Hearing the news that Partners entered the charts at #1 was an overwhelming feeling of joy!!
Being told that I’ve had #1 albums in six consecutive decades makes me feel truly blessed and grateful to have such loyal fans. I feel you rooting for me and I so appreciate all of your energy and support.
It’s especially sweet since I get to share this moment with my wonderfully talented partners who I had the pleasure of singing with: Michael Bublé, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, Babyface, Billy Joel, Blake Shelton, Lionel Richie, Andrea Bocelli, John Legend, Josh Groban, my beloved son Jason Gould…and last but not least, Elvis Presley…forever The King!
Finally, thank you to Rob Stringer and my Columbia Records family, my manager Marty Erlichman, my creative team on this project – Kenny Edmonds, Walter Afanasieff, Dave Reitzas, Bill Ross, and Jay Landers…and Ken Sunshine for getting the word out… we did it guys!!
With lots of love,
— Legendary entertainer Barbra Streisand in a note posted to her Facebook page after becoming the only performer in history to score a number one album in each of the past six decades with her latest release Partners
Fantastic. Great news. Wow. A number one in each of the past decades.
Streisand is the greatest!!!!
The past 6 decades.
I had to share from “PR Newswire” Barbra really is the greatest!!!!!!! Love her.
Recognized as an icon in multiple entertainment fields, Ms. Streisand has attained unprecedented achievements as a recording artist, actor of stage and screen, concert performer, movie producer, film director, author, songwriter and philanthropist. In her accomplished career she has been awarded two Oscars, five Emmys, ten Golden Globes, eight Grammys plus two special Grammys; a Lifetime Achievement Award and a Grammy Legend Award, a special Tony award in 1970 as Star of the Decade, and two Cable Ace awards – the only artist to receive honors in all of those fields of endeavor. Ms. Streisand is the recipient of the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Endowment for the Arts Medal, two Peabody Awards and the French Legion d’honneur. Ms. Streisand is also the first female film director to receive the Kennedy Center Honors.
Although gay males have been justifiably criticized for being youth-obsessed, I find it wonderfully heartening they have embraced so many older females as icons. Streisand is 72, Cher and Bette Midler are 68, Joan Rivers was 81 (RIP), Rue McClanahan was 76 (RIP), and the amazing Betty White is 92 (in 2013, Guinness World Records certified White as the female entertainer with the longest career).
Speaking of Betty White, here’s an excerpt from her Wikipedia entry:
In a 2011 interview, White said that she always knew her close friend Liberace was gay and that she sometimes accompanied him to premieres. A supporter of gay rights, White said that “If a couple has been together all that time – and there are gay relationships that are more solid than some heterosexual ones—I think it’s fine if they want to get married. I don’t know how people can get so anti-something. Mind your own business, take care of your affairs, and don’t worry about other people so much”.
I’m involved in several YouTube debates against Streisand haters, most of whom are too young to remember recordings without Autotune. I can understand not liking her voice or musical genre, but when they say things like, “I’m not impressed,” it’s clear that they know nothing about her accomplishments. There is such a debate going on right now in her Tonight Show duet with Jimmy Fallon.
Click on the YouTube icon on the lower right hand corner if you want to join the debate.
@Alex56: It’s the Cable Ace awards that really knocked my socks off.
there is a lot of “mechanics” that can go into making an album debut at number one. Most recent case in the news was a Madonna album beating out a Lionel Richie album for number one. The following day, the Madonna album made history for having the biggest drop from number one. Reportedly, Madonna had “a deal” with people who bought tickets to her previous tour that they would get her album free and, those “free” albums counted as “sales” to make the album number 1.
I don’t know what “went into” making Barbra Streisand’s album number one but, if it helps make her go the the fuck away now, I’m all for it.
The thang with Streisand fans seems to be that they demand that the rest of the world worship what they worship. There is a famous / infamous insult Aristotle Onassis reportedly made to Maria Callas that seems to be oh so applicable now to Miss Steisand
@MarionPaige: Don’t you feel a whole lot better now! You’re not a fan, we get it. Not sure whose making you worship at her alter; this aint ISIS. Make you’re own kinda music, baby! X
Shit! The old vixen is painting the town…
Haters need to just go away. People can be so mean. Please find the good in all, you will feel so much better about yourself. Let it Go. Let it Flow.
the other side of the coin “is how many talented singers were denied while the media lavished praise on Streisand over the years? Even now that her voice is clearly not “what it was”, Streisand is presented as some kind of pinnacle that Black Female Screamers could never reach.
The real story behind “Partners” is how many superstar Black Female Singers today DIDN’T feel that their only road to acceptance by the “mainstream” was from being “graced” with a duet by some “established” / “accepted” White talent like Streisand. This is a measure of how far we may have come, when Streisand calls for a duet and a Black Female Singer concludes that “she doesn’t need Streisand”.
The recent “scandal” about The New York Times publishing an article calling Shondra Rhimes “an angry Black Woman” gives insight into these insider entertainment critics. The female reporter who wrote that article is a long time entertainment reporter for The New York Times and now it is revealed to all just how her fucked up mind works. Even worst, The NYT alleges that at least three entertainment editors for the New York Times reviewed a story calling a Rhimes an angry black woman and none of them saw anything wrong with it.
BTW, from what I’ve really the NYT reporter actually wrote that a Black actress were not as “classically beautiful” as lighter-skin Black Actress (and this actually made it into the NYT). Now, come this “mentality” to all of the endless PR back in the day calling Streisand beautiful. If Streisand was beautiful by someone’s definition, she damn sure wasn’t “classically” beautiful
she’s paid her dues, she’s earned her diva status. WELL MET!
I like her singing today and think her new CD is great. However, nothing can beat the Barbra from the early 60’s. Although I grew up with afro-Barbra, I love her second album best and her early TV specials. What a unique talent!
@MarionPaige: Your issues about black women have nothing to do with Barbra Streisand. She has been a star for 50 years and is rightly considered one of the greatest singers of all time.
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