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Fugees Announce First World Tour In 25 Years

Fugees are in talks to reunite after 15 years.According to an insider, the 'Ready Or Not' hitmakers - comprising Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel - have been back in touch to discuss marking...

Fugees To Reunite For First Time In 15 Years?

Fugees are in talks to reunite after 15 years.According to an insider, the 'Ready Or Not' hitmakers - comprising Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel - have been back in touch to discuss marking...

Jennifer Hudson Admits Aretha Franklin 'Shaped' Her Career

Jennifer Hudson thinks Aretha Franklin has given her a "blueprint" to follow.The 40-year-old star plays Aretha in a film about her life and she's revealed her deep-rooted admiration for the iconic singer, who passed away...

Jennifer Hudson Didn't Know How To Approach Vocals In Respect

Jennifer Hudson wasn't sure how to approach her vocals in 'Respect'.The 39-year-old actress and singer plays Aretha Franklin in the upcoming biopic and she admitted the "toughest challenge" was deciding whether to sing like herself...

Jennifer Hudson Regrets Not Asking Aretha Franklin About Respect Casting

Jennifer Hudson regrets not asking Aretha Franklin about why she selected her for the lead role in 'Respect'.The 39-year-old star was handpicked by the late music icon, who died in 2018, to play her in...

Jennifer Hudson Misses Talking To Aretha Franklin

Jennifer Hudson misses talking to Aretha Franklin.The 39-year-old singer and actress was personally chosen by the legendary star to play her in a biopic about her life and Jennifer revealed at the Los Angeles premiere...

Jennifer Hudson Wants Less Emotional Role

Jennifer Hudson wants to find a less emotional role.The 39-year-old singer-and-actress can next be seeing portraying the late Aretha Franklin in biopic ‘Respect’ and she admitted the experience was “draining” because she had to channel...

Courtney B Vance: I Was So Shy When Me And My Wife Met Aretha Franklin

Courtney B Vance was “so shy” when he met the late Aretha Franklin.The 61-year-old actor played the music legend’s father in the anthology drama series ‘Genius: Aretha’ – which aired on National Geographic in March...

Sir Elton John Sick Of Singing Same Songs

Sir Elton John wants to “kill [himself]” if he has to perform ‘Crocodile Rock’ again.The 73-year-old singer is retiring from touring and once his final concerts – which have been delayed due to the coronavirus...

Jennifer Hudson Eyed For New Christmas Musical Comedy

Jennifer Hudson has been eyed to star in a new Christmas musical comedy.The 39-year-old singer and actress is attached to produce the festive flick and it is hoped that she will play the lead role.The...

Tainted Love, Hallelujah And Girls Just Wanna Have Fun: 10 Covers That You Probably Know Better Than The Originals

How many times in your life have you found yourself listening to a song that you think you know inside out, only to discover that that's not even the original version? We're guessing at least...

Drake Breaks Chart Record He Previously Held With Aretha Franklin And Stevie Wonder

Drake has broken a Billboard chart record previously held by the late Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder.The hip-hop icon's Lil Durk-featuring hit 'Laugh Now Cry Later' has become his 21st song to top the Billboard...

Celebrating Black History Month: Are These The Greatest Black Artists Of All Time?

The annual celebration encourages us to honour black people and recognise their significant contributions to history, a key contributor being their extraordinary influence on the music industry.Whether you focus on Jimi Hendrix or Aretha Franklin,...

Cynthia Erivo Boards Musical Drama Talent Show

Cynthia Erivo is set to play a Chicago songwriter in the upcoming musical drama 'Talent Show'.The 33-year-old actress will join her close friend Lena Waithe's production for Universal.As per The Hollywood Reporter, Erivo will portray...

10 Black Female Artists Who Shaped Pop Music

Black culture has without doubt had a monumental influence on the world of pop music since as far back as the 1920s. And while the likes of Chuck Berry, Ray Charles, Bob Marley and Michael...

Jennifer Hudson Says Respect Inspired Her To Play The Piano

Jennifer Hudson's latest film role inspired her to play the piano.The 38-year-old singer portrays Aretha Franklin in the upcoming biographical drama 'Respect', and Jennifer has revealed she's currently trying to perfect playing the instrument.She said:...

New Solo Version Of Aretha Franklin's Never Gonna Break My Faith Released

A never-heard-before solo version of Aretha Franklin's Mary J. Blige duet, 'Never Gonna Break My Faith', has been released to mark Juneteenth Day (19.06.20).The late Queen of Soul's powerful anthem featuring the 'Deep Inside' singer...

Jennifer Hudson 'Up For The Task' Of Playing Aretha

Jennifer Hudson is ''up for the task'' of playing Aretha Franklin in 'Respect'. The 38-year-old singer and actress was hand-selected by the late Queen of Soul - before she passed away in 2018 at the...

Aretha Franklin Once Asked Babyface For Dating Advice

Aretha Franklin once asked Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmond for relationship advice.Kenneth, 62, revealed that the late Queen of Soul - who passed away in 2018 at the age of 76 - turned to him for...

Police Investigating Alleged Stolen Assets From Aretha Franklin's Estate

Police are investigating allegations of a theft from the estate of Aretha Franklin, which has been tangled in controversy since the singer’s death last summer.Detroit Police Lt. Timothy Abbo stated on Thursday (January 10th) that...

Aretha Franklin's Estate Allegedly Owes Millions To Taxman

The IRS is claiming that the estate of the late Aretha Franklin owes $6.3 million in back taxes, with the possibility of the figure rising to $7.8 million in penalty fees.According to legal documents filed...

Music News Round-up: Elton John UK Tour Dates, Long-lost Aretha Franklin Film And Vampire Weekend Album Four

ARETHA FRANKLIN FILM TO BE RELEASED AFTER NEARLY 50 YEARS A documentary film about Aretha Franklin, capturing the power of her live performances, is to see the light of day after nearly 50 years in...

Aretha Franklin Didn't Make A Will Before She Died

Aretha Franklin's death shook the globe as millions mourned the loss of the Queen of Soul. However, among the tears and tributes, it seems her family are embarking on a legal feud for the superstar's...

When She Did It Better: The Ultimate Aretha Franklin Covers Playlist

It's been nine days since the legendary Queen of Soul passed away, leaving behind a legacy of some of the most astounding music in chart history. While Aretha Franklin may have had hits with 'R.E.S.P.E.C.T.'...

Album Of The Week: Remembering Aretha Franklin With 'Spirit In The Dark'

It's something of a coincidence that an Aretha Franklin record is our Album of the Week. It so happens that her legendary 'Spirit in the Dark' was released exactly 48 years ago today via Atlantic...

Madonna Defends Her Vmas Tribute To Aretha Franklin After Backlash

Madonna has addressed the backlash that followed her speech at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at the weekend, after she was criticised for being disrespectful in her tribute to the late Aretha Franklin.The pop...

Full 2018 Mtv Vma Winners! (And Why Everyone Was Disappointed In Madonna)

The 2018 MTV VMAs were finally handed out last night but rather than the event being a cause for celebration, many people are unhappy with how everything went down. From the winners to the speeches,...

Music News Round-up: Aretha Franklin Tributes, Katy Perry In The Studio, Lily Allen's Book

ARETHA FRANKLIN TRIBUTES POUR IN The world of music is in mourning this weekend, following the passing of legendary singer Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul, on Thursday at the age of 76. Tributes have...

Rip Aretha Franklin - Seven Of Her Most Captivating Songs

Aretha Franklin, one of popular music’s most enduring icons and known as the Queen of Soul, passed away this week at the age of 76.The legendary vocalist died in Detroit on Thursday morning (August 16th)...

Beyonce Dedicates On The Run Ii Concert To Ailing Aretha Franklin

When word spread the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin was "gravely ill", the music world came out in its droves to wish her well. Now superstar couple Jay Z and Beyoncé have dedicated their latest...

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