Barbra Streisand

Barbra Streisand talks feminism with release of her newest album

Brooklyn native Barbra Streisand talks feminism with release of her newest album

Brooklyn native Barbra Streisand talks feminism with release of her newest album

This image shows Barbra Streisand during the of filming of “Funny Girl”. AP Photo/Steve Schapiro via Taschen
This image shows Barbra Streisand during the of filming of "Funny Girl". Book publisher Taschen announced Sept. 3, 2014, that "Barbra: Streisand's Early Years in Hollywood, 1968-1976" will be published in December and will include more than 240 images, many of them never published before

This image shows Barbra Streisand during the of filming of “Funny Girl”. Book publisher Taschen announced Sept. 3, 2014, that “Barbra: Streisand’s Early Years in Hollywood, 1968-1976” will be published in December and will include more than 240 images, many of them never published before.

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?

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