Monday, May 20, 2024

Sony Music’s Columbia Records Throws Away New Barbra Streisand Album, Sells Just Under 12,000 Copies


The word ‘Columbia’ does not appear anywhere among the top 50 albums this week, or last. Columbia Records, Sony Music’s main label, has no albums on the charts and hasn’t for some time.

So you’d think a Barbra Streisand album of her singing her hits live, from a Netflix special, would have merited some action. Streisand’s 2014 release, “Partners,” sold 196,000 in its debut week.

Last week, I got excited that ‘Streisand will save Sony.’ But I was also evidently in this evaluation.

As of now, Streisand’s “The Music, The Mem’ries, The Magic” has sold fewer than 12,000 copies. And those were sales plus downloads. There wasn’t enough streaming to count into the total.

For some reason, the album was more or less a stealth release. Streisand as well as Sony did nothing for it. If they didn’t care for it, why put it out at all? The only reason could be to fulfill Streisand’s Columbia contract as yet another release.

All in all, peculiar to say the least.


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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