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Aretha Franklin's hits rise in iTunes charts following her death

The Queen of Soul's indelible hits rocketed up the iTunes' charts following her death on Thursday as musicians, politicians and religious leaders paid tribute to the singer.

Greatest Hits album displaces new Nicki Minaj album from No. 1 spot

Aretha Franklin, shown above performing in Baltimore last November, says she wants to open a Detroit entertainment venue that would include a nightclub and fine dining. (Owen Sweeney/Invision/Associated Press)

Aretha Franklin's music quickly climbed the iTunes' charts following her death on Thursday. 

Her 30 Greatest Hits album hit the No. 1 spot, replacing Nicki Minaj's new album, Queen.

"It seems very strange to wake up and hear that she passed today even though she lived such a long and fulfilled life. It's no secret that she's an icon. She is an icon of all icons," Minaj said on Apple Music.

"I don't know anyone she hasn't inspired."

More songs from Franklin, including (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural WomanThinkChain of Fools and I Say A Little Prayer, were in the Top 10.

Tributes to the singer poured in from politicians including U.S. President Donald Trump and former presidents Barack Obama and Bill Clinton, other leading musicians including  and religious leaders including Jesse Jackson  

The iTunes charts tracks digital sales and is updated multiple times each day.

Franklin died of pancreatic cancer at age 76.

She had battled undisclosed health issues in recent years and in 2017 announced her retirement from touring.

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