Brooklyn native Barbra Streisand talks feminism with release of her newest album
By Mesfin Fekadu, Associated Press – published in The Brooklyn Eagle – Sept. 17This image shows Barbra Streisand during the of filming of “Funny Girl”. AP Photo/Steve Schapiro via Taschen
Brooklyn native Barbra Streisand’s new album of duets only includes male singers, but it wasn’t a conscious effort to exclude females.
“Everyone we asked was … busy,” Streisand said. The performer almost scored one major diva: Beyonce.
“She had her people try to do a track of one of the songs from my movie, ‘A Star is Born,’ and it just, we didn’t have the time to finish it, to get it right,” she said. “We had to release the album. Maybe someday we’ll do a duet because she’s so great.”
“Partners,” released Tuesday, features Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, John Mayer, John Legend and Babyface, who produced the album.
In a recent interview with The Associated Press, Streisand talked about music, directing, women’s right and politics.
AP: Would you do an album full of female duets next?
Streisand: (Pauses) Possibly. I loved singing with Celine (Dion) and Donna Summer.
AP: What was the energy like in the studio for you and your guests?