Aretha Franklin Is an Old Lady and She Sounds Like It; Good for Her

Rich Juzwiak · 10/22/14 10:45AM

I can't recall a public performance more divisive than Aretha Franklin's cover of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" on the Sept. 29 episode of The Late Show with David Letterman. The conversations I had about it fell into two distinct camps: those who loved and those who hated it. Both were adamant. One person on the latter side suggested that anyone who posted praise of it was just traffic-whoring. One person on the former side jokingly called for a ban on opinions, specifically of those who suggested that Franklin's vocals on the studio version of "Deep" had been sweetened with Auto-tune .

Could Somebody Get Aretha Franklin a Working Earpiece?

Rich Juzwiak · 10/17/14 12:35PM

This morning, the Queen of Soul/Surly Auntie of Pop Culture, Aretha Franklin, was beamed via satellite into a dozen or so different local and cable morning shows in a junket to promote her upcoming Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics album (featuring her divisive cover of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep"). As a result of the satellite delay, Franklin's faulty earpiece, her lack of sleep, and her general does-not-give-a-fuck-ness, a comedy of errors ensued. Highlights are above.

Aretha Franklin Annihilated Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" on Letterman

Rich Juzwiak · 09/30/14 11:20AM

Audio of the purse-carrying gift from heaven Aretha Franklin's cover of Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" (with a twist of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough") made the rounds on the internet yesterday. Later, she tore the roof off David Letterman's studio when she performed the medley on the Late Show (it's the first release off her upcoming Aretha Franklin Sings The Great Diva Classics album). While her voice has noticably aged and isn't quite as acrobatic as it once was, the woman can still wail. Her pipes remain among our country's greatest natural resources.

Aretha Franklin Suing Site For $10M Over Patti LaBelle Fistfight Story

Rich Juzwiak · 04/17/14 05:33PM

This weekend, a News Nerd story with the headline "Patti Labelle Arrested After Fist Fight with Aretha Franklin" made the rounds. As of right now, the post has been shared 1,700 times on Twitter and 41,000 times on Facebook. People gleefully spread the news that these ladies of soul, elegance, and attitude came to blows. Of course, if people thought for a second, "That's ridiculous! I've never heard of the News Nerd. Can I trust this source?" and then checked the site's home page, they would have seen more ridiculous headlines and a disclaimer at the bottom of the screen:

Say Happy Birthday to Aretha Franklin and Her Purse

Rich Juzwiak · 03/25/14 11:15AM

Today is the 72nd birthday of living legend/national treasure/Diva Star Grand Supreme Aretha Franklin. She celebrated this weekend at a star-studded party at New York's Ritz Carlton alongside the trusted companion that is her purse.

Beyoncé's Lip-Synching Makes Aretha Franklin Giddy, Incoherent

Rich Juzwiak · 01/23/13 12:15PM

Some went through the stages of grief when word emerged that Beyoncé lip-synched "The Star Spangled Banner" at Monday's Presidential Inauguration. Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul and Saying Weird Things in Public from Time to Time (remember the Kathie Lee beef of 2012?), however, was tickled by the news and may emulate Beyoncé going forward. Or something. Franklin told that she thought King Bey "did a beautiful job," adding (and here's the weird part):

Will Kim Kardashian's Ex Ruin Her Wedding?

Maureen O'Connor · 08/10/11 10:59AM

Reggie Bush texts Kim incessantly, begging her ditch Kris at the altar. George Clooney's female wrestler lover sleeps over. Angelina dodges rioters in London. Ali Lohan is officially more bankable than Lindsay. Wednesday gossip is the one that got away.

Amy Winehouse Gives Up

Maureen O'Connor · 06/21/11 10:50AM

Amy Winehouse pulls the plug on her entire concert tour. Chris Brown accidentally tweets a private message for Rihanna. Kanye West hides his girly alcohol preferences. Tuesday gossip says no, no, no.

Christina Aguilera: Yes, Those Are My Sexy Naked Pictures

Maureen O'Connor · 12/09/10 10:54AM

Christina Aguilera says she fell prey to a nefarious computer hacker. Blake Lively and Ryan Gosling seem to be dating. Michael Lohan makes a video of himself getting Botox, because, why not? Thursday gossip has a complicated relationship with fame.

Aretha Franklin Loves PBS

Matt Cherette · 09/24/10 02:14PM

Aretha Franklin is amazing—haven't you heard? Case in point: here's a mashup of Franklin's recent appearance on PBS for a fundraiser, put together by fourfour's Rich Juzwiak. Inside, talk of cheesesteaks, Franklin's grandmother, Patti LaBelle, PBS, and more!

Katy Perry Has a Love-Hate Relationship with Google

Maureen O'Connor · 08/04/10 09:36AM

Katy Perry pontificates on Google Alert addictions. Laurence Fishburne isn't speaking to his porn star daughter. George Clooney's girlfriend knows you're jealous of her, and she will rub her happiness in your face. Wednesday gossip indulges bad habits.