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Aretha Franklin Net Worth

Updated January 2, 2020
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How much is Aretha Franklin worth? $80 Million

How did Aretha Franklin earn her money and wealth?

Aretha Louise Franklin was born on March 25, 1942, in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. to parents Barbara Siggers Franklin who was a piano player and vocalist and Clarence LaVaughn “C. L.” Franklin who was an itinerant preach. When she was 2 years old, the family relocated to Buffalo, New York and before her fifth birthday they moved and settled down in Detroit, Michigan. In 1948 her parents divorced and she relocated back to Buffalo in New York. Her mother passed away when she was 10 years old and after that, she was helped by her grandmother. During this time, she learned to play the piano. Her father was known as “million-dollar voice” and he gave sermons all throughout the country, hence was well known amongst the folks. She is today a 75-year-old American singer and pianist. She is believed to be a child prodigy and is a self-taught pianist with a powerful voice. In 1956, when she was 14 years old she recorded “Songs of Faith in 1956”, which include tracks recorded at the church. She performed at her fathers traveling revival show and there she got exposed to adult behaviors resulting in her becoming a mother at the age of 14 and two years later she had her second baby.

She signed with Columbia Records in 1960 when she had been to New York and released her album “Aretha” in 1961 of which two tracks were listed in R&B Top 10. The same year she released “Rock-a-bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody,” and this crossed over on No.37 on pop charts. She became a part of ‘Atlantic Records’ in 1967 and recorded songs like “Respect”, “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” and “Spanish Harlem”. By the end of the 1960s, she was given the title “The Queen of Soul”.

Her album “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)” was released in 1967 and the first song – “Respect” brought her all the name and fame as it ranked No. 1 on both the R&B and pop charts and also won Aretha her first two Grammy Awards. In the following year she was selected to perform at the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in 1969. She broke her marriage with Ted white after 8 years. The album “Amazing Grace” released in 1972 sold more than 2 million copies and was the best-selling gospel album at the time, the same year she was inducted in the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame” and was also awarded honorary doctorate from the University of Detroit. “Ain’tNothing Like the Real Thing” the single released in 1974 won her another Grammy. In 1979, she was also seen in the film “The Blues Brothers” and albums “Jump to It” and “Who’s Zoomin’ Who?”

In 1987, she released the album One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism, which won the Grammy for Best Soul Gospel Performance. In 1998, she replaced Luciano Pavarotti and became world famous for singing the opera aria “Nessun Dorma” at the Grammys. The same year she recorded “A Rose Is Still a Rose” which scored her final Top 40. In 2003, she opened her own label called Aretha by ending the 23-year relationship with being a part of the Arista label. Franklin has recorded 112 charted singles on Billboard which include 77 Hot 100 entries, 17 top ten pop singles, 100 R&B entries and 20 number-one R&B singles. She is the most charted female artist in the history. She took home eight consecutive Grammy Awards for Best R&B Female Vocal Performance and has a total of 18 Grammys.

She won 18 Grammy Awards in her singing career and also is ranked #1 by VH1’s Greatest Women of Rock N Roll. She sang “God Bless America” at the inauguration of Barack Obama on January 20, 2009, and also performed at President Bill Clinton’s presidential inauguration in 1992. She is a recipient of “Presidential Medal of Freedom” by President George W. Bush in 2005 and also “American National Medal of the Arts” by the National Endowment for the Arts in Washington, D.C. in 1999.

What are the highest grossing albums of Aretha Franklin?

  1.        Album Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics: 2014 – $23,000
  2.        Album Aretha: A Woman Falling Out of Love: 2011 – $20,000
  3.        Album This Christmas, Aretha: 2008 – $142,864
  4.        Compilation album Jewels in the Crown: All-Star Duets with the Queen: 2007 – $65,000
  5.        Album So Damn Happy: 2003 – $304,000
  6.        Compilation album Respect: The Very Best of Aretha Franklin (certified gold by BPI): 2002 – $100,000
  7.        Compilation album Respect & Other Hits (certified gold by RIAA) :1997- $500,000
  8.        Compilation album The Very Best of Aretha Franklin, Vol. 1: The 60’s (certified platinum by RIAA):1994-               $1,000,000
  9.        Compilation album Greatest Hits: 1980–1994 (certified platinum by RIAA and silver by BPI):1994 –                       $1,060,000
  10.        Album What You See Is What You Sweat:1991- $125,000
  11.        Album Through the Storm:1989 -$225,000
  12.        Live album One Lord, One Faith, One Baptism:1987- $300,000
  13.        album Aretha(certified gold by RIAA and Music Canada) :1986  -$550,000
  14.        Album Who’s Zoomin’ Who? (Certified platinum by RIAA and Music Canada, and silver by BPI):1985 –                 $1,160,000
  15.        Album Love All the Hurt Away: 1981 -$250,000
  16.        Album Sparkle (certified gold by RIAA):1976 -$500,000

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