LOS ANGELES — Aretha Franklin’s visits to Los Angeles were relatively few and far between throughout her career, a function of her aversion to flying. Typically, she would travel to gigs the old-school way, by tour bus, which consequently required a good three- or four-day trek from her home in Detroit to the West Coast.
After Taylor Swift co-wrote and sang on Sugarland’s recent song “Babe,” the pop megastar reached out to singers Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush and said, “OK, we’re going to do a video for this, right?” They responded, “Sure.” Swift had an idea. “Her idea email was an entire treatment,” Bush says with a laugh, by phone from his Atlanta home.
NEW YORK — Aretha Franklin, the undisputed “Queen of Soul” who sang with matchless style on such classics as “Think,” ‘’I Say a Little Prayer” and her signature song, “Respect,” and stood as a cultural icon around the globe, has died at age 76 from pancreatic cancer.
The second season of “The Handmaid’s Tale” was brought to a close with a moment of cathartic violence. But one could argue the star of the scene wasn’t Alexis Bledel’s handmaid Emily but instead a voice offscreen: Annie Lennox.
It started with a secret fling. Then they got serious despite demanding careers, eagerly started a family and survived a spat of infidelity. And now, apparently, they’re sound again. Or so we’re led to believe by their music.