'Respect' singer Aretha Franklin announced on her 70th birthday party Saturday that she's teaming up with her music mentor Clive Davis for a brand new album.

Franklin said she was going to start making the record after Davis' birthday next month.

We're going to sit together and decide what it is we're going to record, she told Fox News. I have re-signed with Clive Davis, so I'm recording with Clive again. Davis is associated with Sony Music Entertainment.

Franklin will hold performances in California and is trying to get a record contract for her grandson. Her biopic is still in the works. It's in a limbo position, she said. It's just a lot going on. Franklin hinted once that she would like Halle Berry to play her in the biopic.

The intimate party only featured 80 guests; Franklin made the seating chart herself.

Davis, along with Diane Sawyer, Rev. Al Sharpton, and Willie Wilkerson all made it to the bash held at the Helmsley Park Lane Hotel. Guests were treated to a sit down dinner, a dance performance, and a mini-concert from pianist Kris Bowers.

Wilkerson has been Franklin's longtime companion and sometime fiancé. When asked if marriage is in her future, the 'Respect' singer played it coy.

We'll see what happens, she said.

In honor of the Queen of Soul's 70th birthday, here is a list of the 5 best Aretha Franklin songs of her career.


Perhaps Franklin's most famous song to date, the smash hit comes off her 1967 album 'I Never Loved A Man The Way I Love You.' The song has appeared in dozens of films and even became an anthem for the feminist movement in the '70's.

I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)

This duet with George Michael debuted in 1987. It was Franklin's only UK number one hit in her decades long career.

 Chain of Fools

'Chain of Fools' is Franklin's song about betrayal. Her gospel roots clearly show through.

(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You've Been Gone

This song is just another No. 1 hit Franklin had in the 60's and 70's that perfectly showcases her dynamite voice.

Giving Him Something He Can Feel

Her No. 1 R& B hit showed the world a sweeter side to her music. By the mid-seventies, her music had mellowed but still resonated powerfully with her fans.