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Notable deaths in the music business in 2018

Digital Journal lists some of the most notable deaths in the music industry in 2018. These include Aretha Franklin, Avicii, Joe Jackson and Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries, among others.

Martina McBride talks holiday album, cookbook and Aretha Franklin Special

Martina McBride chatted with Digital Journal about her Christmas album, her new cookbook, and her favorite recipes, as well as the digital transformation of the music business. She also paid homage to the late Aretha Franklin.

Mark Bego opens up about new Aretha Franklin tribute book Special

New York Times best-selling author Mark Bego chatted with Digital Journal about his new book, where he pays tribute to Aretha Franklin, the "Queen of Soul."

Review: Billy Joel honors Aretha Franklin with 'Respect' at The Garden Special

New York - On August 23, the "Piano Man" Billy Joel honored the late "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin at his concert at Madison Square Garden.

Logan Henderson talks 'Pull Me Down,' remembers Aretha Franklin Special

Wantagh - On August 19, singer-songwriter Logan Henderson (Big Time Rush fame) sat down and chatted with this journalist following his set at the Billboard Hot 100 Festival.

Review: Madonna delivers bizarre VMA tribute speech for Aretha Franklin Special

On August 20, the "Queen of Pop" Madonna gave a tribute speech for the late "Queen of Soul" at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards.

Funeral plans announced for the 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin

Detroit - The "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin passed away on Thursday, August 16, and the plans for her funeral have been announced.

Brenda Lee talks Music City Walk of Fame, remembers legends, fans Special

On August 17, Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Brenda Lee chatted with Digital Journal about her forthcoming star on Nashville's Music City Walk of Fame, and she remembers several music legends that he lost.

Adam Lambert pays tribute to 'Queen of Soul' Aretha Franklin

On August 16, 2018, Grammy-nominated pop star Adam Lambert expressed his condolences for the "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin on social media.

Review: Alex Hepburn will melt your heart with sultry single 'I Believe' Special

British soul singer-songwriter Alex Hepburn has released her new music video for her sultry single "I Believe," which is worth checking out.

Review: Adam Lambert excellent on Aretha Franklin's 'Think' Special

Adam Lambert has recorded his distinct version of Aretha Franklin's "Think" for "Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie" soundtrack.

Review: Frankie Valli brings the crowd to its feet at London's O2 Special

London - The legendary 'Jersey Boy' himself stopped off in the English capital to perform a hit-packed show that lasted nearly two hours. Digital Journal was there.

British singer George Michael dead at 53

On December 25, the global music community mourns the loss of singer-songwriter George Michael, who passed away at the age of 53.

Review: Aretha Franklin flawless on Carole King tribute at Kennedy Honors

"The Queen of Soul," Aretha Franklin, came back stronger than ever to give Carole King a fitting tribute at the Kennedy Center Honors.

Interview with Canadian singer/songwriter Ann Vriend Special

The Edmonton-based musician is particularly popular in her native country and in Australia. She also has an album and a single out and talks to Digital Journal about both.

Review: Aretha Franklin delivers on Adele cover of 'Rolling in the Deep' Special

The "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin has covered Adele's hit single "Rolling in the Deep" and she has done the song more than justice.

Aretha Franklin receives honorary Harvard degree

Cambridge - Soul legend Aretha Franklin, aged 72, has received an honorary degree from Harvard University. Before receiving the award, Franklin took to the piano.

Review: The birth of Muscle Shoals sound hits the UK

Muscle Shoals - Most people have heard of the Motown Sound, a reference to sixties soul music, but what about the Muscle Shoals Sound? A documentary retelling the birth of Alabama's Muscle Shoals Sound is set to change that.

Interview with singer-songwriter Kiernan McMullan Special

Nashville - On July 12, I had the pleasure to chat in-person with singer-songwriter Kiernan McMullan at a popular café in Nashville, Tennessee.

Op-Ed: Hal David, Bacharach’s lyricist, dead at 91

Sydney - Hal David was the guy who wrote I Say A Little Prayer with Burt Bacharach- by phone. He was responsible for some of the world’s most famous songs, many of which are all-time classics. He died of complications from a stroke.

TV Land honors stars from the past

We all watch even though many simply will not admit it. We all watch TV. Sure, those channel choices have gone through the roof and the selection is much more than most can handle. But, TV is still a major part of what people do for entertainment.

Guests announced for Whitney Houston's funeral

The official guest list for the funeral of Whitney Houston – which will be held tomorrow afternoon – has now been released.

Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, 69, engaged to longtime friend

Detroit - Soul singer extraordinaire, Aretha Franklin may be 69 years old, but she says not to worry, she isn't getting married because she's pregnant. Franklin will marry her longtime friend, Willy Wilkerson, a former Detroit firefighter.

Op-Ed: Christina Aguilera gives redemptive performance at Grammy Awards

She was fire and ice at the Grammys. In a tribute to Aretha Franklin, Christina Aguilera paid her penance proud, singing notes that soared almost to heaven as she proved redemptive of her performance of the national anthem just one week ago.

Aretha Franklin, Melveen Leed to be Honored 2011 Special

Two senior women in two worlds of music will be honored in 2011: Aretha Franklin, Queen of Soul, at the Grammy Awards on February 13, and later in the year Melveen Leed, Hawaii's Queen of Country.

Unpaid back taxes could cause Aretha Franklin to lose Detroit home

Aretha Franklin known as "The Queen of Soul" and "Lady Soul," is in jeopardy of losing her slate-roofed mansion in Detroit Michigan. She owes $19,192 in back taxes on the home that she owns in Detroit.

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Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul (Tribute Edition)
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Aretha Franklin sings  My Country  Tis Of Thee   at the U.S. Capitol during the 56th presidential in...
Aretha Franklin sings "My Country 'Tis Of Thee'" at the U.S. Capitol during the 56th presidential inauguration in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2009.
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Robert Conquest (left)  Aretha Franklin (center)  and Alan Greenspan (right) after being honored wit...
Robert Conquest (left), Aretha Franklin (center), and Alan Greenspan (right) after being honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2005, during ceremonies at the White House.
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