If you’re one who has sat back while listening to one of your favorite songs and said to yourself I think Aretha Franklin would sing this song much better, then you may just get lucky once you hit play on her forthcoming album. ThisisRnB reported on Monday, Sept. 29 that “The Queen of Soul” will be releasing a new album on Oct. 21, where she will sing some of R&Bs greatest hits from the music catalogs of various “diva” artists.
According to the site, her new album titled, Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics, will feature the icon covering some of the most popular diva classics including Alicia Keys’ “No One”, Barbra Streisand’s “People”, and a mash-up of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” and Destiny’s Child’s “Survivor”.
The first single to be released from the diva cover album is UK’s songstress Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep”. The song, originally written and performed by Adele.
Franklin debuted the first cover single live on late night television show “The Late Show With David Letterman”, according to Jezebel.com. Draped in a halter topped ball room gown, the queen belted out the lyrics to “Rolling in the Deep,” with a mash up of “Ain’t No Mountain” on the late night talk show. Although there is no skepticism on whether or not The Queen of Soul can sing, or as some might say “sang,” questions have began to surface on whether or not Franklin used a production device known as “auto-tune” when recording the album version of the “Rolling in the Deep” cover.
The Washington Post reported that “in the first verse, one can hear a pretty distinct vocal effect that, for some, suggests the use of pitch-correction software.” Could it be true? Did Franklin fall into the “auto tune” trap? One would hope not, especially after 2006 interview she did with The Washington Post where she didn’t even know what “auto-tune” was. When asked what she though about the auto tune approach for altering your voice or your pitch, Franklin responded:
I’ve never heard of that! I’ve never even heard of that. No, I come from the old school where you do it yourself.”
And she certainly has a list of hits under her belt that proves she can definitely “do it herself.” But with this album, she is paying homage to all the other great divas that we all know and love. And I guess she loves them too. The full track list includes many great names like Etta James and Chaka Khan but, there’s one name that is missing. Could it be due their alleged public dislike for one another that she wasn’t included?
Official Tracklisting for Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics:
1. “At Last” (Etta James cover)
2. “Rolling In The Deep” (Adele cover)
3. “Midnight Train to Georgia (Gladys Knight And The Pips cover)
4. “I Will Survive” (Gloria Gaynor cover)
5. “People” (Barbra Streisand cover)
6. “No One” (Alicia Keys cover)
7. “I’m Every Woman” (Chaka Khan Cover) / “Respect”
8. “Teach Me Tonight” (Dinah Washington cover)
9. “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” (The Supremes cover)
10. “Nothing Compares 2 U” (Sinéad O’Connor cover)