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03/15/2013 02:57 pm ET | Updated Mar 20, 2013

Chaka Khan Billboard Magazine Cover: Icon Is The Face Of Special 'Stars Tribute' Issue

On the cusp of her 60th birthday on March 23, Billboard magazine is celebrating Chaka Khan's career with the release of their “Stars Tribute” issue.

Labeled as the first-ever “Augmented Reality” cover for the glossy, readers will have the opportunity to access special features via the mobile app (powered by Printergize), by simply scanning the magazine’s cover which will then connect to the 10-time Grammy Award-winner’s official site.

“Chaka has always been an innovator as an artist,” Tammy McCrary of Chaka Khan Management said in a press release. “In today's market, it is just as important to be innovative technologically. This is why we chose to partner with Printergize.”

In addition to being featured on the innovative magazine cover, the world renowned music icon’s is set to release a series of projects to commemorate her milestone year including her July 2 CD/DVD album, “The iKhan Project: Alive! The Commemorative Edition,” and host three exclusive events held New York, Los Angeles, and Miami.

“I want to experience the magic I felt 40 years ago when I recorded my first record,” she said in a press release. “The thrill of recording with all the musicians in one room, the interaction with the producer and the spontaneous moments of the experience.”

“I’m excited and looking forward to celebrating my 60th birthday in all the cities I love,” she added. “I will also have a rare opportunity to spend time with my old and new friends, business associates and family. I am especially happy about my Billboard Tribute issue; this is the first time in my career that I have been honored in this way.”

Billboard magazine’s “Stars Tribute” issue hits newsstands on March 16.

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