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Aretha Franklin to Record Album of Songs by Summer, Streisand & Other Top Female Stars

Image courtesy of Lloyd Bishop/NBC (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Lloyd Bishop/NBC (via ABC News Radio)

Aretha Franklin has revealed some details about her upcoming album. The Queen of Soul tells Billboard that the record will be a "concept" album, featuring songs by other top female stars.

"It's just re-working some things that were very, very good and certainly chart-worthy and sold a lot of records," Aretha explains.  "They're records that, musically, I respected and that I liked a lot and that I would love to have one go-'round with."

Aretha reports that she and her producer have settled on a list of 10 tunes, including Barbra Streisand 's "People" and Donna Summer 's "Last Dance."  She also says she's considering recording the Destiny's Child hit "Bootylicious."

Aretha tells Billboard that she's planning to start recording the new album on New Year's Day near her hometown of Detroit, and she's hoping the collection will be released sometime between early spring and early summer.

After having to cancel a number of performances earlier this year because of an undisclosed medical issue, Aretha is also ready to return to the stage.  She has concerts scheduled for January 17 and 18 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, and Revel Ovation Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. More dates are expected to be announced soon. Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio