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Aretha: Side effects 'were rough,' glad to work

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  • Aretha Franklin announced Wednesday the preproduction of her new album as she played a few songs for the media in Southfield, Mich.

      Aretha Franklin announced Wednesday the preproduction of her new album as she played a few songs for the media in Southfield, Mich.
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SOUTHFIELD, Mich. -- Aretha Franklin says "the side effects were rough" from her treatment for an undisclosed condition.

The 71-year-old singer sat at a piano Wednesday inside a Westin hotel in the Detroit suburb of Southfield. She sang Etta James' "At Last" and told reporters she's "glad to be back in it" -- a reference to her music.

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The Detroit News reports she's starting on a new album with producers Kenny "Babyface" Edmonds and Don Was.

Franklin says she and Edmonds were supposed to team up in July, but couldn't because of her medical treatments. She says it was music executive Clive Davis who suggested she collaborate with Was, known for his work with the Rolling Stones, Bonnie Raitt and Willie Nelson.

Franklin canceled several concerts earlier this year for health reasons.

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