Aretha Franklin is showing some R-E-S-P-E-C-T to her fellow divas: The Queen of Soul will release an album Oct. 21 covering classic songs from other female singers.
The most contemporary track is a reworking of Adele’s colossal hit “Rolling In the Deep,” which is the first single off the album. It will be available digitally Monday, when the 72-year-old will also perform the song on Late Night with David Letterman.
“Great Diva Classics” reunites Franklin with longtime collaborator Clive Davis.
“I mean, it is great,” he said in an interview. “For her to do all these songs, it’s very exciting.”
Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds and Andre 3000 are among the album’s producers. Other songs covered by Franklin include the Supremes’ “You Keep Me Hangin’ On,” Alicia Keys’ “No One” and Dinah Washington’s “Teach Me Tonight.” The icon’s version of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive” will incorporate some of Destiny’s Child’s “Survivor.”
Speaking to Billboard ahead of the release, Davis said he was thrilled with the album. “She’s on fire and vocally in absolutely peak form,” he explained. “What a thrill to see this peerless artist still showing the way, still sending shivers up your spine, still demonstrating that all contemporary music needs right now is the voice. What a voice.” The new recording, he added, “is purely and simply sensational.”