Family and friends will pay their final R-E-S-P-E-C-T-S to Aretha Franklin next week at a private funeral in her hometown of Detroit. Reuters reports that the Queen of Soul's funeral will take place August 31 at Greater Grace Temple following a two-day public viewing of her casket. Franklin will then be laid to rest at Detroit's Woodlawn Cemetery.
An open viewing for the public will take place from 9am to 9pm on August 28th and 29th at Detroit’s Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History.
Then, a service for just family and friends will take place August 31st at the Greater Grace Temple and then Aretha will be buried alongside her father Rev. C.L. Franklin, brother Cecil Franklin, sisters Carolyn and Erma Franklin and nephew Thomas Garrett at Detroit’s Woodlawn Cemetery.
- Detroit is also hoping to honor Aretha in other ways, with the city’s schools superintendent suggesting naming a school in honor of the legendary singer. “The mayor I’m sure will do everything he can to ensure that her memory and her impact on Detroit and the world is recognized and respected for years to come,” rep Alexis Wiley tells the “Detroit News.” “We are being respectful of the family and letting them take the lead.”
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- According to reports, Aretha passed away with a net worth of approximately $80-million, although it could have been more if she had ever performed abroad. The singer didn’t perform overseas because of her fear of flying. A report also claims that to insure she wasn’t stiffed, Aretha always insisted at least part of her fees be paid in cash.
Aretha's music has been shooting up the charts. But now, Nielsen Music is reporting that sales of Aretha’s music increased 1,568% on the day after her death. She moved 134,000 combined albums and digital song downloads, up from 8,000 the previous day. The top selling song was “Respect,” followed by “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” while the top selling album was her compilations “30 Greatest Hits” and her gospel set “Amazing Grace.” In fact, all the renewed interest in Aretha pushed "30 Greatest Hits" to number seven on the Billboard 200 Album chart this week, her highest charting album since 1972, when "Amazing Grace" landed at seven