Music Legend Aretha Franklin Set To Retire This Year

Known for iconic hits such as ‘Respect’ and ‘You Make Me Feel Like A Natural Woman’, Aretha Franklin has affirmed her place in the music industry since she debuted in the ’60s.

But the now 74-year old has announced today that she will retire this year after an incredible career spanning over 60 years.

The Queen of Soul, who originally started out as a Gospel singer, revealed the news to Detroit TV Station ‘Local 4’:

I must tell you, I am retiring this year. This will be my last year. I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert. This is it.

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With 17 Grammy award wins under her belt and timeless records associated to her name, Franklin has reassured her life long fans that she will still do ‘select things’ maybe ‘once a month for six months of the year’.

The reason behind her decision to step out of the limelight proves just what a genuine and grounded artist she is even after all of her success.

She wants to take some time out to spend with her grandchildren before they leave for college.


The ’60s legend admits it will be weird to no longer put music at the forefront of her life, admitting it’s ‘all [she has done]’.

The female icon continued,

I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from, and where it is now. 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.

Her highly-anticipated 42nd album will be released in September of this year, with many of the songs being produced by fellow music legend Stevie Wonder.

She hasn’t released an album since the 2014 hit Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics.

The inspirational star also admitted in the interview that she ‘can’t wait to get in the studio’ to record her final album.