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Aretha Franklin Cancels Upcoming Concerts Due to Health Concerns

Aretha Franklin has decided to cancel her two upcoming concerts at the request of her doctor.

The 75-year-old entertainer was set to perform at her 76th birthday party on March 25 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center before headlining the 2018 New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival in late April.

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“Aretha Franklin has been ordered by her doctor to stay off the road and rest completely for at least the next two months,” Aretha’s team said in a statement. “She is extremely disappointed she cannot perform at this year’s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival as she had expected and hoped to.”

Back in November, Aretha slammed rumors that she had died after a report hit the Internet of her passing.

Aretha Franklin Is Alive & Well, Responds to Death Rumors

Aretha Franklin is doing just fine despite Internet rumors started to circulate that the iconic singer passed away.

The 75-year-old Queen of Soul released a statement on Tuesday (November 21) that she is alive and well.

“I’m doing well generally, all test have come back good,” said in a statement to Us Weekly.

Rumors starting to circulate on Twitter that Aretha had passed away when the hashtag #RipArethaFranklin began to trend.

“I’ve lost a lot of weight due to side effects of medicine, it affects your weight,” Aretha continued. “Thanxxxx for your concern.”

Aretha Franklin Slams Dionne Warwick Over Comments Made at Whitney Houston's Funeral

Aretha Franklin is finally speaking out against comments Dionne Warwick made about her back in 2012.

The 75-year-old entertainer sent a “lengthy fax” to the Associated Press on Monday (April 24) where she slammed Dionne for making up the story that she is Whitney Houston‘s godmother.

“She blatantly lied on me… fully well knowing what she was doing,” Aretha said. “At this point it isn’t about an apology, it’s about libel.”

While attending Whitney‘s funeral, Dionne – who is a cousin of the late singer – told those in attendance that Aretha was there and introduced her, but then realized she wasn’t present.

“Ree’s not here, but she is here,” Dionne said back in 2012. “She loves Whitney as if she were born to her. She is her godmother.”

Aretha could not attend Whitney‘s funeral due to swollen feet and a scheduled performance that she said she was contractually obligated to attend.

“We’ve never been friends and I don’t think that Dionne has ever liked me,” Aretha said.

Dionne‘s rep said, “She will not dignify a response to the statement made by Aretha Franklin.”

Jennifer Hudson & Robert de Niro Attend the 'Clive Davis: Soundtrack of Our Lives' Premiere in NYC

Jennifer Hudson steps out to support music producer Clive Davis at the premiere of Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives on Wednesday night (April 19) during opening night of the Tribeca Film Festival at Radio City Music Hall in NYC.

The 35-year-old singer attended the documentary alongside Robert de Niro and wife Grace Hightower along with Christina Ricci, Aretha Franklin, Barry Manilow, and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.

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Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives follows the life and career of the legendary music producer.

After the film screening, Jennifer and Aretha are both set to perform for the audience.

FYI: Christina is wearing a Gabriela Hearst dress and Monique Pean jewelry. Jennifer is wearing a Yves Saint Laurent dress, Vetements x Manolo Blanhik shoes, and Jacob and Co. jewelry.

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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.