ARETHA FRANKLIN HITS NUMBER ONE ON ITUNES AFTER DEATH

NEW YORK (AP) — Barely two hours after Aretha Franklin died, her music rocketed to the top of the iTunes charts. Her "30 Greatest Hits" album hit number one, pushing out Nicki Minaj's "Queen" album. "Respect" topped the songs chart. Franklin died of pancreatic cancer yesterday at her home in Detroit. She was 76. Funeral arrangements will be announced soon.

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ARETHA FRANKLIN: HER MANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS

WASHINGTON (AP) — Aretha Franklin won 18 Grammys, had the most Billboard Hot 100 hits of any female artist with 73, was the first woman inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and was presented with both the National Medal of Arts and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She did not consider any of those her greatest achievement. Franklin said in a 2009 Associated Press interview singing at Barack Obama's presidential inauguration was "the biggest milestone and the greatest historical moment" of her career. Franklin said she wanted to be remembered as a "good woman first, and a humanitarian first, and then a great artist." One thing she did think was curious, though: how people went crazy for that hat she wore to Obama's inauguration. She said she had no idea it would have so much "notoriety."

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WHY ARETHA FRANKLIN HATED FLYING

WASHINGTON (AP) — Aretha Franklin famously had a fear of flying -- but why? Franklin said in a 2004 Associated Press interview one reason was a bad flight out of Atlanta once. She said she "never should have gotten on a little two-engine plane" because it was "bad news." She also was shaken up after Otis Redding died in a plane crash in 1967. Franklin came to enjoy bus travel. She told Time magazine in 1998, "You can pull over, go to Red Lobster. You can't pull over at 35,000 feet."

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ARETHA FRANKLIN SHOPPED AND COOKED FOR HER FAMILY

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite being known as the ultimate diva, Aretha Franklin considered herself a normal mom. Franklin said in a 2009 Associated Press interview she did her own market shopping and took her kids shopping herself too. She said she was "a very good cook" and did what she called "a little switchin' in the kitchen." She said she had a bunch of recipes that came together in 10 or 15 minutes that "almost will cook themselves."

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ELTON JOHN RECALLS ARETHA FRANKLIN'S FINAL PERFORMANCE

UNDATED (AP) — Elton John says he was "fortunate" to witness Aretha Franklin's last performance, when she appeared at a benefit for his AIDS foundation in New York in November. John tweets that Franklin was obviously unwell and he wasn't sure she could perform. He says she "raised the roof" and everyone cried. John calls her "the greatest soul artist of all time." He also says her piano playing was underrated and she was one of his favorite pianists.

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U.S. PRESIDENTS MOURN ARETHA FRANKLIN

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump says Aretha Franklin "was given a great gift from God -- her voice -- and she used it well." Trump says he knew Franklin well and "she worked for me on numerous occasions. She was terrific." Barack and Michelle Obama say in a statement Franklin "helped define the American experience," and "sometimes she helped us just forget about everything else and dance." Bill Clinton calls Franklin "elegant, graceful, and utterly uncompromising in her artistry."

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AUGUST 16: ELVIS' DEATH DAY, AND NOW ARETHA'S

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Aug. 16 is a tough day for pop musicians. Yesterday Aretha Franklin died, and it was the 41st anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley. Lisa Marie Presley tweets that Aug. 16 is always a hard day for her, and it was even harder with the death of Franklin. She says she mourns for Franklin not only because they were both from Memphis, but because Franklin was her inspiration to sing.

ELLEN BURSTYN: ARETHA FRANKLIN LIKED HER FURS

WASHINGTON (AP) — Actress Ellen Burstyn can attest that Aretha Franklin carried herself in style. Burstyn said in a 2006 Associated Press interview she hosted "Saturday Night Live" in 1975 when Franklin was the musical guest. Burstyn said Franklin had three musical numbers, and for each one, she wore a different fur coat just from the dressing room to the stage: a mink, a sable and a chinchilla. Burstyn said she was "so amazed at the incredible diva gesture of that."

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JUELZ SANTANA ADMITS TO TAKING GUN THROUGH AIRPORT

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Juelz Santana faces up to 20 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to trying to take a gun onto an airplane. Santana entered the plea yesterday to a charge of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and carrying a weapon on an aircraft. He was arrested in March after authorities say they found a loaded .38-caliber handgun and unprescribed oxycodone pills in a bag with Santana's identification at Newark's airport. He left the bags behind but turned himself in three days later. Santana is free on bail. He will be sentenced Dec. 12.

MADONNA PLANS FOR SOCCER ACADEMY IN MALAWI

BLANTYRE, Malawi (AP) — Malawi is helping Madonna make her plans to expand soccer in that country into a reality. The Malawi Football Association has offered Madonna a piece of land next to the national soccer stadium in the capital of Lilongwe for a soccer academy. Madonna's 12-year-old son, David, is one of four children she adopted from Malawi. He's a big soccer fan and he inspired her plans for the soccer academy. Madonna is more of a soccer mom than you might realize. She posts videos and photos of David's games from the sidelines as he plays in Portugal.

KEITH URBAN JOINS CANCER TELETHON

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Keith Urban is the only musician announced so far who will participate in the Stand Up To Cancer telethon. It will be carried on multiple networks on Sept. 7 to raise funds for cancer research. Other celebrities participating include Jennifer Garner, Trevor Noah, Reese Witherspoon, Ed Helms and Ken Jeong.

by Margie Szaroleta