Soul legend Aretha Franklin has joined forces with acclaimed singer MARY J BLIGE to record two songs for the RESPECT star's new album.

The new longplayer - DAMN HAPPY - will be Franklin's first album since the 1998 release of A ROSE IS STILL A ROSE.

Another musical big hitter who has contributed to the album - which is slated for an autumn release - is lyricist Burt Bacharach.

Franklin will preview the new material in a North American tour which kicks off in New York later this month (AUG03).

18/08/2003 21:15