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Celebrating Aretha Franklin in 7 iconic songs

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Tributes continue to pour in for music legend, powerful global leaders and adoring fans for record Grammy winner Aretha Franklin, who died on Thursday aged 76.

Franklin earned her title “the Queen of Soul” with a voice could be both powerful and plaintive.



Her music became part of the American soundtrack from the 1960s through to her death on Thursday.

We look back at some of the iconic songs that cemented Franklin’s status as a timeless music icon.

Aretha Franklin’s signature anthem is a commanding cover of Otis Redding’s 1965 rave-up that captured the spirit of the country on multiple levels particularly the civil rights movement and the feminist movement.

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It hit Number One on the Billboard Hot 100 in June 1967 and stayed there for two weeks and wound up leading the magazine’s Hot Rhythm & Blues chart for two months.

It earn Aretha her first of 18 Grammys.

I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You) (1967)

You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman (1967

Amazing Grace (1972)

Freeway of Love (1985)

Rolling in the Deep: The Aretha version (2014)

Think (1968)

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Kanye West gifts Uganda’s President pair of Sneakers

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Kanye West presents  a pair of white sneakers to Uganda’s  74-year-old leader, president Yoweri Museveni during a visit to the East African nation.



President Yoweri Museveni says he and the American rapper held “fruitful discussions” about promoting tourism and arts.

West and his wife, reality TV star Kim Kardashian West, have been vacationing in a national park in Uganda. He is said to be recording music in a tent.

Uganda’s presidency released photos of a hoodie-wearing West meeting Museveni at the State House on Monday and exchanging gifts.

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Excited tourism officials see the visit as an endorsement of the country’s tourism potential.

Uganda’s government has been criticized over its treatment of a local pop star-turned-opposition lawmaker, Bobi Wine, who alleges torture by security forces. The government denies it.

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‘Venom’ devours the box office competition In its second week in theaters

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Basically, Venom is a box-office juggernaut every bit as intimidating as its title character.

Although Venom earned relatively poor reviews, it still stayed ahead of critically praised musical drama A Star is Born for the second week in a row. The latter film found itself in second place among the weekend’s top ten movies again, but word-of-mouth buzz suggests that — like Venom — it isn’t slowing down any time soon, either.

# Title  Weekend    U.S. Total 
1. Venom $35.7M $142.8M
2. A Star is Born $28M $94.1M
3. First Man $16.5M $16.5M
4. Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween  $16.2M $16.2M
5. Smallfoot $9.3M $57.6M
6. Night School $8M $59.8M
7. Bad Times at the El Royale  $7.2M $7.2M
8. The House With a Clock in its Walls  $3.9M $62.2M
9. The Hate U Give $1.7M $2.4M
10. A Simple Favor $1.3M $52M

Three new releases finished in the weekend’s top ten movies, with Damien Chazelle’s biopic of Neil Armstrong, First Man, sliding into third place with a $16.5 million premiere. The film earned good (but not great) reviews from critics, and got a warm (but not too warm) reception from general audiences, so it will be interesting to see how it performs when compared to his two previous, Oscar-nominated films: La La Land and Whiplash.

In fourth place at the weekend box office was family-friendly horror sequel Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween, which was panned by professional critics and did just okay with audiences (to the tune of 41-percent positive reviews and a “B” grade, respectively). The first Goosebumps movie had a $23.6 million opening weekend, so the second installment appears to be experiencing some growing pains — but with Halloween approaching, it might get a late holiday bump.

Finally, ensemble film Bad Times at the El Royale debuted in seventh place with $7.2 million in US theaters.

Unfortunately, the opening weekend news wasn’t all that positive for Bad Times, which stars Dakota Johnson, Chris Hemsworth, Jon Hamm, Jeff Bridges, and Nick Offerman, and is the second feature from The Cabin in the Woods director Drew Goddard. Despite decent, 70-percent positive reviews, the film earned a problematic “B-” grade from audiences, which suggests that the people buying tickets for the film didn’t exactly love it.

Coming up this week is the holiday-themed Halloween, which serves as both a sequel to John Carpenter’s 1978 film of the same name, and a reboot of the long-running franchise. Also premiering this week is the directorial debut of Jonah Hill, whose coming-of-age drama Mid90s is earning significant praise already. Quirky ensemble comedy An Evening With Beverly Luff Linn also arrives in theaters.

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