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'Respect' Movie Soundtrack Stream - Listen to Jennifer Hudson Sing Aretha Franklin Music!

The movie Respect is now playing in theaters and you can listen to the full soundtrack right here!

Jennifer Hudson sings all of Aretha Franklin‘s incredible songs in the new biopic and she sings 18 songs on the new album.

Some of the hit songs that Jennifer covers include “Respect,” “Ain’t No Way,” “I Never Loved A Man,” “Natural Woman,” “Chain of Fools,” “Think,” “I Say a Little Prayer,” and “Amazing Grace.”

There’s also the new original song “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home),” which Jennifer wrote with Carole King. If you didn’t know, the legendary songwriter actually wrote “Natural Woman” for Aretha!

In a recent interview, Jennifer discussed the final phone call she had with Aretha before the legendary entertainer passed away a few years ago.

Stream the soundtrack below from Spotify and download the album on iTunes.

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Jennifer Hudson Reflects on Her Final Phone Call with Aretha Franklin, Days Before Her Death

Jennifer Hudson plays her idol and mentor Aretha Franklin in the new movie Respect and she’s opening up about the weekly phone calls she used to have with the late singer.

The Oscar and Grammy-winning actress started a friendship with Aretha after the legend reached out to her following the release of Dreamgirls.

Days before Aretha passed away, Jennifer had her final phone call with her.

Click inside to read about it… More Here! »

Jennifer Hudson Doesn't Know Why Aretha Franklin Hand-Picked Her To Star in 'Respect'

Jennifer Hudson is opening up about playing the legendary Aretha Franklin on the big screen in Respect.

However, the 39-year-old actress and singer revealed that she still doesn’t know why Aretha had hand picked her to portray her in the biopic.

Click inside to see what Jennifer shared…More Here! »

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Jennifer Hudson Releases Her Cover of 'Natural Woman' for Upcoming Aretha Franklin Biopic - Listen Now!

Jennifer Hudson is starring as Aretha Franklin in the upcoming biopic Respect and she’ll be singing all of the legendary singer’s hits songs!

The Oscar-winning actress has released her cover of Aretha‘s hit song “(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman” and you can listen to it here.

If you didn’t know, Carole King wrote that song for Aretha and she has teamed up with Jennifer to write a new original song for the movie. “Here I Am” will appear on the soundtrack for the film and it’s the only original song that will be in the movie.

Click inside to listen to “Natural Woman”… More Here! »

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Jennifer Hudson Drops 'Here I Am' Song, Written with Carole King for 'Respect' Movie!

Jennifer Hudson has released her new song “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” for the upcoming Aretha Franklin biopic Respect!

The Oscar- and Grammy-winning entertainer co-wrote the song with Carole King, who famously wrote the song “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” for Aretha. The song was also co-written by Jamie Hartman and produced by will.i.am.

“Here I Am” will appear on the soundtrack for the upcoming movie and it serves as the film’s only original song. It already seems like a shoo-in for a Best Original Song nomination at the 2022 Oscars!

The movie hits theaters nationwide on August 13 and the soundtrack will be available the same day.

Click inside to listen to the song and read Jennifer Hudson’s statement… More Here! »

Jennifer Hudson Brings Aretha Franklin's Story To Life in 'Respect' Trailer - Watch!

Jennifer Hudson becomes the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, in the brand new trailer for Respect.

Here’s a synopsis of the highly anticipated movie: “Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom, Respect is the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice.”

Jennifer is joined in the movie by Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, Kimberly Scott, Saycon Sengbloh, Hailey Kilgore, Heather Headley, Skye Dakota Turner, Tate Donovan and Mary J. Blige.

Respect, directed by Liesl Tommy, had been delayed in its debut due to the pandemic.

It will now premiere in theaters on August 11.

If you didn’t know, one of Jennifer‘s former co-stars also played Aretha in a limited series.

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Aretha Franklin's Family Slams NatGeo's 'Genius' Limited Series for Ignoring Them

Aretha Franklin‘s family is not happy with the upcoming NatGeo limited series Genius: Aretha based on the late singer’s life.

Last week, Aretha‘s granddaughter Grace Franklin took to TikTok to share a video protesting the show, which she claims ignored them.

“As the immediate family, we feel that it’s important to be involved with any biopic of my grandma’s life, as it’s hard to get any accurate depiction of anyone’s life without speaking to the ones closest to them,” Grace said.

“During the process of writing, directing, and filming this movie, we’ve reached out to Genius as a family on multiple occasions where we have been disrespected and told we will not be worked with,” Grace continued. “As the immediate family — emphasis on immediate — we do not support this film and we ask that you also do not support this film, as we feel extremely disrespected, and we feel there will be many inaccuracies about my grandmother’s life.”

Grace‘s message comes after her dad Kecalf Franklin, Aretha‘s son, publicly denounced the project, claiming the Genius producers didn’t want the family’s input on the series.

“What we’ve found out in the past is that usually when people don’t want to work with you, that is a prelude to some type of unprofessional behavior or a prelude to some type of untruth or slander, so we’re not quite sure where we’re going to see in this series,” Kecalf said in an interview with Rolling Stone. “That’s usually the case when people say that they don’t want to work with you.”

NatGeo began production on Genius in 2019, less than a year after Aretha passed away. Kecalf said communication between the network and the family ended after his cousin Sabrina Garrett-Owens resigned from her post as representative of Aretha’s personal estate. By the time she left her position, the family and NatGeo had not reached an agreement on their involvement in the series. When the family attempted to re-establish an agreement, Kecalf claims NatGeo didn’t want to work with them.

“We had our lawyers reach out to them and see if we could have some type of input and see the film and say what we like and what we didn’t like about it,” Kecalf said. “And the report that we got back was saying that it was too late, production had already wrapped up and that they didn’t want to work with us. It was basically too late.”

He continued, “It seems as if the final editing hadn’t been done, that there was something that could have been done in that area, maybe after we had previewed it. They did send a non-disclosure agreement but the terms in that contract, they weren’t giving us creative control or anything like that as well. So it’s kind of like they just wanted us to check it out. But if we didn’t like it then, ‘Oh well. Sorry.’”

For Kecalf, he says that the miscommunication with NatGeo isn’t about money, but more along the lines of “respect.”

“This is about common, decent respect for our family,” Kecalf said. “If I was to do a movie on your family, I would try and speak with you, your sons, daughters, grandchildren and people like that. And we just never felt like we got a shot to speak to them freely from my heart about our family member.”

NatGeo then released a statement regarding the situation, saying, “We think we have a shared goal here – to honor and celebrate the life and legacy of Aretha Franklin. We can tell you that everyone who worked on ‘Genius: Aretha’ approached telling her story with the intention to respect Ms. Franklin in every aspect of the series and in every decision we made. The studio worked diligently to attain the endorsement of Aretha’s estate, which we are grateful to have.”

The NatGeo rep added, “We worked with many people who knew Ms. Franklin — from Clive Davis to members of her family’s estate — to make sure we told her story in an honest and authentic way.”

Genius: Aretha, starring Cynthia Erivo premieres on Sunday, March 21 at 9/8c on NatGeo, with two episodes per night through Thursday, March 25.