To say Diana Ross is a living legend is an understatement. She’s one of the greatest musical artists of all time and an inspiration to millions of women and girls around the world. Rightfully known as the queen Supreme, she rose to fame as the lead singer of Motown's most successful act during the 1960s and one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time. But while they remain the best-charting female group in US history, it was when Ross left The Supremes in 1970 that she released her most beloved work including hits such as “Home,” “Touch Me in the Morning,” and “Upside Down.”
Her list of professional accomplishments is huge. Ross had more hits than any female artist (a career total of 70 hit singles); was named the "Female Entertainer of the Century" by Billboard in 1976 and is the only female artist to have number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 as a solo artist, as the other half of a duet, as a member of a trio— and as an ensemble member.
She’s also the recipient of the Kennedy Center Honors in 2007, the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016 and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Now at the age of 77, Ross has announced a new album called Thank You—her first record in 15 years and her first LP of original material in 22 years. The 13-track album consists of original material and collaborations with Jack Antonoff, Spike Stent, and various other producers. Recorded in her home studio as a response to the ongoing fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, her new album has a powerful, inclusive musical message of love and togetherness.
“This collection of songs is my gift to you with appreciation and love,” Ross said in a statement. “I am eternally grateful that I had the opportunity to record this glorious music at this time. I dedicate this songbook of love to all of you, the listeners. As you hear my voice you hear my heart.” The album is out September 10 via Decca; the title track is out now, and you can listen to it below.
The album is set for September release, but Ross has just released an unconventional video for the first single “Thank You” which blends footage of Ross from her past. Watch the video below. Enjoy!