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Video: Aretha Franklin Sings ‘Purple Rain’ At International Jazz Day 2016

Aretha Franklin performs at International Jazz Day 2016

On April 29, Herbie Hancock, Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper and more played at the International Jazz Day All-Star Global Concert, held at the White House in Washington, D.C. After opening remarks from President Obama, the concert also featured performances from Aretha Franklin, who paid tribute to the late Prince with a rendition of “Purple Rain” (at the 1:14:00 mark below).

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Aretha Franklin was in the mood for celebrating, and not just because she had a birthday party.

“Good news, we’re ready to sign for the movie,” Franklin said Thursday night of the biopic about her life she has been trying to arrange with Straight Outta Compton producer Scott Bernstein. “We’ve agreed on all the key points. There’s very little left now (to negotiate), very little. They have given me creative control and that’s all I wanted.”

Franklin, who turned 74 on March 25, spoke to The Associated Press in the first floor lounge of the Ritz-Carlton hotel, where she has held parties before, as some 100 of her friends gathered Thursday to wish her a happy birthday.

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