Aretha Franklin covers Adele's "Rolling in the Deep"...and it's bad. Really bad.

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    Oct 01, 2014 2:50 AM GMT
    Is this some kind of joke or maybe a comedy album?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oNWeGngQqOI#t=72


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    Oct 01, 2014 3:01 AM GMT
    lol someone called her Urethra Franklin....

    I died. icon_lol.gif

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    Oct 01, 2014 3:05 AM GMT
    Wow, finally. The OP isn't trolling us with his bisexuality stories.
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    Oct 01, 2014 4:56 PM GMT
    kevex saidWow, finally. The OP isn't trolling us with his bisexuality stories.


    Seriously dude? Hop off my dick.
  • Svnw688

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    Oct 01, 2014 5:57 PM GMT
    Hahaha, the Aretha Franklin rendition is BUSTED

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    But the mere fact that she's ARETHA FRANKLIN is enough to make people, myself included, want to listen to it. Aretha Franklin had a smash hit "Respect" in 1967 before Adele was a twinkle in her parents' eyes. Aretha Franklin is 72 years old, of course her voice isn't like a 20 year olds.

    And while I love Adele, seriously I do, she'll be a flash in the pan compared to Aretha. In part because of a talent deficiency (Adele's throat is so blown-out she regularly sees her specialist and cancels performances), and because the music industry has changed (more flavors that play and then fizzle, as opposed to the industry or a label backing a star and investing in them like a stock option).

    So, hate as much as you want, Aretha is still Aretha. That's pretty good for 72.
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    Oct 01, 2014 6:00 PM GMT
    If Kevex and Ant811 spar off, I'll:

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    Oct 01, 2014 6:12 PM GMT
    It's not bad. There's a fair amount of embellishment and that might be a bit over the top, but that's just her style. And given the song's original style, it seems appropriate that Aretha would do a cover.
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    Oct 01, 2014 8:26 PM GMT
    She's sounded like shit for at least 30 years.
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    Oct 01, 2014 8:37 PM GMT
    Urethra couldn't find the pitch -- or the melody -- if her life depended on it. They should dangle some fries in front of her to get her away from that microphone.
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    Oct 01, 2014 9:18 PM GMT
    Muscles25 saidUrethra couldn't find the pitch -- or the melody -- if her life depended on it. They should dangle some fries in front of her to get her away from that microphone.


    I know this bitter queen didn't just bust out a fry joke about a legendary diva. She's more loved than you, more admired than you, likely has more money than you, and has added more joy to the world than you likely ever will.

    Yeah, she's totally a fat fuck who's addicted to fries and is utterly talentless. Care to insult any other great music legends (who admittedly passed their prime, but are still awesome in old age)? Elton John's a fat old queen, right? And Diana Ross is a one-trick pony, huh? You probably actually like Miley and Justin Bieber's music.

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    Oct 01, 2014 11:11 PM GMT
    I liked it! I think it actually says a lot that the legendary Aretha Franklin would want to sing it in the first place. I love both versions icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 01, 2014 11:27 PM GMT
    sort of like a bad glee performance wasnt it?


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    Oct 01, 2014 11:27 PM GMT
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PM0mc_-QHE
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    Oct 01, 2014 11:53 PM GMT
    Svnw688 saidHahaha, the Aretha Franklin rendition is BUSTED

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    But the mere fact that she's ARETHA FRANKLIN is enough to make people, myself included, want to listen to it. Aretha Franklin had a smash hit "Respect" in 1967 before Adele was a twinkle in her parents' eyes. Aretha Franklin is 72 years old, of course her voice isn't like a 20 year olds.

    And while I love Adele, seriously I do, she'll be a flash in the pan compared to Aretha. In part because of a talent deficiency (Adele's throat is so blown-out she regularly sees her specialist and cancels performances), and because the music industry has changed (more flavors that play and then fizzle, as opposed to the industry or a label backing a star and investing in them like a stock option).

    So, hate as much as you want, Aretha is still Aretha. That's pretty good for 72.


    I don't know if Adele will ever reach the "legendary" status of Aretha, but don't discount her success so quickly. Her last album was certified DIAMOND (not platinum) in the United States for sales of over 10 million copies. I don't think Aretha has ever had a Diamond album. With the way albums sell these days, it's difficult to get a Platinum record for a million sales in the US, let alone 10 million. It's sold 30 million copies worldwide. That's more sales than some artists' entire catalog.

    And that's just her 2nd album. Her 3rd one is due out this year or early next year. She has a long career ahead of her.
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    Oct 02, 2014 1:47 AM GMT
    Aretha Franklin is (rightly) called the Queen of Soul, and has held that title since the 1960s.

    Aretha Franklin is the MOST CHARTED FEMALE ARTIST in "Billboard" history. Aretha Franklin has 38 studio albums, and 88 Charted Singles. Aretha Franklin has 18 Grammy awards. Aretha was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the 1980s (first woman ever). Aretha Franklin was inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame ten years ago. According to "Rolling Stone" she is the 9th Greatest Artist of All Time, and won 1st place for Greatest Singer of All Time. Aretha Franklin has performed for Barack Obama (presidential inauguration) and by request of the Queen of England, among other dignitaries worldwide.

    Adele has not accomplished that. Adele has stripped vocal cords to the point of bleeding, and her surgeon Dr. Steven Zeitels had to remove a polyp that results from abusing your vocal cords. She's going to blowout if she keeps singing like she does. "21" is nice, but let's not get carried away with her contemporary success in light of a legendary diva with a career of decades of success.
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    Oct 02, 2014 1:56 AM GMT
    I heard it on NPR this morning and I have to agree, it's kinda bad. At the very least, they could have done a different arrangement to match her vocal range and singing style. But it was pretty much a karaoke version of Rolling In The Deep.

    I prefer to remember Aretha like this..
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGXU7268Z50
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    Oct 02, 2014 2:31 AM GMT
    Gays Defending Diva Wars.

    Love it. icon_cool.gif
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    Oct 02, 2014 2:38 AM GMT
    xrichx saidI heard it on NPR this morning and I have to agree, it's kinda bad. At the very least, they could have done a different arrangement to match her vocal range and singing style. But it was pretty much a karaoke version of Rolling In The Deep.

    I prefer to remember Aretha like this..
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cGXU7268Z50


    That was RiRi 5 dress sizes and half a person ago....lord....

    Anyways, I'm not a huuuuuge Aratchet fan, but I prefer her like THIS...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R5hjz5lOeXo

    FUCK a Nicki Minaj...^THAT'S TALENT.

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    My two favorite songs by her...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PB2Mu2zBzjw

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EXJx2NnnxA0
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    Oct 02, 2014 2:49 AM GMT
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    Muscles25 saidUrethra couldn't find the pitch -- or the melody -- if her life depended on it. They should dangle some fries in front of her to get her away from that microphone.


    I know this bitter queen didn't just bust out a fry joke about a legendary diva. She's more loved than you, more admired than you, likely has more money than you, and has added more joy to the world than you likely ever will.

    Yeah, she's totally a fat fuck who's addicted to fries and is utterly talentless. Care to insult any other great music legends (who admittedly passed their prime, but are still awesome in old age)? Elton John's a fat old queen, right? And Diana Ross is a one-trick pony, huh? You probably actually like Miley and Justin Bieber's music.

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    Yea, I went to his profile and blocked him. Then I clicked Ignore All His Posts.

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    Oct 02, 2014 2:58 AM GMT
    manboynyc saidGays Defending Diva Wars.

    Love it. icon_cool.gif


    Absolutely. People should not dismiss Judy Garland, Madonna, Aretha, Diana Ross, or Cher in my presence (part of the original core of divas that nobody can dismiss or exclude). They've transcended and survived too many decades to be tossed into the ring with these flash-in-the-pan, dog-and-pony shows. Brittney Spears? She's cool, but can't sing and she's nuts. Absolutely bat-shit crazy. Adele? She's an amazing vocalist, but she's blowing out her chords and could be a little more pro-gay given we're 1/3 of her core fan base. Lady Gaga? Probably the next true Diva, but hasn't been around and proven herself long enough. Beyonce? Same story, she needs more time before she's fully embraced, and she could get a little more gay friendly as well. Christina Aguilera? Is she still a singer even? Brittney clearly won that fight.

    (1). ManboyNYC, you look like you're 33 or 34ish. I seriously hope my genes are as strong as yours. Damn.

    (2). I feel like I've seen or walked past you several times in Manhattan, do you live on the UES (2/3rd ave area) or frequent gay bars/clubs?

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    Oct 02, 2014 3:00 AM GMT
    I just finished watching the youtube video of her performing it on the David Letterman show. It sounded better.

    Aretha really didn't need to wear an off the shoulder dress with no sleeves--really. But, you can't tell her anything, anyway. One time she was on that Wolfman Jack show, Midnight Special or something. She had no bra and whatever she was wearing looked like knitted yarn or something. I called my mom and told her to do something about it. Call the station or something.

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    Oct 02, 2014 3:08 AM GMT
    RiRi can be messy sometimes...

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    I remember watching ^that performance with my mom with us both just sitting there and when she flung that wig into the audience, I fucking lost it...I legit felt like I was dying....I was saying "Did she just....I KNOW she didn't just snatch herself" icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 02, 2014 3:21 AM GMT
    Geesh, this thread is a wreck now. Imagine a discussion about Beyonce vs Rihanna.
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    Oct 02, 2014 5:25 AM GMT
    BlackCat saidRiRi can be messy sometimes...

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    I remember watching ^that performance with my mom with us both just sitting there and when she flung that wig into the audience, I fucking lost it...I legit felt like I was dying....I was saying "Did she just....I KNOW she didn't just snatch herself" icon_lol.gif

    I know right? I have to wonder, at what point in her life did she go crazy? icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 02, 2014 5:47 AM GMT
    Smoking did a number on her voice. While she would have been better off doing the song in a lower key, I still liked it and she deserves credit for still singing after all these years.