The Queen of Soul says she'll retire later this year. She stated this recently on the Detroit TV station WDIV Local 4, the city's NBC affiliate. Aretha says she will record more album, with several tracks produced by Stevie Wonder, and "some select things, maybe one a month, for six months out of the year" as she devotes more time to her grandchildren. She also says 2017 will be her "last year in concert."
"This will be my last year," Franklin said. "I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert. This is it."