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Aretha is a feminine given name, probably derived from the Greek arete, "virtue".

Notable people with the name include:

  • Aretha Franklin (born 1942), American musician and singer-songwriter
  • Aretha Thurmond (born 1976), American discus thrower
Aretha (disambiguation)

Aretha is a feminine given name.

Aretha may also refer to:

  • Aretha: With The Ray Bryant Combo, a 1961 album by Aretha Franklin
  • Aretha (1980 album), an album by Aretha Franklin
  • Aretha (1986 album), an album by Aretha Franklin
  • "Aretha" (song), a song by British singer-songwriter Rumer
Aretha (1986 album)

Aretha is an Aretha Franklin album, originally released in 1986, on Arista Records. This is the third album with this title to be released by the artist. Other Franklin albums titled Aretha were also released in 1980 and 1961.

The album, again produced mainly by Narada Michael Walden, included Aretha's first #1 Pop single since " Respect" in 1967 with the vibrant " I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)", a duet with George Michael. Aretha also yielded three other hit singles: "Jimmy Lee", "Rock-A-Lott" and a hard rock cover of The Rolling Stones' classic, "Jumpin' Jack Flash". All music videos were extremely popular on MTV, BET and other video outlets.

Following Aretha's first-ever Platinum record, Who's Zoomin' Who?, Aretha was quickly certified Gold after only several weeks. Before going out of print, the album had sold approximately 900,000 copies in the United States alone.

Franklin's vocal from "Rock-A-Lott" was sampled extensively in the 49ers' 1990 hit "Touch Me", while her version of "Jumpin' Jack Flash" was the title song for the film comedy starring Whoopi Goldberg. All four of the singles were shot as music videos that received extensive play.

The album is noteworthy for the striking cover, which was Andy Warhol's final work before his death in early 1987.

The album was remastered and re-released as an "Expanded Edition" in December 2014 by Funky Town Grooves, with bonus tracks and a second CD of material.

Aretha (1980 album)

Aretha is the twenty-eighth studio album by American singer Aretha Franklin, Released on October 25, 1980 by Arista Records. Franklin's first Arista single release, "United Together", reached #3 on the Soul chart and crossed over to #56 on Billboard's Hot 100. The album itself peaked at #47 and spent 30 weeks on Billboard's main album chart, eventually selling close to 350,000 copies.

It was recently re-issued by SoulMusic Records. This was the second album with this title to be released by the artist, and her first ever for Arista after a 12-year tenure with Atlantic Records. Other Franklin albums titled "Aretha" were also released in 1986 and 1961. The disc's opening track, "Come To Me", appeared again on her 1989 album, Through The Storm.

Aretha (song)

"Aretha" is a song by British singer-songwriter Rumer. Produced by award-winning UK TV and musical composer Steve Brown, it is the second single to be released from her debut album Seasons of My Soul. A music video was made for the song and was added to YouTube on 6 October 2010. The song has been added to the BBC Radio 2 A-List.

Aretha (video game)

is a role-playing video game developed by Japan Art Media (JAM) and published by Yanoman Corporation to an exclusively Japanese market. It was originally released for the Game Boy in 1990 and later ported to the Super Famicom (SNES) as Aretha the Super Famicom in 1993. Aretha was the first title in the game series of the same name.