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Aretha Franklin announces her retirement: ‘This is it’


Aretha Franklin has announced that she will retire from making music this year.

The Queen of Soul told a Detroit TV station that she planned to quit recording after the release of her new album, which is produced by Stevie Wonder.

“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.”

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The 74-year-old also told WDIV Local 4, “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.”

She said she plans to do “some select things, many one a month, for six months out of the year”, but that her main priority is to spend more time with her grandchildren.

In recent years, the soul legend has suffered ill-health. In 2010, she had to cancel shows for medical reasons, and underwent emergency abdominal surgery.