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December 7, 2018

Grammy Nominated ... and more


Congratulations to Barbra and her team for a Grammy nomination! The Grammys air Sunday, February 10 at 8/7c on CBS.

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album Nominations:

FYI, because of the late release date for Walls, it was not eligible for the 2019 Grammy Awards, but will be for the 2020 awards.


Have you checked out Barbra's official YouTube page? There are lots of behind-the-scenes videos about the new album. Click here to watch.


Barbra Streisand interviewed by Rodgrigeuz

Have you seen The Director’s Chair with Robert Rodriguez, which aired on El Rey Network? It is probably her best interview in years, and Rodriguez pulls out some neat film clips and gets Barbra to share some interesting things. You can watch it online here.


Barbra gets a name-check in Mariah Carey's new song, "Giving Me Life":

Giving me life and it's everything
Thinkin' 'bout when we were seventeen
Living like Babs 'cause it's Evergreen
Here in my arms is where you should be


Several people have emailed me about the sales of Walls. It debuted on the Billboard 200 at #12, then the next week dropped to #87. It's true: the album did not sell as well as Barbra's last efforts, Partners and Encore. Barbra didn't do as much press this time, and did not sing on any late night talk shows (if you don't count Carpool Karaoke). Artistically, the album is her best in years, in my opinion. And she is in glorious voice. My hopes for this album are that Barbra is nominated and (hopefully) wins a Grammy in 2020! It's unfortunate that she has been nominated many times over the years, but has not won a Grammy Award for an album since 1987! Yes ... 1987.


Streisand an opinionated guide book cover

On Streisand: An Opinionated Guide by Ethan Mordden begins with a broad year-by-year outline of the landmark achievements, followed by a short biography, some chapters exploring key points in the artistry, then-the major part of the book-a work-by-work analysis. The book is due out May 1, 2019. I haven't heard much about this book, but it might be worth your attention .... PRE-ORDER FROM AMAZON

October 30, 2018

Press This Week for 'Walls'

Dave Audé’s REMIX of "Don't Lie To Me" is now for sale on iTunes here.

Make sure you check out Barbra's Official YouTube Channel for more videos from the new album, WALLS, which will be released this Friday, November 2nd. CLICK HERE.

October 26, 2018

Lady Liberty

In advance of Barbra's new album (which is released next Friday, November 2), Columbia Records has released another track! Enjoy “Lady LIberty”—words and music by Desmond Child.

Also look for more press from Barbra next week to publicize the album ... as well as some special television appearances!

October 12, 2018


Barbra's most amazing and beautifully sung medley of "Imagine" and "What a Wonderful World" has been released. Wowza!!!!! Barbra, thank you!

Barbra's new album, Walls, is released on November 2, 2018.

September 27, 2018


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"Don't Lie To Me" on Spotify

NEW YORK, Sept. 27, 2018 -- Today, Columbia Records has released "Don't Lie To Me," a new single written and recorded by Barbra Streisand from her upcoming album Walls, due out November 2nd. It's Streisand's first album primarily consisting of original songs since 2005. "Don't Lie To Me" is a stirring precursor to the forthcoming Walls, the first Barbra Streisand album to encompass a unified social theme. Led by the passionate plea, "Don't Lie To Me," Streisand shares the guiding principles and values she has believed in, spoken about, and fought for her entire life.

WALLS finds Barbra exploring both her concerns and hopes for the future in a collection filled with beautiful melodies and thought-provoking lyrics. In addition to the three original tunes which the Oscar-winning songwriter contributed to, the songs on Walls explore topics near to the celebrated artist's heart. Streisand also brings a fresh perspective to the classic songs "Imagine" and "What A Wonderful World," and the Bacharach/David pop standard "What The World Needs Now." The penultimate song that Streisand sings is a timely one called "Take Care Of This House" by the legendary composer Leonard Bernstein and lyricist Alan Jay Lerner.

Streisand's "What's On My Mind," the first song she conceived of for Walls, "Don't Lie To Me" and "The Rain Will Fall" all speak to core issues she believes in. For all her many record-breaking and award-winning accomplishments as a singer, actress, film director, producer, screenplay writer, author and songwriter, Streisand's dedicated social activism and commitment to philanthropy have always equaled her artistic passions.

To serve her inspirational themes, she shares production and arrangement duties on the new album with Walter Afanasieff, John Shanks and David Foster – all Grammy recipients for Producer of the Year – and Songwriter Hall of Fame recipient Desmond Child. Streisand's vision also comes through on the defining title track "Walls," with lyrics specifically written for the album by revered Streisand collaborators Alan & Marilyn Bergman.

Over the course of her astonishing career, Streisand has recorded a number of songs that address the human condition. Recognized as one of the foremost interpreters of contemporary song, "Don't Lie To Me," and the other songs on Walls are sure to add to her enduring legacy as an award-winning singer and songwriter. In 1977, she became the first woman to win an Oscar for composing the music to the timeless standard "Evergreen" (Love Theme from A Star Is Born)," which also went on to win the Grammy for Best Original Song and the Golden Globe. In addition, she has been duly recognized throughout her career for compositions on film projects emblematic of her songwriting gifts.

Track listing below:

  1. What's On My Mind
  2. Don't Lie To Me
  3. Imagine / What A Wonderful World
  4. Walls
  5. Lady Liberty
  6. What The World Needs Now
  7. Better Angels
  8. Love's Never Wrong
  9. The Rain Will Fall
  10. Take Care Of This House
  11. Happy Days Are Here Again

Barbra has done several interviews that published today, too. Check out:

Barbra will appear on GOOD MORNING BRITAIN tomorrow, too.

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On @Gmb in morning with exclusive chat with the true legend that is @barbrastreisand x New album #walls

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September 26, 2018

News about “Walls” (Barbra's New Album)

Previews of Barbra's new album and new single have been posted on Barbra's official social media. According to today's post, fans are encouraged to set their alarms for 6:15 a.m. EST tomorrow. Also, one of Barbra's Facebook posts mentions 9:30 a.m. BST and BBC Radio2)


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Set your alarms for 6:15am ET tomorrow… #BarbraWalls

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8/16/18. Putting strings on my first single “Don’t Lie To Me”. Jim and Jason came to visit. #BarbraWalls

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June 10, 2018

Streisand at Netflix FYSEE

Above photo: Jamie Foxx, Barbra Streisand and Netflix CCO Ted Sarandos attend Barbra Streisand And Jamie Foxx In Conversation At Netflix's FYSEE at Raleigh Studios on June 10, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images for Netflix)

Official Press Release

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Hollywood, Calif. – Sunday, June 10, 2018 – #NetflixFYSEE – Barbra Streisand and Netflix announced a new content deal today from the 2018 Netflix FYSee closing night celebration which featured Streisand in conversation with Jamie Foxx in support of Barbra: The Music… The Mem'ries… The Magic! Netflix audiences worldwide will soon enjoy a fresh selection of content from the Streisand library including award-winning My Name Is Barbra (1965), Color Me Barbra (1966), Barbra Streisand: A Happening in Central Park (1968), Barbra Streisand and Other Musical Instruments (1973), Barbra Streisand: The Concert (1994), and Barbra Streisand: Timeless (2001). Netflix is also thrilled to present a special edition of Barbra Streisand’s classic movie A Star Is Born (1976), including never-before-seen footage of Ms. Streisand performing an instrumental version of “Evergreen” for the first time, and added footage to the iconic “With One More Look At You/Watch Closely Now” medley finale.

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Barbra Streisand appeared on stage with Jamie Foxx and participated in an hour-long question and answer with her concert duet partner. The Netflix FYSEE event (F.Y.C. stands for "For Your Consideration") was a press event prior to Emmy Award nominations. The audience was shown the Netflix concert special (being suggested for consideration in several "Variety Special" Emmy categories). Afterward, Jamie and Barbra took the stage.

Some of the interesting things that came out of their talk ....

Look for some new interviews with Barbra to promote all this:

The TV shows and A Star is Born should all be up on Netflix in the next few days, for the month of June.

Streisand fans have commented that they already own these TV shows on DVD. True, but .... in terms of Barbra's legacy, this is AMAZING news. Most fans under the age of 30 don't own a DVD player, and only want to stream TV shows. [It's been reported that 67% of millennials pay for between one and three streaming services.]

So ... these TV specials will reach an entirely new audience! The shows have never been on any digital platforms yet (iTunes, Amazon, etc.) The shows have also been worked on for superior picture and sound quality.

March 20, 2018

Streisand at Paleyfest

On the evening of Friday, March 16th, Barbra Streisand appeared in person at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles.

From the L.A. Times:

The event was the opening night for this year's annual PaleyFest, which honors current and veteran TV favorites .... Friday's salute kicked off with a generous montage of clips from Streisand's 1960s specials "My Name Is Barbra" and "Color Me Barbra," and her recent Netflix special, "Barbra: The Music ...The Mem'ries ...The Magic!" .... She was joined a few moments later by Ryan Murphy ("Glee," "American Horror Story"), the evening's moderator.

Many Streisand fans were lucky to attend the 2-hour evening. The clip montages were amazing (and generous in length).

You can read more about this amazing evening over at the Hollywood Reporter.

Below: Ryan Murphy poses with Barbra and (center) President / CEO of the Paley Center For Media Maureen J. Reidy. Reiday presented Streisand with the Paley Center for Media's Icon award.

'Becoming Barbra' Book Coming April 10th

A new book of photographs of Barbra Streisand is being released in April. Titled Becoming Barbra, it promises to give us a unique look at the icon in the early years of her career.

Photo by Bill Eppridge

The photos were taken 1962-1966 by the late photographer Bill Eppridge (mostly for Life magazine). You may pre-order the book from Amazon by using the link below.


February 27, 2018

By the Way ...

Barbra wants to clarify that the early versions posted online of her interview with Variety (and the print copies) were not accurate. On Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, Barbra relayed:

For those of you who saw the print edition of Variety, there was a mistake in the transcript. I was talking about Hello, Dolly! - not Funny Girl - when I said I was miscast . I will forever love Funny Girl, and am grateful that I got the chance to play Fanny Brice.


Cover Girl, Barbra

Variety cover with Streisand

Barbra Streisand appears on the latest cover of Variety magazine for its Oscars edition. Inside, Barbra gives a rare interview and talks about several topics:

Read the whole interview — and view the gorgeous photos of Barbra by Russell James, too, here.

There's also a couple of extra blurbs on Barbra over at Variety.

February 5, 2018

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