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Rapper Nicki Minaj was bumped out of the #1 spot by Aretha Franklin‘s 30 Greatest Hits album on Thursday. Streaming sales of the queen of soul’s music surged on iTunes after Aretha lost her prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer at age 76.

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A nephew of legendary queen of soul Aretha Franklin is disputing reports that the 18-time Grammy winner is at death’s doorstep.

On Saturday, veteran reporter Roger Friedman first broke the news that Aretha was “gravely ill” and in a Detroit hospital.

But Aretha’s nephew Tim Franklin believes she will pull through.

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Soul singer Aretha Franklin looks great for 75! The “Natural Woman” and music executive Clive Davis pose for pictures backstage at the ‘Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives’ Premiere during the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival at Radio City Music Hall on Wednesday in New York City.

Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images

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The Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin celebrated her 74th birthday at an intimate party at the Ritz Carlton in NYC last night. Franklin turned 74 on March 25th. Special invited guests included openly gay recording mogul Clive Davis, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, CNN’s openly gay anchor Don Lemon, and MSNBC anchor Tamron Hall, among others. ReRe announced her long-delayed biopic is back in the works. “Good news, we’re ready to sign for the movie,” she told her guests. She told the well-heeled crowd that she is in negotiations with Straight Outta Compton producer Scott Bernstein. “We’ve agreed on all the key points. There’s very little left now (to negotiate), very little. They have given me creative control and that’s all I wanted.” Franklin added she wanted biracial actress Halle Berry to play her, but Jennifer Hudson will likely get the nod, according to Page Six. Read more details about the party here.

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