Sunday, May 26, 2024

Barbra Streisand’s Next Duets Album Will Feature Superstars Paul McCartney, Sting, Other A Listers: Elton? Adele? Ariana?



Barbra Streisand just released a new a beautiful new single called “Love Will Survive,” for the closing credits of the upcoming series “The Tattooist of Auschwitz.” It’s maybe Streisand’s best new vocal in years thanks to producers Walter Afanasieff (Mariah Carey’s classics) and Peter Asher (Linda Ronstadt, James Taylor classics).

So now I’m told Streisand has booked the producing duo for her next album of duets. Barbra has a couple of these under her belt over her six decade career. But this one sounds like a powerhouse.

Her big gets? (Or theirs, since who doesn’t want to sing with Barbra?) I’m told it’s superstars only: Paul McCartney is said to be, and so is Sting according to sources. Those are certainly as major as you can get. Which songs will they perform? Probably their own. For McCartney, how about “Michelle”? Sting would sound amazing on “Fragile” with Barbra. But who knows?


I’ve gleaned that talks are going on with Adele, Miley Cyrus, and Ariana Grande, too. I’d love to hear her with Jennifer Hudson. How about “The Way We Were” with Gladys Knight? They each had hits with the Marvin Hamlisch song. Of course, Josh Groban or Michael Buble would be on the list but she’s worked with them before. Elton John? Bob Dylan? Smokey Robinson?

Will we get some rock songs? Fifty years ago Barbra had a major hit with “Stoney End,” produced by Richard Perry and written by Laura Nyro. I’ll bet she can do it again.

So stay tuned. I don’t think this collection can make it out in time for the 2025 Grammys. But 2026 isn’t so far away!

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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