The Queen of Soul at 74 confirmed her retirement when speaking to a Detroit TV station. From what I‘ve heard she‘s planning a final album (maybe together with Stevie Wonder) and otherwise is just happy with her career as it is today. For good reasons. Aretha Franklin has had more than 20 number one singles in the US charts and won the Grammy for Best R&B vocal performance for eight years after another (1968 – 1975).
Me and some friends had tickets to see her in NYC back in September 2016 but the tour was canceled. For the unlikely case I could have forwarded a CD to her, or her management, or some kind of security guy I had this compilation ready. It never happened. Sweet tributes to her Majesty Soul.