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Friday May 17, 2013

NEW YORK -- Aretha Franklin has canceled appearances in Chicago and Connecticut later this month under a doctor’s recommendation.

A news release says Franklin will need treatment during the time period shows were scheduled with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra on May 20 and at Foxwoods Resort & Casino in Connecticut on May 26. The release doesn’t specify what kind of treatment and her publicist did not immediately respond to a message seeking details.

Singer Janelle Monae will step in for Franklin for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Corporate Night fundraiser. The Grammy-winning singer will be playing orchestral versions of her songs that she debuted Thursday with the San Francisco Symphony.

-- The Associated Press