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This is your chance to catch Aretha Franklin before she retires

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Aretha Franklin is preparing to retire, but not without a few major performances this year.

In February, the “Respect” singer revealed that 2017 would be her last year releasing music and hitting the stage after a career that spans five decades.

“I am retiring this year,” the singer told WDIV Local 4  in Detroit. “I will be recording, but this will be my last year in concert. This is it.”

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“I feel very, very enriched and satisfied with respect to where my career came from and where it is now. I’ll be pretty much satisfied, but I’m not going to go anywhere and just sit down and do nothing. That wouldn’t be good either,” she added.

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She also revealed that “several of the songs” on her last album are going to be produced by Stevie Wonder.

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