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Aretha Franklin Announces Retirement: 'I Am Retiring This Year'

Aretha Franklin has announced she will be retiring this year.

The 74-year-old legendary singer told Detroit TV station Local 4 the news.

“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,” Aretha said, adding she will do “some select things…one a month, for six months out of the year.”

Aretha does plan to record one more album before retiring from performing in concert.

“Of course, several of the songs are going to be produced by Stevie [Wonder], and of course there’s only one Stevie, right? It’s kind of multi-[directional]. We’re not pigeonholed to any one thing,” she said, talking about the album, which will be released in September.

This new album will be her first since 2014’s Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics. It will be her 42nd total album.

VIDEO: Aretha Franklin's National Anthem Lasted Over 4 Minutes!

Aretha Franklin performed the National Anthem on Thanksgiving Day at the Detroit Lions and Minnesota Vikings football game… and it last for four and a half minutes!

The Queen of Soul wore a long fur coat while sitting at the piano in the middle of the field for her performance, which was pretty epic.

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Aretha‘s slow-downed version of the “Star Spangled Banner” is sure to go down in history as one of the most memorable renditions of our nation’s anthem. Watch below!

Demi Lovato Covers Aretha Franklin's 'Natural Woman' (Video)

Demi Lovato takes the stage and belts out Aretha Franklin‘s “Natural Woman” on Wednesday (August 24) in Vancouver, Canada.

The 24-year-old singer, who just celebrated her birthday over the weekend, is currently on her Future Now tour with pal Nick Jonas.

Before wowing the audience with her cover of “Natural Woman,” Demi told the crowd, “It’s one of my all-time favorite songs. I’m gonna sing it for you guys.”

Aretha was recently ordered by her doctor to cancel some of her upcoming performances due to a health issue.

Check out Demi‘s powerful performance below!

Demi Lovato Covers Aretha Franklin’s “Natural Woman”

Aretha Franklin Ordered By Doctor to Cancel Upcoming Concerts

Aretha Franklin has cancelled several of her upcoming performances at a doctor’s request.

The 74-year-old Grammy-winning entertainer will be taking some time off to get some needed rest due to an undisclosed health issue.

“Due to doctors’ orders I will have to cancel a few concerts for the next month or so,” Aretha said in a statement.

Among the cancelled performances was a concert at New York City’s famed Radio City Music Hall in honor of Tony Bennett’s 90th birthday.

Aretha also said she will return to performing in November.

Jaimie Alexander & Gabrielle Union Don Gorgeous Gowns for White House Correspondents' Dinner 2016

Jaimie Alexander wears a lovely sweetheart neckline while posing at the 2016 White House Correspondents’ Dinner held at the Washington Hilton on Saturday (April 30) in Washington, D.C.

The 32-year-old Blindspot star was joined at the event by Gabrielle Union, Aretha Franklin, and Candace Cameron Bure.

“Ready for #WHCD … Follow me on snapchap gabunionwade … That elevator reach tho 💥💥💥,” Gabrielle tweeted.

The night before, Jaimie stepped out for Time and People’s Annual White House Correspondents’ Association Cocktail Party.

FYI: Gabrielle is wearing a Naeem Kahn dress, Kavant & Sharart jewels, a Tyler Alexandra bag, and Brian Atwood shoes. Jaimie is wearing a Christian Siriano dress, Stuart Weitzman shoes, and Kwiat jewels.

10+ pictures inside of Jaimie Alexander, Gabrielle Union, and more at the 2016 WHCDMore Here! »

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Aretha Franklin Questions if Prince Died from Zika Virus (Video)

Aretha Franklin is paying tribute to the legendary artist Prince and also questioning how he died.

The singer spoke with MSNBC’s Brian Williams live on the air about the loss of Prince and talked about his cause of death.

“They’re saying flu-like symptoms,” Aretha said. “I’m wondering if it has anything to do with this Zika virus.”

“It’s such a blow. It’s really surreal. It’s just kind of unbelievable. He was definitely an original and a one-of-a-kind. Truly there was only one Prince,” she said during a tribute to him. “Prince is gone but the music will go on.”

Aretha Franklin Questions if Prince Died from Zika Virus

Aretha Franklin Brings House Down with 'Natural Woman' at Kennedy Center Honors! (Video)

Aretha Franklin belts out a song while on stage for the 2015 Kennedy Center Honors, which aired on Tuesday (December 29).

The legendary singer performed the song “(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman” in a tribute to singer-songwriter Carole King, who was one of the evening’s five honorees.

“Natural Woman” is one of the many hit songs that Carole wrote for other artists. She looked ecstatic to see Aretha sing it for her!

When Aretha walked out on stage, she still had her clutch in hand and she placed it on the piano before accompanying herself on the keys. She eventually got a standing ovation in the middle of the song for her amazing performance, which you can watch below.

See more photos from the Carole King tribute in the photo gallery!

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