Saturday, May 18, 2024

Exclusive: Listen to Aretha Franklin’s Soaring Version of “Rolling in the Deep”


Aretha Franklin has covered a lot of songs in her time and made them her own. “I Say a Little Prayer” (Dionne Warwick), “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (Simon & Garfunkel), even, technically, “Respect” (Otis Redding). Here is her soaring, soulful version of Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep.” Play it loud, baby. aretha album coverAretha rocks. And yes, that’s a little bit of “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” mixed in for good measure.

The Queen of Soul debuts the record tonight on Letterman. The whole album– “Aretha Sings the Great Diva Classics”– comes out tomorrow on vinyl officially to make the Grammy deadline of September 30th. The CD and digital are October 21st.

You can already download “Rolling in the Deep” by purchasing the album in advance for $7.99 on or iTunes.

I want to hear this on my car radio. Clear Channel, I’m just sayin’….

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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