Aretha Franklin

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Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer and songwriter. Franklin began her career as a child singing gospel at New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit, where her father, C. L. Franklin, was minister. In 1960, at the age of 18, she embarked on a secular career, recording for Columbia Records but only achieving modest success.

Following her signing to Atlantic Records in 1967, Franklin achieved commercial acclaim and success with songs such as "Respect", "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman", "Spanish Harlem" and "Think". By the end of the 1960s decade she had gained the title "The Queen of Soul". Franklin eventually recorded a total of 112 charted singles on Billboard, including 77 Hot 100 entries, 17 top ten pop singles, 100 R&B entries and twenty number-one R&B singles, becoming the most charted female artist in the chart's history. Franklin also recorded acclaimed albums such as I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You, Lady Soul, Young, Gifted and Black and Amazing Grace before experiencing problems with her record company by the mid-1970s. After her father was shot in 1979, Franklin left Atlantic and signed with Arista Records, finding success with her part in the film The Blues Brothers and with the albums Jump to It and Who's Zoomin' Who?. In 1998, Franklin won international acclaim for singing the opera aria "Nessun dorma", at the Grammys of that year replacing Luciano Pavarotti. Later that same year, she scored her final Top 40 recording with "A Rose Is Still a Rose". Franklin's other popular and well known hits include "Rock Steady", "Jump to It", "Freeway of Love", "Who's Zoomin' Who", "Chain Of Fools", "I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)" (with George Michael), and a remake of The Rolling Stones song "Jumpin' Jack Flash".

Franklin has won a total of 18 Grammy Awards and is one of the best-selling musical artists of all time, having sold over 75 million records worldwide. Franklin has been honored throughout her career including a 1987 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in which she became the first female performer to be inducted. She was inducted to the UK Music Hall of Fame in 2005. In August 2012, Franklin was inducted into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Franklin is listed in at least two all-time lists on Rolling Stone magazine, including the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time; and the 100 Greatest Singers of All Time.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2000 Pride Various Artists 1
2000 R&B Christmas Various Artists 1
2000 Radio Days Various Artists 1
2000 Respect: The Soundtrack to The Soul Generation Various Artists 2
2000 Silver Disc: 25 Years of Ace Various Artists 1
2000 Singers and Songwriters: Early '70s Various Artists 2
2000 Solid Gold Soul Inspiration Various Artists 1
2000 Soul Train: The Dance Years 1971 Various Artists 1
2000 Soul Train: The Dance Years 1973 Various Artists 1
2000 Spirit of Soul Various Artists 2
2000 Studio Brussel: Klas X Various Artists 1
2000 The All Time Greatest Movie Songs, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2000 The Best Nat ‘King’ Cole, Dean Martin, Tom Jones, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Matt Monro, Peggy Lee, Louis Armstrong …and Friends Album in the World …Ever! Vol. 2 Various Artists 1
2000 The Classic Rhythm + Blues Collection: 1967-1969 Various Artists 1
2000 The Girls Got Soul Various Artists 1
2000 The Love Songs Album Various Artists 1
2000 The Voice of Michael McDonald Michael McDonald 1
2000 TV History 2000 George Michael 1
2001 Millenium Love Songs Various Artists 1
2001 Diamonds Are Forever Various Artists 1
2001 Back to Black Various Artists 1
2001 I'm A Good Woman 2 Various Artists 1
2001 The Look of Love: The Burt Bacharach Collection (WEA/Warner 2CD version) Burt Bacharach 5
2001 Mega Disco Funk Various Artists 1
2001 Voices of the Century Various Artists 1
2001 Feelin' It - the Real R&B Masters Various Artists 1
2001 Royal Funk Various Artists 1
2001 Utopia Various Artists 1
2001 Capital Gold: Legends Various Artists 1
2001 Funky Divas Various Artists 1
2001 Dancing Queens Various Artists 1
2001 Cosmic Grooves: Taurus Various Artists 2
2001 Sounds of San Francisco Various Artists 1
2001 Echt Kultig: Powerparty! (incomplete, 3cd set) Various Artists 1
2001 Pure Soul Power Various Artists 1
2001 Bar Jazz, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2001 Say It Loud! A Celebration of Black Music in America Various Artists 1
2001 The Ultimate Christmas Album, Volume 6 Various Artists 2
2001 Say It Loud! A Celebration of Black Music in America Various Artists 1
2001 Q: The Musical Biography of Quincy Jones Quincy Jones 1
2001 Top 40 Hitdossier 1967-1968 Various Artists 1
2001 Top 40 Hitdossier 1971-1972 Various Artists 1
2001 New Woman: Love Songs Various Artists 1
2001 Funky Divas: The Very Best in Soul, Dance and R&B Various Artists 1
2001 The All Time Greatest Duets of the Millennium Various Artists 2
2001 [Generation] Get It Various Artists 1
2001 Body & Soul Various Artists 1
2001 Body & Soul: After The Love Has Gone Various Artists 1
2001 Body + Soul: After Dark Various Artists 1
2001 Christmas Classics Various Artists 1
2001 Dance Classics, Volume 11 & 12 Various Artists 1
2001 Dance Classics, Volume 12 Various Artists 2
2001 Dance Party Classics Various Artists 1
2001 Dick Clark's #1's: 50s to 70s "When AM Radio Was King", Volume 3 Various Artists 1
2001 Digital Dj, Series 4, Volume 10 Various Artists 1
2001 Entertainment Weekly: The Greatest Hits 1968 Various Artists 1
2001 Floor Fillers: Party Classics Various Artists 1
2001 For the Record, Volume 4 (1985-1989) Various Artists 1
2001 Golden Rock & Pop Christmas Various Artists 1
2001 Holiday Soul Various Artists 1
2001 Jammin' Oldies Various Artists 1
2001 Jenny Craig: Original Hits Walking Program: Walk Your Way to a New You Various Artists 1
2001 Lazy Afternoon Various Artists 1
2001 Love Unlimited: The Soulful Sound of Love Various Artists 1
2001 Magic Various Artists 1
2001 Music to Watch Movies By Various Artists 1
2001 Platinum: The Best Hits Selection Various Artists 1
2001 Romantic Rock Various Artists 1
2001 Soul Legends (WSM) Various Artists 1
2001 The All Time Greatest Musical Hits Various Artists 1
2001 The Classic Rhythm & Blues Collection: The Sixties Various Artists 1
2001 The Legendary Stars of the 20th Century Various Artists 1
2001 The No. 1 Women’s Album Various Artists 1
2001 Ultimate Love Classics, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
2001 Wonder Wrote It DJ Spinna & Bobbito aka DJ Cucumber Slice 1
2002 Essential Jazz Various Artists 1
2002 Love So Strong Various Artists 1
2002 Blues & Soul Sessions Various Artists 1
2002 The Ultimate Jukebox Hits of the 80s Various Artists 1
2002 Mega Funk Various Artists 1
2002 Soul Spectacular! The Greatest Soul Hits of All Time Various Artists 1
2002 Salt Lake 2002 Official: Music of the Games Various Artists 1
2002 Ö3 Greatest Hits, Volume 17 Various Artists 1
2002 Lady Sings the Blues Various Artists 1
2002 Bar Jazz, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
2002 The Ultimate Chick Flick Soundtrack Various Artists 1
2002 Drivin' with Johnnie Walker Various Artists 1
2002 Beyond Mississippi Various Artists 1
2002 Funk Drops 2: Breaks, Nuggets and Rarities Various Artists 1
2002 Body + Soul: Ladies Got Soul Various Artists 2
2002 The Ultimate Hen Night Party Album Various Artists 1
2002 Where Were You? 1985 Various Artists 1
2002 Pure Slow Jams Various Artists 1
2002 Bar Jazz, Volume 4 Various Artists 1
2002 The Sound of Summer Various Artists 1
2002 New Woman: The Autumn Collection Various Artists 1
2002 Bad Girls Various Artists 1
2002 Great Ladies of Rock & Roll: The '60s Various Artists 1
2002 A Woman's Touch Various Artists 1
2002 All Time Classic Tearjerkers Various Artists 2

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