Jordan Smith's just released his third album, Only Love. Though The Voice season nine winner already has two very successful discs under his belt, he feels this one is his real "first album."
"I wanted to approach it almost like a debut record, just because everything I've done up until this point, I didn't necessarily see as 'defining,'" Jordan tells ABC Radio.
"I love the covers I got to do, and I did a couple of original things that...gave a glimpse into who I feel like I am as an artist, but...it was really cool to release what I feel like has been living inside me for a really long time," he adds.
Jordan wrote about 50% of the songs on Only Love, and admits that releasing it was a little intimidating.
"I really put my heart into this album, and even the songs that I didn't write, I made sure they were very personal to me," he explains. "And for it to be out there, it's kinda like...having to share a picture of [your baby] on Instagram and hope that people don't call it ugly!"
"It's just a little bit scary," he continues, "but it's very therapeutic, and also a relief to finally have it out there."
For Only Love, Jordan worked with a producer he calls "unexpected, for sure:" RedOne, who worked on all of Lady Gaga's biggest hits. While Jordan's known for his ballads, he says the combination really worked.
"I knew I wanted to push myself out of the box," he explains, "...so...it was really cool for me to go to that pop world, but to also see see him come to my side of things, and really focus on my vocal, and make something emotional and kinda raw."
LorenzoEd Sheeran has duetted with many music legends in his brief career, including Elton John and The Rolling Stones. Late last week, he teamed up with yet another veteran performer: "American Pie" singer/songwriter Don McLean.
The occasion was the Backyard Concert 2018, a charity show that raised funds for UCLA Health and Teen Cancer America. Held last Friday in Pacific Palisades, CA, the event also featured rock legends Van Morrison -- one of Ed's idols -- and Roger Daltrey, lead vocalist of The Who.
During the event, Ed teamed up with McLean to perform Don's classic hit "Vincent." McLean posted video of the two rehearsing the song, and wrote, "Ed & I rehearsing Vincent for the big show! Ed is a quick study...turned out great."
In a statement, McLean added, "Ed Sheeran is very delightful to know and work with...Everyone gave their best, and it was a stellar musical evening that raised money for a good cause."
In addition to the musical performances, there also was an auction of rare music memorabilia and art, presided over by Howie Mandel. Friday's concert and auction raised over $3.5 million for the charities.
Courtesy KAABOO Del MarKaty Perry is one of the headliners at next month's KAABOO Del Mar festival, just north of San Diego, CA, and she's turning her appearance into an opportunity to raise money for a good cause.
Katy is now offering fans the chance to purchase a Katy Perry Cares Pass for her performance at the festival on Sunday night, September 16. Fans who shell out for the pass, which costs $89, will be able to enter the grounds at 6 p.m., so they can get a good spot for her 7:30 p.m. performance. It's the best choice for KatyCats who don't want to pay for a one-day or three-day pass to the entire festival.
A portion of the proceeds from the pass will benefit MusiCares, the Recording Academy's charitable arm. You can get them at Kaaboodelmar.com/KatyCares.
Other performers at this year's KAABOO Del Mar Festival include Imagine Dragons, Halsey, rock legend Robert Plant, Bebe Rexha, Melissa Etheridge, Jewel, Vanessa Carlton, Blondie, Billy Idol and many more. The festival runs from September 14-16 in Del Mar, CA.
Images Press/Getty ImagesMadonna appeared on the very first MTV Video Music Awards, singing "Like a Virgin" while rolling seductively around on the floor of New York's Radio City Music Hall in a bustier/wedding gown outfit. So it's only fitting that the 60-year-old pop icon be present at tonight's MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall.
MTV tweeted, "Excited to announce that @Madonna will be presenting the biggest award of the night…Video of the Year!"
The artists nominated for Video of the Year include Ariana Grande, Bruno Mars, Camila Cabello, Beyonce and husband JAY-Z, Childish Gambino, aka Donald Glover, and Drake.
Over the years, Madonna has won 20 MTV VMAs, including the Video Vanguard Award. Jennifer Lopez will be presented with award tonight.
Another iconic act is rumored to be closing the show: Aerosmith.
The MTV VMAs air live from New York's Radio City Music Hall tonight at 9 p.m. ET.
Asylum/Warner Music GroupNo doubt The Eagles have a "Peaceful Easy Feeling" today: They can now boast that they're again responsible for the best-selling album of all time.
The Recording Industry Association of America has just certified the band's 1976 album Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 for sales and streams of more than 38 million copies.The album now overtakes Michael Jackson's Thriller for the title of all-time best-seller.
The two albums have traded off that title for years, but as recently as 2017, Thriller was the top seller, with some 33 million copies sold. Now, The Eagles have reclaimed the title, with Thriller slipping to #2.
Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 features all of the band's biggest early hits, from "Take It Easy," "One of these Nights" and "Witchy Woman" to "Lyin' Eyes," "Desperado," "Already Gone" and "Take It to the Limit."
But wait -- there's more. The Eagles' equally legendary album Hotel California, also released in 1976, has been certified for sales and streams of more than 26 million copies, making it the third best-selling album of all time.
In a statement, Cary Sherman, Chairman and CEO of the RIAA, said, "Congratulations to the Eagles, who now claim the jaw-dropping feat of writing and recording two of the top three albums in music history. Both of these transcendent albums have impressively stood the test of time, only gaining more currency and popularity as the years have passed, much like the Eagles themselves."
The Eagles' current lineup of Don Henley, Joe Walsh, Timothy B. Schmit, Deacon Frey -- son of the late founding member Glenn Frey -- and Vince Gill, are on tour through October, wrapping up their current tour on October 20 in Cleveland.
Stewart GerardOneRepublic is supporting one of their own with a huge cash donation.
On Twitter, the group wrote, "The wife of one of our family within the 1R team just got shot through the back while walking her dogs. Please help us help this family recover & bring attention to the EPIDEMIC of gun violence in this country. Thank you."
In an accompanying video, the group explains that the victim is the wife of a guy who's worked closely with the band for years, and was on stage with them in Los Angeles when the incident occurred in Nashville.
"This video isn't about the epidemic of gun violence that exists in this country, which is unspeakable. This is about helping people who mean everything to us," lead singer Ryan Tedder explains. He adds, "We never thought it would affect us and now it's personal."
They included a link to a Go Fund Me page for the victim, who is "currently recovering in the hospital" after her "life changing injuries" that required "multiple surgeries."
The band has also donated $100,000 -- in two separate donations of $50,000 each -- to the cause. The Go Fund Me page has so far raised over $174,000 of its $200,000 goal.
RankinRod Stewart made headlines earlier this year when he said that anyone who announces a "retirement" or "final" tour -- like his old pal Elton John -- is doing so just for a cash grab. Now, Rod says he feels badly about his comments.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Rod says, "I was a bit unfair to Elton on a drunk night on television in New York, when I spitefully said, 'I think it's bang out of order that you announce a farewell tour every time, and it stinks of grabbing money.'"
He adds, "I wish I hadn't said it. I think [Elton's] very upset with me. [My wife] Penny keeps saying, 'Send him an apology.' So I should, really."
Speaking of his wife Penny, she and Rod have two children, 12-year-old Alastair and seven-year-old Aiden. Rod says of Aiden, "He's been dressing up as a lady and I wanted to buy him a nice outfit for Christmas, but Pen said, 'Don't encourage him.' I've seen lots of kids dress up as girls when they're little, it doesn't mean anything. And anyway, if he's gay, so what? We need gay men in the world."
And the interview ends with this little tidbit: The Rock & Roll Hall of Famer evidently regrets passing up the chance on an investment that would have made him a fortune.
"I was asked to invest in Starbucks about 20 years ago and I turned it down," he claims. "I was saying, 'Who is going to want to drink coffee all day? It'll never happen.' I was a cup of tea man. Now they're on every street corner. I must have lost millions."
Still, he admits, "I've got more money than I can spend. I'm not complaining at all."
Dennis LeupoldCamila Cabello is nominated for multiple awards at tonight's MTV VMAS, including Video of the Year for "Havana," in which she plays three roles: a socially awkward girl named Karla, the glamorous star of a telenovela, and the star of a movie called Camila in Havana. Since she did so much acting in the video, would she like to try her hand at movies or TV one day? She says maybe, but not just now.
"You know, I feel like I would like to [act], one day," she tells ABC Radio. "Not now, 'cause I love music and that's always gonna be my first number one thing -- and I think it's gonna be my only thing for a long time -- but I do love every part of the arts."
And like Karla in her video, Camila says she's happiest just staying in and gluing herself to a screen.
"I love movies, I'm obsessed," she tells ABC Radio. "Anybody who knows me will tell you that's all I do, basically on my days off....I just watch movies or Sex & the City...so, yeah, I would like to do that someday, actually!"
In addition to Video of the Year, Camila is also nominated for Artist of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Pop Video. Camila is planning to attend, and to throw an exclusive after party with 15 hand-picked fans following the ceremony.
The 2018 MTV VMAs will air live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City tonight, August 20, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Here are the nominees in the major categories:
VIDEO OF THE YEAR Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry” Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana” The Carters – “APES**T” Childish Gambino – “This Is America” Drake – “God’s Plan”
ARTIST OF THE YEAR Ariana Grande Bruno Mars Camila Cabello Cardi B Drake Post Malone
SONG OF THE YEAR Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana” Drake – “God’s Plan” Dua Lipa – “New Rules” Ed Sheeran – “Perfect” Post Malone ft. 21 Savage – “rockstar”
BEST NEW ARTIST Bazzi Cardi B Chloe x Halle Hayley Kiyoko Lil Pump Lil Uzi Vert
BEST COLLABORATION Bebe Rexha ft. Florida Georgia Line – “Meant to Be” Bruno Mars ft. Cardi B – “Finesse (Remix)” The Carters – “APES**T” Jennifer Lopez ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B – “Dinero” Logic ft. Alessia Cara & Khalid – “1-800-273-8255” N.E.R.D & Rihanna – “Lemon”
PUSH ARTIST OF THE YEAR JULY 2018 – Chloe x Halle JUNE 2018 – Sigrid MAY 2018 – Lil Xan APRIL 2018 – Hayley Kiyoko MARCH 2018 – Jessie Reyez FEBRUARY 2018 – Tee Grizzley JANUARY 2018 – Bishop Briggs DECEMBER 2017 – Grace VanderWaal NOVEMBER 2017 – Why Don’t We OCTOBER 2017 – PRETTYMUCH SEPTEMBER 2017 – SZA AUGUST 2017 – Kacy Hill JULY 2017 – Khalid JUNE 2017 – Kyle MAY 2017 – Noah Cyrus
BEST POP Ariana Grande – “No Tears Left to Cry” Camila Cabello ft. Young Thug – “Havana” Demi Lovato – “Sorry Not Sorry” Ed Sheeran – “Perfect” P!nk – “What About Us” Shawn Mendes – “In My Blood”
BEST DANCE Avicii ft. Rita Ora – “Lonely Together” Calvin Harris & Dua Lipa – “One Kiss” The Chainsmokers – “Everybody Hates Me” David Guetta & Sia – “Flames” Marshmello ft. Khalid – “Silence” Zedd & Liam Payne – “Get Low (Street Video)”
BEST ROCK Fall Out Boy – “Champion” Foo Fighters – “The Sky Is A Neighborhood” Imagine Dragons – “Whatever It Takes” Linkin Park – “One More Light” Panic! At The Disco – “Say Amen (Saturday Night)” Thirty Seconds to Mars – “Walk On Water”
BEST HIP HOP Cardi B ft. 21 Savage – “Bartier Cardi” The Carters – “APES**T” Drake – “God’s Plan” J. Cole – “ATM” Migos ft. Drake – “Walk It Talk It” Nicki Minaj – “Chun-Li”
BEST LATIN Daddy Yankee – “Dura” J Balvin, Willy William – “Mi Gente” Jennifer Lopez ft. DJ Khaled & Cardi B – “Dinero” Luis Fonsi, Demi Lovato – “Échame La Culpa” Maluma – “Felices los 4” Shakira ft. Maluma – “Chantaje”
Mert & MarcusDuring last year's MTV Video Music Awards, Taylor Swift premiered her instantly-iconic video for "Look What You Made Me Do." But when the nominations for this year's VMAs came out, "Look What You Made Me Do" was nowhere to be found in any of the top categories -- its only nominations are in the technical categories, like best editing.
Now, the guys behind the show admit they're just as surprised as the fans are that Taylor didn't have a better showing this year.
The show's executive producers, Jesse Ignjatovic and Bruce Gillmer, tell Entertainment Tonight that "it is somewhat surprising" that Taylor didn't get a nod for Video of the Year or Best Pop Video. Gillmer adds, "We love Taylor...we have strong relationships with her and her camp."
Ignjatovic says, "It was an amazing video, so I wish she had nominations and I wish she was [at the show] because I'm a huge fan. She's such an integral part of the VMAs and MTV, so I wish."
Gillmer said the awards are "voted on by a wide range of people," so the nominations can be unpredictable.
It's not know if Taylor will attend Monday night's ceremony. Her friend and Reputation tour opening act, Camila Cabello, is up for a slew of awards, so perhaps they'll attend together. Meanwhile, you'll see performances from Shawn Mendes, Ariana Grande, Ryan Tedder and Jennifer Lopez, among others.
The MTV VMAs air Monday night at 9 p.m. ET/PT, live from Radio City Music Hall in New York.
ABC/Paula LoboAn album, a tour, a gig in the Hamptons, and now...a cartoon. That's the ever-unfolding story of collaborators Sting and Shaggy, who turned their musical bromance into the joint album 44/876, released in April.
The animated video is for "Just One Lifetime," a groovy reggae tune. The clip features cartoon versions of Sting and Shaggy dancing on a beach, with other animated characters. The look is much more old school than modern, and would fit in just fine in a '70s-era Saturday morning cartoon lineup.
You can catch the animated "Just One Lifetime" video on YouTube.
The pair hit the road this fall on their joint tour. All ticket info is available at Sting.com/tour
Streamline/Kon Live/Cherrytree/InterscopeAugust 19, 2008 was the day the world got its first full-length look at Lady Gaga, as her debut album, The Fame, arrived. Gaga is marking that milestone with special merch for her fans, as well as a "digital time capsule" and a 10th anniversary limited version of the album.
The Fame spun off the hit singles "Just Dance," "Paparazzi," "Poker Face" and "LoveGame," won Gaga a Grammy and has sold close to five million copies. The reissue, The Fame Monster, which came out in November of that year, featured eight new songs, including "Bad Romance," "Telephone," and "Alejandro."
The $50 limited edition version of the album comes on a USB that's shaped like a cartoon image of Gaga, packaged in a collectible display box. It features the original album The Fame and three bonus tracks, as well as The Fame Monster, both digital booklets, eight music videos and an early electronic press kit shot just as Gaga was beginning her rise to stardom. It's now available for pre-order on Gaga's website.
In addition, you can get The Fame and The Fame Monster on vinyl, as well as a number of t-shirts with The Fame artwork, Gaga's former "electric bolt" logo, and images of her iconic sunglasses from the album cover.
As for the "digital time capsule," it's a collection of videos, images and quotes from Gaga around the time that The Fame and The Fame Monster were released. One sample quote: "I would not be able to breathe if I couldn't make art."
Gaga is expected to release the soundtrack of her movie A Star Is Born in the coming months; the film itself arrives in theaters in October.
Taylor Hill/Getty ImagesSales of Aretha Franklin's back catalog have spiked nearly 1600% following her death Thursday at age 76, Billboard reports.
On Thursday alone, sales of Franklin's albums and digital song downloads rose from 8,000 the previous day to a whopping 134,000. Digital song downloads accounted for 89% of sales, with 115,000 songs. Physical album sales totaled 19,000 units.
Here are Aretha Franklin's top-selling songs on August 16:
"Respect" (16,000) "A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like)" (13,000) "I Say a Little Prayer" (10,000) "Chain of Fools" (8,000) "Think" (8,000) "Freeway of Love" (4,000) "Until You Come Back To Me (That’s What I’m Gonna Do)" (4,000) "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (with George Michael) (4,000) "I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)" (3,000) "Bridge Over Troubled Water" (3,000)
And here are Aretha's top-selling albums on August 16:
30 Greatest Hits (10,000) Amazing Grace (2,000) Queen of Soul: The Best of Aretha Franklin (1,000) Soul Queen (1,000) The Best of Aretha Franklin (1,000)
Epic RecordsIf you're looking for a new house in a vacation destination, Meghan Trainor's childhood home could be right for you.
Page Six reports that Meghan's parents are selling their house on Nantucket, Mass., an island 30 miles south of Cape Cod. According to the website, Meghan's parents are selling the place so they can move to Los Angeles to be closer to their Grammy-winning daughter and two sons.
The four-bedroom, five and a half bathroom home has a price tag of $1.68 million. It features a vaulted ceiling, a dining room with French doors, a deck, a master bathroom with a walk-in closet and a Jacuzzi tub in the attached bathroom, an eat-in kitchen, an outdoor shower and a finished basement with a billiards room and a separate playroom.
Meghan's new album Treat Myself will be out later this year.
Daniel MessemerOMI, the Jamaican artist who had the Song of the Summer back in 2015 with “Cheerleader,” is back with new music.
The singer has released another collaboration with Felix Jaehn, the same German producer who remixed “Cheerleader” into a number one hit. It's a new, upbeat track called “Masterpiece,” about encouraging women to love themselves for who they are.
“’Cause every time I look at you I’m looking at a masterpiece/ If you’re trying to be perfect, you don’t have to be,” OMI sings.
Despite the success of “Cheerleader,” OMI and DJ Felix only met for the first time while recording “Masterpiece.”
"There were just really good vibes. There was no ego,” OMI tells Billboard of their studio session. “We were bouncing ideas off of each other. Making this [record]. everybody was giving their best to make it all that it could be. That is just an awesome feeling.”
OMI’s follow-up album to his album Me 4 U is on the way, though he has yet to reveal its release date or title. But he says that fans will really see his “growth and development” on the project.
ABC NewsIn his first interview since the death of his childhood friend, Aretha Franklin, Motown legend Smokey Robinson recalled on ABC's Good Morning America Friday the first time they met in Detroit.
"I hear a piano being played and I hear this little voice singing," Robinson, 78, said. "And I look in, and there's Aretha sitting there at the piano, singing and playing, almost like she sang and played in her adult life.
"But she was probably about five years old or so and she just had 'it.'"
"Aretha and I were just tight," he said of Franklin, who died Thursday at the age of 76. "We had a wonderful, wonderful friendship that lasted throughout her entire life. Up until the day before yesterday, Aretha was my longest friend on earth."
Robinson added that the topics of fame and showbiz rarely came up in conversation between him and Aretha, and the other future stars who were their neighbors in Detroit, such as Diana Ross and The Four Tops.
“There were a lot of us in that neighborhood, and those of us who were blessed enough to get our wish or our dream to be in show business, we just always had regular relationships."
Robinson added that there was much more to the Queen of Soul than simply her musical talent.
"Aretha had a great sense of humor," he said, adding, "She could throw down in the kitchen! She cooked me many a meal....She was just a great person, great cook, great woman."
Meanwhile, on ABC's Nightline Thursday night, chart-topping songwriter Diane Warren, who penned a number of songs for the Queen of Soul, said, "Aretha Franklin elevated anything she sang to 20 levels beyond what that song was...Listen to the soul that was dripping out of every note."
Taylor Hill/Getty ImagesWhile ArethaFranklin was known to the world as the Queen of Soul, her family knew her as a loving, family-oriented matriarch. After her passing Thursday from advanced pancreatic cancer, Franklin's nephew, VaughnFranklin, spoke to ABC's Nightline about the singer's family life.
"When our parents passed away, my auntie became the matriarch of the family. She took the nieces and nephews -- especially myself -- under her wing," Franklin said. "She took care of us."
He went on to explain that his Aunt Aretha was so much more than just an incredible singer.
"When she walked off stage, she was an auntie, she was a mother, she was a grandmother, she was a cousin." Franklin said. "She was everything to the family, and the family meant a lot to her."
In her final days, Franklin even had the opportunity to say goodbye to his aunt and surrogate mother.
"We had the chance to just sit together," he said. "I had a chance to really open up and tell her how I felt and thanked her for being so important to me and taking me under her wing as an aunite and loving me the way she did."
Franklin said he would never forget Aretha's Christmas parties, to which she invited all the family members so everyone could be together. He also reminiscenced about the time she hosted a party and had truckloads of sand delivered to her backyard so they could have a beach-party theme.
Aretha Franklin was a singing legend around the world but to her family and friends, she also known for her cooking. Vaughn Franklin said her peach cobbler especially was memorable and she was always happy to teach him how to make it.
As for claims Aretha Franklin was occasionally a diva, her nephew said that term never bothered him or the family.
"She didn't want anyone thinking of her as the Queen of Soul when we were together," he said. "It was auntie."
Songwriter, a documentary about Ed Sheeran directed by his cousin Murray Cummings, is coming to Apple Music on August 28, but it hits theaters in New York City Friday. The movie follows Ed as he writes songs for his smash album, Divide, but there's one song you don't get to see him write -- his biggest hit, "Shape of You." Why? Because Ed just couldn't leave well enough alone.
"He had finished the album, the album was done and it was handed in, the record label had it, and so I flew home," Murray tells ABC Radio. "And then I get a message [from Ed], 'Hey, I've written a new song!' and I'm like, "Noooo! I wasn't there!"
So Murray ended up recruiting his brother Billy to fly from Ireland to England, just to get some footage of the next best thing: Ed mixing "Shape of You" in the studio.
But you do see Ed writing many other songs from Divide, and also penning the Justin Bieber smash "Love Yourself." But since Murray's been filming Ed for the past 10 years and has so much footage, why did he choose to make a movie focusing on his cousin's songwriting process?
"I think he had done a lot of other TV projects...a lot of his story was out there," Murray explains. "I just felt like a lot was covered. And then I thought, 'What could I do that these camera crews couldn't do?' And then I was like, 'Well, they weren't there when the songs were written...I was the only guy in the room.'"
Now that the documentary is out, though, will Murray's next project be serving as the videographer at Ed's upcoming wedding to his fiancée, Cherry Seaborn?
"No," laughs Murray. "I'm gonna be drinking at the wedding!"
Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC ImagesMadonna is celebrating her 60th birthday today by releasing a never-before-seen video of her 2018 MET Gala performance.
The performance, witnessed exclusively by guests of the star-studded soiree back in May, is now on YouTube for all to experience.
Following the MET Gala’s theme of “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination,” the performance begins with religious imagery and chanting monks. Madonna appears in a hooded monk’s robe at the top of the museum’s stairs and launches into “Like a Prayer.”
She then removes to the robe to reveal a white, Joan of Arc-inspired outfit and begins singing a new track, “Beautiful Game,” while surrounded by female dancers also dressed in white. For her final song, she sings a haunting cover of Leonard Cohen's “Hallelujah.”
And as previously announced, Madonna is also raising money for the children Malawi in honor of her birthday. Madonna teamed up with Facebook and Ripple -- a global payment company -- to encourage fans to donate to Raising Malawi, her charity foundation that helps orphans and vulnerable children in that African nation. The fundraiser runs until August 31.
Jack Vartoogian/Getty ImagesIt seems as though every pop star in the world, no matter how young or old, has been touched by Aretha Franklin. Following the Queen of Soul's passing at her home in Detroit at the age of 76, there's been an outpouring of tributes on social media in her honor. Here are a few more stars who are remembering Aretha today:
Billy Joel: "We have lost the greatest singer of our time. As a songwriter, I know personally how meaningful a gifted interpreter of material can be. No one can replace her."
Mariah Carey: "Aretha Franklin. The Queen of Soul. The Icon. The ultimate singers' singer. The greatest singer and musician of my lifetime. The power of your voice in music and in civil rights blew open the door for me and so many others. You were my inspiration, my mentor and my friend."
Justin Timberlake, who posted a photo of himself singing with Aretha: "This is the face of a young man who couldn't believe he was actually singing with the GREATEST OF ALL TIME. Thank you, Ms. Franklin for blessing us with your incomparable gift. Honored to have shared the stage with you even for a moment. Always bowing down to you. #QueenofSoul"
Sam Smith: "Aretha. Where do I start? Your voice and your spirit and soul has leaked into my heart and mind and spirit since I was a child. One of the very first songs I remember hearing as a human was ‘I say a little prayer...Every year I listen to your voice more than I did the year before and like an old friend the bond I have with your talent and music gets deeper and deeper...Farewell Mrs Franklin. You may have left this world but your music walks through our lives with us, getting us through, healing our broken hearts, teaching us how to love ourselves. Like a bridge over troubled water."
Ricky Martin: "No one like her. So important to music, culture, civil rights. THE QUEEN OF SOUL."
Carole King: "What a life. What a legacy! So much love, respect and gratitude. R.I.P."
Quincy Jones: "I treasured every moment that we spent together from working in the recording studio, to performing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, or simply hangin’ in the kitchen, & I will miss her dearly. RIP Ree-Ree...You will reign as the Queen forever."
Gloria Estefan: "For as long as I can remember, Aretha Franklin has been the absolute zenith, the guiding light, the master for any girl that aspired to sing or even just appreciated someone at the top of their game. I was blessed to have sung with her on more than one occasion and each time I felt that I was in the presence of musical royalty that would forever raise the bar and set the standard. Long live the Queen of Soul through her extraordinary & singular voice and her indelible music. "
Leona Lewis: "My heart is so heavy from the sad news of Aretha Franklin’s passing today. I’m so thankful for the gifts she gave us. The absolute queen of soul influenced most female singers of our generation. She will live on in all of us forever."
Bonnie Raitt wrote an extremely lengthy essay, which said, in part, "I am so saddened by the loss of our beloved Queen of Soul, Aretha. She has always been my favorite and the greatest singer I’ve ever heard. Along with Ray Charles, she has been the most influential artist in my life. She brought the raw passion and beauty of gospel and the deepest blues, irrepressible rhythm to every note she sang."
Bonnie added, "I learned [from her]...most of what I still know about men, love, strength and vulnerability in the face of loss and betrayal; about the deep well of spirit and surrender to a higher purpose, including standing up for oneself and demanding respect....She gave us the raw power and dimension of what a real, ’natural’ woman could be."