Aretha Franklin has been celebrating her 70th birthday with the news she will reunite with one of her music mentors, Clive Davis, for a new album.

Aretha told Associated Press at her birthday party in New York that she and Davis will be working on music once again. Davis helped engineer Franklin's comeback in the 1980s. The music mogul was one of her guests at the party.

The Queen of Soul - whose birthday is actually on Sunday - also joked that she was turning back the hands of time.

She told her guests: "I was wondering, 'What is it going to be like to be 50?' I can tell you now, it feels like 40."