Donna Summer has a song on her new album that announces “The Queen is Back” — a daring move considering how angry Aretha Franklin got at Beyonce for referring to Tina Turner as “the Queen” at this year’s Grammy Awards.
But Summer says she’s not worried.
“Honey, Aretha is the Queen of Soul — there’s no question about that,” says Summer, 59, who released “Crayons,” her first album of all-new material in 17 years, in May. “People call me the Queen — the Queen of Disco, not the Queen of Soul. That’s not a name I gave myself; that was given to me by the press and that people call me to this day.
“I don’t think Aretha will have a problem with it, honestly. And I have to have fun with it, ‘cause at this point it’s funny.”
“Crayons,” meanwhile finds Summer working with young and cutting-edge producers and writers — including JR Rotem, Danielle Briseboise and even Evan Bogart, the son of her late mentor Neil Bogart and co-writer of Rihanna’s hit “SOS.” Summer says her goal was “to push the card and go a little further than I’ve been before,” an approach she feels she’s well-positioned to pursue at this point in her life.
“Because I’ve been away so long, people don’t have any expectations of me,” she explains. “They don’t know what to expect. That’s a really good place for me to be, because I like doing a lot of things. I get bored with a lot of the same stuff all the time.”
Donna Summer performs at 8 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday (Aug. 27-28) in the Colosseum at Caesars Windsor, 377 Riverside Drive East, Windsor. Tickets are $40.25-$63.25. Call (888) 345-5885 or visit www.caesarswindsor.com.
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