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Aretha Franklin to launch dessert line

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Friday, January 29, 2016, 2:47 PM

“Ms. Patti’s gonna have to move that pie to the side!” Franklin, who hasn’t tasted LaBelle’s dessert, told Detroit’s Local News 4 Today.Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images

“Ms. Patti’s gonna have to move that pie to the side!” Franklin, who hasn’t tasted LaBelle’s dessert, told Detroit’s Local News 4 Today.

There’s a delicious duel baking between soul’s biggest divas.

Aretha Franklin announced she’s launching her own food line following the sweet success of fellow songstress Patti LaBelle’s sold-out sweet potato pies at Walmart.

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“Ms. Patti’s gonna have to move that pie to the side!” Franklin, who hasn’t tasted LaBelle’s dessert, told Detroit’s Local News 4 Today.

The “Respect” singer has already met with a Phoenix-based food group to start developing her products. She’ll also offer savory items like chili, gumbo and baked chicken and dressing.

Perhaps Franklin wants a piece of LaBelle’s pie empire. The Grammy-winning singer and cookbook author sold $ 1 million of her $ 3.98 pies after fan James Wright Chanel sang the praises of her dessert in a viral YouTube Video that received 4.5 million views in November. LaBelle has since added two new Patti Cakes to her dessert line at Walmart and made her seasonal sweet potato pie available year-round.

Patti LaBelle added two new Patti Cake flavors to her dessert line at Walmart, and made her sold out seasonal sweet potato pie available year-round.Patti Labelle

Patti LaBelle added two new Patti Cake flavors to her dessert line at Walmart, and made her sold out seasonal sweet potato pie available year-round.

It’s unclear if the foodie frenemies have real beef. In 2014 there was a rumor that Franklin brushed by LaBelle as she made her way to perform at the White House, though she later said there was no tension.

Franklin hasn’t set a release date for her food line yet.

jsettembre@nydailynews.com

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