Aretha Franklin says she has resurrected her partnership with Clive Davis, the record executive who engineered her comeback in the 1980s, and will record a new album.
Ms. Franklin made the announcement during a short interview at her 70th birthday party on Saturday night in the Helmsley Park Lane Hotel in Manhattan. Mr. Davis, who is the chief creative officer for Sony Music Entertainment, sat next to Ms. Franklin for most of the night.
“I have re-signed with Clive Davis, so I’m recording with Clive again,” Ms. Franklin said. She added that next month “we’re going to sit together and decide what it is we’re going to record.”
Mr. Davis brought Ms. Franklin to Arista Records in the early 1980s when her career was at a low ebb after her falling out with Atlantic Records. At Arista she re-established herself as a hit-maker with the album “Jump to It” in 1982, and, despite some personal setbacks and tragedies, recorded the commercially successful Who’s Zooming Who? in 1985.