Aretha Franklin Working With Andre 3000, Wants to Cover Beyonce On New Album
Aretha Franklin, who's tour stops in Chicago Saturday May 3rd, has confirmed she is working on new material with OutKast's Andre 3000 and singer-songwriter Babyface.
Speaking at her 72nd birthday party, the singer said she is waiting for Babyface to finish his guest slot with Toni Braxton in the Broadway musical After Midnight before he can get to work on her songs.
"I'm just waiting for him to finish that so he can finish my tracks please," Franklin said. "And I think Andre 2000 - is it two or three? Andre 3000 is going to be aiding in producing some of the tracks," said Franklin. "I love everything he does. He’s got a groove that I really, really like."
Franklin is also considering covering Beyonce on her next LP, "I like 'Bootylicious,' 'Survivor' – my little granddaughter loves 'Survivor,'" she said. "She’s a worker," Aretha says of Beyonce. "And I can appreciate that. I’m a worker."
Earlier this month, Franklin performed at the White House alongside Patti LaBelle, Jill Scott and other soul singers. "What a shoutin' good time we had," she said. "The White House is still rocking right now!"