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Clive Davis on new Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston releases
Clive Davis on new Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston releases

Music mogul Clive Davis has a 1-2 punch of year-end releases up his sleeve. Oct. 21 brings a new studio album “Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics,” followed Nov. 10 with “Whitney Houston Live: Her Greatest Performances” on CD and DVD. Davis will preview both projects in a question-answer session on Sunday afternoon at — where else? — the Clive Davis Theatre at the Grammy Museum. Davis gave Pop & Hiss an early listen to Franklin’s album, which has the markings of a fourth-quarter blockbuster. The Queen of Soul’s voice is in exceptional shape as she takes on indelible songs by Etta James (“At Last”), Barbra...

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