April 27th, 2012
05:08 PM ET
Powerhouse Aretha Franklin is set to receive the Music Icon award this Sunday during the TV Land Awards, and the singer's planning to keep her legacy alive with new music.
She recently told Billboard she’s reunited with industry vet Clive Davis to record an upcoming album, and she wants Ne-Yo and other popular R&B voices to participate.
“I'd love to get some Ne-Yo songs on there,” the 70-year-old told the publication of her upcoming RCA project while backstage at the TV Land taping. “Kenny ['Babyface'] Edmonds I've been talking to, and he has some songs that might be a good fit.”
The soul legend - who called off her wedding to fiance Willie Wilkerson earlier this year - also discussed her much-talked-about-but-recently-postponed biopic.
“It's actually still very active,” she said of the film, for which she's openly advocated for Halle Berry to play her. “We've just been having a lot of conversations about who would play my dad and my family. So, right now it's a ... standoff.”
In the meantime, Ms. Franklin has also turned her attention to her son's music career. “I'm recording with my son Eddie [Franklin]," she said. "He's got a terrific R&B CD coming out, I'd expect in July, and I produced some of it."
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