Columbia Records has announced the upcoming release of Barbra Streisand’s Partners album, to debut on September 16, 2014, featuring 12 inimitable new Streisand duets with the world’s greatest male vocalists.
Streisand took to Instagram on August 11 to announce to the world the official September 16 release date for Partners. Fans can pre-order Partners now. All those who pre-order the album will receive a new downloadable song “New York State Of Mind,” with Billy Joel. The Lionel Richie duet of the classic “The Way We Were” will be also be made available to pre-ordering fans on August 26. The third Instant Grat track, the Michael Bublé duet “It Had To Be You,” will be downloadable via pre-order on September 2.
The inspired new musical pairings on Partners include, Andrea Bocelli, Michael Bublé, Kenneth ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, Jason Gould, Josh Groban, Billy Joel, John Legend, John Mayer, Lionel Richie, Blake Shelton, Stevie Wonder, and a breathtaking virtual duet with the King of rock n’ roll, Elvis Presley. The new album, which is executive produced by Streisand and Jay Landers, is produced by Babyface and Walter Afanasieff.
Partners is comprised of 12 songs, many of which are regarded as Streisand classics. Among the songs included are “New York State Of Mind,” with Billy Joel, “It Had To Be You,” with Michael Bublé, “Come Rain Or Come Shine,” with John Mayer, “Love Me Tender,” with Elvis Presley, “The Way We Were,” with Lionel Richie, “What Kind Of Fool,” with John Legend, “People,” with Stevie Wonder, “I Can Still See Your Face,” with Andrea Bocelli, “Evergreen,” with Babyface, and Streisand’s first studio-recorded duet with her son Jason Gould, on “How Deep Is The Ocean.”
Track Listing for “Partners”
1. It Had To Be You with Michael Bublé
2. People with Stevie Wonder
3. Come Rain Or Come Shine with John Mayer
4. Evergreen with Babyface
5. New York State Of Mind with Billy Joel
6. I’d Want It To Be You with Blake Shelton
7. The Way We Were with Lionel Richie
8. I Still Can See Your Face with Andrea Bocelli
9. How Deep Is The Ocean with Jason Gould
10. What Kind Of Fool with John Legend
11. Somewhere with Josh Groban
12. Love Me Tender with Elvis Presley
Throughout her career, Streisand has generously shared microphone and spotlight to create some of the most magical duets in music history. Streisand has elevated the craft of pairing incomparable vocal styles with impeccable song choices, transforming the realm of the duet into the summit of collaborative artistry. For more than six decades she has seamlessly blended such extraordinary moments – both live and in the studio – into an acclaimed body of work that is unrivaled in popular music.
Streisand is currently the best-selling female recording artist in history and the only woman to make the All-Time Top 10 Best Selling artists list, an honor which includes Partners duettist Elvis Presley. Streisand has recorded 51 gold, 30 platinum and 13 multi-platinum albums in her career, including nine #1s, and is the only recording artist to have accomplished #1 album in five consecutive decades.
Recognized as an icon in multiple entertainment fields, Streisand has attained unprecedented achievements as a recording artist, actor of stage and screen, concert performer, movie producer, film director, author, and songwriter. In her accomplished career she has been awarded two Oscars, five Emmys, 10 Golden Globes, eight Grammys, 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. Streisand is the recipient of the American Film Institute’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the National Endowment for the Arts Medal, two Peabody Awards, A Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a Grammy Legend Award. Streisand is also the first film director to receive the Kennedy Center Honors.
Most recently, Columbia Records released Streisand’s Back To Brooklyn concert CD/DVD, which reached #1 on the Billboard Top DVD Music Videos chart in December of 2013. Streisand has topped the DVD charts five times, earning nine Gold DVDs, six Platinum and three Multi-Platinum citations.
The Back To Brooklyn concert CD/DVD captures Streisand’s first musical performance in her native Brooklyn since she departed at age 16 to pursue her acting career and became one of the most popular and acclaimed musical performers in history.