasn’t, It Ain’t Never Gonna Be”, for Aretha’s 1989 album Through The Storm.
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Whitney Houston Funeral: Aretha To Perform, Bobby Brown Asked Not To Attend

Plans are underway for Whitney Houston’s funeral, which will take place this Saturday in New Jersey. Aretha Franklin (who recently covered “I Will Always Love You” in tribute to her goddaughter) will sing during the memorial, in a performance that will be streamed live online. Other attendees at Saturday’s invitation-only event include Whitney’s friend and mentor Clive Davis and Reverend Jesse Jackson, but the most notable absentee might be the star’s ex-husband Bobby Brown, who is reportedly not welcome. More »

LeAnn Rimes And Aretha Franklin Sing In Tribute To Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston may be gone, but her musical legacy grows stronger as those who loved her — both as an artist and a person — honor her memory. The day following Jennifer Hudson’s moving performance of “I Will Always Love You” at the Grammy Awards, Aretha Franklin paid tribute to her goddaughter by performing a sweet, soulful rendition of “I Will Always Love You” while appearing at a private concert in North Carolina. And country singer LeAnn Rimes covered Whitney’s ballad — all the while fighting back tears — during a performance in Reno. Watch both tributes below. More »

Britney Spears To Wed On Valentine’s Day: Morning Mix

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:: Things are starting to look up for Britney Spears and her fiancé, Jason Trawick. The conservatorship that was placed on the singer’s finances in 2008 will soon be lifted, and it’s rumored that her wedding will take place in Maui on Valentine’s Day. C’est romantique! [Pop Crush]

:: You know who won’t be getting married on Valentine’s Day? Aretha Franklin. Just weeks after announcing her engagement to beau Willie Wilkerson, the Queen of Soul released a statement saying they won’t be tying the knot any time soon. Reportedly, the singer thought the relationship was moving too quickly. [ONTD]

:: Rihanna has toppled Lady Gaga as the most viewed artist on YouTube. Fear not Little Monsters, Gaga is only 24 million views behind the “You Da One” songstress. [MTV]

:: Demi Lovato is taking her own advice and giving her heart a break from Twitter. After a set of cryptic tweets about her relationship with Wilmer Valderrama, the tattooed singer wondered: “Who allows me to have this thing anyways?!!! I just get myself in trouble!” [Celebuzz]

:: Have Rihanna and Chris Brown found love — again — in a hopeless place? Even though Chris has been a rude boy in the past (and currently has a girlfriend), sources say the two are involved in a secret love affair. [E! Online]

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Carmageddon: Idolator’s Survival Playlist

We’ve survived the Rapture, we’ve enjoyed Alpocolypse, but it seems our day of judgment has finally arrived. Carmageddon, as it’s been nicknamed due to the closure of the vital 405 freeway, will be descending upon LA at midnight tonight and lasting for the next 53 painful hours. As Los Angelenos prepare for the worst traffic in the notoriously gridlocked city’s history by planning alternate routes or stocking up on supplies to stay in all weekend (house party, y’all) we’ve decided to pitch in with our very own Survival Playlist. Jump below for odes to alternate forms of transportation to get you through till Monday.

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