The Aretha Franklin news is that the Queen of Soul was discharged from a Detroit hospital earlier this week after "undergoing surgery that he doctors deemed to be highly successful!," according to her publicist. It's been widely reported that Franklin has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, but that has not been confirmed by the singer's camp. She's said to be "in great spirits and very happy to be home where she will be resting in anticipation of spending the upcoming holiday season with her family."
Here's Aretha's official quote, released this morning: "I've been home for almost three days now. My family and friends who brought me home are taking great care of me. I also have a private nurse who visits on a daily basis. I'm hoping to be strong enough to go out and see the upcoming Sam Cooke play at the Music Hall in Downtown Detroit before January 2, as well as a performance of Dreamgirls at the FOX before it closes." You go, 'Retha. Below, Franklin sings Donny Hathaway's "This Christmas."