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Mavis Staples remembers Aretha Franklin in her own words

Soul-gospel singer Mavis Staples, a peer and longtime family friend of Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, spoke to pop music writer Randy Lewis from her home in Chicago on Friday — a day after Franklin’s death at age 76.

Staples, 79, touched on their long relationship, their shared history and passion for gospel music, as well as their moves into the world of secular R&B and soul music.

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Aretha Franklin's death is a reminder to honor our legends while they're still with us

In the hours after Aretha Franklin’s death Thursday, the weeklong appreciation of the Queen of Soul reached a feverish climax, with tributes pouring in from every corner of the globe — and even beyond.

At the same time fans were singing Franklin’s praises, others saluted a fellow member of music royalty: Madonna, the queen of pop, was living it up for her 60th birthday.

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Review: Ariana Grande exudes an ecstatic calm on new album 'Sweetener'

You can imagine how Ariana Grande’s new album might’ve turned out.

The pop singer’s first record since the terrorist bombing that killed 22 people last year as they left a concert of hers at England’s Manchester Arena, “Sweetener” would likely have surprised few if it had arrived Friday as a heavy-hearted work of mournful reflection.

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Aretha Franklin's funeral set for Aug. 30 in Detroit

Aretha Franklin's funeral will be held Aug. 30 in her hometown of Detroit.

The late singer's publicist, Gwendolyn Quinn, said Friday that the funeral, to be held at Greater Grace Temple, is limited to the Queen of Soul's family and friends.

Public viewings will take place Aug. 28-29 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

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Patti Smith on Aretha Franklin: 'She’ll never be gone because she left us such an amazing body of work'

On Friday morning during an interview in advance of Pathway to Paris, an upcoming concert at the Theatre at Ace Hotel, the musician, writer and activist Patti Smith was asked for her thoughts on the passing of Aretha Franklin.

Smith, who will join artists including Flea, Karen O, Eric Burden, Rebecca Foon and others in a benefit to fight global warming, answered with a typically thoughtful response.

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California Sounds: Mia Doi Todd tackles 'Midsummer Night's Dream,' Winnetka Bowling League premieres 'On the 5' video and Louis Cole celebrates 'Time'

Mia Doi Todd, “Music for ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ ” (City Zen). The Frogtown-based singer-songwriter’s new album doubles as the soundtrack for the recent L.A.-based film adaptation of the Shakespeare play and features Doi Todd collaborating with a host of Angelenos.

The artist, who has distinguished herself as a true L.A.

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