Aretha Franklin has told a Detroit-based television station she plans to retire this year. The queen of soul told WDIV Local 4, that she intends to record an album for release in September before retiring.
“I must tell you, I am retiring this year,” she said, before adding that her new album would feature production by Stevie Wonder, and she was “exuberant” about it.
The new album is to be entirely composed of originals and recorded in Detroit.
In recent years, Franklin – who turns 75 this year – has suffered ill-health. In 2010, she had to cancel shows for medical reasons, and underwent emergency abdominal surgery. Though she denied reports she had pancreatic cancer, she later admitted to having had a tumour removed. Last year, too, she had to cancel shows owing to illness.