WHY ARETHA FRANKLIN WILL BE BURIED WEARING RED

DETROIT (AP) — Aretha Franklin's niece says there's a lot of symbolism in how Franklin is presented for her public viewing. Sabrina Owens says Franklin was dressed in red as a nod to her membership in the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority. She says Franklin's dress looks like something Franklin would have worn on stage. She says Franklin is surrounded by hundreds of roses because of her love for that flower and because she sent floral arrangements "in grand fashion." Franklin is wearing red high heels with her feet crossed at the ankles. The public viewing for Franklin continues today in Detroit. Her funeral is Friday.

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FUNERAL HOME SAYS ARETHA FRANKLIN OFTEN PAID FOR OTHER FUNERALS

DETROIT (AP) — The funeral home handling Aretha Franklin's service has done a lot of business with her before. Linda Swanson of Swanson Funeral Home in Detroit says Franklin would call them to pay for a funeral for a family in need. Swanson says Franklin usually did so without being asked or prompted. Swanson says many people attending yesterday's viewing for Franklin were there "because they were blessed by her big heart." Owens says Franklin never spoke about her own wishes for her services.

ARIANA GRANDE WILL PERFORM AT ARETHA FRANKLIN'S FUNERAL

NEW YORK (AP) — Ariana Grande (GRAHN'-day) has been added to the lineup of performers at Aretha Franklin's funeral Friday in Detroit. Franklin's representative, Gwendolyn Quinn, says Franklin met Grande at the White House during the "Women of Soul" concert in 2014 for President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama. Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, Fantasia, Faith Hill, Shirley Caesar and Chaka Khan are among the performers. Franklin's funeral will be livestreamed.

CMA NOMINATIONS ANNOUNCED

NASHVILLE (AP) — Dan Smyers of Dan and Shay says they will "surely be pouring some tequila to celebrate!" Their song "Tequila" is up for single of the year at the Country Music Association Awards. It's up against "Meant To Be" by Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha, Chris Stapleton's "Broken Halos," Midland's "Drinkin' Problem" and "Drowns The Whiskey" by Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert. Stapleton leads the nominations with five, including entertainer of the year. His competition in that category is Aldean, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban and Kenny Chesney. New artist of the year nominees are Lauren Alaina, Luke Combs, Chris Janson, Brett Young and Midland. Carrie Underwood and Brad Paisley will host the awards, set for Nov. 14 in Nashville.

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DRAKE CONGRATULATES 11-YEAR-OLD ON NEW HEART

CHICAGO (AP) — Drake says he is "so happy" for 11-year-old Sofia Sanchez after she received a heart transplant. Drake commented "YESSSS!!!!" and sent his love to Sanchez after her mother posted an Instagram video showing Sofia being told of the transplant. Sofia received a new heart Monday after a nine-hour surgery at Chicago's Lurie Children's Hospital. Drake visited Sofia last week during a tour stop. She caught his attention because she had danced to his song "In My Feelings" while hooked up to her IV.

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CARLY SIMON RESPONDS AFTER COLLECTOR SENDS HER A LOST MICK JAGGER DUET

LONDON (AP) — The Rolling Stones memorabilia collector who sent Carly Simon a long-lost duet of her and Mick Jagger heard back from Simon. Matt Lee says Simon thanked him for his perseverance and said it was amazing to hear it after so long. Lee had read a Rolling Stone magazine article in which Simon mentioned the duet, believed to be called "Fragile." Lee realized he had it and sent it to the magazine to pass along to Simon. He says he did not do it for money and he's a collector who just wants more stuff.

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GENE SIMMONS ROLLS OUT SODA LINE

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Gene Simmons of Kiss is putting out a line of soft drinks called Money Bag Sodas. Simmons has teamed with Rock Steady Sodas to create a cola, diet cola, root beer and ginger ale. The deal came about when two of the company's partners went to a convention to meet Simmons because they're Kiss fans. They struck up a conversation, Simmons asked for their card and he called a week later. The sodas are available so far at stores in the Northeast and in Los Angeles, and 7-Eleven stores carry an exclusive flavor, cream soda.

By Margie Szaroleta