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Aretha Franklin Set to Move to Detroit for Retirement

'Queen of Soul' wants to open a club featuring local favorites

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In retirement, Aretha Franklin also plans to continue recording and working on a new album.

Aretha Franklin is set to retire in her hometown of Detroit and plans to open a nightclub in the city’s downtown.

The legendary soul singer told the Detroit Free Press that she is moving from her longtime home in Bloomfield Hills, Mich., to the city where she grew up.


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The queen of soul announced her retirement earlier this year and said this would be her last year of doing concerts. She plans to continue recording and is working to complete a new album.

"I'm cleaning house," she told the Free Press. "I'm going to be moving back into Detroit, and I'm just getting things ready for that. My granddaughter just went to college, so I'm spending time with my grandchildren, and I'm also readying the new CD."

She also wants to open a small club that she plans to call Aretha's. The 75-year-old says she'd like to sing at the club "from time to time" and host performers that are favorites of Detroit residents.

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