Thursday, June 20, 2024

Barbra Streisand Will Become Only Artist Ever to Score Number 1 Albums in Six Decades


Barbra Streisand can go back to buying expensive art and antiques. Her “Partners” album will hit number 1 on Monday with between 170-180,000 copies sold. Wow. She will become the only artist, male, female or intersex, to score number 1 albums in six consecutive decades. Not even Paul McCartney can make that claim. (The real shocker is that such a thing is possible at all since I thought it was still 1992. But that’s another story.)

“Partners” will easily best sales for Chris Brown’s “X” album, which is quite a feat since Barbra could be Chris’s, ahem, older sister. This is interesting news since the Conventional Wisdom is that older people do not buy CDs or down load them. But we are about to have Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga, followed by Annie Lennox, and then Aretha Franklin all releasing topnotch work in the next week or so. Dolly Parton has already had a bit hit this summer.

Of course, we also have Jennifer Hudson, who, like all of the above– is a real musician with a real voice.

What does it all mean? People are starved for quality. There’s just so much pre-fabbed junk written and produced by the same “teams” that anyone can take. Real songs by real singers with real musicians can’t be underestimated.  And if you like all this stuff, I suggest you check out Julia Fordham ASAP. Her fans have known about her all along.



Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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