Franklin inspired by broken heart
Aretha Franklin's new album was inspired by a broken relationship, she has revealed.
The Queen of Soul offered a preview of several songs from her forthcoming album, Aretha: A Woman Falling out of Love, in a downtown Detroit restaurant.
She wrote and produced a few of the songs and is executive producer of the album, which is expected to be released in late March.
She said the collection of a dozen songs was inspired by a relationship she was in a few years ago, which "before you know it it became Aretha, a woman falling out of love".
She held court at a "high tea listening party" for family, friends, reporters and local dignitaries. One track planned for the album features a recitation by actor Billy Dee Williams that she says is "sizzling".