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All Hail the Queen: Aretha Franklin Announces Retirement, Plans One More Album

Franklin says 2017 will be her last year in concert

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    All Hail the Queen: Aretha Franklin Announces Retirement, Plans One More Album
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    US singer Aretha Franklin speaks before performing during the International Jazz Day concert at the White House in Washington, DC, on April 29, 2016.

    At 74, the Queen of Soul has decided to take it a little easier.

    Aretha Franklin is planning to retire this year, she told Detroit TV station WDIV Local 4, the city's NBC affiliate. The singer says she has one more album planned, with several tracks produced by Stevie Wonder, and will otherwise limit herself to "some select things" as she devotes more time to her grandchildren. She also says 2017 will be her "last year in concert."

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    On Thursday, a representative for Franklin confirmed her remarks made to WDIV.

    Franklin, whose many hits include "Respect" and "Think," added that she did not want to do "just nothing." But she said that she is otherwise "very satisfied" with her career and is ready to step back.