Aretha Franklin, the queen of soul music, is not only back to the recording studio but will also feature Andre 3000 of Outkast as a producer of her new work. Now in its final stages of production, and is expected to be released in September.
On the album, Aretha will interpret consecrated songs by female icons of different eras. Among the songs are already recorded "Last Dance" by Donna Summer, "What's Love Got to do with it?" by Tina Turner and even newest songs such as "Rolling In The Deep" by Adele.
Speaking to the American edition of Billboard, Aretha said she is aware that all these songs already have their versions considered classic, but she and her producers will do justice to them all.
The project is being supervised by Clive Davis - one of the great titans of the music industry. It is he who chose the songs for the project, with Franklin approving or vetoing the choices.
Andre 3000 was invited to pilot the last four tracks of the project, after Don Was had to distance himself from work for scheduling conflicts.
Besides him, Babyface and Daryl Simmons - two of the largest producers of R & B - also worked on the album sessions.