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Aretha Franklin to Cover Barbra Streisand, Donna Summer on New Album

By Shannon Carlin

The Queen of Soul is gearing up to pay tribute to other female singers who have achieved royal status in the pop world.

According to BillboardAretha Franklin‘s next album will be a “concept” record in which she will cover songs from an “ultimate list” of female artists that she respects including Barbra Streisand’s “People” and Donna Summer’s “Last Dance.”

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“It’s just re-working some things that were very, very good and certainly chartworthy and sold a lot of records,” Franklin told the magazine, joking she’s even thinking of covering “Bootylicious” by Destiny’s Child. “They’re records that, musically, I respected and that I liked a lot and that I would love to have one go-’round with…I have very high standards where music is concerned, and I’m looking for something I haven’t done, something that you haven’t heard and something just absolutely smashing.”

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